Not only is John Backderf (also known as Derf and Derf Backderf) yet another incredibly talented Ohio-native cartoonist and OSU graduate whose collection resides here at The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum, but he also spent his grade-school days hanging around with serial killer and classmate Jeffrey Dahmer.
Derf has written his brand new graphic novel My Friend Dahmer about this experience, and we’re lucky enough to have him coming to speak about the new book as well as give a signing at this free event:
On Tuesday, May 15th at 7pm in the Wexner Center Film and Video Theater: Ohio State grad and Cleveland-based cartoonist Derf Backderf visits to discuss his new graphic novel, My Friend Dahmer, an account of growing up in the same small Ohio town as notorious serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer. Best known for his strip The City, Derf is a two-time Eisner Award nominee and received a Robert F. Kennedy Journalism award in 2006. Join us following the event for a book signing in the Wexner Center Store. More information here. This event was made possible in collaboration with the Wexner Center for the Arts.
In 2008 John Backderf donated his collection to The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum, including 2,450 items consisting of original art, proofs, tearsheets, clippings, promo materials, correspondence, and much much more. Many of the originals can be found here in our Art Database.
See you on May 15th!