My Friend Dahmer

A Graphic Novel
Derf (Book - 2012 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
My Friend Dahmer

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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
Statement of Responsibility: written & illustrated by Derf Backderf ; [editor, Charles Kochman]
Title: My friend Dahmer
a graphic novel
Publisher: New York :, Abrams ComicArts,, 2012
Characteristics: 221 p. :,ill. ;,24 cm.
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Report This 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

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

An incredible work of non-fiction!

Report This 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.

Report This 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"

Report This 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.

Report 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.

Report This 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.

Report This 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)

Report This Jul 14, 2012
  • salsabrarian rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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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