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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 mescalinThe 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 mescaline, practiced free love, received a death threat, was beaten up, got adopted by a motorcycle gang, drank obscene amounts of alcohol, and sacrificed his underpants to the Nordic god Brage. And that's just for starters!...

Title : The 120 Days of Simon
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ISBN : 9781603090506
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 416 Pages
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The 120 Days of Simon Reviews

  • Sam Quixote
    2018-12-07 18:22

    Swedish cartoonist Simon Gardenfors comes up with the kind of gimmicky book concept Dave Gorman and Danny Wallace used to do back in the day: he sets up a website where strangers can sign up to offer him food and shelter for a night. He’ll travel around Sweden for 120 days staying with different people every night. The 120 Days of Simon is his account of the experiment - and it’s an ok comic.The visual style is the book’s most striking feature: two black and white panels per page with a very cartoonish, almost childishly so, design aesthetic amusingly contrasted with the adult material. I didn’t love the art but it’s pleasantly unusual.The thing is: Simon is an unlikeable dirtbag and he annoyed me a lot. He’s a member of a band called Las Palmas (never heard of them but apparently they’re big-ish in Sweden) and a number of female fans signed up so they could have a celebrity stay with them. Simon does drugs with some of them and then fucks them. Some of the girls are still in high school and their parents are in the same house!It’s difficult to root for someone who’s just taking advantage like this, especially when he includes scenes embarrassing for some people who specifically ask him not to include them. So when there’s an “emotional” passage where his contrived lost love tells him she doesn’t love him and he lies in bed weeping, I felt no sympathy for him. She dodged a bullet, you creep!While the first half of the book is repetitive with Simon doing drugs and sleeping around, the second half becomes more interesting. The brother of one of the girls he screws sends him death threats, a TV news crew films him during one of his stays and his cartoonist buddies pretend they’re pagans who don’t know him, and he gets assaulted by some drugged-up teens. The best was when a horny and homely middle-aged mom aggressively flirts with him and makes him nervous – very funny!I wasn’t sure what to expect with the concept and I got a mixed bag. Some of it is mundane and boring to read and some of it is amusing and compelling. I guess if you’re an indie comics fan it might be worth a look if you come across it but The 120 Days of Simon is nothing really special.

  • Denisse
    2018-12-06 15:10

    Lo leí solo porque fue publicado en EEUU por Top Shelf, una de mis editoriales favoritas. El estilo del dibujo me pareció simpático, así que me dije "¿Por qué no?". A continuación voy a responder porqué no hay que leer este libro: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 Suecia, a su autor, y pensé, solo basada en esa impresión: qué ganas de hacer unas crónicas así en Chile, como Guy Delisle. PERO NO. Todos es muy patudo en este libro y Simon es un gozador de mierda que abusa de su errada condición de artista para aprovecharse de los pobres idiotas que lo quieren "ayudar". Así funciona más o menos la cosa: Simon anuncia en su blog que escribirá un libro sobre su viaje por Suecia de 120 días y que la persona que quiera colaborar con techo y comida, podrá salir como personaje. Y quizás puede sonar bonito, pero fue una estafa. Este es un libro sobre un tipo que consume todas las drogas que le ofrecen (sin reflexiones de ningún tipo), tiene sexo con todas las personas que puede (sin profundizar en las impresiones de sus amantes), duerme en casas ajenas y hace comentarios despectivos sobre sus anfitriones (tal cual), y tiene la patudez de decir, cuando el supuesto amor de su vida -que no estaba de acuerdo con que se fuera durante 120 días a tener sexo con extrañas- le dice que conoció a otra persona: ELEGÍ EL ARTE POR SOBRE EL AMOR. ¿Por la chucha, esto es arte? Eso fue lo que más me molestó, que este libro lleno de aventuras olvidables tenga la pretensión de ser arte. Creo que abusar de la gente no es arte, que consumir drogas con locura no es arte, que tener sexo sin protección no es arte, que narrar una pateadura no es arte, que el desamor no es arte; indudablemente todo lo mencionado es material para hacer arte, muchos artistas recurren a esos motivos y crean sus obras con ellos, pero este trabajo se quedó en la superficialidad de esos temas. El arte, en el caso de Simon Gardenfors es solo una excusa para ser un patudo de mierda. Sabe dibujar un par de círculos con puntos y les saca provecho. Así cualquiera. En resumen: 416 páginas de dibujos planos, de anécdotas olvidables sin chistes, que sorprendentemente fueron financiadas por el gobierno sueco. Sin lugar a dudas, aprendí más sobre Suecia viendo jugar a Miiko Albornoz que leyendo a Simon G.

