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Former Chronicle illustrator Paul Madonna is 'on to the next dream'

Photo by Joen Madonna
Paul Madonna


If you’ve read the San Francisco Chronicle in the last 15 or so years, you probably saw something unique. Once a week, the paper published an illustration called “All Over Coffee” that showed a fresh view of San Francisco, accompanied by words of random insight. 

Artist Paul Madonna made that “comic strip without the comic”, and he’s moved on to become a successful book author and illustrator. He took an unusual path, serving as Mad Magazine’s first art intern, before establishing himself in San Francisco, and then being forced out of his home. That’s the inspiration for his new book “On to the Next Dream.” KALW’s Ben Trefny sat down with Paul Madonna to talk about his work.

MADONNA: It's amazing. I'm lucky. I got to have a dream come true. What's even better than that? Well, going on to have another dream.

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Ben handles daily operations in the news department, overseeing the editorial and sound engineering teams, delivering daily newscasts, producing the nightly news and culture show Crosscurrents, and supervising special projects including KALW's Audio Academy training program.