Zaid Adham

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BornZaid Aladham
14 January 1983
Amman, Jordan
OccupationComics writer, television producer, director
Alma materRegent's University London
GenrePsychological thriller
Years active2012-present

Zaid Adham (born Zaid Aladham) is an Arab-Canadian graphic novelist best known as the creator and writer of Wayl, the Middle East's first English-language psychological-thriller comic book.[1][2]

Early Life

Zaid was born in Amman, Jordan to Helmi, an architect and his wife Nadia, and raised in Dubai. He studied visual communication at Regent's University London, graduating in 2006. After returning to Dubai from Toronto in 2011, he began his stint as a television director and host of Treasure Hunters[3] a travel documentary program focused on the sport of geocaching[4][5], but choose to leave the industry in 2012.


With the announcement in 2011 of the launch of the Middle East Film and Comic Con the next year, Zaid set about creating the characters for his future graphic novel, Wayl (Arabic: وَيْل, woe), and submitted the concept drawings of the eponymous hero and his nemesis, serial killer Abu Shakoosh, who was based on his real-life namesake Jordanian serial killer. The concepts won the award for Best Original Artwork at the debut convention and gained popularity with the local fans.[2][6]

In 2015, Zaid teamed up with Saudi illustrator Yasser Alireza and debuted the first issue of Wayl at the 2016 event, garnering local and international interest and press coverage [6][7] leading to be featured in the 2015 edition of the International Journal of Comic Art. Adham and Alireza would eventually be invited to appear in a panel discussion of comic books at the 2017 Sharjah International Book Fair[2] , then most prominently at the 2018 Emirates Airline Festival of Literature alongside African-American author Nnedi Okorafor and Locke & Key illustrator Gabriel Rodriguez (artist)|Gabriel Rodriguez.[8] The team would again be invited to speak at the 2020 festival.[9]

Zaid is the recipient of the Basmat Qalam commendation from the National Media Council (United Arab Emirates)|National Media Council of the UAE for his work on Wayl during the 2018 "Year of Zayed" celebration.

Personal Life

Zaid married Janan Al Aqqad in 2015[10]. Together they have one daughter, Lillia, born in San Diego in December of 2018.

External Links


  1. Ferdinand Godinez (2018-12-05). "Have you heard about this epic comic book?". Abu Dhabi World Online. Retrieved 2020-10-05.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "Wayl: the story of the UAE's first English superhero comic book". Retrieved 2020-10-05.
  3. "Zaid Adham". IMDb. Retrieved 2020-10-05.
  4. Schudiske, Eric (2011-09-30). "Geocaching Vlogs and Online Videos – The New Horizon of Caching Media". Official Blog. Retrieved 2020-10-05.
  5. "The Black Key Challenge: Nothing is Impossible". OutdoorUAE. 2012-06-13. Retrieved 2020-10-05.
  6. 6.0 6.1 "'Wayl' comic creators aim for realism in Arab superhero tale". Retrieved 2020-10-05.
  7. Bulos, Nabih (2016-07-24). "In a time of upheaval, the superheroes of the Arabic world are closer to Batman than Superman". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2020-10-05.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  8. events, Stay up to date with all our. "Zaid Adham". Emirates Airline Festival of Literature. Retrieved 2020-10-05.
  9. "Emirates Airline Festival Of Literature Closes With Spectacular Finale In Aid Of Dubai Cares Refugee Programme – UAE Today Blog". Retrieved 2020-10-05.
  10. "Fly Me To The Moon: A Travel-Themed Wedding By Dot The I's Events". Bride Club Me. 2017-03-23. Retrieved 2020-10-05.

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