born in Aachen in 1966, Andreas Platthaus studied Economics in Aachen and Rhetoric, Philosophy and History in Tübingen. Since 1997 he has worked in the feuilleton department of »Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung«, of which he is the deputy head today. He is a renowned expert for comics and has published books about the genre as well as biographies and essays. His first novel »Freispiel« (tr.: Free game) was published in 2009.