Pauli Heikkilä was born in 1956 in Jämsä, Finland. He studied at the University of Tampere before he became a freelance writer and illustrator. His independent comics work includes titles such as 'Vanhat herrat' (1989), 'Vanhojen herrojen paluu' (1993), 'Vanhojen herrojen kosta' (1995). Heikkilä's work has been displayed on exhibitions in Finland and abroad. He is a regular contributor to Pahkasika magazine from 1977. Additionally, he edited Tapiiri magazine in 1984-85, and has worked as a comics translator and letterer, as well as a writer for press, radio, television and animated films.