June 22, 2007 at 04:00 AM EDT

All Over Coffee

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Paul Madonna
publisher
City Lights Books
genre
Comic Books/Graphic Novels, Fiction

A comic strip with no characters, plot, or comedy — just exquisitely observed, fine-lined drawings of sunlit San Francisco, captioned with bittersweet fragments of dialogue.

For Fans of…
Pekar’s slice-of-life miniatures; the architectural landscapes of Ben Katchor’s cartoons.

Does It Deliver?
The relentless Zen stillness sometimes turns arid in Paul Madonna’s All Over Coffee, but even tiny variations (like flashes of colors other than latte-ring brown) seem bracingly quirky. B+

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