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The Find

Drawings to go with your ‘Coffee’

By Jan Gardner
Globe Correspondent / May 8, 2011

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Paul Madonna is a pen master. His work is difficult to categorize but that he was MAD magazine’s first art intern may help explain his ability to capture human experience in its odd fullness. In his “All Over Coffee’’ comic strip, published in the San Francisco Chronicle since 2004, Madonna’s evocative pen-and-ink drawings of cityscapes are accompanied by handwritten bits of overheard conversations, mini-stories, and zen-ish musings like: “It takes perpetual work to keep life simple.’’ The new anthology “Everything Is Its Own Reward: An All Over Coffee Collection’’ (City Lights) is a treasure chest that comes with a pullout poster inside.

DRAWINGS TO GO WITH YOUR ‘COFFEE’