On A Sunbeam

On A Sunbeam

Graphic Novel - 2018
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In two interwoven timelines, a ragtag crew travels to the deepest reaches of space, rebuilding beautiful, broken structures to piece the past together; and two girls meet in boarding school and fall deeply in love, only to learn the pain of loss.
Publisher: New York : First Second, [2018]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9781250178145
Branch Call Number: 741.5 23
Characteristics: 533 pages : chiefly color illustrations ; 22 cm


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Originally a web comic, Tillie Walden brings to life a fantastical world with her writing and her art. A cast of all female characters navigate abandoned buildings in space, cleaning them up for various companies. Though they try to forget their past, that's not possible. The art is breathtaking, reminding me a bit of the Saga series.

Aug 16, 2019

Every aspect of this story was incredible. The artwork was beautiful, yet poignant. The characters were tangible and real (and almost all of them were LGBTQ+). The story itself was fascinating from start to finish. I love dystopian and futuristic novels and this one exceeded my expectations--it was nothing like anything I have read before. The book follows the life of a young adult girl who struggled to survive highschool and is now flying around space repairing ancient monuments. I love how the author layered in other stories within the book and the way everything came together at the end. I strongly recommend this book to anyone who loves futuristic fiction.

Aug 12, 2019

My daughter, 12, loved this book. Read it 2-3 times in 24 hours.

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.

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