My Friend Dahmer You only think you know this story In 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

  • Title: My Friend Dahmer
  • Author: Derf Backderf
  • ISBN: 9781419702167
  • Page: 209
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 complex figure a high school friend with whom he had shared classrooms, hallways, and car rides.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 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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    1. "Dahmer is probably a serial killer by now!" - Derf Backderf, 19884.5 stars. A truly fascinating tale. I picked the graphic novel up as I had no idea when I would find the time to travel to see the movie, but I'm pleased I experienced the story in it's original form first.I've been interested in this story since I saw the movie trailer. The perspective of a past friend of a serial killer is not one we are often exposed to, let alone in more than a brief interview at the time of the killer's arre [...]

    2. Gush! Times a thousand!THIS IS THE BEST GRAPHIC NOVEL I'VE READ ALL MY LIFE* !There. This is a profound, one of those once-in-a-life, lightning-in-a-bottle-type experience This dude is master chronicle (auto)biographer, expert storyteller, and amazing cartoonist all in one & this is the project that only HE could produce A type of unicorn, really (you CANNOT possibly let it pass you by). I've never been shaken by something in this genre, like, ever. Until now.* Actually, it IS a tie. "Fun Ho [...]

    3. I was a teenager in 1991 and still remember the day we all gathered around the TV to watch the shocking news about Jeffrey Dahmer. The stations were talking about it continuously and kept showing the footage of officers taking bags, boxes and containers out of Dahmer's apartment. It was upsetting and revolting.For those who don't know, Jeffrey Dahmer was a serial killer apprehended on 1991 (Click here for his wiki page.)That is why when I first heard about this graphic novel a few years ago I de [...]

    4. This was really disappointing. So it's sorta a memoir by this guy who knew and kinda bullied Jeffrey Dahmer when he was in High School. Sounds okay! How can that be boring. It's kinda boring. Problem is, I'm more sympathetic to Dahmer than Derf! That's crazy! I mean, it's Dahmer and Derf is just like a douche. But even then the douchiest douche can't possibly inspire more negative feelings than a goddamn serial killer! I mean can it? Derf's not even that much of a douche. Kinda flawed in the sel [...]

    5. Find all of my reviews at: 52bookminimum/"This is the grand finale of a life poorly spent and the end result is just overwhemingly depressing . . . A sick, pathetic miserable life story, that's all it is."- Jeffrey DahmerI need to get one thing out of the way before I begin . . . That being said . . . Sorry. Mitchell made me post that.For serious, though, My Friend Dahmer was a fascinating read – and one of those books that will have your co-workers saying “it was weird enough when she start [...]

    6. I had thought all you needed to know about Jeffrey Dahmer was in1) The Shrine of Jeffrey Dahmer by Brian Masters2) A Father’s Story by Lionel Dahmer3) The Stone Phillips interview with Mr and Mrs Dahmer and Jeffrey available on youtubeBut now comes this peculiar addition, a graphic novel about the author’s friendship (kind of) with JD during his high school years at Eastview Junior High School in Bath, Ohio. This was the kind of friendship where a group of guys fairly low down in the social [...]

    7. Intimate, nuanced, complex, dark, grotesque, sordid, disturbing, horrifying, haunting: an instant true-crime classic that brings to mind the psychological insight of Alison Bechdel's Fun Home, the restrained depravity of Rick Geary's Victorian murder documentaries, and the subversive cartooning of Robert Crumb and Howard Cruse. Highly recommended to fans of alternative comics!

    8. Looking through my old high school yearbook, you'd never be able to pick out which one of the kids chased his girlfriend across a parking lot and put a bullet in her head before turning the gun on himself. Yet, that's exactly what he did just a few years after graduation. There's nothing about his picture that would lead you to believe he would be capable of such violence. He did not win an award for "Most Likely to Commit Murder." In the yearbook photo, he's just another smiling student, eager [...]

