Ulf K., Bertolt Brecht

Stories of Mr. Keuner - Graphic Novel

(German title: Geschichten vom Herrn Keuner)
ca. 130 pages
Ulf K.
Foto: Ulf K.

Ulf K. was born in 1969 and lives in Düsseldorf. He draws comics, illustrates children’s books and works does work for magazines and advertising.

His work is defined by the clear and reduced, abstract lines, which owe much to the classic French »ligne claire« style.

His works have also been published internationally, for instance in Spain, Portugal, France, Sweden and the USA.

Bertolt Brecht
Foto: Bertolt Brecht
© Gerda Goedhart

Bertolt Brecht was born on February 10th, 1898 in Augsburg. He died on August 14th, 1956 in Berlin.

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Max und Moritz Prize for the best German-language comic artist


»Mr. K. was asked what he was working on. Mr. K. replied: ›I’m terribly busy – I’m preparing my next mistake.‹«

This situation is typical of the Stories of Mr. Keuner: a simple, everyday question provokes a surprising, unusual answer.

These parabolic prose miniatures with their dialogic, dialectical structure and their subtle humour lend themselves perfectly to comic book adaptation. Nevertheless it is hardly surprising that no one has dared to tackle them until now: how can you translate mental images into drawn images? And how can you represent Bertolt Brecht’s playful alter ego Keuner, who exhibits unmistakably autobiographical traits but is nevertheless a man without qualities?

Now Ulf K., one of the most internationally renowned German comic artists, has risen to the challenge and delivered a resolutely timeless, modern Mr. K. who at the same time feels utterly contemporary. This bold, zesty adaptation gives the impression that Brecht has only just written these stories for us today and, together with Ulf K., has decided to give us this wonderful intellectual and aesthetic gift.


»Ulf K. is the poet of the German comics scene« Spiegel Online

»So close to Brecht and yet so independent. This Ulf K. seems to be the right man for the job.« Andreas Platthaus, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung


Selected illustrations from the Graphic Novel Stories of Mr. Keuner



In conversation with Max Spallek, Nicolas Mahler reveals his rituals while drawing (»I lie down on the couch and think«), which are his favourite comic books, how and when he started to draw comics and that he »visits« his books in book shops.

Other publications

Flüchtlingsgespräche/Refugee Conversations (1961)

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