Bring Out the Gimp

Musings on pop culture by freelance journalist Shawn Conner

Interview – Paul Hornschemeier

Paul Hornschemeier illustration.

Paul Hornschemeier illustration.

The Mother, Come Home cartoonist on philosophy, bad science and beaver pelts

- by Shawn Conner

Paul Hornschemeier’s 2004 graphic novel, Mother, Come Home, impressed readers, critics, and awards jurists (it was nominated for a Harvey, Ignatz, and Eisner) with its story of a father and son grappling with absence and grief.

The Three Paradoxes, the Chicago-by-way-of-Ohio cartoonist’s follow-up, was more formally ambitious in its use of several stylistic techniques and layered storyline. In the first of a two-part interview, I talked to the 32-year-old artist about these projects, his family, and his (now defunct) indie-rock band Arks.

In part two, we discuss his work as a colourist on the Jonathan Lethem-penned Omega the Unknown for Marvel, a Marvel “indie project” anthology, his upcoming Pacific Northwest tour, and why everyone should go to the San Diego Comicon at least once.

(Read my Paul Horschemeier interview part I and part II)

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