Derf Backderf

Graphic Novelist

Derf Backderf is an award-winning, international best-selling graphic novelist, most notably known for My Friend Dahmer, which has just been adapted into a movie.

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Derf Backderf is an award-winning, international best-selling graphic novelist, most notably known for My Friend Dahmer, which has just been adapted into a movie.

Derf sold his first cartoon for $2 dollars to a classmate in sixth grade. Today he is a critically-acclaimed creator of best-selling graphic novels.

The writer-artist, who works out of an attic studio in his Cleveland home, grew up in a rural, small town in Ohio, an experience that was the inspiration for his graphic novels TrashedPunk Rock and Trailer Parks and the international bestseller, My Friend Dahmer, which will soon be in theaters as a film, starring Ross Lynch, Anne Heche and Vincent Kartheiser. His books have been published in nine languages.

Derf Backderf's comix have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The Village Voice, The Chicago Reader and The Los Angeles Reader. 

His work has been displayed in museums and galleries worldwide. He has won an Eisner Award (the Oscars of comix), a prestigious Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award, several honors from the American Library Association, and four European book prizes. The Derf Collection, comprised of three decades of original art and papers, is part of the Billy Ireland Cartoon Museum at Ohio State University.

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