November 03, 2017

Episode 31:

Paul Madonna, Artist and Writer

As a kid, anytime Paul Madonna visited a relative’s house, he made a habit out of racing for the...

As a kid, anytime Paul Madonna visited a relative’s house, he made a habit out of racing for the newspapers and diving into the comic strips. It wasn’t until years later, studying fine art at Carnegie Mellon, that this memory came rushing back as he realized his life’s work wouldn’t be in painting or illustration but rather an amalgam of words and pictures built on the foundation of the panel comics he’s always loved. On this episode of Making Ways, award-winning artist and writer Paul Madonna discusses his journey and the hard work and hustle he put in for over a decade before his beloved All Over Coffee series began running in the San Francisco Chronicle. Paul shares great stories about his internship at MAD magazine, the university professor who tried to have him expelled, and the advice he would give his younger self today. Listen in to hear how Paul carved his own unique path and cultivated the drive that still fuels his curiosity and creative pursuits today. Paul also talks all about his new illustrated novel Close Enough for the Angels.

About Paul

Paul Madonna is an award-winning artist and writer. He is the creator of two series, All Over Coffee, and Small Potatoes, and the author of four books, All Over Coffee, Everything is its own reward, On to the Next Dream, and Close Enough for the Angels. His drawings and stories have appeared internationally in numerous publications such as the Believer and zyzzyva. Paul’s work has shown in galleries and museums, including the Oakland Museum of California, and the San Francisco Contemporary Jewish Museum. His art has been made into murals, printed onto chocolates, dresses, and hats. Paul holds a BFA from Carnegie Mellon University and was the first (ever!) Art Intern at MAD magazine. He is a former editor for, has taught drawing at the University of San Francisco, and frequently lectures on creative practice, even when not asked.

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