“Paul Madonna has not only pressed graphic fiction way beyond its present boundaries, he has created a new and stunning art form where the stand-alone brilliant visuals and the hauntingly human words synthesize into a pure and irreducible aesthetic vision. This book taught me something fundamental and true and beautiful about the ineffable thereness and thingness of life.Everything is its Own Reward is a work of genius.”
– Robert Olen Butler
author of A Small Hotel, A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain
Things that I have noticed about his work:
- He never depicts people in his version of San-Francisco – this is interesting because San-Francisco is a really crowded city and depicting it without people makes it seem very different. This relates to the idea of the flâneur i.e. someone who observes the cityscape from a distance
- His buildings seem to talk to each other – the space speaks out to the viewer and the text augments this experience.
- There is a sense of storytelling that is unique to every person who views his work. As the work interacts with the viewer in a very personal way.
- He appeals to human emotions even though he doesn’t show any humans in his work.