Paul Hornschemeier

Paul Hornschemeier ( born October 27, 1977 in Cincinnati, Ohio ) is an American comic book artist. He published his works as graphic novels.


Paul Hornschemeier was born in Cincinnati, the only son of a lawyer - couple. The paternal family is of German origin. When Paul Hornschemeier was four years old, the family moved to Georgetown, Ohio, where he grew up with his older sister Ann, an astronomer, and younger sister Mary. At the age of 18 he started a philosophy and psychology studies at the Ohio State University in Columbus, where he graduated in 2000 with a Bachelor of Arts.

As a comic artist Hornschemeier is self-taught. Even as a child he was interested in comics after he had given his dentist for patient endurance during treatment a Spiderman Reprint of Steve Ditko. In the home he had access to books, Edward Gorey and enthusiastic about comic strips in the magazine The New Yorker.

During his studies he learned Daniel Clowes ' Ghost World Book verfilmtes also know, of which he said: It presented comics as a vehicle for emotion and honesty. ( German: It used comics as a medium for feeling and honesty. ) of Clowes ' work as well as the Robert Crumb and Chris Ware's Hornschemeier feels coined.

His first comics series Sequential, Hornschemeier published in 1999. The series was later published as a book under the title The Collected Sequential, as well as the series Forlorn Funnies as Let Us Be Perfectly Clear. His work has been reprinted in the U.S. in a number of anthologies. With Mother, Come Home in 2003 he published his first graphic novel. He was succeeded in 2007 The Three Paradoxes. His graphic novels published in Germany in Hornschemeier Carlsen Verlag.

From 4th January 2009 the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sunday newspaper presented its scale to 17 episodes wordless comic strip about " Huge Suit".

Hornschemeier lives and works in Chicago.


Hornschemeiers work is praised by critics; Rolling Stone described him in 2005 as existential cartoonist. The Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung praised his incredible 2007 virtuosity with which he the narrative of the comic makes use of. The FAZ Hochschulanzeiger evaluated its 2007 Graphic Novel Come back, mother than just terrific, citing Will Eisner, the inventor of the term " graphic novel ", with the words graphic literature at its best.

About his first book published in Germany Come back, mother wrote The World: There are not many books you want to read more than once; but these tragic ending graphic novel is even more movingly beautiful the third time.

Solo exhibitions (selection )

  • 2005: La comete de Carthage, Paris
  • 2007: Fumetto, Lucerne
  • 2007: Adventures in Weltschmerz, Seattle
  • 2007: Adventures in Weltschmerz, New York


Paul Hornschemeier was nominated in 2002 as " Outstanding Artist " for the Ignatz Award, 2003 for the series Forlorn Funnies "best new talent " of the Eisner Awards. Forlorn Funnies was nominated in four categories for the Eisner Award in 2004. In 2007 he was awarded the Victoria & Albert Museum Illustration Award. 2007, Mother, Come Home as Best American graphic novel excellent. Come back in 2008 was, "Best International Comic " for the German Max and Moritz Prize nominated mother in the category.


  • Mother, Come Home (2003)
  • Come back, mother ( German 2007)
  • The Collected Sequential (2005)
  • The Three Paradoxes (2007)
  • The three paradoxes ( German 2009)
  • All and Sundry: Uncollected Work 2004-2009 "(2009)