was born in 1960 in Soest, Germany, and studied at the Staatliche
Kunstakademie (National Academy of Fine Arts) in Düsseldorf.
König published his first comic book ("Schwul-Comix
I") in 1981 and appeared in many gay papers in the early
'80s. In 1987 he began a long-term relationship with Rowohlt
Verlag, Germany's largest publisher. There he published "Der
bewegte Mann," which inspired the largest grossing movie
in German history, released in the U.S. as "Maybe...Maybe
Not." König has published more than 20 full-length
comic books which have sold more than two million copies and
been translated into 14 languages.
Jeff Krell created the groundbreaking
comic strip "Jayson," which debuted in the "Philadelphia
Gay News" in 1983. By 1985 "Jayson" had achieved
national prominence in "Gay Comix," where the strip
was named Most Popular Feature. "Jayson" then became
a staple in Leyland Publications' "Meatmen" series
of gay male comics anthologies, gracing nearly twenty volumes.
In 1990 "Jayson" debuted in national syndication.
Krell also translated and published English versions of two
works by famed German gay cartoonist Ralf König. "Maybe...Maybe
Not" and "Maybe...Maybe Not Again!" were the
basis for one of Germany's highest grossing comedy movies.
Krell collaborated with singer/songwriters Ron Romanovsky and
Paul Phillips to produce an off-Broadway "Jayson"
musical at The 45th Street Theatre, which The New York Times
praised for its "tart, keenly observed humor." The
show ran for 10 weeks in the summer of 1998.
Krell's first collection of "Jayson" cartoons, "Jayson:
A New Collection" (1997), contained all of the stories
that inspired the musical. In 2005 he published two new retrospectives,
"Jayson: Best of the 80s" and "Jayson: Best of
On the eve of "Jayson's" 25th anniversary in comics, Krell unveiled "Jayson Goes to Hollywood" (2008), the first in a planned series of new "Jayson" graphic novels. This milestone was celebrated at the San Diego Comic-Con, where Krell was a featured guest on the 2008 Gays In Comics panel.
Krell is currently writing new stories for his next book in the "Jayson" series, "Jayson Gets a Job." Visit his blog for the latest information.