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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WONDERFUL..., November 26, 2008
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Bobby.N (Melbourne, Australia) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Punk Rock and Trailer Parks (Paperback)
More comics should be like this.

As Derf says in his opening remarks, "it's not a true story... but it could be."... and he's right. PR&TP taps into the 'voyeur' side of us, as it reads as though we were observing reality. The well crafted characters, attention to detail, and 'believability', make this wonderfully illustrated graphic novel a must to own & give.

If you like independant cartooning (ie: Joe Matt, Julie Doucet or Fudge) then you'll probably dig Derf's work. Get it. Give Derf heaps of money so he doesn't have to earn money at a day job, and can make these books full-time... because I want more.

-Bobby.N
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5.0 out of 5 stars Joe Strummer fans unite!, October 29, 2008
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John Platt (Midcoast Maine, United States) - See all my reviews
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Man, what a fun read. A punk-rock novel capturing the beginnings of the punk-rock scene. The Baron is a character for the ages -- hugely self-deluded, but completely self-confident, and with an attitude that can't be broken. This was one of those rare books where I immediately wanted to know what happened to the characters after the last scene.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Baron has arrived!, October 17, 2009
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This graphic novel takes place in Akron in 1979 and 1980. The lead character is Otto, a dorky eccentric teen who calls himself "The Baron". He gets involved in the punk rock scene and manages to become a hero to local punks. Several real life punk legends appear in the comic, as they perform at the club Otto works at and have misadventures with him. This is a hilarious and at time poignant book that really captures the feel of what punk was like at the time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great graphic novel!, August 14, 2010
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B. Ringer (Seattle, WA USA) - See all my reviews
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A true classic graphic novel. Derf captures the mood and the scene of punk rock coming up in downtrodden suburbs perfectly. The characters are great - reminded me of so many real-life people from that late 70's / early 80's early scene. Awesome.
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5.0 out of 5 stars been a derf fan 20 years, February 9, 2009
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been a city fan by derf forever this a great book I love all his stuff I can't say enough about this one except it was over to soon a real page turner it's allmost as if derf grew up reading MAD. DHUUUUUUUUUU..boiiiing...doiiiing....... daveedtn
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5.0 out of 5 stars Historical graphic fiction at it's best., December 27, 2012
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The title of this review says it all.

The last page is also in illustrated fact sheet on some of the historical figures involved, such as Lester Bang, Klaus, and the Ramones.

The main fictional characters are totally believable; they seem as real as the actually real people.

This GN is awesome and palatable at the same time.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Rubber City Rebels, May 29, 2013
This review is from: Punk Rock and Trailer Parks (Paperback)
"Punk Rock and Trailer Parks" is cartoonist Derf's semiautobiographical homage to growing up a geek in the late 1970's in Akron, Ohio. Akron, a center of the tire industry and self-proclaimed "Rubber Capital of the World" does not sound like a hotbed for the Punk Rock movement of the late 1970's, but it is the home of such prominent musical figures as Devo, The Black Keys, The Dead Boys, The Cramps, The Waitresses, and Pretenders lead singer Chrissie Hynde. It was also home of The Bank New Music Club, an abandoned bank turned into a punk club during the late 70's recession, which went on to become one of the premiere venues of the international punk scene.

The book details the lives of a group of high school misfits from the Akron suburb of Richford beginning around 1980. They end up being led by the strangest of them all, "The Baron," a trombone player in the school marching band who lives with his great uncle in a sketchy trailer park on the edge of town. The Baron (real name Otto) lands a job at The Bank and develops a legendary status with the bands that roll through. We meet Klaus Nomi (who uses the spats from Otto's band uniform onstage), the Ramones, the Plasmatics, and Ian Dury and the Blockheads. We even live a legendary night with the Clash and acclaimed music writer Lester Bangs, where after the show Otto takes them all bowling in a church basement and afterwards they all go in search of the corporate band Journey's tour bus armed with ice picks. Along the way the guys grow up, high school graduation approaches, and life decisions appear just around the corner.

Derf is an excellent independent cartoonist. "Punk Rock and Trailer Parks" is a fascinating slice of Americana and music history filled with memorable, offbeat characters, all rendered in Derf's distinctive clean blocky-yet-gritty illustrative style. Derf paints a vivid picture of a unique time and place that makes you wish you were there.

This is a fun, informative, fictionalized read. It is entertaining, if lacking a bit of the gravitas of Derf's fascinating book "My Friend Dahmer," and the critically acclaimed work of his fellow Ohioan Harvey Pekar in the "American Splendor" series.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars rocking comic, April 18, 2010
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Derf scores with this low brow cartoon about the life of a loser. This is must read for fans of Crumb, Hotwire, Weirdo and other "low brow" and hilarious comics. Not for kids.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Right now, He's Crumb, August 15, 2010
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Vivid, specific, street-level, unvarnished comix about a time and a place, music and youth. Throw in a little "Last Picture Show" and what more do you want? Grab it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Zeitgeist to be Had, May 7, 2013
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Matthew Wall (Monterey, CA USA) - See all my reviews
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I lived in Akron at the tail end of the scene described in this book, and the artist / author does an amazingly good job of capturing the feel of the time. The Crypt, the Dale, the Bank, the occasional odd house parties and shows, spread across an increasingly permanent industrial recession, with that pervasive smell of rubber and spent industrial fuel; the Clash at the Civic Theater in 1983 was the end of the line for this era, and the graphic novel does a nice bookend through his geek-rock protagonist in encapsulating the sense of what it was to be young and without a well-limned future at the time.
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Punk Rock and Trailer Parks by Derf (Paperback - October 7, 2008)
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