How often have you been in a public place and found yourself eavesdropping on the table next to yours? Heaven help the unsuspecting couple that dines next to me. I don’t mean to, I really don’t, But if someone nearby speaks loudly, I’m suddenly engrossed in their conversation, nodding my head or frowning as a good listener should. I think we’re probably all that way to some extent, and that’s what makes this comic strip collection of All Over Coffee such a huge success.

Unbelievably detailed pen and ink sketches of San Francisco skylines, architectural details, occasional interior scenes with no people, and a few lines of text make up these uncommon comic strips. Posted in the San Francisco Chronicle and on SFGate.com since 2004, All Over Coffee has gotten a mixed response ranging in “I love it” to “What the heck?!” Initially I was in the “What the heck?!” camp trying to make heads or tales of the comic. But as the book progressed, I enjoyed it more and more, feeling like I was gazing down over the city where all these conversing people live, eat, and work. It’s an amazing effect and completely original, something you’ll want to go back to and look over again and again. I definitely will.

So are Madonna’s comic strips taken from real life or does he make all that stuff up? Well, you’ll have to read it to find out. He explains everything at the end of the book.

If you really want to see this for yourself, or if you’re already a fan, I’ve got a special treat. Not only do I have one beautiful hardcover copy of All Over Coffee to give away, it’s autographed by Paul Madonna. As always, all you subscribers are already entered into this and every future giveaway. You can also leave a comment here telling me what grabs you about this book (something more than “sounds good” is kindly requested), or leave a link to this contest on your blog. Do all three and you’ve got three entries. A winner will be chosen on April 17th, 2008, at 12 midnight EST.

To see more of his artwork, check out Paul Madonna’s website.

74 Comments

  1. It sounds like a book I can leave on my coffee table and people can browse through.

    Count me in!

  2. would love to read it

  3. sounds like a great timekiller.

  4. please enter me thanks

  5. I’d love a chance to win because from the example you’ve given us I think the artwork is gorgeous.

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  7. I like to listen on people’s conversations too! it’s the writer in me… always looking for a good story!

    this book sounds awesome, please enter me. I’ll be posting this link to my giveaways blog :)

  8. I just love to read new books. Sounds like a great one to me. Thanks!

  9. adrienne gordon

    I do this all the time, so I’d love to see what he did with that situation.

  10. Sounds interesting!

  11. Cheryl English

    As always the Coffee Gossip intrigues me. Any Gossip really gets me going in the morning. I read all of the Smut Magazines and papers, because I can’t get enough Gossip. It’s so entertaining. I do have a life outside of Gossip, but it just seems to coincide with my life. Maybe I need reconditioning. But life is what you make it. My motto is “Live Life To The Fullest”. And then some. Thanks for the giveaway. As Always, try to pick me to win.

  12. I like your review! You make me want to read the book!

  13. judging by the cover, unbelievably detailed drawings is so accurate

  14. I love to eavesdrop. It makes me learn about human quirks!

    Count me in!

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  16. This book sounds very intriguing because I am also a people watching and I like to eavesdrop as well. What people don’t? Or maybe I am just a little snoopy. I’d like to read this book because it would give me a chance to see this author’s perspective. Thank you for the chance.

  17. I was fortunate enough to vacation in San Francisco a few years ago and fell in love with the city. I’d love the opportunity to revisit some of the places I saw. I must admit that I too find myself listening in on conversations.

  18. Sounds like a great book. I would love the chance to win. Please include me in your drawing.

  19. Sounds interesting! I’d love to read his sketches. Thanks!

  20. Hi, I found myself getting very inquisitive about this book, the artist and what it is about ~ that I had to check out his website! His drawing are fantastic! I like how he says he carries a notebook around because our brain can only hold so much information. The new
    FBI guy on “Criminal Minds” carries and writes in a notebook during every crime they are investigating. This man creates an imagination creation to me. He draws the pictures and the reader puts in his/her own words. Please enter me in your drawing. Many thanks…..Cindi

  21. That artwork is fantastic…

  22. YOU can’t help but eavesdropping on the loud conversation going on nearby?!! I remember traveling to Eastern Europe with a “certain” young lady. If memory serves me correctly, we both were listening in. It wasn’t so much as being ‘nosey’, as it was listening to their beautiful language, watching their hand gestures they would make during normal conversation, and their quick laughter. Winning this book would be a valued posession for me. The originality of this book would be a refreshing addition to my collection of my much loved books. Just having an opportunity to have a chance at winning is a blessing!

  23. The comic strip style really interests me.

  24. I dream of living in San Francisco!

  25. Sounds intriguing!! Bring it on!!

  26. Sounds wonderful. Thanks for the opportunity

  27. I too am guilty of eavesdropping. Actually, that’s how I came across this website!

  28. Eavesdropping is how I found this site!

  29. This fascinating book would definitely be a unique type to explore and it would be interesting to read and the artwork alone would make it fun.

  30. LOOKS GOOD!

  31. Would LOVE to win this…thanks!

  32. Sounds like a great book. I would like to see the author’s artwork!! Thanks for the chance to win!!

  33. LOVE PICS AND sAN fRAN IS BEAUTIFUL.

  34. I’d love to read this, the artwork looks fantastic.

  35. enter me please

  36. love comics and this sounds like an interesting idea

  37. Table book

  38. I love the bay area so the artwork has me intrigued!

  39. I’d love to read such an unusual comic book :0) Great giveaway! Count me in. bebemiqui82(at)yahoo(dot)com

  40. You have just described me. My boyfriend is always telling me to stop watching & listening to others conversations, but I cannot help myself. I love to hear about other peoples lives & thoughts. This would be a wonderful win for anyone!

  41. would love to read

  42. I’m always wondering about what other people are thinking, living, and feeling. I’d love to read someone’s take on it.

  43. Your words are very true!

  44. the art work is awesome! i also love to listen in on other’s conversations.

  45. trudee carreiro

    I love to read it doesn’t matter the book

  46. I love art, anything art…and this book drives me to incredible curiosity (how is that for an intense sentence!?) haha. I would love to be on the list for this beautiful book!! Oh, am I on your subscribers list?? I am subscribed through google…is that what you are asking?

    have a wonderful day, i hope it is sunny!

  47. I’d love to read an interesting art book!

  48. Anthony Hedden

    enter me

  49. would love to win this, thanks for the chance

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    Good luck!