Ralf König was born on August 8, 1960, in Soest/Westphalia. After school he completed an apprenticeship as a carpenter. From 1981 to 1986 he studied at the State Academy of Fine Arts in Düsseldorf with a focus on free art. In the eighties he became known to a growing audience as a humorous chronicler of the gay movement with "SchwulComix". His breakthrough was in 1987 with the bestsellers "Kondom des Grauens" ("The Killer Condom") and "Der bewegte Mann" ("Maybe... Maybe Not"), both of which were made into films shortly afterwards.