Author: Derf Backderf

Publisher: Abrams

ISBN: 1613123264

Category: Comics & Graphic Novels

Page: 224

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NATIONAL BESTSELLER 2013 ALA/YALSA Alex Award 2014 Revelation Award at Angoulême 2015 ALA/YALSA Alex Award (Excellence in Narrative Nonfiction) 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. Also available by Derf Backderf, Trashed. Praise for My Friend Dahmer: "The tone is sympathetic and enraged (‘Where were the damn adults?’), while not excusing or making the story unduly fascinating. Backderf’s writing is impeccably honest in not exculpating his own misdeeds . . . and quietly horrifying. A small, dark classic." —Publishers Weekly (starred review)? "One of the best graphic novels I've read this year." -- USA Today's PopCandy "One of the most thought-provoking comics released in a long time." -- Slate.com? "Carefully researched and sourced with ample back matter, Backderf’s tragic chronicle of what shouldn’t have been is a real butt-kicker for educators and youth counselors as well as peers of other potential Dahmers. Highly recommended for professionals as well as true crime readers." —Library Journal "This isnt a cautionary tale. Its insight sharedinsight arriving too late to save Dahmers victims, let alone Jeff himself, but perhaps soon enough to remind both teens and their caretakers that questioning peculiar behavior might be a better tack than ignoring or exploiting it." -- School Library Journal? "Fortunately, cartoonist Derf Backderf isn't one to avoid the troubling, even terrifying, truths that lurk in the dark recesses of that notorious serial killer's early lifeand modern American life itself." -- Foreword Reviews "A powerful, unsettling use of the graphic medium to share a profoundly disturbing story. . . . An exemplary demonstration of the transformative possibilities of graphic narrative." —Kirkus Reviews (starred review) "Masterful. . . a rich tale full of complexity and sensitivity . . . There's something about Dahmer's life and crimes that seems almost crafted for treatment in the murky world of comix. Yet it's empathy and nuance, not gore, that put My Friend Dahmer alongside Alison Bechdel's Fun Home and David Small's Stitches in the annals of illustrated literature." —Cleveland Plain Dealer "A new classic of the graphic novel genre. . . . A moving book that qualifies as one of the great graphic novels, a work of art." —Creative Loafing "A well-told, powerful story. Backderf is quite skilled in using comics to tell this tale of a truly weird and sinister 1970s adolescent world."?—R. Crumb? "Anyone who opens My Friend Dahmer to satisfy a morbid curiosity, and likewise anyone who expects to find no more than a cynical publishing venture here, is bound for disappointment. It is a horrifying read, yes, not so much for what it reveals about the sad early (and inevitably terrible) life of Jeffrey Dahmer, but because of what it reveals about the bland emotional landscape of Middle America, in this vision a petri dish for psychoses in many degrees and forms.?Backderf’s odd stylization, with figures that look like organic robots, is a perfect vehicle for this conception. His graphic approach is grotesque, droll, and it rags on reality as masses of kids knew and still know it.?Lots of books exist about the agonies and cruelty of the adolescent high school experience, but few so compellingly bring us straight into that soulless environment, showing the ways it can shelter, allow to burgeon, and, at the same time, be completely blind to real madness.?It wasn’t easy reading this book, but I’m glad I did."?—David Small, author and illustrator of Stitches, a National Book Award finalist and #1 New York Times bestseller "Stunning. Horrifying. Beautifully done."?—Alison Bechdel, author and illustrator of Fun Home, a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist "My Friend Dahmer is a brilliant graphic novel and surely ranks among the very best of the form. Like Alison Bechdel’sFun Home, the book plumbs a dark autobiographical mystery, trying in retrospect to understand actions and motivations to piece together the makings of a tragedy. Like Charles Burns’s Black Hole, it’s a starkly etched portrait of the horror of high school in the 1970s. Comparisons aside, My Friend Dahmer is entirely original, boldly and beautifully drawn, and full of nuance and complexity and even a strange tenderness. Out of the sordid and grotesque details of Dahmer’s life, Derf has fashioned a moving and complex literary work of art."?—Dan Chaon, award-winning author of Among the Missing and You Remind Me of Me "Just when you think you know all there is to know about Jeffrey Dahmer— one of the most notorious criminals of the past century—along comes My Friend Dahmer, which adds significantly to our understanding of this rare form of psychopathology. The graphic novel format helps the reader appreciate the adolescent mind-set of Dahmer’s high school classmates. Although none of those who grew up with Dahmer expected to hear what they learned on July 22, 1991, when he was caught, no one was really surprised, either.?This unique book allows the reader to listen in on the fascinating reminiscences of those who watched the developing mind of a future serial killer."?—Louis B. Schlesinger, PhD, Professor of Forensic Psychology, John Jay College of Criminal Justice "It’d be so easy to pigeonhole and think that the reason you can’t stop reading My Friend Dahmer is because it offers a voyeuristic peek inside the monster. And it does. But as it turns its self-aware eye on the boy who doesn’t belong, the real magic trick is how equally hateful and sad you feel for the monster himself. This one’s still haunting me."?—Brad Meltzer, author of Identity Crisis and The Inner Circle, a #1 New York Times bestseller?? "As someone who walked the halls of Revere High School with both Backderf and Dahmer and was there from the beginning, I am astounded by the accuracy and truthfulness of this portrait. I know of no other work that so clearly shows the teenage days of an American monster, long before the rest of the world heard of him. Mesmerizing."?—Mike Kukral, PhD, Revere High School class of 1978, Professor of Geography, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, author of Prague 1989: Theater of Revolution "If you want to read a heavy story about a disturbing teenager, My Friend Dahmer will certainly quench your dark little desires. But this book is about a lot of other things that matter much, much more: the institutionalized weirdness of the suburban seventies, what it means to be friends with someone you don’t really like, a cogent explanation as to why terrible things happen, and a means for feeling sympathy toward those who don’t seem to deserve it."?—Chuck Klosterman, author of Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs: A Low Culture Manifesto?and The Visible Man "A solid job. Putrid serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer’s origins are explored in this fine book. Dig it—it’ll hang you out to dry."?—James Ellroy, author of My Dark Places and L.A. Confidential
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Author: Derf Backderf

