Paul Horn

(Creator - Cool Jerk)

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Paul Horn


Paul Horn is the creator of Cool Jerk, a humorous, black-and-white newspaper-style comic strip (best described as an ongoing journal of things Horn finds funny and/or worthy of satire, told through the voices of his myriad characters). Cool Jerk first saw print in the Reno Gazette-Journal in 1991 and was distributed among several Gannett newspapers through 1996. The strip was given a new home online at, making it one of the longest-running regular comics features created exclusively for an Internet audience. There are four Cool Jerk trade collections in print.
Another of Horn's comics, The Gore Score by Doc Splatter, originated at the UNR Sagebrush newspaper in the late 80s. Those strips are also collected in book form. Horn and his wife, Darlene, published the food-centric comic The Girl with the Donut Tattoo in 2012. Horn is also an award-winning infographics journalist and illustrator, pop-culture addict and amateur Sasquatch whisperer who likes writing bios in the third person.