John Backderf, AKA “Derf” Backderf, joins 8 O’Clock Buzz host Brian Standing, by phone, from his home in Cleveland.
John Backderf, also known as Derf, came of age in Richfield, Ohio in the 1980s. He drew on his Rust Belt, Reagan-era early life to forge a career in comics, drawing cartoons for the Ohio State Lantern, the West Palm Beach Evening Times and the Cleveland Plain Dealer before landing a job penning the strip “The City” for the Cleveland Edition. “The City” ran for 24 years in over 140 publications. Derf retired “The City” in 2014 to focus on long-form graphic novels. His 2012 memoir “My Friend Dahmer” garnered an Eisner Award nomination, and was named one of the best nonfiction books of that year by Time magazine. His new book, “Trashed” is out now from Harry N. Abrams press.
From Publisher’s website:
Every week we pile our garbage on the curb and it disappears—like magic! The reality is anything but, of course. Trashed, Derf Backderf’s follow-up to the critically acclaimed, award-winning international bestseller My Friend Dahmer, is an ode to the crap job of all crap jobs—garbage collector. Anyone who has ever been trapped in a soul-sucking gig will relate to this tale. Trashed follows the raucous escapades of three 20-something friends as they clean the streets of pile after pile of stinking garbage, while battling annoying small-town bureaucrats, bizarre townfolk, sweltering summer heat, and frigid winter storms. Trashed is fiction, but is inspired by Derf’s own experiences as a garbageman. Interspersed are nonfiction pages that detail what our garbage is and where it goes. The answers will stun you. Hop on the garbage truck named Betty and ride along with Derf on a journey into the vast, secret world of garbage. Trashed is a hilarious, stomach-churning tale that will leave you laughing and wincing in disbelief.