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Previously published in German by Ropol Press, Rohner is a delightfully detailed field guide to the every day tasks of living in an apartment - making coffee, watering plants, and maintaining order and a careful balance with neighbors - until that order is upset. Max Baitinger's dry humor and precise drawings deftly personify his uber persnickety protagonist, simply referred to as P., whose regimented life is disrupted by the arrival of Rohner, an unloved houseguest, who imposes upon his psyche and offsets the careful balance with his gregarious, omnipresent neighbor. Devious tricks and hilarious imaginations of Rohner's elimination take shape, from painstakingly making up Rohner's guestroom and then piercing the air mattress to cause a slow leak - to visions of an exploding coffee pot tearing off Rohner's face. Baitinger has three books published in German and Rohner is his first English language publication.
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Born in Penzberg, Upper Bavaria in 1982, Max Baitinger has been drawing comics since his apprenticeship as a carpenter. He studied illustration at the Hochschule fur Grafik und Buchkunst in Leipzig. His work is influenced by the Duden Pictorial Dictionary of 1992, Beautiful Living; Stories by Luise Boege, and Alexander Kluge. As described by a critic, he "designs whole worlds with a few lines." His book Heimdall was honorably mentioned at the International Comic Salon Erlangen 2014 (ICOM). The German version of Rohner was a finalist for the comic book award of the Berthold Leibinger Foundation and has been featured on The Geothe Institute website and by It's Nice. Baitinger is an organizer of "The Millionaires Club" comic festival in Leipzig and he and works as a freelance cartoonist, illustrator and animator.

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"Max is such a good observer of interpersonal relations, and therefore a great storyteller. Needless to say that his drawings are magnetic. I keep staring at them and think: How did he do that? Rohner is one of my favorite books." -- Anna Haifisch, Author "Designs whole worlds with a few lines." -- Sabine Danek, Critic "His style is simple and extremely straightforward, expressed through flat scenes in black and white or three colors. Enigmatic characters populate the comic strips, sometimes engaged in surreal activities." - Mariabruna Fabrizi, Socks Studio "Baitinger leaves the reader in the dark about the big picture. He prefers to show details: how the protagonist spins his appointment calendar in the air to indicate that he has no time. The way aluminium confetti pours out of a letter onto a shag rug. Baitinger breaks up an everyday matter like brewing coffee into many small steps, each in an individual image: 'Switch on boiler. Insert pot. Fill tank. Insert filter.'" - Josa Mania-Schlegel, The Goethe Institute

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