    9. "He was the loneliest kid I'd ever met."Written (and illustrated) by a classmate of one of America's most notorious serial killers, Jeffrey Dahmer, My Friend Dahmer depicts the teenage years of Dahmer's life and his slow downward spiral into murder.As much as I love the gory graphic details associated with serial killers and true crime, I also have a real interest in what makes a serial killer. Why do they kill? Is the urge something you are just born with, or is it a consequence of life events? [...]

    10. I had normal friendships in high school and really never had any close friendships after high school. - Jeffrey DahmerI followed up a suicide book with a shut-in book and on those heels My Friend Dahmer. I'm more than a little bummed out right now. Sometimes I'll try to bring myself out of myself by allowing me to act incredibly over the top mopey cry baby. I'll put in a bleak song and really get into it. Somehow this cheers me up. It is out of the system. Reading My Friend Dahmer made me cry. I [...]

    11. The artist mostly known as “Derf” was a bit of a mystery during my tenure at the Cleveland Scene and Free Times. He was the guy behind the coolest comic strip in the paper, The City, which ripped on Cleveland every week but also seemed to celebrate its crazy residents at the same time. I would occasionally see him at company parties, quietly watching from the back, this tall dude with a long face who usually seemed pissed at something.There was this rumor he’d been friends with the serial [...]

    12. While reading the preface I was struck, quite negatively, by this line urging readers' to "Pity [Dahmer], but don't empathize with him." Given the title, this seemed like a rather ironic plea, but I held out hope that this was just an overzealous attempt to assure the world that Backderf was in no way endorsing mass murder, but the novel itself would still be an attempt to draw out some depth of humanity to such a well-known horror story. Alas.The art is fine. Maybe better than fine, but who kno [...]

    13. A humanizing look at an infamous serial killer, My Friend Dahmer does what little works are able to do, and that is make you feel sympathy for the bad guy. And make no mistake, Dahmer is the BAD GUY here. Backderf’s autobiographical account of his teenage friendship with the killer is not the sugar-coated memoir of a lost soul, nor is it particularly exploitative of Dahmer and his crimes. In fact, we hardly even TOUCH on his crimes in here. Instead, this is the portrait of a damaged person (al [...]

    14. Wow, what a monster.And yes, I'm talking about the book. Derf gives his perspective on the youth of a future serial killer. Dahmer was one of his classmates in high school, a "mascot" for his group of friends as Derf puts it. Derf's story about Dahmer was published first in a shorter version, a decade or so ago. Now, Derf gives it the full treatment. 200 pages, to be (almost) exact. Here's what I liked about it1. It was completely subjective. And it's completely transparent in its subjectivity. [...]

    15. This book humanizes Dahmer in a way that I have thought for years to be kind of necessary. In Derf's conclusion, he states that we should have pity/compassion for Jeffrey up until Jeffrey chose to take a life, and then at that point, Jeffrey "should have turned the gun on himself" and taken himself out of his own misery. I'm not sure how I feel about that exact delineation -- monster or not, I don't wish for anyone to kill himself -- but in cases of famous killers who experienced much alienation [...]

    16. I'm not sure what to think of Dahmer. This graphic novel attempts not to defend his crimes, but to understand that he was a human being, though his actions were monstrous. Taking true crime and mixing it with a boyhood coming-of-age scenario, My Friend Dahmer will make readers never look at serial killers quite the same way again.

    17. Um, well, Backderf seems like a pretty awful person. And sure, Dahmer's worse, on account of the murder and cannibalism and necrophilia and all that. But it was pretty uncomfortable how unselfconsciously he discussed participating in all these cruel schemes in high school and how if only some adult would have done anything. I mean the blame rests with Dahmer, not Backderf or his fellow peers, but for a book that seems to argue over and over again that adults have failed him, I mean, Derf doesn't [...]

    18. I debated between one star and two, but in the end the GR description of one-star won. I did not like this book. It felt exploitative.Although the author mentions he researched the case of Dahmer, this book focuses on Dahmer's teenage years in high school. I'll explain why I felt like the author tried to milk knowing Dahmer and writing a book about his "friendship" with him. This is only my impression, and I may be way off base. Derf knew Dahmer from middle school but never spoke to him. Dahmer [...]

