On A Sunbeam by Tillie Walden

On A Sunbeam

An epic graphic novel about a girl who travels to the ends of the universe to find a long lost love, from acclaimed author Tillie Walden.Throughout the deepest reaches of space, a crew rebuilds beautiful and broken-down structures, painstakingly putting the past together. As Mia, the newest member, gets to know her team, the story flashes back to her pivotal year in boarding school, where she fell in love with a mysterious new student. When Mia g...

Details On A Sunbeam

TitleOn A Sunbeam
Release DateAug 12th, 2019
GenreSequential Art, Graphic Novels, Science Fiction, LGBT, Comics

Reviews On A Sunbeam

  • may ➹
    oh my god oh my god oh my god oh my god oh my god oh my god oh my god oh my god oh my god oh my god oh my god oh my god oh my god oh my god oh my god oh my god oh my god oh my god oh my god oh my god oh my god oh my god oh my god I LOVED THIS SO MUCH oh my god oh my god oh my god oh my god oh my god oh my god oh my god oh my god oh my god oh my god oh my god oh my god oh my god oh my god oh my god oh my god oh my god oh my god oh my god oh my god...
  • Alice Oseman
    I think this is probably now one of my favourite books ever.
  • Cece (ProblemsOfaBookNerd)
    This is the most expansive, unique, deeply emotional story I’ve read in a long time. It has humor and passion and love and family and the dedication to tell a story the right way with the most beautiful images. It’s also my new favorite graphic novel of all time.
  • E.
    Read here Preferably at 2am while curled up under blanket and contemplating existence. "I read that chapter you showed me. About how I should think of all the circuits and wires like they're roads. And that it's like one big map. Every part is unique, but they're all connected. I think I sorta get it . . ." Mia begins her adult life and gets a job in reconstruction with a small team which consist of two married women, a niece of one of them, an...
  • April (Aprilius Maximus)
    Absolutely stunning.
  • David Schaafsma
    12/21/18: Just to say that thought I read this for a long time in web-comic format, I recommend the recently published paperback version I just got from the library. Some observations: I bet the (visual) tone of it is much darker than Walden intended. This is just something that struck me after reading the larger images online, that when the images were shrunk for the book format, they got darker, of course. But for a book with sun in the title, ...
  • Leore
    3.5 stars. This graphic novel was gorgeously illustrated, with some lovely art of space that I just had to take a bunch of pictures of. I liked the f/f romance aspect of it and the way it was portrayed, but I felt I couldn’t really get attached to the characters very much and the plot wasn’t the most original. Would recommend picking this up though!
  • Calista
    From the author of Spinning which I loved. This is a story set in space in what feels like the future. Lots of imagination on display here with great new things. I love the spaceship which looks like a flying fish. I did have issue with this story. To me, the girls looked similar for the most part and I couldn't keep up who was who and what was going on. It was fairly confusing for me and I'm not entirely sure what just happened. Many things are ...
  • Miriam
    Nice art and good character development.I liked the first half, which is two stories five years apart connected by the main character. In one she is a rebellious school experiencing first love; in the other a recent graduate at her first job, restoring old buildings. In spaaaaace. In the middle the actual plot begins to emerge and I didn't find it very satisfactory in terms of any of the characters' motivations. And I am a little puzzled as to wh...
  • ellie
    if the word beautiful was a book, this would be it.
  • biblioleah
    well that was one of the gayest and most fantastic graphic novels i’ve ever read 🥺💕 and the fact that there was a nb character? love that.
  • ⚔ Silvia ⚓
    This was so cute help
  • Romie
    this was so unapologetically queer, I'm happy (4.25)
  • Dov Zeller
    Mia, a sometimes reckless young adult, struggles academically at a prestigious outer space boarding school, and graduates worrying she's come to a bit of a dead-end in her life. That changes when she is assigned work on a spaceship that rebuilds old structures all over the galaxy or universe (or multiverse?). This is where the story begins. Mia's life seems to be moving forward in a positive direction. School wasn't easy for her academically or, ...
  • Rod Brown
    This is a really good book. It may have been a great book if the first half hadn't been so slow and meandering. We flip back an forth between the protagonist, Mia, new member of a building restoration construction crew, and her time at boarding school five years earlier. We slowly get to know the characters in both settings, but it is also obvious that the author is withholding crucial information and the wait for the reveal starts feeling a litt...
