A Graphic Novel

Comic Book - 2015
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Every week we pile our rubbish out on the pavement. We go to work and when we return it's gone. Like magic!The reality is anything but, of course. Trashed, Derf Backderf's follow-up to the critically acclaimed, award-winning national bestseller My Friend Dahmer, is a working man's epic. An ode to the crap job of all crap jobs--but anyone who has ever been trapped in a soul-sucking gig can relate to this tale. Trashed takes place after Derf graduates high school, when he and his childhood pals find themselves working as garbagemen in their Midwestern hometown. Together they clean the streets of pile after pile of stinking garbage, overcoming the unique difficulties of each season and battling small-town bureaucrats and nuisances, all while trying to decide what they want to do with their lives.Interspersed are non-fiction pages that detail the history of trash, the staggering volume of garbage that is produced every day, the nuts and bolts of how our trash is disposed of beyond curbside recycling and what happens to it once it's removed from our houses, our streets and our office buildings.Inspired by Derf's own experiences, Trashed (like My Friend Dahmer) is a hilarious, stomach-churning, in-depth examination of this vast, unknown world, taking readers to a place they have never been before, in a way that only Derf, and comics, can.
Publisher: New York :, Abrams ComicArts,, 2015.
ISBN: 9781419714535
Characteristics: 244 pages : colour illustrations


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Feb 27, 2018


Jan 09, 2018

A fascinating story about garbage and the people who have to deal with it. Graphic story format isn't my favourite, but the drawings and illustrations create an extremely compelling (and personal) story about what we throw away and where it goes.
Strongly recommended reading!

Jun 25, 2017

Shortly after the events described in his book about serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer, Derf dropped out of college and took a dirty job hauling trash on a smelly city garbage truck. Years later, Derf wrote this cartoon memoir about his garbage truck days. Sadly, the life of a garbage man is not exactly edge-of-your-seat reading material. Derf tries to cover the extremely thin plot by padding the book with a sprinkling of EPA approved educational facts about North America's ever-growing mountain of trash.

May 12, 2017

Great drawings, but no story to speak of, and misogynistic.

Feb 24, 2017

Very good read. I liked the informational passages more than the storyline, though both were engrossing. Encouraged that some garbage dumps are being converted to solar energy farms.

ArapahoeLesley Nov 10, 2016

Sickening and disgusting and disturbing look at our throw away culture, complete disregard for our environment and those who spend their lives picking up after the rest of us. Backderf definitely has his own style that many may not appreciate but this is worth a read.

Aug 08, 2016

Backderf's unique blend of information and autobiography makes for a wonderful look at the trash habits of humanity.

Cynthia_N May 12, 2016

I don't know how he did it but the author made a graphic novel about trash and made it enjoyable and educational!!

dnlgaghan Mar 23, 2016

A great graphic novel, it combines the humor of a disgusting dead end job with facts about garbage. I've heard about the planned obsolescence and how we as American throw away a lot of stuff but some of the facts were disturbing. Fortunately, the humor (for example throwing roadkill at one another) in the book offsets what is a very somber subject.

kirstd31 Mar 22, 2016

Funny and gross. I enjoyed the history and facts about landfills.

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May 15, 2018

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