My Friend Dahmer

Jacket art for graphic novel My Friend Dahmer

  • Contributors: by Derf Backderf.
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  • Summary: 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.
  • Awards/Recognition:
    • ALA Alex Award, 2013
    • Harvey Awards Nominee for Best Graphic Album - Original, 2013
    • Prix du Festival d'Angoulême for Prix révélation, 2014)
    • YALSA Great Graphic Novels for Teens, 2013
    • YALSA Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults: Narrative Non-Fiction: Inspired by Actual Events, 2015
    • YALSA Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers: Non Fiction, 2013
    • YALSA Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers: Top Ten, 2013
    • No additional awards known of as of 10/1/2020. Please contact this project's researchers if you are aware of an award not listed.

  • Number of Pages: 221
  • Recommended Grade Level:
  • Publication Year: 2012
  • Publisher: Abrams Comicarts
  • ISBN: 9781419702174

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