The 120 Days of Simon
The 120 Days of Simon began in the spring of 2006, when Swedish cartoonist/rapper Simon Gardenfors left his home to spend four months on the road. The rules were simple: During the 120 days he wasn't allowed to return to his home, or to spend more than two nights at the same place. The result was a wild trip through Sweden as Simon slept on strangers' couches, ate mescalin...more
Primero que todo, me pareció la raja la propuesta de la historia: el tipo decide pasar 120 días fuera de su casa, recorriendo su país, viviendo de la bondad de los extraños. Me imaginé un libro con historias de ruta, en el que, como lectora, iba a terminar conociendo Su ...more
As the Sade reference implies, Gardenfors engaged in some serious debaucher ...more
Don't invite him home to met mother.
It's a poor reflection of the many core habits of autobio comic making that wallowing in ego and one's angst is passed off as an excuse for a story. Hang on, I'll rephrase that: wallowing in MALE ego and one's MAN's angst is passed off as an excuse for a story.
If you know the genre th ...more
So the premise of this book sounded really interesting but I ended up really disliking it.
To be honest I was expecting this book in its writing and artwork to be more exciting than it was. This is the best of the anecdotes from ...more
The premise of this autobiographical work appears intriguing at first glance. The book details the adventures of the author after he decides to take a four-month trip around Sweden, following two rules: he can't go back to his apartment, and he can't stay in one place more than two nights. For four months, Simon comple ...more
It seemed to sell itself as a lot wackier than it was. Being a twentysomething punk rock dude who does drugs and gets it on with lots of chicks cuz he can and not really having any revelations -- not that wacky, kind of monotonous and vaguely unpleasant. Was that... the point? I don't think so, I think you were supposed to enjoy the shenanigans. To that I say meh Simon, meh Sweden, meh meh meh.
The illustrations are cute enough- it almost has a scott pilgrim feel- but at times they are a little too simplistic (and make for a super thick, sort of awkward paperback). The book had an interesting premise but I found the author to be so arrogant that it really detracted from my enjoyment of his interesting journey.
It's still pretty bad, though.
It's hard for young men to understand this, I know, but "getting drunk and laid" stories are boring to pretty much everyone except for the person getting drunk and laid. Just because this book has a third party publisher doesn't mean it's anything more than a vanity project.
His comics are drawn in a round icon-like cartoony style, although their content is often realistic or autobiographical.
Alongside his childhood friend Calle Thörn, he is also a member of the underground hip-hop duo "Las Palmas" that received a lot of airtime on Swedish radio in the fall of 2004, primarily with t ...more