Today Derf Backderf’s memoir MY FRIEND DAHMER dropped in comics shops. It’s the true story of some fairly typical loserish guys in high school..one of whom will grow up to be one of the most horrifying serial killers of the 20th century. And who already shows signs of being completely without empathy.
Whenever I hand people a copy of this book…they can’t put it down. Backderf (real name John Backderf) was a high school classmate of young Jeffrey Dahmer’s and as this exclusive preview will show, even then, things were not quite right.
Although Backderf previously released a 24-page version of the story, this 224-page version is not a re-issue, as some have said, but an entire retelling of the chilling story. Backderf has been interviewed for documentaries about Dahmer, but his own punk-influenced art tells the story in the best way.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.