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Sunstone, Vol. 1

(Sunstone #1)

4.38  ·  Rating details ·  4,026 ratings  ·  515 reviews
«Sexual nerds. That is what BDSM people are, behind all the pretense...»
From critically-acclaimed creator Stjepan Šejić (Death Vigil, Ravine, Aphrodite IX, Witchblade) comes Sunstone, a love story like no other.

Lisa's tastes were always...unique. Longing to be restrained, without restrain. Lisa always felt like something was missing from her love life─until she met Ally. A
Paperback, 128 pages
Published January 6th 2015 by Image Comics (first published November 2011)
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Andrew Because it was written as a webcomic and then adapted to a trade paperback, it wasn't published as individual "issues" so there are no chapter breaks.…moreBecause it was written as a webcomic and then adapted to a trade paperback, it wasn't published as individual "issues" so there are no chapter breaks. (less)

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Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
Dec 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Chelsea by: Melanie
Shelves: comics-n-stuff, queer
I LOVED THIS SO MUCH OMG. The only reason I'm not giving it a full 5 star is bc the sex scenes were fade to black but everything else about this was PERFECT. *kisses my gay ass fingertips*
Jun 29, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If I catch you reading Fifty Shades of Grey, I am going to politely remove it from your grasp and hand you a copy of Sunstone instead. And if you’re into great characters and wonderful, sweet, funny romance stories that explore sexuality, then I am also going to hand you a copy of Sunstone.

To be clear, this is a story that heavily features BDSM, but I want you to set aside any preconceived notions you have about that and read it anyway. First of all, it is an incredibly beautiful, informative, a
Apr 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Melanie by: Chelsea
Sunstone was everything I wanted and oh so much more! I'm so pleased, I'm actually grinning writing this review. I laid on the floor in front of my bookshelves, read this, got up, came to my computer and started typing this review with a goofy grin on my face. It just won't go away! I'm so impressed!

Stjepan Šejić worked on the end art of Rat Queens, Vol. 2: The Far Reaching Tentacles of N'rygoth, and I have to say that I wasn't that impressed with it. I was a little apprehensive to go into this
Ann D-Vine
Jan 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned-comic-tpbs
I'd really like to read Sunstone from the perspective of someone who isn't intimately familiar with BDSM culture. As a submissive myself, I went into Sunstone thinking it would "normalize" BDSM; it'd make BDSM seem "regular," so to speak, and demonstrate that kink culture isn't something to be frightened of, but rather, something quite romantic - personal, exciting, and deeply intimate. Reading it, I did think, "well, this is cute, and sweet, and charming and funny, and it sure does make BDSM se ...more
Crystal Starr Light
Nov 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Bullet Review:

This was recommended, oddly enough, by my local comic bookstore guy - and he recommended it to me, not for the hot lesbian bondage sex but for the insane humor and narrative.

You know what? He hit the nail on the head - this book is hilarious and charming, with the most adorable narrative voice I've read in a long while. I've never read any erotic comics before, certainly no lesbian BDSM, but this was absolutely charming and adorable!

"Fifty Shades", eat your heart out!

Side note: did
A lot of great reviews have already been written on this work so I'll keep this short and point out my impressions as a non-BDSM lesbian who has triggers around exploitive porn.

First off, is it exploitive? No.

Does a male author/illustrator somehow adversely impact the depiction of a f/f relationship? No.

Is this in the fantasy genre (i.e. vampires, demons, unicorns, dragons)? No. The cover looks like it may be but this is a contemporary romance in our everyday world.

Is BDSM well represented? I th
Feb 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was excellent. I saw the cover of this book and was intrigued, but I'll he honest, it looks a little like it could border on sexual porn more than tasteful BDSM. I was wrong. One of my friends read this and loved it, she said it was tastefully done and beautiful and I knew I had to try it. I'm so glad that I have...

