On A Sunbeam

On A Sunbeam

Graphic Novel - 2018 | First edition
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Interweaves the story of a crew traveling into deep space to rebuild beautiful, broken structures, with that of a pair of teen girls who meet at boarding school and fall deeply in love.
Publisher: New York : First Second, 2018
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781250178145
Characteristics: 533 pages : color illustrations ; 23 cm


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I couldn't put this book down as soon as I got it from my friend. The book has a wide cast, and i found a piece of myself within each character. I love this novel and would recommend it to any and everyone, considering the impact it had on me.

SCL_Justin Jun 20, 2019

Until the last chunk of the story this space opera is very quiet. There's a boarding school story and a space-crew story (set about five years later) and they're both lgbtq love stories. The colouring is beautiful and the space ship designs as well as the architecture are organically excellent, done with a delicate line. Actually, delicate is the adjective that works best for the whole book. It's great, and even though it does build up to an actiony set-piece finale that feels a lot less important than the exploration of how delicate relationships, even strong ones, can be.

Apr 14, 2019

I don't normally like Space Adventures, but this was interesting even if I had trouble telling some of the characters apart.

IndyPL_AustinS Mar 20, 2019

Tillie Walden's writing and artwork continue to amaze me. Whether she is writing something autobiographical like "Spinning" or science-fiction like this, her artwork and writing fit perfectly. Walden trades ice skates for starscapes and a traditional family for a more creative one here, and it drew me in throughout. I loved the story and relished the turn of every page.

Hillsboro_ElenaG Mar 19, 2019

A beautiful story of a chosen family of queer folks on an interplanetary construction/demolition crew, and a blossoming teen relationship severed by circumstance that may or may not be recoverable. The story is lovely, and the color palette of the illustrations in muted primary colors is perfect for this soft sci-fi tale, but this was originally a webcomic and the transition to print didn't do a kindness to the text, which is minuscule, or the fine detail, making it hard to distinguish between a couple of the characters.

Readers may prefer to enjoy this story in its original form, which is still available online.

Jan 02, 2019

This book is LGTQ+ friendly and I highly recommend it. The illustrations are gorgeous and the story revolves around queer love and doing everything and anything to feel like you belong. Community is life or death for queer people and this graphic novel reaches deep into that honesty while putting a beautiful sci-fi twist to it.

JCLChrisK Jan 02, 2019

A story with complex characters and relationships in a unique science fiction setting. I really appreciated the coming-of-age tale(s). The art is effective at tone and atmosphere, but I had trouble distinguishing characters at times and the action much of the time.

LPL_CentennialC Nov 26, 2018

"On a Sunbeam" is a queer found-family space opera story full of heart (and a story full of heart is the very best kind of story in my opinion). The worldbuilding is fantastic, especially the fish space ships, and all of the characters will worm their way into your heart. This book has the kind of tender, quiet moments that make you feel something like a Miyazaki film and it has all of the imagination and beauty to go with it.

We've still got a month to go, but I feel comfortable saying that this was my favorite comic published in 2018. I will be recommending this to people of all ages and genre interests, but especially any sci-fi lovers. Also - you can read this online as a webcomic, but I strongly advise reading in person for the wonderful quality of the art.

samcmar Aug 13, 2018

I loved the heck out of Tillie Walden's Spinning. When I heard that more of her comics were being published, I decided to keep my eye out for them. On a Sunbeam focuses on a female-female relationship that transcends to the deepest edge of the universe.

This book was beautiful. I loved Walden's artwork and the colour choice of muted tones throughout the story. There's a sense of loneliness, foreboding, and discomfort throughout On a Sunbeam, and that is reflected in the artwork through and through. What I loved about the story was the relationship between Mira and Grace. It felt very genuine and raw, right down to the moments where there was heartbreak. Mia is an interesting character in that she's very strong and smart, but she's not necessarily the most comfortable in her own skin. I found she was very easy to connect with.

There is also so much going on in this story. I think what I loved was how disjointed parts of it felt. Nothing entirely felt straight-forward and I found myself constantly questioning what was going on. Furthermore, there's some interesting discussion regarding language usage, family dynamics, and even though this story takes place in outer space, space itself feels like it's own character.

I loved reading On a Sunbeam, from its wonderful lady-driven romance, to its portrayal of family (and how family doesn't have to be blood). I think Tillie Walden is a talented storyteller who gets readers attached to her characters and often lets the reader feel a strong connection to them. This story is dark, yet hopeful, and I think it will gel with readers who want stories that they feel they can be closely connected to.


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Oct 23, 2018

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