Starting in his hometown of San Francisco and traveling to cities such as Paris, Rome, Buenos Aires and Tokyo, Paul Madonna offers his second body of drawings and writings. This stunning new collection, a testament to the artist and storyteller's careful observation of both the external and internal worlds, outdoes the masterful performance of his first book, All Over Coffee, offering an even richer catalogue of pen-and-ink cityscapes, short stories, conversations and thoughts. Entertaining and moving, gorgeous to look at, Madonna's work remains unique and unclassifiable.
"The book is fantastic.
Of time and tenderness.
Beautiful drawings. Beautiful text.
Ethereal and serious at once.
The book is its own reward."
––Maira Kalman, author of And the Pursuit of Happiness
"In Everything is its Own Reward, Paul Madonna has not only pressed graphic fiction way beyond its present boundaries, he has created a new and stunning art form where the stand-alone brilliant visuals and the hauntingly human words synthesize into a pure and irreducible aesthetic vision. This book taught me something fundamental and true and beautiful about the ineffable thereness and thingness of life. Everything is its Own Reward is a work of genius."––Robert Olen Butler, author of A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain
"Illustrations of San Francisco street scenes and buildings, accompanied by contemplative writing about you and your meaning in a fleeting universe. Beautiful to look at and appreciate and lose yourself in."––Bob Odenkirk, comedian, actor