This is the story of Ally and Lisa, two women who are both excited by the ideas of BDSM but have never had a lot of luck finding people to trust enough to practice it with. BDSM
This is my first encounter with artist Stjepan Šejić and I have to say I enjoy his style. I really took my time with it, reading it in small increments and absorbing all the artwork.

The story is about Ally and Lisa, two women who meet online over BDSM and start exchanging ideas about their fantasies. After two months of increasing engaging encounters they decide to meet in real life. The two straight women connect and become friends with bdsm domme-sub benefits and slowly realise they are not so
Oct 10, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Steelwhisper by: Misha Hamu
This is an "it was okay", with the art being around 3*-4* (a bit too cutesy for my taste) and the story unfortunately so much less that it rounded to 2*.

I'm afraid I was bored. The reason most likely is the same reason why a lot of other YA and NA bores me: I'm past that age and in general I'm not interested in many of the current problems, a lot of which are artificially pushed or caused by the media in my opinion.

Next comes that as someone who's entered the lifestyle at around that age herself
Skye Kilaen
Lisa and Ally thought they could get together for some BDSM entertainment with no emotional strings attached. Hahaha, you silly girls, that would be too easy. Five graphic novel volumes worth of feeeelings later, the series concluded, and Sunstone fans everywhere almost freaked out until we were told there would be spinoffs. It's too hard to let go of such a geeky, adorable, complex-because-people-are-dorks romance vibe like this! If you have triggers for BDSM elements, clearly this won't work f ...more
Oct 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Waaaah ! I just binged-read all the volumes so I can't really give any specific about each volume today. I will do it next time I read them (and there will be one I can tell )
To sum-up :
The art is awesome.
The main characters are so sweet.
There is no porn vibes thank you sweet god.
It's sensual, tender and beautiful and I'm so in love with all of it ^^.

I gifted myself the paperback version last month. This is a really sweet story of two nerdy woman (sharing a huge kink, but to each one his
Funny, sexy, sweet and all the eye candy you can handle!

I generally am not a big fan of graphic novels but a friend recommended this series and boy am I glad she did. I wasn't really sure what to expect but I was very pleasantly surprised when I ended up falling in love with the main characters.

This is not just a graphic novel to stare at (half) naked women, the story line is absolutely captivating. It tells of how Ally and Lisa met through their shared interest in BDSM.
While due to the absolut
Nov 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Nooit gedacht dat ik een strip waarin BDSM centraal staat vijf sterren zou geven, maar zeg nooit nooit natuurlijk. Sunstone is zoveel meer dan alleen maar sexy times, hoewel dat er zeker een belangrijke rol in speelt. Het verhaal draait voornamelijk rond Ally en Lisa en hoe ze elkaar leren kennen via hun seksuele voorkeuren. Voor de rest gebeurt er weinig, maar meer moest dat echt niet zijn. De tekenstijl is echt schitterend en ik heb met veel bewondering gekeken naar hoe de prenten getekend én ...more
Jan 13, 2017 rated it liked it
This wasn't really my favourite but I found the bonus content interesting and the art is pretty. The author's inspiration was a better story to me than the actual story though. There seemed to be a lot of writing for a comic, too, and I didn't feel enough of a connection to the characters to want to read all that. It felt like they were trying too hard to be awkward and likeable. I liked that the author tried to give meaning to things but it fell flat for me.

Maybe I'd have a different POV if
Jul 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
While the artwork is outstanding and undeniably sexy, the story is fantastic. Stjepan Šejić is a great writer and a great artist, and is my probably my favorite right now.
Lea (drumsofautumn)
Wow!!!! Wow wow wow wow wow!!!!!!! This was soo goooood. I expected to enjoy this but I didn't think I would love this so much. But everything about this was great.
The art was absolutely BEAUTIFUL and just overall so well done. And god, I just loved everything about its content. It had a lot of really good information about BDSM in there (that didn't feel info-dumpy though). The characters were so lovely. I loved seeing them go through all of these different emotions, how nervous they were but a
Lady Entropy
Jun 17, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was a bit hesitant about reading this book, but it was highly recommended by a friend who's into BDSM as a good and sound view into that world.

