Monday, July 11, 2016

Graphic Novel Review: "Trashed" by Derf Backderf

This graphic novel tells the story of the author's experience working as a garbage collector.  Throughout the book, factual tidbits of information on the history of the trash industry, how trucks work, the cross section of a landfill and terrible statistics on how much trash we (humans in general) generate.  It is truly disgusting how much trash is thrown out and how little our recycling efforts have helped overall.

To be honest, I've never really put much thought into the daily ins and outs of a trash collector.  I've always respected the profession and know that it is not an easy job by a long shot.  I didn't know how dangerous it is though.

The illustrations are Backderf's signature style which kind of reminds me of caricatures.  The cover might demonstrate what I mean by that I guess.  It is all pen and ink, with some blue coloring.  They suit the subject perfectly.

This might be well received by those interested in environmental issues.  The author's note at the end lists and describes the reports used to provide the data and statistics he quotes throughout the book, which I appreciated.  Overall, this satisfied my curiosity but, yeah.  That's about all I can say I guess.

by Derf Backderf
Abrams ComicArts, 2015
245 pages
Source:  Library

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