My Friend Dahmer last edited by jazz1987 on 09/15/18 07:35AM View full history

2012 full length graphic novel of the previously single issue story My Friend Dahmer.

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.

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Derf Backderf chronicles his time growing up with the infamous serial killer Jeffery Dahmer.  This volume mixes the mundane with the disturbing and portrays Dahmer as a tragic figure whose descent could have been avoided.  Derf describes as best he can Dahmer's home life and the emergence of his dark urges.  He makes it clear that his sympathy for Dahmer ends with his first murder.  The art style is reminiscent of Robert Crumb with cleaner line work.  The volume would feel at home next to any co...

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