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 DateOct 24th, 2018
GenreSequential Art, Graphic Novels, Comics, Science Fiction, Lgbt, Young Adult, Graphic Novels Comics, Fiction, Glbt, Queer, Romance

Reviews On A Sunbeam

  • Ewa
    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...
  • 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 character's motivations. And I am a little puzzled as to wh...
  • Mykola
    Цікаво, із чого складається манера оповіді у коміксі. Тіллі Вальден створює таку м'яку атмосферу засобами графіки, в тому числі й почерком у репліках, що навіть складні й гострі моменти сприймаються через ніжність.Це фантастика про космос і одноч...
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • 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, ...
  • Lauren James
    The most beautifully drawn, imaginative graphic novel about space travel. Every page of this was just absolutely stunning, especially the fish spaceships.
  • Ashley Owens
    Received an electronic copy from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.3.5 / 5 starsA gorgeously colored book with some great themes and even better characters. But ultimately this plot was all over the place, and that made it hard to read. So while I'm extremely happy with the representation in this novel, I would say that if you choose to pick it up, be patient with it. Don't go into it expecting action... even though it takes place on a s...
  • Annie
    I am in love with these beautiful queer girls (and Ell) and their fish spaceships. Tillie Walden’s art is incredibly beautiful and the use of color is as thoughtful as it is gorgeous. How brilliant of her to use color to establish timelines and signal character developments and shifts in relationships! I would like to go live in the fish spaceship now. If I cannot join a lesbian space family, I will maybe just paint my house the colors of this ...
  • Claire
    Bought, started, and finished in one day. I adored this book and I’m going to need to read it a couple more times before I can form a more detailed opinion on it, but it was beautiful.If you like space, and lesbians, and space lesbians (so many of them!), you’ll LOVE this comic.
  • Bryan Shields
    "If a 20 year old lesbian from Texas decided to make a science-fiction book"That's a direct quote from the author when asked how to describe "On A Sunbeam" on a more recent podcast (Comics Alternative) promoting this book.Speaking of podcasts, this is how I discovered Tillie Walden. She just happened to always be a guest on various podcasts I subscribed to and I always enjoyed listening to her talk about her work and other things. One thing I did...
  • Jennybeast
    Those ships! Those space vistas, unlike space vistas I've seen before. Such delight.
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  • Gaby
    I can't even begin to describe how magnificent this graphic novel is. Every page is so beautifully illustrated and the plot is so well thought out. The characters are lovely and dynamic—they jumped right off the page and into my heart. An incredible sci-fi adventure with such seamless diversity... I could have read another 500 pages of this incredible story.
  • Tara
    This science fiction graphic novel is the collected chapters of the webcomic of the same name. The imaginative worlds are beautifully created in simple colors. After finishing school, Mia joins a crew that flies to remote places on other worlds, restoring buildings and structures. Her story unfolds in flashbacks that reveal her past at boarding school, where she fell in love. Her girlfriend was taken home too soon, and for years Mia has dreamt of...
  • Lucille
    wowowowowow that was so GOOD!!!I read the webcomic here: http://www.onasunbeam.com/content warnings: bullying, misgendering, blood
  • laurel [suspected bibliophile]
    4.5 starsMia joins a reconstruction crew to help restore old buildings into whatever the new owners want, and along the way she finds a new family in her crewmates. But her old life from five years ago keeps haunting her...Okay, that summary sucks. This book is so much more complicated than I can explain, and so much weirder than I was expecting. And it was amazing.Fair warning: this is super crazy sci-fi, mostly fi and less sci. The science is n...
  • Kaitlyn Balsamides
    Can’t get over how amazing this graphic novel is. The artwork is stunning and the storyline is even more beautiful.
  • Daniela F
    This was such a beautiful journey, everything about this comic is magical and enticing. The characters are so lovable and complex and the ilustrations are breathtaking. Love it so much!
  • Dennis
    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 year I read a book by the name of Eliza and her Monsters. It’s a young adult story about a webcomic artist who’s suffering from social anxiety. It was a really wonderful read and it...
  • Isabel
    lots of feelings
  • Lou
    The f/f scifi story I didn't know I needed.
  • Molly
    This sprawling science fiction adventure starts off a little slow, but manages to pick up the pace and establish its colorful cast of characters just in time. At its heart, it's a story about friendship and family and love and loyalty, and it is pretty much unputdownable. I am going to be pushing it at friends *hard* come its print publication date. (I received access to this title via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.)
  • Becca (becandbones)
    CW: bullying, misgenderingThis is absolutely one of the best things I have ever read. I am awestruck with this entire story, the characters and the imagery.Walden weaves a story that follows Mia, the newest member on a space crew that reconstructs damaged and abandoned buildings. With a gorgeous and heartbreaking backstory, Mia is an outstanding character. From her quirks and humour and fiery spirit, to her phenomenal development as a character, ...
  • Anita
    Tillie Walden's art is amazing, there's no question about that. She brings emotion to each pane with Miyazaki level enchantment. This story is her best I've read yet. One that combines the braveness of becoming your own person with the uncertainty of your future in relation to where your past has brought you. I loved the relationships and the heart in this story that is driven by several strong lead characters. I want more, more more from these c...
  • Andres Catter
    A fantastic and moving story about love, sisterhood, family, and adventure. One of the best comics I’ve read in a while.
  • Sara Habein
    Beautiful story, great art. And a gender neutral character - how about that!