My Friend Dahmer Movie Tie-in Edition by Derf BackderfMy Friend Dahmer Movie Tie-in Edition by Derf Backderf

My Friend Dahmer Movie Tie-in Edition

byDerf BackderfIntroduction byMarc Meyers

Paperback | October 10, 2017

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The bone-chilling graphic novel that inspired the major motion picture starring Ross Lynch as Jeffrey Dahmer.

This special edition of the national bestseller includes:
  • Introduction by Marc Meyers, director of the FilmRise feature film, My Friend Dahmer
  • 16 full-color pages of movie stills, storyboards, and behind-the-scenes photographs
Named a BEST OF 2012 by Time, The Village Voice, A.V. Club, comiXology, Boing Boing, Publishers Weekly, MTV Geek, and more!

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, Dahmer 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 readers will never forget.
Derf Backderf is the bestselling author of Trashed and the recipient of the prestigious Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award for political cartooning. His weekly comic strip, The City, appeared in more than one hundred newspapers over the past twenty-two years. He lives in Cleveland, Ohio.
Title:My Friend Dahmer Movie Tie-in EditionFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:240 pages, 9.25 × 6 × 1 inShipping dimensions:9.25 × 6 × 1 inPublished:October 10, 2017Publisher:Abrams ComicArtsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1419727559

ISBN - 13:9781419727559


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Irresistibly haunting I'd consider this a definite must read. I got through it pretty quickly, mostly because I couldn't walk away from it. I love the way the author/artist drew Dahmer in this, he's just so creepy. The dark shadows on his eyes is the perfect way to instil a sense of unease in the reader. Also, the style of the artwork really adds to the theme and story behind & within each panel in the novel. Fair warning, I got goosebumps several times while reading this. It's terrifying, to say the least. But so damned good. The scene that got under my skin the most is the very final panel, where the Dahmer Fan Club members are having coffee back in their hometown. They start to discuss old classmates and what may have become of some of them... "Ya know what? Dahmer is probably a serial killer by now! ... And we all laughed." That about sums it up. These guys simultaneously knew exactly what was wrong with Jeff Dahmer, while also having no clue what was wrong with him. At least, not until the rest of the world knew too.
Date published: 2017-07-27

Editorial Reviews

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.