I am completely in awe of Paul Madonna‘s weekly illustrations entitled “All Over Coffee.” Madonna captures San Francisco cityscapes, street corners, rooftops, with an incredible eye for detail, usually pairing these views with thoughtful words. He occasionally diverges from the San Francisco theme, presenting the viewer with beautifully composed depictions of Buenos Aires, Paris, Tokyo, and other areas of the world. Take a look at “All Over Coffee” on Madonna’s website and in the SF Chronicle. It is unlike any weekly newspaper strip I’ve ever seen.
My Cardboard Life may be the most adorable webcomic I’ve ever seen. I cannot get enough of Philippa Rice’s square cardboard characters and their Sharpie smiles.
Tales of Mere Existence is a series of animated autobiographical comics by Lev Yilmaz. Lev has the amazing ability to make the most mundane topics fascinating, hysterical, and a wee bit sad.
Here is “How To Carry Your Books At School,” the first video I saw by Lev:
If you like graphic novels, math, philosophy, logic, or anything, really, you absolutely must read Logicomix: An Epic Search for Truth. The graphic novel, written by Apostolos Doxiadis and Christos H. Papadimitriou and illustrated by Alecos Papadatos and Annie Di Donna, is an amazing look at the life and work of Bertrand Russell. As a computer science major who also dreams of being a graphic novelist, I am mesmerized both by the story itself and by the ways in which the storytellers present it visually. Unlike most graphic novels I’ve read, Logicomix features illustrated scenes of discussions between the book’s creators, and the interweaving of their storyline with that of Russell and his fellow logicians is especially intriguing. Logicomix is an excellent read – no wonder it made the New York Times Bestseller list!
One of my new favorite Tumblogs is F Yeah Moleskines (expletive deleted), which posts a wide variety of Moleskine art found on the web. I love seeing what other people are doing with their Moleskines, and this collection of diverse pieces is really quite inspiring. (And I’m not just saying that because F Yeah Moleskines reblogged some of my drawings.)
Syncopated: An Anthology of Nonfiction Picto-Essays, edited by Brendan Burford, is an incredible collection of real and moving illustrated stories. From the haunting silhouettes of Greg Cook’s “What We So Quietly Saw.” to the wordless sketches of Victor Marchand Kerlow’s “Subway Buskers,” Syncopated features a striking variety of topics and styles of depicting them.