  • Molly
    2018-12-02 18:10

    O.M.G. This book was awful. Premise? Sorta interesting- guy decides to travel around Sweden, staying with anyone who volunteers to put him up and feed him. Staying with no one for more than two days. Comic book. Except... it's all an elaborate attempt to get laid, do drugs, and party. Which he does. And it's gross- sleeping around without protection, telling people he'll leave things out of the book and then putting it in anyway, and making a big deal about things that are lame. He talks at length about a 'death threat' he gets; it's really some guy telling him that since he slept with his sister and disrespected his mom, if he comes to that town he's going to get his ass beat. Which... hello, he is not even worth the time, obviously, and it's just something a guy says. But he freaks out and makes it into a huge thing. Then he gets a cut on his hand and starts talking about how he might never be able to draw again. Eye-roll inducing, the whole thing. And the drawings themselves? Terrible. I went half-way through the book thinking he had bad acne before I realized it was supposed to be a 5:00 shadow. Soooo not worth reading.

  • Abby
    2018-12-02 19:08

    In 2009, Swedish comics artist/rapper (yep, Sweden does have a hiphop scene, believe it or not) Gardenfors decided to undertake a radical experiment in modern living -- for 4 months he would travel around Sweden, relying on other people to provide him with food and shelter. The rules were: he could not stay in one place for more than 2 consecutive nights and he couldn't return to his apartment until the 120 days were up. As the Sade reference implies, Gardenfors engaged in some serious debauchery while on the road (although not anyway near the level of Sade and his compatriots) -- there's a lot of casual sex and recreational drug use, so if you find those things offensive then this is definitely not the book for you. In addition to the sex, drugs, and hiphop, Gardenfors also visits an ostrich farm, receives death threats, has a mystical experience on psychdelic cacti and sacrifices his underwear to the Norse god Barge. Gardenfors's irreverent humor and 8-bit style should appeal to fans of Scott Pilgrim, Jeffrey Brown, Pete Bagge and others. I did want to punch him in the face sometimes, especially when he says stupid shit like "I always wanted a chocolate baby!" (after having unprotected sex with a black woman). But other times I found myself laughing hysterically at his misadventures. If it wasn't for the white hipster "ironic" racism, I would have probably enjoyed this a lot more.

  • Dave Riley
    2018-12-01 16:37

    The drawing style may indeed be 'cute' and delightfully idiosyncratic but the storyline is really an exercise in narcissism. What a indulgent so and so this Simon Gärdenfors is! 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 then Gärdenfors is just another --albeit Nordic -- version of it.These guys draw with their pensises. You gotta ask: seious;y, is that all there is?

  • Susan Rose
    2018-12-16 16:23

    This is a memoir graphic novel by Simon Gardenfors a rapper/comics creator who decides he is going to spend 120 days travelling around Sweden on the kindness of strangers, in a debaucherous stupor. The rules being he can't spend more than 2 nights with them same people. 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 that trip, and it is so repetitive. Basically the author gets high/has sex with various people some of which he is staying with. My other big problem with this book was that I found myself disliking Simon. He likes a woman at the beginning of this book but decides not to enter into a relationship because he thinks it'll make his comic won't be boring. He then continues to sleep around (which I wouldn't normally judge him for)but he doesn't use protection several times. One time he doesn't have a condom so he says 'he always wanted a chocolate brown baby anyway'. He also doesn't think anything of (as a 29 year old) sleeping with high school students. He is constantly using drugs but calls someone who is in and out of rehab a fucking junkie. He's also incredibly arrogant and uses racial slurs in his rap songs. Unfortunately I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone. Rating: 1/5

  • Miro
    2018-12-11 18:18

    Som att äta på McDonalds när en är utsvulten. Bra med det: slipper hungern, krusig sallad och sötsur sås. Inte bra med det: allt annat. Simons 120 dagar har ju sina bra sidor men överallt inte mer än ett stort skämt.

  • Marjorie
    2018-11-29 17:20

    Fuck. This. Guy.He details questionable encounters with young girls which I tried to write off as a possible cultural difference; however, when he casually mentions his use of the word "nigger" in his song lyrics I had to quit. The writing was uninspired and the art itself, while visually pleasing, is not so astounding as to make up for the meh stories he has to share.

  • Matt Hartzell
    2018-11-23 13:11

    120 Days of Simon is the first miss from Top Shelf, for me. I've enjoyed the selections I've been reading recently, but I'm having a hard time finding a lot to like about this one.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 completely relied on other people to house and feed him.For me, the problems begin with Simon himself: he's kind of a jerk. Sure, he's embarking on a grand adventure, but his main goal in the endeavor is to engage in as much debauchery as possible along the way. This includes lots of casual sexual encounters (some with underage women), copious amount of drug and alcohol use, and generally enjoying the "freedom" of no responsibilities. He is narcissistic to the core. I understand that, culturally, this is often viewed as a coming-of-age, rite-of-passage season of life. Finding yourself. Discovering who you really are. It's all hogwash to me. My coming of age story involved things like a college education, starting a career, marrying an incredible woman, etc. I simply don't have any identification with the pursuit of grown men acting like little boys far past the point where they should be attempting to become productive members of society. I enjoy a good video game or comic or other time waster, but that doesn't mean I'm devoting my life to utter hedonism every hour of the day, and I don't really feel much of a connection with those who do so.The storytelling is very disjointed. Simon doesn't document every day of his trip, but presents more of a highlight reel. Some of those individual stories reveal some kooky exploits or harrowing situations, but they by and large are the result of the enormously dumb choices Simon makes during his trip. The worst offense is that there is basically no resolution or lessons-learned by the end of the book. It ends abruptly. At one point, Simon seems to realize the ramifications of his choices when he is losing a girl back home that he truly cares about, but that plot point is completely ignored when the book closes. I guess the one aspect that the book communicated to me is that America is not the only place you can find a culture rich with depravity, consumerism, narcissism and laziness. The title really does tell you all you need to know about Simon. It's all about him. Sweet story, bro!

