Tillie Walden is a Texas-based cartoonist and illustrator, best-known for her poetic and dreamlike slice of life comics. She had a booming career start, with already four graphic novels and a webcomic to her name at the age of 21! Her work is characterized by its clean inks, dreamy watercolor tones, emphasis on structure and architecture, and emotional storytelling, often centering around teenage queer relationships.

A City Inside

Born in 1996 in Austin, Texas, Walden has been writing and drawing comics seriously since high school. She is a graduate of the Center for Cartoon Studies in Vermont, and ranks the productions of Studio Ghibli among her main influences. In 2015, she made her graphic novel debut at Avery Hill Publishing, a company based in London, UK. 'The End of Summer' (2015) was a melodrama about a man who battles illness, boredom and the pressures of family life in a secluded castle. The book won her an Ignatz award for Outstanding Artist. Her next book, 'I Love This Part' (Avery Hill, 2015) was a slice of life story about the developing friendship between two girls while they try to get through high school. In 'A City Inside' (Avery Hill, 2016), Walden explores the concept of aging through the life story of a woman, both through mundane and surreal graphics. In her first book for First Second Books, 'Spinning' (2017), the author chronicles her own coming of age and her 12 years as a competitive figure skater.

On A Sunbeam

In 2016 and 2017 Walden also made a webcomic called 'On A Sunbeam', which will be released in book format in 2018. Although her work covers true-to-life stories and emotions, the artist uses graphical and surreal imaginations to illustrate them. Recurring motifs in her work are crumbling buildings, towering skyscrapers, and close, warm rooms.

Comic strip for a local newspaper


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