    19. Uma graphic novel que acho que todos estudantes de Psicologia deveriam ler.Em Meu amigo Dahmer, Backderf contou como foi o período da sua vida em que conviveu com o serial killer Jeff Dahmer (antes de se tornar um dos assassinos mais conhecidos da história).O livro é um relato muito rico e interessante que nos faz pensar o quanto muitas vezes ignoramos indícios que as pessoas dão.Por se tratar da história de um serial killer, há conteúdos bem angustiantes e pesados na história.

    20. I don't read many Graphic Novels they're just not my thing. My Friend Dahmer is only my fourth Graphic Novel the other three being the March series by my bae Congressman John Lewis. For me to pick up a Graphic Novel it really has to peak my interest, and I am intensely interested in crime. You know a book is great when it makes you have sympathy for a depraved serial killer like Jeffrey Dahmer. As I read this I wondered if maybe Dahmer could have been saved from the evil path he took, had someon [...]

    21. A rare voice and original style come together to form one chilling, creeped-me-out-to- the-core story. I mean how many people can say they were once friends with Jeffrey Dahmer? *shivers just walked down my spine*An interesting first-hand account of serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer’s high school days. A story that got under my skin. The “if-onlys” and “what-ifs” in life can haunt us if we let them. Mr. Backderf sounded a bit haunted to me. If only someone had noticed…or what if someone h [...]

    22. This book comes closest to answering the 'Dahmer question' than any other book I have read on the subject. Derf went to HS with Dahmer. "Fast Times at Sociopath High" and you are there.

    23. I have always been obsessed with true crime, so when I found out that there was going to be a movie made based on this graphic novel I needed to read it.My Friend Dahmer is a graphic novel by one of his previous friends from high school, Backderf. They also knew of each other in middle school. This book shows the different experiences that a disturbed young man, who struggled against the morbid urges. He was a shy kid and became an alcoholic as a teenage. This books shares the whole story throug [...]

    24. Content warnings: violence, animal abuse, ableism, homophobia, necrophilia, sexual assault.My Friend Dahmer is a nonfiction graphic novel about the author's time growing up as a junior high/high school classmate of the infamous serial killer, Jeffrey Dahmer. He explains how pitiable of a teen Dahmer was, and the home life that plagued him, as well as going into some of the mental health struggles the killer faced from a young age, such as his obsession with corpses and their insides, or his desp [...]

    25. There's a lot more going on with this book than it at first appears. On the face of it, My Friend Dahmer is a pretty straightforward account of Derf's high school friendship with Jeffrey Dahmer, and of what Derf has subsequently learned about Dahmer's private life during those years - including his gradual slide from weird kid to horrifying serial killer. And, of course, that would be enough to make this book compelling and interesting. But Derf is also quietly probing the nature of the world su [...]

    26. 5*I read this in 2 hours in the middle of the night. It was awesome!!! Lots of interesting factors that lead Dahmer to become a serial killer. I actually don't know much about this case at all so it was very interesting to learn about. A little thing I didn't like was how the author kept blaming the adults for not noticing what was wrong with Dahmer but he barely noticed it himself as his friend so I don't really get the message about how the adults should have noticed weaved throughout the narr [...]

    27. This is the story of necrophiliac cannibal serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer’s high school years told from the perspective of John “Derf” Backderf who went to the same school as him and knew him a bit socially too. The book doesn’t go beyond high school graduation but presumably most people coming to this book will know the horrific crimes Dahmer committed from age 18 onwards until he was finally caught and sent to prison where he was murdered by a fellow deranged inmate. The book’s tone pr [...]

    28. I have read some wonderful autobiographical graphic novels this year! When browsing my local library's shelves for a new one, I came across My Friend Dahmer, which looked like a funny story about a group of high school boys and their hilarious antics during the course of three years. Typical coming of age story, right? Wrong! It wasn't until I got home that I realized the "friend" known as Dahmer was none other than the Jeffrey Dahmer! My Friend Dahmer is the true story of Backderf's "quirky" fa [...]

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