King of Comics

Friday, May 18, 2012 @ 9pm


You may not recognize the name Ralf König, but you probably recognize his art. One of the
most commercially successful German comic book creators, he is best known for books
like “SchwulComix (GayComix)” that offer a twisted take on queer culture. Equal parts
Tom of Finland and R. Crumb, König’s comics are sexually charged and often politically
incorrect, portraying daily routines of gay life alongside serious subjects like AIDS.

Having grown up in a village centered around a sauerkraut factory, König worked as a
carpenter before coming out as a gay man in 1979. After achieving minor success when
his work appeared in the Munich underground magazine Zomix, he attended art school
and eventually caught the attention of a gay publishing house. In 1994, König achieved
worldwide notoriety when his comic book The Most Desired Man was adapted into a liveaction
film of the same name, starring Til Schweiger.

King of Comics is a touching portrait of a cutting-edge artist with a wicked sense of humor.
All hail the king! —Jimmy Radosta

King of Comics: Dir Rosa von Praunheim 2011 Germany 80 min.