Penny Van Horn was born in Rye, New York, in 1954. She started her career in publishing and moved to Texas in 1984. Around this time, she started doing comics, especially inspired by some comics in the back of National Lampoon. She has published work in Weird, Wimmen's Comix, Snake Eyes, Twisted Sisters I & II and Zero Zero. She recently completed a personal anthology, 'Recipe for Disaster', published by Fantagraphics. She has a weekly strip in the Austin American-Statesman and illustrates for The Austin Chronicle. She has a daughter and is happily remarried.