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[San Diego Comic-Con ’12] Chilling Tale Of ‘My Friend Dahmer’

Ibid Filmworks producing partners Marc Meyers and Jody Girgenti have picked up the rights to My Friend Dahmer, the acclaimed and disturbing autobiographical graphic novel by John “Derf” Backderf, reports THR.

Released earlier in March by Abrams ComicArts, the tome follows Jeffrey Dahmer from age 12, when he was a shy, bespectacled kid, right up to the day he kills his first victim two weeks after high school graduation. It’s set in a bizarre world of 1970s suburbia, where the future serial killer is a troubled teenager, slowly descending into darkness as his divorcing parents, high school teachers, and peers stand by and do nothing.

The graphic novel was told through the perspective of his then-friend Backderf, a fellow oddball, and was praised for being sympathetic yet unflinching.

Backderf is now a political cartoonist who has been twice nominated for an Eisner Award and won the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award for his political cartoons. Adam Goldworm of Aperture Entertainment will also produce.



  • djblack1313

    if they are going to donate proceeds to his victim’s families then i’d say ok but otherwise this is in poor taste.

  • Nothing333

    I have to disagree with you here DJ. I don’t believe this is exploitation but rather an exploration of an individual. Is it in poor taste to show footage of Hitler or to read a book about the Manson case? This comic is more of a study of his life and doesn’t dwell on exploitative violence or sex.

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