On to the Next Dream

On to the Next Dream

Passport Magazine

"It's a tender bruise of a book that finds the universal in the local. Along with offering a bittersweet farewell to the idealized city of his memory, Madonna crystallizes the universal ache of aging and the wisdom that accompanies it: 'Whether I liked it or not,' he writes, 'this era of my life was now at an end . . . Each of us has our own version of San Francisco. A portrait that is formed on the day we arrive, and that, as the years go by, hold up as the one true representation of the city. But because it’s a portrait of our own making, it’s different from everyone else’s, and therefore, inherently false . . . This wasn’t just my story, but the story of every person who has ever wanted their version of the world to stay the same.’"— Jim Gladstone, Passport Magazine

Interview on San Francisco's KQED "Forum"
Jun 18, 2017

Interview on KWMR, Pt Reyes, CA
Jun 14, 2017

Sunday Herald
May 19, 2017

"After two quietly gorgeous graphic novels about the architecture of San Francisco, Paul Madonna has now gravitated to a written narrative with illustrations which turns out to be a much louder prospect than either of his previous graphic novels All Over Coffee or Everything Is its Own Reward. The reason? San Fran's dotcom bubble and the hyperinflationary impact it has had on the city's property and rental market. Madonna was himself a victim of this particular Silicon Valley effect, having been evicted from his home in the city’s Mission District. In response he has turned that experience and his subsequent search for an affordable home into a new book, On to the Next Dream (City Light Books), an absurdist comic fable that still bubbles up with anger. The result is fiction - beautifully illustrated of course - but fiction fuelled by bitter reality."—Teddy Jamieson, Sunday Herald, Scotland


"Paul Madonna is the author of the long running San Francisco Chronicle series, All Over Coffee. His new book, On to the Next Dream, offers an absurdist take on his eviction from his Mission District home of ten years. Absurdist, but all too real. . . . Madonna should win a unanimous vote for best book opening of 2017."—Randy Shaw, BeyondChron

Featured in Entropy Magazine's Spring 2017 highlights
Apr 30, 2017
- Entropy Magazine

Paul Madonna intervewed on KALW
May 9, 2017

Hoodline: Interview
Apr 19, 2017
- Hoodline

San Francisco Chronicle

"Madonna has a new book that describes a kind of living nightmare that began when he received an eviction notice from his landlord that sent him into shock. In clean, crisp words and stark images, On to the Next Dream describes an emotional journey that took Madonna from anger and desperation to shame, sadness and acceptance." —Jonah Raskin, San Francisco Chronicle

Interview: "He Illustrated San Francisco for 12 Years — And Then Got Evicted."
Apr 18, 2017

"The book collects . . . short bursts of flash fiction both absurdist and time-traveling, all wrapped up in Madonna's singular melancholic way of capturing San Francisco."—Leilani Clark


Interview on Mission Local
Apr 14, 2017

"Artist and writer's new book offers bizarre, healing literary journey."

- Mission Local

7x7 Magazine

"The local genius behind the popular All Over Coffee comic strip that ran in the SF Chronicle for more than 12 years, has now doodled his way into a seriously San Franciscan book. On to the Next Dream is a series of drawings and stories from Madonna's own experience being evicted from his home in the Mission, and depicts the madness of the gentrifying megalopolis with the absurdity of magical realism. Of course, there's nothing magical about an overinflated housing bubble, but at least Madonna will have you laughing until the very last page."—Mikaela Luke

Paul Madonna interviewed on broke-ass stuart
Mar 30, 2017
- broke-ass stuart

Paul Madonna featured in the Anderson Valley Advertiser
Mar 29, 2017
- Anderson Valley Advertiser

The Rumpus Interview
Mar 29, 2017
- The Rumpus


"Progress—that is, gentrification—marches on in San Francisco, for better and for worse, in this fantastical narrative from the creator of All Over Coffee. What separates On to the Next Dream from other stories of gentrification is the strange sense of unreality (oddly reminiscent of Norton Juster's The Phantom Tollbooth, of all things) that accompanies artist/writer Paul Madonna’s fictionalized struggle to survive in a rapidly changing San Francisco."—Deborah Krieger, Popmatters

San Jose Mercury News

"Much has been written abut the 'tech wars' that have made living in San Francisco an impossible dream for old-timers and young workers. For writer and graphic artist Paul Madonna, the issue became personal when he found himself evicted from his Mission District home. Combining narrative and his distinctive graphics, "On to the Next Dream" depicts Madonna's struggle to find new digs."—Georgia Rowe