CANCELED: Derf Backderf at BGSU

Category: Poetry & Literature

Event Date:

Tuesday, April 28, 2020


6:30 pm - 8:00 pm


Bowling Green State Univ.
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Bowling Green, OH

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GENERAL EVENT NOTICE: Due to recent concern over the spread of the corona virus, suggests confirming with the actual organizers that this event is still proceeding as planned.

Event Details:

Gathering Volumes is excited to welcome Derf Backderf to Northwest Ohio to discuss Kent State: Four Dead in Ohio! This event will be hosted at Bowling Green State University. The event is free and open to the public, but registration is advised to ensure a seat & admittance.

Derf Backderf is the bestselling, award-winning author/cartoonist of My Friend Dahmer and Trashed. The writer-artist grew up in a rural, small town in Ohio and attended Ohio State University on a journalism scholarship. This experience was the inspiration for his graphic novels TRASHED, PUNK ROCK & TRAILER PARKS and the international bestseller, MY FRIEND DAHMER. He lives in Cleveland, Ohio. His THE CITY comic strip debuted in the now-defunct Cleveland Edition in 1990. The strip appeared in over 140 publications during it's 20-plus years & was retired in 2013 so Derf could concentrate on books. Derf's images have also graced t-shirts, posters and cd & record covers. 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 pretigious Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award for political cartoons in 2006 and an Angoulême Prize for "My Friend Dahmer" in 2014. The Derf Collection, comprized of three decades of original art and papers, is part of the Billy Ireland Cartoon Museum at Ohio State University.

Derf's newest, "Kent State" tells the untold story of the Kent State shootings—timed for the 50th anniversary

On May 4, 1970, the Ohio National Guard gunned down unarmed college students protesting the Vietnam War at Kent State University. In a deadly barrage of 67 shots, 4 students were killed and 9 shot and wounded. It was the day America turned guns on its own children—a shocking event burned into our national memory. A few days prior, 10-year-old Derf Backderf saw those same Guardsmen patrolling his nearby hometown, sent in by the governor to crush a trucker strike. Using the journalism skills he employed on "My Friend Dahmer" and "Trashed" Backderf has conducted extensive interviews and research to explore the lives of these four young people and the events of those four days in May, when the country seemed on the brink of tearing apart.

You can preorder a copy of "Kent State" here:

If you can't make the event but would like a signed copy, use the link above to order your copy and in the Note let us know how you would like it personalized by Mr. Backderf.

For more information about Mr. Backderf's visit, call Gathering Volumes at (567)336-6188.

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