My Friend Dahmer A Graphic Novel

My Friend Dahmer

A Graphic Novel

  • ISBN: 9781419702174
  • Publication Date: March 1, 2012


Price: $19.99

A national bestseller, Derf Backderf’s Alex Award winner My Friend Dahmer is the bone-chilling graphic novel that inspired the major motion picture.

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 Derf 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:
Kent State: Four Dead in Ohio


"Quietly horrifying. A small, dark classic."
Publishers Weekly

"One of the best graphic novels I've read this year."
USA Today's PopCandy

"One of the most thought-provoking comics released in a long time."

"Carefully researched and sourced with ample back matter, Backderf’s tragic chronicle of what shouldn’t have been is a real butt-kicker for educators and youth counselors as well as peers of other potential Dahmers. Highly recommended for professionals as well as true crime readers."
Library Journal

"A powerful, unsettling use of the graphic medium to share a profoundly disturbing story . . . An exemplary demonstration of the transformative possibilities of graphic narrative."
Kirkus Reviews

"Stunning. Horrifying. Beautifully done."
Alison Bechdel, award-winning creator of Fun Home and Are You My Mother?

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