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Alone In Space compiles award-winning cartoonist Tillie Walden’s short comics into a stunning and comprehensive collection of the early work which shot her to fame on both sides of the Atlantic. We start with Tillie’s first published comic The End of Summer, in which Lars battles illness in a secluded castle at the start of an endless winter with a giant cat to keep him com Alone In Space compiles award-winning cartoonist Tillie Walden’s short comics into a stunning and comprehensive collection of the early work which shot her to fame on both sides of the Atlantic. We start with Tillie’s first published comic The End of Summer, in which Lars battles illness in a secluded castle at the start of an endless winter with a giant cat to keep him company amid mounting family tensions. Also featured are I Love This Part - Tillie’s bittersweet breakout story of small-town teen romance, and A City Inside - a study of growth and adulthood through a surreal and poetic recounting of one woman’s life. Also included are never-before collected early sketches, prints, webcomics, and short stories from magazines, such as What It’s Like To Be Gay In An All-Girls Middle School. If Tillie Walden is the future of comics, then the future starts here.


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Alone In Space compiles award-winning cartoonist Tillie Walden’s short comics into a stunning and comprehensive collection of the early work which shot her to fame on both sides of the Atlantic. We start with Tillie’s first published comic The End of Summer, in which Lars battles illness in a secluded castle at the start of an endless winter with a giant cat to keep him com Alone In Space compiles award-winning cartoonist Tillie Walden’s short comics into a stunning and comprehensive collection of the early work which shot her to fame on both sides of the Atlantic. We start with Tillie’s first published comic The End of Summer, in which Lars battles illness in a secluded castle at the start of an endless winter with a giant cat to keep him company amid mounting family tensions. Also featured are I Love This Part - Tillie’s bittersweet breakout story of small-town teen romance, and A City Inside - a study of growth and adulthood through a surreal and poetic recounting of one woman’s life. Also included are never-before collected early sketches, prints, webcomics, and short stories from magazines, such as What It’s Like To Be Gay In An All-Girls Middle School. If Tillie Walden is the future of comics, then the future starts here.

30 review for Alone in Space: A Collection

  1. 5 out of 5

    s.penkevich

    Tillie Walden is a phenomenal artist and graphic novelist. It is even more stunning to realize she achieved success so early in her career. At present she is 25 has been awarded two Eisner Awards for her graphic memoir, Spinning, and Are You Listening?, and is likely my favorite artist working in the genre. Alone in Space is a gorgeous, hardbound collection containing her first three graphic novels--The End of Summer, i love this part, and A City Inside--as well as her early publications, cours Tillie Walden is a phenomenal artist and graphic novelist. It is even more stunning to realize she achieved success so early in her career. At present she is 25 has been awarded two Eisner Awards for her graphic memoir, Spinning, and Are You Listening?, and is likely my favorite artist working in the genre. Alone in Space is a gorgeous, hardbound collection containing her first three graphic novels--The End of Summer, i love this part, and A City Inside--as well as her early publications, coursework and other various artistic endeavours. This is a lovely book for fans as well as newcomers that showcases her craft and presents a unique look at the artist at work coming towards her signature styles. The artwork is simply breathtaking. Many of the stories are sad, like deeply sad in that feeling like the floor has dropped out from under you, but it is also a cleansing sort of sadness to read. A good cry. It’s a specific sadness that was very real to me in my teenage years and I think the way Walden captures it is very healing and beautiful. I Love This Part especially nails this bittersweet reflection on relationships. Walden is an absolute gem and this collection contains multitudes of genius. Each of the three main stories is so gorgeously illustrated it seems unbelievable. While the first is a bit choppy and if someone were to say it was difficult to follow they wouldn’t be wrong, it is still a very moving piece that isn’t any less for not quite achieving the absolutely ambitious goals it set out to do. Here we see Walden really diving into architectural art while still being overly detailed and realistic with character designs, something it is fun to watch loosen up and develop into a really signature character vibe in her later work. Walden cites Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli as a major influence, which is apparent in her whimsicality, as well as Little Nemo in Slumberland which also shows up in the imaginativeness and is honored by naming the giant cat Nemo in this first story. [image error] I Love This Part is absolutely devastating in a good way. Like, this book is worth it just for this. It is quick snapshots of the course of a relationship in a way that feels like poetry, both visual and through the brief snippets of conversation. You feel the whole thing through glimpses in a way that totally embodies the emotion in such a succinct and incredibly prodigious way. Here we also see Walden experimenting with color and her early signature style of characters writ large upon landscapes and architecture. It’s a really powerful artistic statement that makes me think of film. It’s both when the landscape dwarfs a character and a close up where the character overrides the setting, showing both the vastness of life yet centering in on how someone you love fills that entire space. This story is sure to bring tears and it feels so honest and real. It also seems to feature a character-type that appears in much of her work: the dark skinned girl who leaves the protagonist, usually for external reasons (here it is because she is, understandably, not ready to be openly gay). A City Inside is a beautiful fable-like story that also uses the characters large against a city (or dwarfed for emotional purposes) and addresses a different angle of relationships. The various works at the end of the book are a joy to read through. It’s fascinating watching her perfect her style and experiment around, seeing early attempts at color to bits like The Fader which hint at the style she would us in On A Sunbeam, which isn’t just my favorite of her works but one of my absolute favorite graphic novels in general. Particularly noteworthy is the short What It’s Like to be Gay in an All-Girls Middle School which is so wonderfully open, honest, moving and very well paced. This section is great as well as each work begins with a short statement from the artist to provide context or insight. This is a wonderful portfolio of work. Tillie Walden is a shining star and I’m so excited to follow her career. Everything she draws is absolutely gorgeous and her stories are so overflowing with emotion it is impossible to not be swept away. 5/5

