Dörfler

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July 2015

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“An artist with a distinct visual style … His work is deliberately enigmatic, inviting the reader to dwell on the image without spelling out its meaning.” – Rob Clough, The Comics Journal

Set in a dystopian future, alternating between current time and flashbacks, between an urban environment and a natural landscape, 
Dörfler is as much about space and time as it is about the characters who inhabit the two landscapes.

Strange inter-dimensional creatures live in the ancient lands of the Northern Mountains, where electronic and engine powered machinery is rendered inoperable. The city is a police state where the military subjects its citizens to experiments that turn memory and identity into malleable, political tools. While one woman wreaks havoc against the totalitarian state in revenge for what they'd done to her, two lovers wander through the Northern Mountains trying to distinguish between real and false memories.

The towering landscapes, reflected in the very dimensions of the book itself, play an important role in the story—dizzying skyscrapers of rock formations and trees in contrast to the desolate, vertiginous cityscape that looks like a decaying version of Fritz Lang's 
Metropolis. A bold and sure to be talked-about debut graphic novel.

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Broken Frontier

•Comic book website

“ In Dörfler, Baum continues a familiar theme in his work, with a contrast between the natural environment and a utopian urban setting. This story concerns time, space and the stylized characters who live in the contrasting landscapes. Through illicit experiments conducted by the military, the urban denizens become political tools as their memories and identities are rendered maleable, and one woman decides to take her revenge against the totalitarian state. Meanwhile, two lovers wander the Northern Mountains, trying to distinguish their real memories from false ones. This is sure to be an interesting full-length debut.” – Karen O’Brien

City Paper Pittsburgh

•American Press

“...Baum is a celebrated illustrator... of beautifully surreal, darkly playful comics.” – Alex Gordon