As we get into the heat of summer, we highly recommend Cairo – a compelling graphic novel by G. Willow Wilson and artist MK Perker from Vertigo Comics. Set against the backdrop of the largest city in the Middle East and Africa, Cairo is a fast-paced modern fable that draws six unlikely characters into the search for a very unusual djinn-friendly hooka.
G. Willow Wilson is an American author and essayist who divides her time between Egypt and the US. Her articles about modern religion and the Middle East have appeared in publications including Washington Post, the Atlantic Monthly, the New York Times Magazine and the Canada National Post. Her memoir, The Butterfly Mosque, was named ‘Best Book of the Year 2010’ by Seattle Times, and her DC/Vertigo comic book series, Air, was nominated for an Eisner Award. She has also written Cairo, an original graphic novel by Vertigo, as well as Vixen: Return of the Lion, a DC miniseries.
For more about this book and the author, visit her blog.
Or check out the following links:
- Listen to Willow’s interview on NPR’s Talk of the Nation with Neal Conan.
- Read Paste Magazine’s CAIRO review.
- City of Brass calls CAIRO “unabashedly ours…rooted with pride in Arab and Islamic mythology.”
- The Middle East Times discusses CAIRO’s political relevance.
- Sequential Tart calls CAIRO “full of detail and insight.”
- PopImage editor Brian Domingos reviews CAIRO, saying “I highly recommend it. It’s a unique book and worth a look.”
- Comixology interviews Willow in this in-depth podcast.
- In an advance review, Booklist says CAIRO “moves with grace and vigor…[it’s] an adventure story with lots of appeal.” (Check out the print edition – Issue date 09/15/2007 – at your local bookstore.)
- Wiretap Magazine features Willow in a roundup of foward-thinking young American Muslims.
- Newsarama contributor Michael Lorah chats with Willow about the Middle East, the role of fiction and working in comics.