My Friend Dahmer

My Friend Dahmer

A Graphic Novel

Graphic Novel - 2012
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"You only think you know this story. In 1991, Jeffrey Dahmer, the most notorious serial killer since Jack the Ripper, seared himself into the American consciousness. To the public, Dahmer was a monster who committed unthinkable atrocities. To Derf Backderf, 'Jeff' was a much more complex figure: a high school friend with whom he had shared classrooms, hallways, and car rides. In [this story], a haunting and original graphic novel, writer-artist Backderf creates a surprisingly sympathetic portrait of a disturbed young man struggling against the morbid urges emanating from the deep recesses of his psyche-- a shy kid, a teenage alcoholic, and a goofball who never quite fit in with his classmates. With profound insight, what emerges is a Jeffrey Dahmer that few ever really knew, and one readers will never forget."
Publisher: New York : Abrams ComicArts, 2012
ISBN: 9781419702167
Branch Call Number: 364.1523 D139D 2012
Characteristics: 221 pages : chiefly illustrations ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Kochman, Charles
Harry N. Abrams, Inc


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What if that weird kid on the fringes of your extended circle of high school friends in high school grew up to become one of the most infamous serial killers in American history? Derf Backderf, classmate and friend of Jeffrey Dahmer, remembers the lonely, troubled (and occasionally hilarious) kid... Read More »

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Jul 14, 2012

A disturbing remembrance, especially with the illustrations where everyone looks oddly outsized, bulbous, and overraged for high school. But he nails the '70s vibe in his drawings.


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