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3.78  ·  Rating details ·  2,546 ratings  ·  504 reviews
Every week we pile our garbage on the curb and it disappears--like magic! The reality is anything but, of course. Trashed, Derf Backderf's follow-up to the critically acclaimed, award-winning international bestseller My Friend Dahmer, is an ode to the crap job of all crap jobs--garbage collector. Anyone who has ever been trapped in a soul-sucking gig will relate to this ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published November 3rd 2015 by Harry N. Abrams
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S. Taylor It is about the life of a garbageman and, more importantly, the story is about garbage: where it comes from, what it consists of, and where it goes.

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Sam Quixote
Aug 04, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: best-comics-2015
This book is (all about) garbage - and it’s great!

Following up his excellent memoir, My Friend Dahmer (a book about actually going to school with cannibal serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer), John “Derf” Backderf takes a look at the American trash industry in Trashed. Part fiction, part memoir (Backderf was briefly a garbageman in 1980) and part non-fiction (the facts presented in this book are meticulously researched), Trashed follows 21 year old JB through the four seasons, learning the trade of
David Schaafsma
Jan 07, 2016 rated it liked it
Technically this is impressive, in alt comics style, and listed as fiction, though it is a mix of memoir/personal experience, as once Backderf worked in sanitation, and non-fiction, with some background based in research on trash. Backdoor started this is as a memoir, as was his My Friend Dahmer, but he didn't have enough for a full length project, so he shifted into fiction.

I seem to be in a minority here but I am not that into it. I guess it is a cool enough portrait of a working class job,
Paul Bryant
Featuring a like-to-put-you-off-your-dinner parade of maggots, bin soup (you don’t wanna think too much about what that might be), doggy doo bags which can burst when the truck is compacting them, animal corpses (some with no heads), used condoms, diaper bombs, perfectly good chairs, stacks of porn and the occasional piano, this memoir of Backderf’s two years as a garbageman is justly vicious about our western lifestyle’s addiction to using everything up and throwing everything away and thus ...more
Jul 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphicnovel, adult
Follows a guy who drops out of college and ends up getting a job loading trash into the city dump truck. Includes real statistics and facts about trash in society.

It's depressing, of course. We're fucked.
Most people who are paying attention know that. Hence all the dystopian literature and space colonies in our future.
We also learn about the mechanics of dumptrucks, and a little bit about local government (the details of which may or may not be true about your community).

Since I'm someone who
Jun 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
The art reminded me of Joe Ollmann’s stuff. The writing is a mix of faux memoir and factoids on the garbage crisis in America. The relationships between the municipal workers are well crafted and nuanced. I love Backderf quite frankly and if you want a hot tip follow him on Twitter. He has regular, scathing updates on the decline of western civilization. A very witty and brilliant man.
Noah Nichols
Jul 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: library-loaned
"Life stinks. Mmmm! This, however, is a great shake!"

If you've ever pondered our garbage plight, this constantly entertaining (and educational) graphic novel should not be discarded from your fleeting consideration. Basically, what I'm typing is this: don't trash Trashed. It's an increasingly comical and lighthearted look at the lives of some failing-at-life garbagemen who hate everything and nearly everyone residing in their crappy little town. And boy, are they embittered! The on-the-job
Jul 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
A funny, philosophical, and fact-filled graphic novel about garbage and the slackers who are paid to pick it up for you. The monochromatic color scheme of the art highlights Backderf’s heavily-inked gangly cartoons. Visually, quite striking. All in all, this was an enjoyable read.
John of Canada
So I tagged this disgusting-crap,and poubelle-basura-rubbish-etc.but that's for the content and not a reflection of the writing.The story was very human,it drew a very clear picture of small town America fading from sight and the people seemed authentic.I learned a lot of science,and the book really did a great job of exposing political greed,mismanagement,and stupidity.A real plus was that it
explained how Hillary blew the election!Okay,I made that part up.It's a terrific little book.Check it
Jul 30, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
Derf (John) Backderf has written a graphic novel about trash and its collection. It is a combination of personal experiences when he briefly collected trash (in 1980) and a fairly well researched compendium of facts about trash, recycling, landfill, and a problem that will likely never be solved. It is comic in parts and stone cold serious in others. Overall I liked it: 3.5 stars.
♥ Sandi ❣
Nov 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to ♥ Sandi ❣ by: needed graphic novel for a challenge
Taken from the jacket cover of the book~~

"Americans generate about 389 million tons of trash annually. We recycle only 29 percent of our trash, and send 63.5 percent of it - 246.9 million tons every year to landfills. On average, 5.06 pounds of waste per person is disposed of every day... and there are 321 millions of us in the U.S. alone!"
I found this book hilarious. Backderf has a very dry humor and it came across gallantly in this book. Mixed in were a lot of details about garbage and trash
Derek Royal
Dec 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
I've read Backderf's work since My Friend Dahmer, but this is the first long-form work he's published since the 2012 book. This is another wonderful book, and for different reasons. As the author makes clear in his introduction, while this has roots in personal experiences, Trashed is not autobiographical in nature, as was My Friend Dahmer. He's written this, instead, as a work of fiction. There are strains in the narrative that do seem to have autobiographic leanings (or at least there's the ...more
I was really hoping for a lot of Derf's humor in this book, and I got it. A lot of really funny stuff. Also, I always love his art and this is no exception. My biggest issue was it also scared the shit out of me.

There is a lot of research here, and a lot scary facts about garbage dumps, where they have been and where they are now, how many there are, what happens to them, what COULD happen to them, and basically we are all going to go up in flames in one big fucking trash explosion one day.
Scott Hawkins
Feb 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Weirdly brilliant.

