Punk Rock and Trailer Parks by Derf
(SLG Publishing, 2008, 144 pages)
Punk Rock and Trailer Parks by Derf is a graphic novel set in Akron, Ohio in 1980. It’s the story of a group of high school boys led by Otto, the one guy with a car with a backseat floor that flies up upon acceleration. Despite being bullied in his early years, Otto has gained a healthy sense of self-esteem and refers to himself as The Baron. The story follows the boys’ obsessions with girls and music, with much of the story set in a club called The Bank, exploring the beginning of the punk rock scene. Otto ends up getting a job at The Bank and chauffeuring around soon-to-be-famous punk rock artists, including The Ramones, and eventually singing lead in a band, as his popularity soars. This quick read kept my interest, but it’s probably not for everyone, unless you don’t mind teenage boys’ obsession with sex mixed with some punk rock history.