Derf subdues his unusual sense of humor to relate the compelling story of his childhood friendship with serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer. Derf deserves all the praise he's getting for this one. (Posted on 2/13/13)
I read this when it was a single issue floppy about 8 years ago and didn't like it. I thought it was too dense. Given room to breathe over 200 pages, with really important character developing scenes given a chance to creep and set a deeply unsettling tone, it feels like a totally different book. And a great one at that. (Posted on 2/13/13)
I made the mistake of reading this book, about the author's "friendship" with burgeoning serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer in high school, while all my friends and housemates were out of town. Then I made the mistake of looking up Dahmer on Wikipedia at 1am. Then I didn't sleep for a week. I highly recommend it!!! (Posted on 2/13/13)
Derf's graphic biography of a high school age Jeffrey Dahmer is also as much an autobiography as it is a study in the creepy teen isolation of the suburban '70s. Dahmer was a psychopath - so that means his brain doesn't function like yours or mine. That is unchangeable. But at the same time, it is fascinating how much red-flag type behavior was overlooked by the adults. This is Derf's masterwork. If you liked Charles Burns' Black Hole, you'll like My Friend Dahmer.
(Posted on 2/13/13)