So, it's a kinda-sorta autobiographical comic about a guy who works as a garbage collector for a couple of years. There's not a ton of plot, but what's there (mostly mini-feuds between various factions of town employees) is often hilarious. Mixed in with the trash bombings of innocent pedestrians there's also a lot of interesting (really!) stuff about waste management in the U.S.

Highly recommended, but I'm not quite sure to who.

Austyn Walls
Mar 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Title: Trashed
(Graphic Novel)
Author: Derf Backderf

The author has made many Novels on how life is or from personal experience and just life things in people’s life and what goes on. Very interesting and just an overall open and funny book. The main theme of the book is about a kid that had dropped out of college and didn’t have a job or anything and his mom finally told him if he’s not in school he needs a job and he needs to start doing things in life and be more responsible and clean person.
Feb 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Who could imagine that such great art could come out of (literal) garbage?

The creator worked for a time as a trash collector and this became rich experience to be mined for TRASHED. The book takes micro- and macro- views of the secret life of trash, from the everyday job of the garbage collectors to amazing crosscut diagrams of landfills. While entertaining readers with the bizarre and gross everyday experiences of the workers, he sneaks in plenty of thought-provoking lessons about where the
Stewart Tame
Dec 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
The more I read of Backderf's work, the more I like it. His somewhat punk-y, alt comics style is combined with a surprising degree of readability. While his works have their roots in autobiography, he knows how to meld it with fiction to get an actual story, as opposed to just an anecdote. Trashed is a look at JB, and his job as a trash collector. The book is rife with observed detail interspersed with facts and figures about trash and its disposal in modern society. If nothing else, it's ...more
Jon Nakapalau
What happens to our trash when it leaves our front curb? This graphic novel gives us the inside story on the entire "trash industry" from the perspective of someone who once did the job. Derf Backderf presents the facts - but is never preachy - about the dire situation our landfills are in today. This graphic novel will change the way you look at trash forever.
Jill Adams
Dec 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
I will think about the info in this book each week when I put my trash out. Numerous interesting facts included. I will write it up for this upcoming week.

My review of this book is now at the curb, waiting to be picked up and read:

Aug 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
This review can also be found on my blog:

“An ode to the crap job of all crap jobs” is an excellent introduction to this graphic novel that is equal parts fiction, non-fiction and memoir.

Trashed is written by Derf Backderf who is most famous for knowing serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer in high school and writing a book about him, My Friend Dahmer. In this book here he too recounts stories of his youth as a trash collector, but fleshed it out to bring it up to
High Plains Library District
Nov 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: peter
What happens to your trash? Who takes it away? Where does it go?

Find out, daring reader!

Okay, so it's not the most exciting topic in the world. It's trash. The stuff we don't want anymore. But this book does a good job of mixing the factual stuff with the vignettes about smalltown life.

I won't tell you all the dirt on garbage, but there IS a section in here that briefly mentions how Denmark uses new, fancy incinerators that burn garbage to generate power, and I was intrigued.

It turns out that
Gary Anderson
Aug 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Derf Backderf’s Trashed is an appropriately grimy follow-up to his graphic-novel-memoir My Friend Dahmer, Backderf’s recounting of his high school acquaintance with serial cannibal Jeffrey Dahmer.

My Friend Dahmer is my go-to book for a certain kind of reader, the kind who doesn’t find anything in print worthy of interest. MFD always hooks them. If they need other reading suggestions, now I can offer Trashed.

Trashed is a graphic-novel-ish tale of some guys who work as trash collectors. As with
Nov 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Probably really four stars but I really liked the drawing style which reminded me of classic 80s MAD magazine artists like Al Jaffee and Don Martin. And I learned something too!
Jonathan Maas
Jul 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A Brilliant Fictional Book with an Unfortunately Non-Fictional Message

I'm a fan of Derf Backderf, and though I loved My Friend Dahmer, part of me always thought Backderf is too talented to be known for just this - an association with one of the worst human beings to ever walk across this earth.

Enter Trashed - an equally disquieting book, but one with no violence.

The villain here is us - all of us. Backderf draws upon his experiences as a trash collector, and makes a fictional tale in the modern
Jan 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
While fiction, the graphic novel Trashed is based on Derf Backderf’s experiences as a trash hauler in1979 and 1980 in Richfield, Ohio.

Derf worked at the Plain Dealer as an editorial cartoonist, then produced his syndicated strip “The City” for many years before making the transition to award-winning graphic novelist.

Trashed is composed of narrative segments interspersed with pages devoted to explanatory breakdowns of the business of trash collection.

The fictional elements are concise, funny and
Elizabeth A
Nov 30, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphix, non-fiction, 2016
How many of us think about what happens to the trash we leave out on the curb each week, let alone think about the people who take away said trash?

This graphic novel is part memoir, part fiction, and part non-fiction. The author was a garbage man for a couple of years, and in this book he compiles his "best hits" of stories from that period in his life. He mixes in lots of factual information about garbage statics, much of which is sobering, and way worse than even I had imagined.

This book
Alyse Liebovich
Jan 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
Sticking with my now 3-year tradition of kicking off the new year with a graphic novel. This one really made me consider garbage and what happens to it after it "disappears" from the curb (or the alley). Many of the scenarios garbage collectors have to deal with with are included in this book by Backderf, who wrote that a lot of them were inspired by his real-life experience as a garbageman back in the 70s, and a lot of those made me squirm (cans full of maggots--GAG, people throwing out their ...more
Laughed like a frickin hyena through half of this - and during the other half I learned something about trash.
May 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics, library
Loved this book. It maks you want to be a garbageman.
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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
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