This past Fall 2016 I recorded a conversation with John Backderf. Derf aka Derf Backderf is an artist, writer, cartoonist and graphic novelist. Episode 25 starts with a story/confessional about why I was nervous to interview Derf to begin with and then leads into our conversation (which starts at 11:45). Among many other topics our talk explores his career, ideas about art and creativity, the Rustbelt, the bizarre political climate of Fall 2016 and his international bestselling graphic novel “MY FRIEND DAHMER”. That graphic novel recently inspired a new feature film (MY FRIEND DAHMER) which is set to appear at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival.
Derf Backderf works out of an unheated, 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 TRASHED, PUNK ROCK & TRAILER PARKS and the international bestseller, MY FRIEND DAHMER.
His work has been displayed in museums and galleries worldwide. He has been nominated for two Eisner Awards (the Oscars of comix), as well as Harvey, Ignatz and Rueben Awards. He was the recipient of a prestigious Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award for political cartoons in 2006 and an Angoulême Prize for My Friend Dahmer in 2014. The Derf Collection, comprised of three decades of original art and papers, is part of the Billy Ireland Cartoon Museum at Ohio State University.
All original Audio and music production by
Ken Wendt D.M.A
Graphic Design & Original Artwork
Episode 25 is made possible by the
The City Club of Cleveland