Ralf König had his coming-out as a cartoonist in the late 1970s, when he published his 'Schwulcomix', comics about the gay scene, in various underground comic magazines, such as Zomix (in Munich) and Rosa Flieder. Starting in 1981, he attended the Academy of Fine Arts in Düsseldorf, and in that same year, he brought his politically gay comix to publisher Rosa Winkel, who collected them in books.
Among his early book collections are 'Sarius', 'Das sensationelle Comic-Book', 'SchwulComix' (several volumes) and 'Kondom des Grauens'. In 1983, he was hired to make 'Bodo und Heinz' for the magazine Arbeit und Sicherheit im Deutschen Bergbau, which he continued until 1986. It was a prelude to his later series 'Konrad und Paul'.
Eventually, in 1987, he made his mainstream breakthrough with 'Der Bewegte Man' (published in English as 'Pretty Baby'), which was made into a movie in 1994, with great success. His comic 'Kondom des Grauens' was also turned into a movie in 1997. In 1988 he had another hit with 'Pretty Baby'. In 1990, he developed his characters 'Konrad und Paul' for the magazine Magnus. König has additionally made satrical adaptations of classics by Aristotle ('Lysistrata', 1987) and Shakespeare ('Jago', 1998).
He made an homage to gay comics pioneer Tom of Finland with 'Safere Zeiten' (1988), a series through which he also promotes safe sex. He has also dealt with themes like Aids ('Super Paradise', 1999) and gay marriage ('Sie Dürfen Sich Jetzt Küssen', 2003). He started the series about the dogs 'Roy & Al' in 2004, and he commented on radical Islamism in the diptych 'Dschinn Dschinn' (2004-2005).
König's comics have been translated into fourteen languages, and appear in seventeen countries. Over five million copies of his work have been made.
(in English and Deutsch)