A chat with Derf Backderf

David Filipi, Director, Film/Video

Apr 15, 2020

Cartoonist Derf Backderf and Wexner Center Film/Video Director in side-by-side screens during a Zoom video chat

One of the events we're saddest to postpone this spring is a visit by acclaimed cartoonist Derf Backderf with his new book Kent State: Four Dead in Ohio. We hope to bring him in the fall in partnership with our friends at Ohio State’s Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum.

Derf, an Ohio State graduate, was generous enough to spend a little time with me to discuss the postponement of the release of his latest book and the accompanying tour and some of the influences on his work including specific comics, movies, and more.

Derf is the award-winning creator of the graphic novels My Friend Dahmer (2012), Trashed (2015), and more. The release of Kent State has been pushed back to September 8. Keep an eye on our calendar for a rescheduled visit.

"You can't just limit yourself to one art form. You really have to pay attention to what's going on around you and the zeitgeist of the time, and try to get something out of it."
Derf Backderf



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