My Friend Dahmer

John Backderf, author of the comic strip, “The City” was buddies with Jeffrey Dahmer in high school. On Thursday, he is releasing a graphic novel about Dahmer’s high school years. (source)

He says he waited 21 years because he didn’t want to jump on any exploitative bandwagon.

It’s been 21 years, so it’s not like exploiting the story for personal gain. If I am, I’m doing a lousy job of it – I should’ve rushed something into print a year after the crimes came to light. I just didn’t want to be a part of the scandal, the sheer feeding frenzy. I wanted to tell a story that I thought was very unusual and compelling, and I wanted to do it my way. So I took my time, and when I finally got around to doing it, I did I the way that I’d always envisioned, and that was important to me. (source)

One Response to My Friend Dahmer

  1. m says:

    Derf is a cool guy and has been around the old punk/ DIY artist scene in NE OH for years. He has actually had an earlier version of the Dahmer comic out for years available through his website, although he didn’t go around promoting it or making a big deal out of it – mostly people who were already Derf fans or interested in Dahmer would “discover” it. I’ve always been interested in Dahmer’s time spent in Ohio; apparently the first victim he ever killed was some young guy on his way to a local rock festival which I remember very well from radio ads when I was a kid. Looking forward to reading this new and improved version.

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