6 × 8.2 inches
black & white offset
Previously published in German by Rotopol Press, Röhner 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 über persnickety protagonist, simply referred to as P., whose regimented life is disrupted by the arrival of Röhner, an unloved houseguest, who imposes upon his psyche and offsets the careful balance with his gregarious, omnipresent neighbor. Devious tricks and hilarious imaginations of Röhner’s elimination take shape, from painstakingly making up Röhner’s guestroom and then piercing the air mattress to cause a slow leak — to visions of an exploding coffee pot tearing off Röhner’s face.
Röhner expertly shows off Max's inventive draftsmanship, droll wit, and precise cartooning. It's one of my favorite books for 2020. — Gina Wynbrandt, author of Someone Please Have Sex With Me
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? Röhner is one of my favorite books. — Anna Haifisch, author of The Artist Designs whole worlds with a few lines. — Sabine Danek, Critic 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, journalist at Krautreporter
Baitinger has three books published and Röhner is his first English language publication.
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 für Grafik und Buchkunst in Leipzig. His work is influenced by the Duden Pictorial Dictionary of 1992, Beautiful Living; Stories by Luise Boege and Agota Kristof. 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 Röhner was a finalist for the comic book award of the Berthold Leibinger Foundation and has been featured on The Goethe Institut website. It‘s also published in France and Spain. In 2017 he went on a reading tour with his latest book "Birgit", the story of an office worker. It was featured by It’s Nice That and was awarded with the German Illustrators Award "Hans Meid Preis". Baitinger is an organizer of "The Millionaires Club" comic festival in Leipzig and he works as a freelance cartoonist and illustrator.