KENT STATE BY DERF/Postponed until September
Derf's new graphic novel is about the events of May 4th, 1970 in Kent, Ohio. Kent State: Four Dead in Ohio combines Derf's signature art with the riveting story of the events fifty years ago that changed history.
Derf will be at the B-Side (2785 Euclid Heights Blvd, below the Grog Shop) to talk about the book and sign copies on Friday, April 24th at 6 pm
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. Kent State: Four Dead in Ohio, which will be published in time for the 50th anniversary of the tragedy, is a moving and troubling story about the bitter price of dissent—as relevant today as it was in 1970.