Publisher: Abrams

ISBN: 1683352033

Category: Comics & Graphic Novels

Page: 240

View: 2189

“A well-told, powerful story. Backderf is quite skilled in using comics to tell this tale of a truly weird and sinister 1970s adolescent world.â€? —R. Crumb NATIONAL BESTSELLER Named a BEST OF 2012 by Time, The Village Voice, A.V. Club, comiXology, Boing Boing, Publishers Weekly, MTV Geek, and more! “ASTOUNDING.â€? —Lev Grossman, Time 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, Dahmer 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 readers will never forget. This new paperback edition will coincide with the release of the movie adaptation of My Friend Dahmer and will include additional bonus content from the author archives.
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A True Story

Author: Derf

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Biographical comic books, strips, etc

Page: 24

View: 8567

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Toxic Characters in Young Adult Fiction

Author: Joni Richards Bodart

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 1442230827

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 322

View: 4047

Young adults live in a violent culture, so trying to protect them from the world they live in is not only futile but can also be dangerous. No matter their ethnicity, social class, or economic status, teens must know how to survive the perils that may await them. Most teens understand this, and they want books, television shows, and films to reflect the reality of their world—the bad along with the good. In They Hurt, They Scar, They Shoot, They Kill: Toxic Characters in Young Adult Fiction, Joni Richards Bodart examines works of fiction that feature characters who threaten the psychological and physical well-being of teens and their friends and families. In this companion volume to They Suck, They Bite, They Eat, They Kill, the focus is on individuals who prey on the vulnerable: bullies, manipulators, torturers, sexual predators, and sadists. The novels and stories discussed in this volume feature adult criminals or predators who look for young people to ensnare; school personnel who interact with students in harmful ways; teens who bully others in order to hide their own fears and weaknesses; and parents, siblings, and others who mistreat family members. Arranged in five sections that cover such topics as bullies, school shootings, and monsters at home, this volume analyzes the most important and well-written series and titles for teens. They Hurt, They Scar, They Shoot, They Kill will help parents, teachers, and other adults understand the value of these titles and the benefits of reading them, so they will be less likely to forbid them to their teens or challenge library collections for carrying them.
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Author: Jack Kerouac

