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.
Geek and Poke is a hilarious online cartoon series about technology. Great commentary on what our society has become due to our dependency on the internet and various technological gadgets.
I like the comics posted at The Oatmeal. The most recent one, Why It’s Better To Pretend You Don’t Know Anything About Computers, particularly resonates with me. Read the whole thing here.
Techno Tuesday is a comic series by Andy Rementer, who describes the series as “an exercise in drawing comics and complaining.” Rementer renders our technology-centered world with great insight. His comics are quite funny and, sadly, quite true.
You may have heard of The New York Trilogy, a set of novels by Paul Auster, one of my favorite New York authors. Paul Karasik and David Mazzucchelli brought a whole new dimension to one book in the trilogy, City of Glass, when they adapted it into a graphic novel. Every time I read it, I am amazed at how perfectly their graphics interweave with the text. It is an absolute must-read. I found the excerpt below, my favorite page in the book, in Stephen Frug’s blog post about the graphic novel.
Cartoonist Jesse Reklaw makes a weekly comic called Slow Wave. The strips are based on real dreams sent in by readers. Reklaw has also collected some of these strips into a book, The Night of Your Life: A Slow Wave Production.
Slow Wave “Hipster Influence” from August 22nd, 2009:
How did I not know about this until today? Marvel has made a 5-part comic book version of one of my all-time favorite books, Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. You can read about the series and see some excerpts here, and you can also click on one of the issue covers below to go to that issue’s page in the Marvel Store.
If you like the idea of a P&P comic book, you will also like this comic book version of P&P by Liz Wong. Also check out Marvel’s The Picture of Dorian Gray.