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Product Details

  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Ignite! Entertainment; 1st edition (October 9, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0965632385
  • ISBN-13: 978-0965632386
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 6.2 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,189,877 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Ralf Konig was born in 1960 in Soest, Germany, and studied at the Staatliche Kunstakademie (National Academy of Fine Arts) in Dusseldorf. Konig 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." Konig has published more than 20 full-length comic books which have sold more than two million copies and been translated into 14 languages.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sarah Enany on May 14, 2003
Format: Paperback
This graphic novel is tongue-in-cheek throughout, and deliciously funny as well as gripping. It is based on a new Jaws-like villain in the form of a condom that poses as a 'normal' prophylactic, then bites off and devours the unsuspecting victim's penis. Starting in true thriller fashion with a 'trailer' showing its firtst victim, the 'film' (Konig even gives us a movie-style 'credits' page at the start) follows the detective hero as he tracks down the monster. The twist is that the detective is gay, and by the end of the book he finds love, or a reasonable facsimile, with a young hustler.
The cast of supporting characters in this book is wonderfully varied, from the university professor who lures his student to a cheap hotel in the hope of seducing her only to become a victim of the condom, to the street hustler who calmly negotiates the price per 'hit' with a sailor who wants to beat him up.
The Killer Condom is the best introduction to Konig's work, as the movie parody style and fast-paced action are more accessible to general audiences than his later, more contemplative works, which focus on analysing gay marriages at various stages of development. This book is a gripping page-turner. Even if you're not crazy about Konig's other works (such as Bull's Balls, Maybe...Maybe Not, etc.), if you like movie parodies, laugh-out-loud comedy and strong plotty detective fun, not to mention Konig's distinctive pen-and-watercolor drawing style (the book is black-and-white, but water-based inks are obviously used), this book is a must-read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Allen Smalling TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 1, 2013
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Psychiatrists talk about "vagina dentata." Here's a KILLER CONDOM with teeth that lurks in a sleazy Manhattan hotel, kicks ordinary prophylactics behind the dresser, and waits until the unwary "John" puts it on -- then it shrieks! hisses! and chomps! and John is halfway to being a Jane. Our intrepid (and gay) detective, Macaroni, is having none of it and goes out in search of this murderer of manhood, placing his own virility at risk. THE KILLER CONDOM is a very funny, and (of course) very raunchy B&W graphic comic, illustrated in an exuberant, "R. Crumb" style, and constructed a good deal like an American detective movie. (An anomaly for New York, the penises are mostly uncircumcised, but then the artist, Ralf Koenig, is German.) Koenig went on to create many amusing stories after this 1988 delight, one of which (MAYBE...MAYBE NOT) became Germany's biggest movie comedy. THE KILLER CONDOM remains a cult classic, and is bound to test just how strong castration anxiety is in the male reader.
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By AWM on June 14, 2013
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funny comic for grownup with a humor not to take everything too serious. ralf brought many real live issues to the point an i simply love his humor. it's not as good as his other comics though.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S. MacIsaac on February 8, 2011
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Again, one of the few books by Konig. Both his drawings and his dialogue are hilarious - he's like a gay, European Peter Bagge. Not only an essential queer cartoonist, but an essential cartoonist, period.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 25, 2000
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This book should really be in every highschool library and everyone's bookshelf. I really enjoy reading the book. I bought the book when I was in high school and I really enjoy it.
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