My Friend Dahmer
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The bone-chilling graphic novel that inspired the major motion picture starring Ross Lynch as Jeffrey Dahmer.
2013 ALA/YALSA Alex Award
2014 Revelation Award at Angoulême
2015 ALA/YALSA Alex Award (Excellence in Narrative Nonfiction)
Named a BEST OF 2012 by Time, The Village Voice, A.V. Club, comiXology, Boing Boing, Publishers Weekly, MTV Geek, and more!
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 My Friend Dahmer, 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.
Also available by Derf Backderf, Trashed.
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From Publishers Weekly
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Preface: I am (was) not a fan of the graphic novel genre. I dismissed them as adult comic books which offerred little literary value.
This was an extremely well written and, of course, magnificently illustrated story. We all know the name Jeffrey Dahmer and his monstrous deeds, but this book's unprecedented perspective gives the reader insight into the formative years of one of America's most ghastly and repulsive characters. Kudos to Derf Backderf on such a great piece of artwork, and thank you for making my horizon a little broader than before.
This book is well worth the money!
When I downloaded this I did not expect what I got - I thought "graphic novel" meant written graphically. (Don't laugh!) But what an amazing surprise! Loved reading this but the "graphic" visuals were compelling - I didn't have to visualize in my head- it was all there. I just wish it could have lasted longer. Thank you for sharing your experience - I could totally relate having also been in high school in the late seventies. I highly recommend!
This a great, creepy, thoroughly referenced, and unbelievable but true comic.