Publisher: Rowohlt Verlag GmbH

ISBN: 3644498717

Category: Fiction

Page: 352

View: 6936

Buddha in Kalifornien Zusammen mit dem Dichter und Zenbuddhisten Japhy Ryder begibt sich der temperamentvolle junge Schriftsteller Ray Smith auf eine berauschende Reise: von den Partys und Poetry Sessions in San Francisco bis in die einsamen Höhen der High Sierras – immer auf der Suche nach einem intensiven, sinnerfüllten Leben. Kerouac, der gefeierte Autor der Beat Generation, verfasste mit diesem Buch das literarische Dokument einer Jugend, die für sich die Natur neu entdeckte und die Fesseln der zivilisatorischen Annehmlichkeiten abzuwerfen bereit war. «In Kerouacs brillanten Naturbeschreibungen liegt eine berauschende Kraft und Originalität.» (The New York Times Book Review)
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Die wahre Geschichte eines Serienmörders

Author: Jonathan Case,Jeff Jensen

Publisher: CARLSEN Verlag

ISBN: 364671025X

Category: Comics & Graphic Novels

Page: 240

View: 1068

Das Motiv des Täters Gary Ridgway wurde in den USA unter dem Namen GREEN RIVER KILLER bekannt. Von 1982 bis 2001 tötete er rund 50 Frauen in Seattle und Umgebung und wurde damit zu einem der gefährlichsten Mörder in der amerikanischen Geschichte. Der Polizist Tom Jensen war ihm in all diesen Jahren auf den Fersen, aber erst eine DNS-Analyse brachte den Durchbruch. Nun hat Jensens Sohn die Jagd nach Ridgway aus der Perspektive seines Vaters aufgeschrieben, Jonathan Case hat sie in strenge schwarz-weiße Zeichnungen umgesetzt. Ein beklemmender und zugleich hoch spannender Comic über einen Serienmörder und die Suche nach seinen Motiven.
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... und warum sie abstürzt

Author: Peter D. Schiff,Andrew J. Schiff

Publisher: Börsenbuchverlag

ISBN: 3942888548

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 272

View: 7567

"Halten Sie einen Vortrag über Volkswirtschaft, und Sie werden sehen, wie schnell Ihr Publikum müde wird. Erzählen Sie Ihren Zuhörern jedoch eine Geschichte, über die sie schmunzeln können, dann sind Sie in der Lage, ihnen fast alles beizubringen." Getreu diesem Motto lehrte der berühmte Ökonom Irwin Schiff seine Söhne die Grundlagen der Volkswirtschaft. Die Geschichte, die er Ihnen dazu erzählte, haben Peter und Andrew Schiff nun aufgeschrieben. Klug und amüsant an die heutige Zeit angepasst zeigen sie, wie politisches und ökonomisches Fehlverhalten den Zusammenbruch ganzer Volkswirtschaften auslösen können. Ihr Buch ist eine Fabel darüber, wie Politik und menschliche Schwächen dazu führen, dass die Gesetze von Angebot und Nachfrage missachtet werden - was bei allen Beteiligten zu massiven finanziellen Kopfschmerzen führt. Das Buch wurde im Rahmen der Frankfurter Buchmesse 2010 mit dem International Book Award 2010 ausgezeichnet.
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Thriller

