Profiled: Derf’s new book My Friend Dahmer

The Plain Dealer profiles Derf’s new graphic novel “My Friend Dahmer” about his friendship of Jeffrey Dahmer, the serial killer who as arrested in 1991 with body parts in freezer.

So they didn’t completely ignore him. Derf himself depicted Dahmer in his high school sketchbooks and worked to sneak him into photos in the high school yearbook. He and his friends indulged in occasional encounters with the future serial killer in ways that almost mimicked normal high school social interaction.

Here we see the netherworld of relationships that aren’t true friendships, even by the most casual standards, yet bloom for some fleeting, mysterious purpose. We’ve all had them. As Derf points out, those were the only relationships Dahmer had at school.