...examples of previous weekly comic strips (that doesn't seem like the right term, really) by Paul Madonna from the San Francisco Chronicle. These are ink wash drawings, usually created on site on a watercolor block. Madonna describes his technique and how he arrived at it, as well as his theory of "Hierarchy of Engagement" (which explains why he thinks these illustration "work") in his book Everything Is Its Own Reward.
These images are from the SFGate archives:
Madonna's main site is
Madonna has begun a new series since finding himself evicted from his home and studio in San Francisco, which I posted about previously:
I have to wonder what will happen to All Over Coffee and to Paul Madonna, now that he has lost his studio and his home. (What would I do, if this happened to me? Could it happen to me, or to you?)
Accompanied by an exclusive introduction from the director Roger Christian, the incredible fantasy short returns. It was first released in certain cinemas ahead of Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back in 1980. Lost for 35 years, it has been found and restored to its former glory.
I finally had a chance to sit down and watch this. There is something odd and compelling to it, like a shared dream or dreamtime even if some elements of the story aren't particularly plausible within their own context. And if you've ever read "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge" you'll probably have some idea, like me, of what is coming for--or maybe what is happening to--brave Sir Maddox, well before it happens on-screen. But still, still...
Yes, that seems just right.
If by some chance you don't know about the one-and-only absolutely historical Emperor of the United States and Protector of Mexico:
I have no idea why this image looks so odd...is it just an example of "shaky HDR camera phone through a windshield" syndrome?
Well, here you go then. I have to admit that G+'s lack of integration with the new-and-improved-or-simply-new Google Photos has made it difficult for me to order images in a gallery as I would like, and that's not true on Ello.
In case you don't know: Paul Madonna is an award-winning comic creator, whose exquisitely-drawn and thought-provoking All Over Coffee pieces run weekly in the San Francisco Chronicle. Most of his work consists of unusual but utterly-recognizable illustrations of San Francisco's flamboyant architecture, with fragments of text (sometimes appearing as signs on the depicted buildings) recording the conversations, aspirations, and eccentricities of the inhabitants as they face the absurdities of life in this city.
Ironically enough and speaking of absurdities, the artist has suddenly found himself a victim of the ravening real estate market in San Francisco, losing his home and his studio of ten years. In response, he has begun a new series of drawings:
The main AOC website is of course
and somewhat-inconsistent archives of past strips are available here:
Incidentally, City Lights Books has published two beautiful collections of Madonna's work, All Over Coffee and Everything Is Its Own Reward.
This is a screen cap of
a mapped diagram of real Web attacks mounted against "honeypot" trap sites set by Norse to masquerade as various types of typical targets. Norse captures information from the attacks to build a database on attackers and their methods.
Every few minutes a huge attack mounted from thousands of Chinese addresses will completely obscure the outlines of the United States on the map. Oddly enough, the second greatest number of attacks against US honeypots seem to come from US addresses.
Most of the attacks are aimed towards the US because that is where Norse has the greatest wherewithal to establish fake server "honeypots."
You can follow on G+...their posts seem to refer to a completely different world than most of us perceive.
- LW4Principal, or possibly Chief Cultist, 2008 - present
- Boston Architectural CollegeInstructor, 2007 - 2013
Lewis Wadsworth is a designer, artist, and teacher in Boston, Massachusetts.
Lewis' architectural projects have appeared in AIArchitect, the journal of the American Institute of Architects, and have been honored by the Boston Society of Architects. He has also illustrated projects for architecture firms in the United States, Australia, and Japan. He teaches 3D design and software courses at the Boston Architectural College. He has served as a technical adviser on software manuals, and oddly enough sometimes is paid to tell publishers what he thinks about proposed books on software commonly used by architects.
Lewis also fences with an épée. A lot. And yes, that is a type of sword.
- Yale School of ArchitectureMaster of Architecture, 2001 - 2005(where, notably, he was told by the same fool who gave Maya Lin a "B" for her Vietnam Veterans Memorial project that he was too "unconventional" to be an architect)
- Dartmouth CollegeA.B. Visual Studies, 1986 - 1990(where he learned a few things, mostly concerning the habits of obscure Roman emperors. You have to be pretty decadent to invent veal.)