Derf Backderf

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John Backderf is a Eisner-award-winning American comics creator, also known as Derf Backderf. He is most famous for his recent graphic novels, especially My Friend Dahmer, the international bestseller which won an Angoulême Prize, and earlier for his comic strip The City, which appeared in a number of alternative newspapers from 1990–2014.

Derf has been nominated for multiple Eisner, Harvey and Ignatz awards and a Rueben Award. In 2006, he won the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award for political cartooning. Backderf has been based in Cleveland, Ohio, for much of his career.

Average rating: 3.95 · 30,692 ratings · 4,530 reviews · 13 distinct worksSimilar authors
My Friend Dahmer

3.93 avg rating — 25,263 ratings — published 2012 — 23 editions
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Trashed

3.80 avg rating — 2,929 ratings — published 2015 — 10 editions
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Kent State: Four Dead in Ohio

4.53 avg rating — 1,436 ratings — published 2020 — 5 editions
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Punk Rock and Trailer Parks

4.09 avg rating — 564 ratings — published 2008 — 4 editions
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My Friend Dahmer [2002]

3.83 avg rating — 172 ratings — published 2002
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Trashed Graphic Novella #1

3.79 avg rating — 81 ratings — published 2002
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True Stories Volume 1

3.72 avg rating — 93 ratings — published 2014 — 4 editions
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True Stories #2

3.60 avg rating — 53 ratings — published 2016 — 3 editions
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The City

3.37 avg rating — 30 ratings — published 2003
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True Stories Volume 1 True Stories #2 True Stories #3 True Stories #4
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“He was a nobody. One of those shy kids who turned into social invalids when that first blast of adolescence hit, meekly accepted their fate, and became invisible.”
Derf Backderf, My Friend Dahmer

“It's my belief that Dahmer didn't have to wind up a monster, that all those people didn't have to die horribly, if only the adults in his life hadn't been so inexplicably, unforgivably, incomprehensibly clueless and/or indifferent. Once Dahmer kills, however - and I can't stress this enough - my sympathy for him ends. He could have turned himself in after that first murder. He could have put a gun to his head. Instead he, and he alone, chose to become a serial killer and spread misery to countless people. There are a surprising number out there who view Jeffery Dahmer as some kind of anti-hero, a bullied kid who lashed back at the society that rejected him, This is nonsense. Dahmer was a twisted wretch whose depravity was almost beyond comprehension. Pity him, but don't empathize with him.”
Derf Backderf, My Friend Dahmer

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