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Publisher Description

The bone-chilling graphic novel that inspired the major motion picture starring Ross Lynch as Jeffrey Dahmer.
2013 ALA/YALSA Alex Award
2014 Revelation Award at Angoulême
2015 ALA/YALSA Alex Award (Excellence in Narrative Nonfiction)
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, "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.
Also available by Derf Backderf, Trashed.

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Comics & Graphic Novels
March 5
Harry N. Abrams, Inc.

Customer Reviews

J.A.B.P ,

For people who want to understand

I dont understand how one could feel anything for JD other then disgust and frighteneed and unaproval. But by reading this book, and by all the great illiustrations I was able to feel bad for JEFFERY DAHMER!! Never before did I think anything like that would come out of anyones mouth. But it did, and it has. This graphc novel seriousy shows how monsters arent born with the intent to kill or rape or steal. It is their upbrining and the people around them. I reccomend this to anyone who wants to learn a little more about Jeffery Dahmer. This book is for people who want to not just peg him as a monster…they want to understand how a boy turned into one. He wasnt always a monster. Just alone.

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