  2. 4 out of 5

    Dave Schaafsma

    A 2021 collection of early works from Tillie Walden, who is now teaching at the Center for Comics Studies. I own half of this collection: The End of Summer, i love this part, and A City Inside, but it was fun to see it all lovingly collected together, to see the evolution of her craft over time. She's as of this year 25?!! and has two Eisner Awards for Spinning, and Are You Listening? This collection includes some work she did from age 16-20, including work she did at the CCS when she was a stud A 2021 collection of early works from Tillie Walden, who is now teaching at the Center for Comics Studies. I own half of this collection: The End of Summer, i love this part, and A City Inside, but it was fun to see it all lovingly collected together, to see the evolution of her craft over time. She's as of this year 25?!! and has two Eisner Awards for Spinning, and Are You Listening? This collection includes some work she did from age 16-20, including work she did at the CCS when she was a student. "What it's like to be gay in an all-girls middle school" I had not previously read, but she admits it was an early/youthful piece that helped her rise in popularity. One things she makes clear here is that Studio Ghibli and Miyazaki are huge influences on her whimsical, ethereal, emotional style, the delicate line drawing, the pastel washes, the intimacy. Some combination of strength and fragility. Walden is one of the best artists around; she likes to draw girls/women, cats, and architecture, among other things. The girls she depicts don't speak much but communicate perfectly well though subtle gestures and facial expressions. Art for introverts. Much of her work is available still online, but thanks to Avery Hill Publishing, we can read it in a beautiful hardcover edition.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Althea

    There's not much I can say about this collection other than that I absolutely adored it! Though I don't think I fully understood The End of Summer, my favourites in the collection were I Love This Part, The City Inside, Slumberland, Cramped, Ghibli, The Weather Woman, and The Fader. Some of the comics even managed to make me cry! What I do know is that Tillie Walden is now on my list of auto-buy authors! Want more queer books? You can find me here: Book Blog | Twitter | Instagram There's not much I can say about this collection other than that I absolutely adored it! Though I don't think I fully understood The End of Summer, my favourites in the collection were I Love This Part, The City Inside, Slumberland, Cramped, Ghibli, The Weather Woman, and The Fader. Some of the comics even managed to make me cry! What I do know is that Tillie Walden is now on my list of auto-buy authors! Want more queer books? You can find me here: Book Blog | Twitter | Instagram

  4. 5 out of 5

    Emily Flinn

    I don’t think I will ever be able to get over how talented Walden is. Alone in Space is a collection of three graphic novellas and early comic work Walden did from age 16-20, which just blows my mind that she was so truly creative and inventive when she was so young. I’ve read some of these shorts before online but seeing them altogether really shows her development as an writer. As an artist, it’s wonderful to see her experiment, flourish, and find her style. She really continues to be an inspir I don’t think I will ever be able to get over how talented Walden is. Alone in Space is a collection of three graphic novellas and early comic work Walden did from age 16-20, which just blows my mind that she was so truly creative and inventive when she was so young. I’ve read some of these shorts before online but seeing them altogether really shows her development as an writer. As an artist, it’s wonderful to see her experiment, flourish, and find her style. She really continues to be an inspiration and influence to me and my own artwork: reading anything from her just absolutely cements that fact.

