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 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.