Author: Edward Lee,Elizabeth Steffen

Publisher: Festa

ISBN: 3865525679

Category: Fiction

Page: 270

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Hat Dahmer seinen eigenen Tod nur vorgetäuscht? Im Juli 1991 fasste die amerikanische Polizei einen der teuflischsten Serienmörder der Geschichte – den Kannibalen Jeffrey Dahmer. Drei Jahre später wurde er im Gefängnis von einem anderen Insassen erschlagen ... ,Doch kurz nach dem Begräbnis beginnt eine weitere kannibalistische Mordserie. Fingerabdrücke, DNA und modus operandi – alle Spuren führen zu Dahmer. ,Die Ermittlerin Helen Closs ist sich sicher, dass es sich um einen perversen Nachahmer handelt ... bis in der Nacht ihr Handy klingelt und Jeffrey Dahmer selbst mit ihr redet. , ,Eine fein geschliffene Geschichte. Edward Lee und die Serienkillerexpertin Elizabeth Steffen sind auf Augenhöhe mit den besten Kriminalschriftstellern. Gruselig und intelligent ... so wie Jeffrey Dahmer selbst.
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Roman

Author: Penelope Fitzgerald

Publisher: Suhrkamp Verlag

ISBN: 3458738541

Category: Fiction

Page: 164

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Florence Green erwirbt in Hardborough, einem verschlafenen Dorf an der Küste Ostenglands, das Old House als zukünftiges Domizil für ihre Buchhandlung. Dass das Gebäude anscheinend von einem Poltergeist besessen und bis auf die Grundmauern feucht ist, bringt sie von ihrem Vorhaben ebensowenig ab wie die Tatsache, dass sie von finanziellen Dingen keine Ahnung hat. Voller Schwung stürzt sie sich in die Vorbereitungen und stattet ihre Buchhandlung liebevoll aus. Die Einwohner des kleinen Städtchens begegnen dem Unternehmen zunächst mit Skepsis, bald stellen sich jedoch erste Stammkunden ein. Als Florence Green aber dann ein gerade erschienenes Buch eines bis dahin unbekannten Autors, Vladimir Nabokov, verkauft, ist die Aufregung groß und weitet sich zu einem Skandal aus ...
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Author: Derf Backderf

Publisher: Alternative Comics

ISBN: 1681486032

Category: Comics & Graphic Novels

Page: N.A

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Eisner Award-winning My Friend Dahmer author Derf Backderf returns with his final volume of True Stories, culled from his long-running alt comic strip, The City. Volume Four features weird and hilarious stories from 1990 to 1995, when Gen X was flying the flannel and cell phones were as big as bricks.
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Author: David Small

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783551786951

Category: Artists

Page: 324

View: 4989

Finalist for the 2009 National Book Award and finalist for two 2010 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards: the prize-winning children's author depicts a childhood from hell in this searing yet redemptive graphic memoir. One day David Small awoke from a supposedly harmless operation to discover that he had been transformed into a virtual mute. A vocal cord removed, his throat slashed and stitched together like a bloody boot, the fourteen-year-old boy had not been told that he had cancer and was expected to die. In Stitches, Small, the award-winning children's illustrator and author, re-creates this terrifying event in a life story that might have been imagined by Kafka. As the images painfully tumble out, one by one, we gain a ringside seat at a gothic family drama where David, a highly anxious yet supremely talented child, all too often became the unwitting object of his parents' buried frustration and rage. Believing that they were trying to do their best, David's parents did just the reverse. Edward Small, a Detroit physician who vented his own anger by hitting a punching bag, was convinced that he could cure his young son's respiratory problems with heavy doses of radiation, possibly causing David's cancer. Elizabeth, David's mother, tyrannically stingy and excessively scolding, ran the Small household under a cone of silence where emotions, especially her own, were hidden. Depicting this coming-of-age story with dazzling, kaleidoscopic images that turn nightmare into fairy tale, Small tells us of his journey from sickly child to cancer patient, to the troubled teen whose risky decision to run away from home at sixteen, with nothing more than the dream of becoming an artist, will resonate as the ultimate survival statement. A silent movie masquerading as a book, Stitches renders a broken world suddenly seamless and beautiful again.
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Author: Jeff Smith,Jessica Abel,Matt Madden