  • Alexa
    This was an adorable webcomic where basically all the characters are queer girls/women + one nonbinary person. (The nonbinary person is misgendered at one point but it's immediately called out.)The art style and the colours were very dream-like, and most of the time it worked really well to give the comic a unique feel, but sometimes I was a little lost. Still, I loved figuring out how the two timelines in the comic are connected (and how all the...
  • Iris
  • Carlos
    I enjoyed this book a lot, the author was able to make the world the characters inhabit come alive, the graphics , the imagery all made this graphic novel stand out. The writing was simple but the story it portrayed was nuanced and once you started comprehending the backstory of each of the characters you could'nt stop cheering for them. The diversity shown and the fact that it focused on women didn't feel forced and at no point in the story it f...
  • Kari Rhiannon (Moon Magister Reviews)
    This was so beautiful and wonderful and I’m going to have to buy a physical copy so I can stare at the artwork over and over again. Wow.
  • Dennis
    Back in early 2018 this was my first ever graphic novel (kinda crazy, I know) and now it is a 2019 Hugo finalist for Best Graphic Story (kinda cool :)).********Amateurish 2018 review: It’s like the older you get the more you forget that you can change things I don’t think I've ever read a graphic novel. And the last time I read a comic was probably in 5th grade. I can’t tell you why really. But there are a few reasons I start now.1) Last ye...
  • Boston
    2.5 stars. The artwork in this was beautiful and the story was cute in certain parts but overall this was mediocre. Major plot holes took away from my enjoyment of the book and left me with more questions than answers. It used a mute character as a plot device for shock value. The pretty artwork focused more on aesthetics than creating an understandable panel. I know this is petty but at one point a hand was very clearly drawn backwards and that ...
  • musa b-n
    This was such a gorgeous and excellent book. The story is super compelling, and the characters are all really neat. There is also not a single man like anywhere, and that's neat, too. There are sad and scary parts!! But also happy parts!! I think probably all of my friends would really enjoy this book. I was really touched by its themes.
  • Elizabeth A
    This young adult graphic novel has the tale unfold via two timelines, both of which hinge upon Mia. In the current timeline, Mia is on a spaceship with a crew that rebuilds broken down buildings. In the other timeline we have flashbacks of a pivotal year at boarding school. I should have loved this one. The entire universe seems to be populated by females, so there's none of that macho drama, though without Dads am not sure how we get new crops o...
  • Scarllet ✦ Underrated Lit Warrior
    you do not understand how much the found family trope means to me. my heart is full. will i write a real review later? maybe, but i feel happy i've read this one.
  • Lauren James
    The most beautifully drawn, imaginative graphic novel about space travel. Every page of this was just absolutely stunning, especially the fish spaceships.
  • aleks
    wow this was so wholesome my heart is fullAnd it was snowing while I was reading it I'm in love
  • Maia
    This book completely blew me away. I had already read and enjoyed other books by Tillie Walden, but this book exhibits her skills both as an artist and a writer at a completely new level. The pacing of the story, the style of the story, the plot and the emotions of the story are all braided into a completely seamless whole. Has anyone optioned the film rights for this story yet? I felt like I was hearing a soundtrack playing in my head as I read ...
  • Sarah
    I don't see a listing for the bound First Second version I just read, but this is adorable. I'm a sucker for kindness and queer found family.
  • Peacegal
    Thoughts:-I will admit to spending about the first quarter of this sci-fi graphic novel trying to figure out what was going on. Not a lot of time is spent on world-building, you just kind of have to pick things up as you go. In addition, there is a good deal of skipping around in time and I occasionally had difficulty telling the characters apart. -There is a lot of emotion in this one, and I think it would especially appeal to teenagers or peopl...
  • Eloise
    Gaaaaaah I LOVE THEM SO MUCH!THE CHARACTERS! AND THE WORLD! AND THE ART!This (web)comic had everything I needed: a fascinating world filled with brilliant queer women and non binary people (were there any men? i don't remember a single one).A group of stubborn but loveable people finding a home with each other and travelling the universe on a spaceship that looks like a giant fish.I'm... amazed.