Ralf König was born in 1960 in the Catholic Westphalia region; he has been drawing comics since his youth. These featured explicit queer content after his coming out in 1979, initially turning into a secret tip in the queer movement and leftist-alternative scene of the 80s.
After publishing four Schwulcomix volumes at the Rosa Winkel publishing house in Berlin, he managed his great breakthrough in 1987 with the Rowohlt title The Most Desired Man; Killer Condom and Lysistrata followed in the same year, with comics subsequently being turned into eponymous films. In 1994, his works Killer Condom and Bullenklöten! (Bull’s Balls) landed on the consulting desk of the Federal Review Board for Publications Harmful to Young Persons in Bonn, after a request to index the works by the Bavarian Youth Welfare Office and the Public Prosecutor’s Office of Meiningen. The application was denied on the grounds of its artistic merits.
Ralf Königs’ books were and are translated into various languages, earning him a host of awards, among which the Special Judges Award of the Comic Salon Erlangen, for his drawn commentaries on the Muhammad cartoon controversy revolving around the Danish newspaper Jyllands Posten, and most recently the Max und Moritz Prize in 2014 for his entire oeuvre.
Ralf König has produced around 40 comic albums, the latest being: Barry Hoden - im Weltraum hört dich keiner grunzen (Barry Hoden – Nobody Hears You Grunt in Outer Space)at the Männerschwarm publishing house and Porn Story, as well as the current Herbst in der Hose (Autumn in the Trousers),at Rowohlt.
(Photo: VVG, Köln)