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 0544103734

Category: Comics & Graphic Novels

Page: 352

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The Best American Comics showcases the work of both established and up-and-coming contributors. Editor Jeff Smith—creater of the classic comic Bone, a comedy/adventure about three lost cousins from Boneville—has culled the best stories from graphic novels, pamphlet comics, newspapers, magazines, mini-comics, and web comics to create this cutting-edge collection.
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William Burroughs & the Flicker Machine

Author: David Kerekes

Publisher: Critical Vision

ISBN: 9781900486262

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 153

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The leading journal devoted to all aspects of popular culture and cult media, Headpress 25 turns its attention to the Dream, or Flicker, Machine. Featuring interviews with William Burroughs and Paul Bowles, Headpress 25 also includes a detailed look at the neglected life and career of the late Luis de Jesus, a star of diminutive stature whose film appearances range from sadistic sidekick in the cult 1976 feature Blood Sucking Freaks, to numerous hardcore porn features, of which the most notorious is The Anal Dwarf.
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Author: Derf Backderf

Publisher: Abrams

ISBN: 1613128657

Category: Comics & Graphic Novels

Page: 256

View: 1877

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 tale. Trashed follows the raucous escapades of three 20-something friends as they clean the streets of pile after pile of stinking garbage, while battling annoying small-town bureaucrats, bizarre townfolk, sweltering summer heat, and frigid winter storms. Trashed is fiction, but is inspired by Derf’s own experiences as a garbage­man. Interspersed are nonfiction pages that detail what our garbage is and where it goes. The answers will stun you. Hop on the garbage truck named Betty and ride along with Derf on a journey into the vast, secret world of garbage. Trashed is a hilarious, stomach-churning tale that will leave you laughing and wincing in disbelief.
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Die Suche nach dem Mörder meiner Mutter

Author: James Ellroy

Publisher: Ullstein Buchverlage

ISBN: 3843717419

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 528

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Ein ungelöster Mord wird zum tragischen Beginn eines Schriftstellerlebens Geneva “Jean” Ellroy wurde 1958 in einem schäbigen Vorort von L.A. vergewaltigt und ermordet. Der Täter wurde nie gefasst, die Ermittlungen eingestellt und der Fall als tragischer Ausgang einer durchzechten Nacht ad acta gelegt. James Ellroy war damals zehn Jahre alt. Der Mord an seiner Mutter wurde seine Obsession. In den kommenden Jahrzehnten hat er die verstörenden Erinnerungen abwechselnd verdrängt und im Schreiben heraufbeschworen. Erst 1994 stellt er sich dem Trauma seines Lebens. Zusammen mit dem pensionierten Detective Bill Stoner begibt Ellroy sich auf die Suche: nach seiner Mutter, ihrem Mörder – und seiner Erlösung. „Ellroy ist der wichtigste zeitgenössische Kriminalautor.“ Der Spiegel „Eine erschütternde Autobiographie ... unverblümt, grausam und seltsam erregend.“ San Francisco Chronicle „Mit Sicherheit war das Verbrechen an meiner Mutter auch der Impuls, mich der Crime Fiction zu widmen.“ James Ellroy in Die Welt
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Wo komm ich her? Wo geh ich hin? Und wo, verdammt, sind meine Schlüssel?

Author: Billy Crystal

Publisher: Ullstein eBooks

ISBN: 3843707081

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 368

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"Mit 60 konnte ich noch dieselben Dinge tun wie mit 30 - sofern ich ich erinnern konnte, was das war. Mit 65 ändert sich das. Man hört etwa auf, 25-jährigen Frauen nachzuschauen. Das heißt, ich drehe ich schon nach ihnen um, aber sie sind unscharf, und bis ich die Brille gefunden habe, sind sie weg. " Pointenreich und voller Selbstironie schildert Billy Crystal seine leidvollen Erfahrungen mit dem Älterwerden und erzählt von seiner Karriere als weltweit beliebter Entertainer und Hollywoodstar.
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