And I am glad I did because this book is, first and foremost, a book about nice, interesting and sometimes crazy people, who, in general are either deep into or exploring their own connection to BDSM. So no cheep titillation, just something positive about friends, trust and love.

Recommended, no doubt to anyone who wants to know a little more about this
Rachael Marie
Oh my Gosh

Sexy, romantic, witty and so relatable. This is everything you need from a BDSM lesbian fantasy. I absolutely adored this.
May 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Every now and again I like to read something out of my normal range, my comfort zone even. Maybe its my age or my mind working, I just don't know, but I have really enjoyed stretching my brains out a bit to indulge in something new this past couple of years.
Sunstone was revealed to me by watching John Wick's unreview series on Youtube. I went there to watch a review on a roleplaying game and he also threw out some ideas of what he is reading right now. Sunstone was one of his suggestions.

Note: T
For some reason, I've decided this is the cat gif review. (shrugs)

Sunstone deals with what some people might call uncomfortable topics, but which will surprise no one who is acquainted with:
(a) fanfiction
(b) M/M romances
(c) anime fan-girls

I happen to be one of those people.

So the point is that, other than the spectacular art and loving relationships, there's nothing surprising. If however, you were:
(a) living under a rock/without internet
(b) introduced to BDSM via 50 Shades of Anything
(c) s
Feb 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Warning: This book is SUPER NSFW or those who have an issue with naked ladies and BDSM. If this is your thing, however, read on!

Sunstone is a lovely book. I'm just a huge fan overall, because I believe it's also an important one. It's super timely that this would get attention via the Image Comics blog because Fifty Shade of Grey just opened up in theaters, and while I'm not a part of the BDSM community, I knew something was off with 50 Shades. As in, how is it that he can get away with being so
Jun 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
This graphic novel is full of sex, fetishes and BDSM while being... adorable? That's crazy to say, but I truly think it was a sweet and cute way of showing the development of a relationship between two women whose sexual attractions are not acceptable by society's standards. I loved how communication and awkwardness was portrait in here- it was very realistic!
This was such a different and unique read, that mainly focuses on building healthy and honest relationship. I really enjoyed it, and I'm d
Aug 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I am already madly in love with this story and these characters, as well as wildly turned on.
I 100% forgot that I read this years ago??
Kind of want to finish the series now
Jan 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014-read
You can read the full review over at my blog:

Erotic Fiction isn’t really my deal. I’ve never dabbled in it outside of some really lame urban fantasy romance novels, and it is not a genre that interests me at all. But Stjepan Sejic, yes, I’m a huge fan of the artist. I got into his work through Artifacts for Top Cow and that quickly spiraled into an obsession with his work on Witchblade with all those gorgeous covers of his most of all, and then this year i
Dov Zeller
Feb 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
What a surprisingly sweet and delightful little book. Not sure if I'll read on. On one hand, curious, on the other, I kind of like where it ends. Also not sure if they are all at the library. But, we'll see. In any case, grateful to have come across something equal parts sexy, nerdy and adorable. I do struggle a bit with this art style in which women's bodies seem are air-brushy perfect.
Feb 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I'm kind of in love!

I love the story, the artwork and the premise! I'm definitely going to read the next one!
Apr 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I wish I could give this ten stars. Twenty stars. ALL THE STARS IN THE SKY!
Dec 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018
This graphic novel is amazing. The story is actually so detailed and there’s a lot of emphasis is on the ways that BDSM relationships works and the kinds of emotions that play into those experiences.
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Stjepan Šejić is a Croatian comic book writer and artist, known for his work on the series Witchblade, Aphrodite IX, Sunstone, and The Darkness among others.

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Sunstone (5 books)
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