Paul Hornschemeier

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Paul Hornschemeier (born October 27, 1977) is an artist, author, and director based in Pasadena, California. He is known for his thought-provoking explorations of the layered complexities of human life in his work.

Paul Hornschemeier
Born (1977-10-27) October 27, 1977 (age 40)
Cincinnati, Ohio
Occupation Director and Cartoonist
Nationality American
Alma mater The Ohio State University
Genre fiction comics
Subject Philosophy, Psychology, Family
Notable works Mother, Come Home
The Three Paradoxes
Life with Mr. Dangerous
Relatives Ann Hornschemeier, sister


Hornschemeier was born in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1977 and raised in nearby rural Georgetown, Ohio. As a child he liked to draw, and after discovering his first Steve Ditko “Spider-Man” comic, he began creating his own comic books.[1]

While majoring in philosophy and psychology at The Ohio State University, Hornschemeier was introduced to the graphic novel Ghost World by Daniel Clowes and began exploring underground and literary comics. He saw that comics could be a venue for exploring issues from his studies and other interests, and within a year he began publishing his own black and white comics under the banner "Sequential,” a series of work which has since been compiled by AdHouse Books as “The Collected Sequential.”

From 2002 to 2007, Hornschemeier also sang and played guitar for the (now defunct) band Arks. Since 2008 he has periodically released music under the name Music Hall.



In 2001, after moving to Chicago, Hornschemeier self-published the final issue of "Sequential," and began publishing the full-color comics series "Forlorn Funnies" with Absence of Ink Press. In 2004, Dark Horse Comics published his first graphic novel titled Mother, Come Home.

Hornschemeier went on to create graphic novels “The Three Paradoxes” (2007) and New York Times Best Seller “Life with Mr. Dangerous” (2011) as well as various short story collections and art books. In 2007, he colored and art directed the Marvel mini-series (and collection) Omega The Unknown.

Film and Television[edit]

Hornschemeier's animation and artwork appear on IFC’s Comedy Bang! Bang! In 2014 he wrote and directed the live action short “Daniel in the Factory.” Around that time he also began producing “Forlorn TV,” an animated YouTube series of monologues and short stories.

He is currently at work writing, directing, producing, animating, and editing Giant Sloth (a Kickstarter- funded animated short featuring the voices of Paul Giamatti, Jason Mantzoukas, and Saturday Night Live cast member Kate McKinnon.)

Art and Creative Direction[edit]

While attending Ohio State University, Hornschemeier began working as a Graphics editor. He later went on to pursue advertising and publication design, including working as a contract designer at Ogilvy Mather. Most recently, he has acted as the Creative Director for Margo Mitchell Media.

Other Work[edit]

Hornschemeier's prose and illustrations have appeared in publications ranging from Life Magazine to The Wall Street Journal to McSweeney's. He has also contributed illustration and art direction to clients ranging from This American Life to Intel. Additionally, he served as Creative Writing faculty for The University of Chicago, and has lectured internationally on the philosophy of narrative and art creation.

He lives in Pasadena, California where he works on a variety of book, tv, and film projects.


Year Title Publisher
2004 Mother, Come Home Dark Horse Comics
2004 The Collected Sequential AdHouse Books
2004 Return of The Elephant AdHouse Books
2006 Let Us Be Perfectly Clear Fantagraphics Books
2007 The Three Paradoxes Fantagraphics Books
2009 All and Sundry Fantagraphics Books
2011 Life with Mr. Dangerous Villard
2013 Bygone no.1 Margo Mitchell Media
2013 Author, Artists, Thinkers, Directors Fantagraphics Books


Year Title Role Notes
2009 Comedy Bang! Bang! Title Sequence Concept artist Seasons 1-4
2012 “Walking to Work,” Comedy Bang! Bang! Concept artist, title sequence director Sketch
2014 Daniel in the Factory Writer, Director Short film
2014 Forlorn TV (12 episodes) Director, Animator Youtube series
2016 The Brutalist Writer, Director Short film
2017 The Burden Writer, Director Short film
(in production) Giant Sloth Writer, Director Short film

Awards and nominations[edit]

  • Eisner Award for Best Limited Series, Best Writer/Artist, and Best Coloring (Forlorn Funnies, nominated), 2004 [2]
  • Victoria & Albert Museum Illustration Award, 2007
  • Best American graphic novel (Mother, Come Home), Romics Awards, 2007 [3]


  1. ^ "Interview with MOME" (PDF). 2005. Archived from the original on 2006-03-21. 
  2. ^ "2004 Eisner Award Nominees Announced". Comic Book Resources. 
  3. ^ "Paul Hornschemeier Biografie". Artnet. 

External links[edit]

  • Beitel Creative [1]
  • Margo Mitchell Media [2]
  • Forlorn Funnies [3]
  • The Daily Forlorn [4]
  • Forlorn TV [5]