"Hysterically funny!" –Boston Globe

"Brilliant!" –Newsarama

"Mordantly funny. One of the stand-out graphic novels of the year." –Booklist

"A virtual love letter to punk rock. An incredibly likeable book. –Daily Cross Hatch

"Five stars!" – The Comic Buyer's Guide

PUNK ROCK & TRAILER PARKS, the long-awaited new graphic novel by comix creator Derf, takes place in recession-ravaged Akron, Ohio, in 1980, at the peak of the Rubber City's unlikely and lively punk rock scene, a pop culture phenomenon that spawned distinctive acts such as Devo, Chrissie Hynde of the Pretenders and so many other groups that Melody Maker referred to Akron as "the new Liverpool." The story follows the triumphs and travails of one colorful young man, Otto, who lives in the family-owned trailer park on the outskirts of the Rubber Capital. He backs into the punk counter-culture by chance and through talent, wit and sheer force of personality soon becomes a local star. Otto chases fame and love and has memorable encounters with punk luminaries such as the Clash's Joe Strummer, Wendy O. Williams of the Plasmatics and rock scribe Lester Bangs.

PUNK ROCK & TRAILER PARKS conjures up the oppressive insanity of growing up in the Rustbelt, the day-to-day weirdness of the trailer parks tucked away therein, the magic allure of sex and the necessary comforts of friendship, the mystical power of the counter-culture to turn outcasts into heroes and, most of all, the transcendent power of music, specifically the punk rock of the late 1970's which redefined, transported, and ultimately, perhaps, disappointed a generation. It's a tale as gritty, raucous and bawdy as punk music itself.

PUNK ROCK & TRAILER PARKS is an evocative, hilarious, and ultimately poignant book that will appeal to anyone whose youthful dreams live on.


152 pages
SLG Publishing


"There's very little that's typical about Punk Rock and Trailer Parks. Funny, smart, and insightful." –Rackraids.com

'"Five stars! Derf rules! Long live The Baron!" –Goodreads.com

Derf has nailed it!" –iFanboy.com

One of the best graphic novels of the year –Cleveland Plain Dealer