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My Friend Dahmer

A Graphic Novel
Derf (Book - 2012 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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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."--Amazon.com.
Authors: Derf
Title: My friend Dahmer
a graphic novel
Publisher: New York : Abrams ComicArts, 2012
Characteristics: 221 p. : chiefly ill. ; 24 cm
Contents: Preface: the convoluted history of 'My friend Dahmer'
Prologue
pt. 1. The strange boy
pt. 2. A secret life
pt. 3. The Dahmer fan club
pt. 4. Becoming the monster
pt. 5. Fade to black
Epilogue
Summary: "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."--Amazon.com.
Awards & Distinctions: PW Best Books of 2012
Additional Contributors: Kochman, Charles
Harry N. Abrams, Inc
ISBN: 9781419702167
1419702165
9781419702174
1419702173
Branch Call Number: 364.1523 DERF
Statement of Responsibility: [text and illustrations] by Derf Backderf ; [editor, Charles Kochman]
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (p. 200-220)
Subject Headings: Dahmer, Jeffrey Childhood and youth Comic books, strips, etc Dahmer, Jeffrey Friends and associates Comic books, strips, etc Dahmer, Jeffrey Family Comic books, strips, etc Derf Childhood and youth Comic books, strips, etc Problem youth Comic books, strips, etc Male friendship Comic books, strips, etc Behavior disorders in adolescence Comic books, strips, etc Serial murderers Comic books, strips, etc Nineteen seventies Comic books, strips, etc High school students Ohio Comic books, strips, etc High schools Ohio Comic books, strips, etc
Genre/Form: Biographical comic books, strips, etc
Topical Term: Problem youth
Male friendship
Behavior disorders in adolescence
Serial murderers
Nineteen seventies
High school students
High schools
Graphic novels, Adult
LCCN: 2011285306
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May 21, 2014
  • JCLMELODYK rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

No one could have saved Dahmer. But they sure as hell could have saved his victims. It is almost incomprehensible the number of people who chose to ignore this psychopath.

Apr 24, 2014
  • CraigGraziano rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

My Friend Dahmer is much more than just a grisly expose on the teenage life of a future serial killer; it is also a rumination on the culture of 1970's suburbia, where teens were left to their own devices in the wake of divorce or career-minded parents.

Read more at: http://www.librarypoint.org/my_friend_dahmer_backderf

Feb 23, 2014
  • KateHillier rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

There's always that guy or girl in your class. This is of story of that guy actually becoming a serial killer. There's enough out there about infamous serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer but this is the story, as much as can be said, of his youth. Of how isolated he was in school and just how his spiral began. I think what I like best about this is how honest it is. Backderf doesn't claim to be closer to him than he was, he supplements with other sources as needed (there are comprehensive notes in the back), and explains why certain people are omitted. It's a disturbing but also tragic book. The tragedy, as the author states, stops after Dahmer kills his first victim but you just wonder if there was some way he could have been saved. That somebody could have noticed or done something even though there was probably nothing to be done

Dec 30, 2013
  • martypants rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

An incredible work of non-fiction!

Dec 17, 2013
  • mawls rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

An intimate look at Jeffrey Dahmer told through the eyes of a former friend before Dahmer was an infamous serial killer. I was nervous to read this because of the subject matter, but I'm glad I read it. The story is Backderf's story and it is well researched and not told lightly.

Nov 24, 2013
  • kpb98 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

oftentimes hard to take but still compelling. not for the faint of heart though. many of the graphic details are in the appendix. still interesting as it gives a rare story of someone who knew a murderer "way back when"

Nov 17, 2013
  • briannek7 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

A deeply unsettling but fascinating must-read. Bear in mind that it doesn't go into the details of the crimes for which Dahmer is best known, so you may want to do a little research before or after you read this.

Aug 11, 2013
  • Mark_Daly rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A scrupulously told story that asks all the right questions and wisely refuses to provide answers. In 1991 Derf unexpectedly found himself at the fringes of infamy, and after decades of effort, in this book he wrings the experience of all it's worth. Autobio comics and reportage combine in this compelling work.

Apr 30, 2013
  • DexDude rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A very interesting read. It's a very well described account of Dahmer's life that actually backed up by facts (they are even listed in the back of the book in great detail). I really enjoyed reading this book and didn't put it down until finshed it.

Feb 12, 2013
  • sit_walk rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

a fascinating and insightful look at Dahmer's life during high school. sad and disturbing, but also rings true (the depiction of 70s high school life)

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