  5. 4 out of 5

    rachel ☾

    ➸ Trigger warnings for (view spoiler)[coming out themes, internalised lesbomisia, graphic death of a pet cat, terminal illness (hide spoiler)] . Blog • Trigger Warning Database • Twitter • Instagram ➸ Trigger warnings for (view spoiler)[coming out themes, internalised lesbomisia, graphic death of a pet cat, terminal illness (hide spoiler)] . Blog • Trigger Warning Database • Twitter • Instagram

  6. 5 out of 5

    Tina

    Can't wait for this to come out and see it in person! Can't wait for this to come out and see it in person!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Ra(c)hel

    Tillie Walden is my must-buy author. Anytime she releases a book, I must run out and buy it - it is the law. When I saw this beautiful collection announced, I was a bit torn - I had, of course, hoped for a new self-contained story, but was also excited to finally complete my collection, as I don't own physical copies of The End of Summer or A City Inside. The collection itself is beautifully made and each story holds its own while also not falling out of line - seeing as how some of Tillie's ear Tillie Walden is my must-buy author. Anytime she releases a book, I must run out and buy it - it is the law. When I saw this beautiful collection announced, I was a bit torn - I had, of course, hoped for a new self-contained story, but was also excited to finally complete my collection, as I don't own physical copies of The End of Summer or A City Inside. The collection itself is beautifully made and each story holds its own while also not falling out of line - seeing as how some of Tillie's earliest work is included, this is most definitely a testament to her talent. While I still consider diving head first into Spinning or On A Sunbeam to be the optimal way to get started on your Tillie Walden reading journey, there is definitely no harm in reading her shorter works without any experience with her longer ones. I have started seeing many young artists on social media platforms such as TikTok masterfully emulating her art style, which only cements what I have been saying since I first read Spinning and got to go to a reading event for the book: Tillie Walden will be one of the most influential visual storytellers our generation has to offer, though, to be fair, I think she already is.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Alex Sarll

    A beautiful, satisfyingly solid and even delightfully fragrant (at least if you get the physical edition, though obviously I can't stop you sniffing pixels to check) collection of Tillie Walden's early graphic novels The End Of Summer, I Love This Part and A City Inside, all of which I've reviewed separately, and none of which I'm coding links to here because at some point I appear to have decided I am strictly a plain-text reviewer. But also, 100+ pages of other work, previously unavailable or A beautiful, satisfyingly solid and even delightfully fragrant (at least if you get the physical edition, though obviously I can't stop you sniffing pixels to check) collection of Tillie Walden's early graphic novels The End Of Summer, I Love This Part and A City Inside, all of which I've reviewed separately, and none of which I'm coding links to here because at some point I appear to have decided I am strictly a plain-text reviewer. But also, 100+ pages of other work, previously unavailable or at best hard to find. Given they were produced from ages 16-20, I almost called them juvenilia, but they certainly don't look it; Walden may mutter in the notes about bits she doesn't like (personally I thought those chairs were fine), but to me they still feel like very good comics. Themes and motifs recur from the other books – giant girls, architecture with a certain melancholy to it, young women feeling disconnected from the world around them. Deep woods and gentle colours, darkness which can flip very easily from a refuge to a threat. It's a haunting, wistful wonder of an omnibus, an enticing treasure-trove of a thing.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Robert

    Lovely collection of early work by this prodigiously talented young cartoonist. You can see the beginnings of a brilliant career within these pages. My interview feature with Walden is now up on Publishers Weekly: https://bit.ly/3wA7zAX Lovely collection of early work by this prodigiously talented young cartoonist. You can see the beginnings of a brilliant career within these pages. My interview feature with Walden is now up on Publishers Weekly: https://bit.ly/3wA7zAX

