Everything Is Its Own Reward
In this drawn travelogue, Paul Madonna takes us on a tour of
the world's cities, starting in his native San Francisco and traveling to
Paris, Buenos Aires, New York and Rome. Pen and ink wash illuminate the
character of the local architecture, as well as everyday street objects like
fountains, traffic cones, graffiti and power lines. This book, the author's
second, originated in his longtime comic strip in the San Francisco Chronicle.
When his international images are paired with his sparse, poetic words—sometimes
thought-provoking one-liners such as "You don't get anywhere without
searching" and sometimes long, meandering sections of dialogue and story—the
effect is haunting. Though Madonna travels the globe, it's not the famous sites
or wonders that catch his attention. He sees the beauty in a slice of metal
siding or in the shadows that trash cans cast on a street at sundown—and
the experience of being in his world, if only for 220 pages, is mesmerizing.
— Abbe Wright