Tillie Walden

Creators / Featured Young Adult Guests

Tillie Walden is a cartoonist and illustrator from Austin, Texas. Born in 1996, she is a graduate of the Center for Cartoon Studies, a comics school in Vermont. Over the course of her time at CCS she published three books with the London-based Avery Hill Publishing, one of which, I Love This Part, was nominated for an Eisner Award in the best single issue category. When she is not drawing comics, Tillie can be found walking and listening to audiobooks or asleep with a cat. She also enjoys studying architecture and tries to incorporate that passion into her comics.

Tillie Walden attends TCAF as a Featured Guest for the first time, in support of her most recent release On A Sunbeam, published by First Second.

About On A Sunbeam

Two timelines. Second chances. One love.

A ragtag crew travels to the deepest reaches of space, rebuilding beautiful, broken structures to piece the past together.

Two girls meet in boarding school and fall deeply in love—only to learn the pain of loss.

With interwoven timelines and stunning art, award-winning graphic novelist Tillie Walden creates an inventive world, breathtaking romance, and an epic quest for love.

“Walden creates the intoxicating effect of a universe as mysterious as our real one.” ―The Atlantic

“Phenomenal . . . Utterly mesmerizing . . . A remarkable, stunning comic.” ―Bookliststarred review

“This masterful blend of science fiction–inflected school drama, road trip, and adventure is nothing less than marvelous.” ―Publishers Weeklystarred review

“A stunning interpretation of interstellar life . . . Bound to be a sci-fi favorite, especially for teens who also appreciated Nina LaCour’s We Are Okay.” —School Library Journal, starred review

“Both gently romantic and heartbreaking, the story ultimately celebrates love and the importance of chosen family. An affirming love story.” ―Kirkus