  10. 5 out of 5

    Sara.K

    Wow❤️

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jason Furman

    I am a completist and with this I think I have now completed most everything by Tillie Walden (to date, of course, there will be much more). This is a collection of her early works (three of which were previously published standalone): The End of Summer: I read and reviewed this before and found it "The artwork is fascinating, it is set in a castle that is as interesting as any of the characters, but the story is too slight, surreal, and makes too little sense to really carry it beyond the intere I am a completist and with this I think I have now completed most everything by Tillie Walden (to date, of course, there will be much more). This is a collection of her early works (three of which were previously published standalone): The End of Summer: I read and reviewed this before and found it "The artwork is fascinating, it is set in a castle that is as interesting as any of the characters, but the story is too slight, surreal, and makes too little sense to really carry it beyond the interest of looking at the pictures." I re-read it and mostly felt the same thing but felt a little more charitable because of something I had read Walden write about her not knowing what it meant, without expecting to find a conventional story I was more free to enjoy the artwork and weirdness of it all. i love this part: This was my favorite in the collection, a depiction of a relationship, some of its joys and tensions, and a breakup followed by sharing a playlist. The two women are depicted as larger than the cities they stride through, the world is almost reduced to them together, and the combination of black ink plus what looks like purple watercolor matches the mood perfectly. A City Inside: What looks like it begins and ends with a therapy session most of it is exploring her own deepest thoughts which are depicted as largely being alone in a somewhat surreal city/world. More comprehensible than The End of Summer but not quite as visually interesting. Finally, the book includes a set of comics Walden did from age 16-20, mostly not complete stories but fragments, exercises, assignments and the like, mostly a lot of fun--much of which we've seen more of in her subsequent books.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Loz

    A fascinating wander through the exemplary work of Tillie Walden. Gorgeous, emotionally destructive, and always powerful.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Lizzy // The Bookish Unicorn

    A fun collection of Tillie Walden's older works! I unfortunately did not enjoy the first story, but the rest was great! A fun collection of Tillie Walden's older works! I unfortunately did not enjoy the first story, but the rest was great!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Darcy Roar

    A wonderfully collection of shorts with Walden's characteristic depth and emotion. They're lovely and sad and hopeful and daring by turns. If you've enjoyed any of her previous work there's something in here you'll love. Also, big people + tiny buildings is a mood and I am very down. A wonderfully collection of shorts with Walden's characteristic depth and emotion. They're lovely and sad and hopeful and daring by turns. If you've enjoyed any of her previous work there's something in here you'll love. Also, big people + tiny buildings is a mood and I am very down.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Wayne McCoy

    'Alone in Space: A Collection' with stories and art by Tillie Walden is a graphic novel collection of short stories and art by Hugo-nominated cartoonist Tillie Walden. The main longer story is 'The End of Summer' about a group of people living in a castle with a large cat named Nemo and some tense family relationships. Other stories focus on various stages of relationships. In a style inspired by Winsor McKay and Hayao Miyazaki, characters are larger than the areas they live in. The whole thing ha 'Alone in Space: A Collection' with stories and art by Tillie Walden is a graphic novel collection of short stories and art by Hugo-nominated cartoonist Tillie Walden. The main longer story is 'The End of Summer' about a group of people living in a castle with a large cat named Nemo and some tense family relationships. Other stories focus on various stages of relationships. In a style inspired by Winsor McKay and Hayao Miyazaki, characters are larger than the areas they live in. The whole thing has a dreamlike feel, but also borders on melancholy. I loved the tone of the stories and art in this collection. It's got the feel of ephemera at times, but I think that fits the art quite well, a loose disconnected style that speaks to our inner longings. I received a review copy of this graphic novel from Letter Better in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for allowing me to review this graphic novel.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Claire

    A collection of Tillie Walden's early work from when she was a teenager and starting to draw, from her college pieces and then her first few books, including I love this part and A city inside. A city inside is my favourite of her books and I was delighted to finally have a copy alongside, I love this part, which is so sweet. I also really enjoyed watching her creative explorations and development through the years. If you're thinking about becoming an graphic artist this will be very helpful. A collection of Tillie Walden's early work from when she was a teenager and starting to draw, from her college pieces and then her first few books, including I love this part and A city inside. A city inside is my favourite of her books and I was delighted to finally have a copy alongside, I love this part, which is so sweet. I also really enjoyed watching her creative explorations and development through the years. If you're thinking about becoming an graphic artist this will be very helpful.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Brittany

