My Friend Dahmer

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“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

• 2014 Revelation Award Winner at Angoulême

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.

• 2013 ALA/YALSA Alex Award
• 2014 Revelation Award at Angoulême
• 2015 ALA/YALSA Alex Award (Excellence in Narrative Nonfiction)

“A new classic of the graphic novel genre … A moving book that qualifies as one of the great graphic novels, a work of art.” –
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Alison Bechdel

•Author of Fun Home

“Stunning. Horrifying. Beautifully done.”

Publishers Weekly

•Publishing trade magazine

“The tone is sympathetic and enraged (‘Where were the damn adults?’), while not excusing or making the story unduly fascinating. Backderf’s writing is impeccably honest in not exculpating his own misdeeds . . . and quietly horrifying. A small, dark classic.”

Robert Crumb

•Underground comix artist

“A well-told, powerful story. Backderf is quite skilled in using comics to tell this tale of a truly weird and sinister 1970s adolescent world.”