Walden’s sophomore graphic novel blew me away. A nearly complete departure from her first graphic memoir, Spinning, On a Sunbeam is the story and reflection of Mia, a crew worker on board a spacecraft, cleaning up architectural messes intergalactically. This novel is a sweeping love story, filled with beautiful world-building, graphics, and characters.
Mia spends a good chunk of her time remembering her life and her love at a boarding school. Her crew find out about this long lost love of hers and agree to take a trip to a potentially dangerous and well-protected location in space to see if her love has held strong over the ages. Walden’s graphics are beautiful, and I loved that she spent time letting the pictures show the story. Not every page is filled with words. If you like The Sculptor by Scott McCloud, this book had a similar feeling. And it’s a huge tome! I love fat graphic novels, and so appreciate the amount of work that went into building such a magnificent story.