We're big fans of graphic artist Christoph Niemann's Abstract City blog for the New York Times, which ran from 2008 to 2011 as an opinion column/visual essay series. (Niemann's work is still featured regularly in the Sunday Times Magazine's Abstract Sunday column, as well.) We're pretty excited, therefore, that Niemann has a new book featuring his drawings from all of his 16 Abstract City pieces, as well as a chapter on his creative process and why effort trumps talent.

Niemann's imaginative work often incorporates simple household items like keys, socks and LEGOs and features observational humor about his life, his mixed emotions about coffee, and his war with electronics cables. Also, Niemann sketched the New York City marathon while he was running, which, considering that we get winded after running on a reasonably-paced treadmill after like 3 non-sketching minutes, is a very impressive feat. Check out some images from his new book in the gallery above.

Abstract City is out April 1 via Abrams Books.