    I just adore Tillie Walden's work. She's definitely an auto-buy author for me, and probably my favorite cartoonist / illustrator that I've ever read from. Her style is such an amazing mix of intricate, detailed backgrounds and more simplistic characters that makes each panel seem like something you could stare at for hours and still find new details to notice. I love that this collection really showed us her growth over the years too - with brief commentary from her - including learning more abo I just adore Tillie Walden's work. She's definitely an auto-buy author for me, and probably my favorite cartoonist / illustrator that I've ever read from. Her style is such an amazing mix of intricate, detailed backgrounds and more simplistic characters that makes each panel seem like something you could stare at for hours and still find new details to notice. I love that this collection really showed us her growth over the years too - with brief commentary from her - including learning more about digital coloring, finding her style, and more. It's a quick read, but just as lovely as all her other works.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Madison Fletcher

    This is an incredible compilation of Tillie Walden's work. From the first story 'The End of Summer' to the last comic strip, this whole thing is so good. 'The End of Summer' is beautifully drawn and the story is so good. I adore Nemo. I also like how in contrast to some of her other work, where the people are larger than the scenery, the building the family lives in is oversized. This story made me feel so much. But the same is true for so many of her other pieces in this collection. This is a m This is an incredible compilation of Tillie Walden's work. From the first story 'The End of Summer' to the last comic strip, this whole thing is so good. 'The End of Summer' is beautifully drawn and the story is so good. I adore Nemo. I also like how in contrast to some of her other work, where the people are larger than the scenery, the building the family lives in is oversized. This story made me feel so much. But the same is true for so many of her other pieces in this collection. This is a must read!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Beth

    Amazing and often painfully emotional stories from Walden's early years (age 16 to early 20s). The first, 3-part story, "End of Summer" is an alternate world with years' long seasons. Told from the standpoint of a preadolescent boy, it's rich with sublte family conflict, dysfunction, and love as well as truly amazing art. Other stories include a teen lesbian romance that is realistic in its arc and art, a metaphorical (or fantasy?) story of a young woman's maturity, and more. For older teens and Amazing and often painfully emotional stories from Walden's early years (age 16 to early 20s). The first, 3-part story, "End of Summer" is an alternate world with years' long seasons. Told from the standpoint of a preadolescent boy, it's rich with sublte family conflict, dysfunction, and love as well as truly amazing art. Other stories include a teen lesbian romance that is realistic in its arc and art, a metaphorical (or fantasy?) story of a young woman's maturity, and more. For older teens and adults who like Walden's other work, particularly fans of her "On a Sunbeam."

  20. 4 out of 5

    Liv

    Lovely. I love the worlds and art Walden creates. Everything feels so intense and specific. Through her art and characters, you’re able to feel every emotion. Her works are often so simple but the emotions are always there. I just love everything she does.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Cato

    An interesting retrospective of Tillie Walden's work so far. Seeing the evolution of her storytelling and artistic styles was particularly insightful. The end of summer was particularly weird, I loved it. An interesting retrospective of Tillie Walden's work so far. Seeing the evolution of her storytelling and artistic styles was particularly insightful. The end of summer was particularly weird, I loved it.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Etola

    This collection is full of strange, eerie, lovely and haunting comics. The detail work and evocation of place is incredible. Definitely a volume I'd want to pick up again and again, just to stare at the art. This collection is full of strange, eerie, lovely and haunting comics. The detail work and evocation of place is incredible. Definitely a volume I'd want to pick up again and again, just to stare at the art.

  23. 5 out of 5

    erin

    a delight. reading tillie always feels familiar and settling.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Paolo

    I love her lines. So fucking good.

  25. 5 out of 5

    H

    Not a bad book.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    Very fun to see the art styles develop, I love the larger than landscapes people in "I Love This Part" in particular. Very fun to see the art styles develop, I love the larger than landscapes people in "I Love This Part" in particular.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Tabor

    A stunning collection of Tillie Walden’s earlier work that provides a commentary on her learning and thought process. Mesmerizing as usual.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Asparkofh

    As always I adore everything Tillie Walden writes and draws.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Eleanor

    Tillie Walden is the best, and I immensely enjoyed this collection, seeing her style evolve and different stories unfold.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Rachel Hall

    The longest story in this collection is The End of Summer and I was very confused as I found the characters to look very similar. My favourite comic was “I love this part”

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