Everything Is Its Own Reward
An All Over Coffee Collection
Five books about San Francisco
-John King, The San Francisco Chronicle
"The landscape of a city isn't simply a 3-D collage of buildings imposed on the earth. What we see is culture and politics, memory and revelations, resistance and change.This is especially true of San Francisco, ever in flux, where the viewers range from globe-trotting tourists to fifth-generation natives and new residents searching for some utopia all their own.
[Madonna's] San Francisco includes Visitacion Valley and elite museums, Four Barrel Coffee and the asphalt crest of Potrero Hill. The aphorism-like narratives that accompany the drawings can be an acquired taste - the Potrero Hill scene is accompanied by 'I am quite aware,' she said,/ 'of how oblivious I am.' - but the monochromatic drawings are as evocative in their own way as Robert Bechtle's paintings of similar terrain. This is San Francisco chilled and empty, a unique topography cloaked by everyday life."
Jun 5, 2011
"The Biblio File: Gifted San Francisco artist and writer to appear at Chico book signing"
-Dan Barnett, Chico Enterprise Record
"Paul Madonna's stunning pen-and-ink cityscapes appear in the comic section of the Sunday San Francisco Chronicle. His drawings contain short stories, snatches of conversations, philosophical observations, forming strange juxtapositions with his intricate architectural renderings.
The weekly strip is called 'All Over Coffee' (I suspect the multiple meanings are not accidental), which gave the title to Madonna's first compilation. Now he's out with a new collection of panels, "Everything Is Its Own Reward" ($27.95 in hardcover from City Lights Books), and it's a mesmerizing journey, as the author puts it, 'from an introduction, into autobiography and fiction, to a climax of creative questioning, then to resolution.'"
May 15, 2011
Everything Is Its Own Reward... It Really Is
-Evan Karp, KQED
"In putting Everything Is Its Own Reward together, Madonna was intimately more familiar with his own process. The four sections progress from rumination to artistic statement, forming a narrative that effectively captures the creative arc he has traveled throughout the history of All Over Coffee. Each moment, each page is self-sufficient. But the book, too, is its own reward."
May 19, 2011
Paul Madonna: finding the creative arc
-Evan Karp, Litseen
"'I just love that process of letting the work speak to me, and it's a way of constantly working: apply this part of my brain, and then looking back and seeing something else.'"
May 12, 2011
Drawing Crowds: Illustrating Paul Madonna's Book Party
-Jay Sacher, Bay Citizen
"Like many, The Bay Citizen's Jay Sacher has admired Paul Madonna's elegant drawing series, titled All Over Coffee, which appears weekly in the SF Chronicle. Last Friday, Madonna showed off the original pieces in an exhibit that coincided with his latest collection, Everything is its Own Reward, published by City Lights. As Sacher notes, Madonna is a busy guy: he also does a strip called Small Potatoes for lit-site The Rumpus."
May 3, 2011
Paul Madonna on 'Everything Is Its Own Reward'
-Allison McCarthy, 7x7
"Not a day goes by without Paul Madonna sketching and scribbling away in the notebook that never leaves his side. He knew from the beginning that he would be an artist. From amateur illustrations as a kid to a BFA from Carnegie Mellon to the first-ever art internship at MAD magazine, the Missionite has always expressed himself through drawing."
Apr 27, 2011
Paul Madonna is much funnier in person
-The Bold Italic
"Where do you get your city gossip? Eavesdropping.
What's your favorite San Francisco institution? The Music Concourse in Golden Gate Park.
What's the question you wish we asked? Why stay in San Francisco? Because it's just close enough to what I think the world should be like that other places let me down."
Apr 25, 2011