  • Artur Coelho
    2018-11-30 16:12

    Uma banda desenhada autobiográfica que recolhe as impressões de uma experiência intrigante: abandonar a casa durante cento e vinte dias, dormindo em casa de pessoas que se ofereceram para albergar o autor. Podia ser um interessante estudo, álbum de roadtrip onde a vastidão da individualidade humana ficasse patente nos retratos feitos pelo autor, mas não. Ficamo-nos por experiências to tipo fumei uns charros, comi umas garinas, bebi umas cervejas. O grafismo é interessante, fortemente estilizado e a remeter para o estilismo hip-hop com figuras simplificadas a preto e branco de contornos grossos. Se os cento e vinte dias do título remetem para a obra de De Sade, a sodoma deste autor é muito levezinha.

  • James Payne
    2018-12-06 12:09

    It's got everything; European racism, European drugs, European rappers, European sex with teenagers, and worldwide proof that cartoonists really are as shitty as they seem. Or we're supposed to think that; I don't really think it's that bad or anything - what he's doing, etc - touring produces that kind of mentality, but the book is too static, and the 8-bit inspired drawing style is so first second-Bush-term. Still, it is fun to read, and Gardenfors manages to create enough drama in the storyline to keep it interesting. If anything, I'm just glad that Top Shelf took the risk on publishing some lesser-known contemporary European comics in the U.S.A.

  • Emilia P
    2018-11-24 18:12

    I liked the style -- though I couldn't stop thinking about Ikea. This time, at least, that was good.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.

  • Joe
    2018-12-02 18:28

    Two things save this book from being unreadable: 1) the art style, 2) the whole "Swedish rap" thing.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.

  • Cia Rocco
    2018-12-09 19:31

    I never read descriptions of books before I borrow them from the library so I had never heard of Simon Gardenfors or his little expedition from the internet beforehand. 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.

  • MariNaomi
    2018-11-30 19:11

    At one point during a one-night stand, he puts on a condom, loses his stiffy, and then discards it thinking, "Fuck it. I always wanted a chocolate brown baby anyway." The protagonist comes across as an arrogant, disturbingly self-involved megalomaniac, but apparently I find that sort of thing interesting to read about. (Also, I found his cartooning choices interesting.) Three-and-a-half stars.

  • Amanda
    2018-12-04 18:23

    Eh, aside from the idea of spending each night in a different place, this reminded me too much of Mats Jonsson's Hey Princess, but not as interesting and the art too primitive. I suppose I know understand why the guy from Top Shelf gave both titles to me for free at ALA.

  • Will
    2018-12-19 15:27

    3.5 stars. Even though the first-person protaganist basically announces that yes, he is a douche and a mooch, some of it was hard to get past. But I love the drawing style. Each person had a totally different, slightly exagerated face that expressed just who they were.

  • Hannah
    2018-11-27 19:30

    I really couldnt get into it. The book seems to be about sex, drugs, smoking, and shirking a relationship. I liked the art style, but all together it became a VERY cumbersome paperback. It was hard to get through, but there were a few funny moments.

  • Tom
    2018-12-19 12:17

    A charming and funny road trip around Sweden. A sort of ode to the end of late adolescence (i.e., age 29), as the narrator (also a Swedish singer) drugs and fucks his way from host to host--some old friends, some new acquaintances--over the course of four physically and emotionally taxing months.

  • Robin
    2018-12-02 20:30

    An entertaining and quick read by a Swede documenting his romp around the country for 120 days. Full of sex, drugs and humor. The book's not for the easily offended, though also not as sketchy as some reviews make it out to be (imo). Definitely recommended to fans of Scott Pilgrim.

  • Sean
    2018-12-19 17:16

    It's the type of thing I oughta by all rights hate but instead end up unable to stop reading.

  • Never
    2018-12-07 13:28

    Wasn't in love with this, but it certainly had its moments.

  • Vikjö
    2018-11-26 19:25


  • Caleb
    2018-11-29 14:20

    The best comic book stunt auto-bio book by a Swedish rapper/cartoonist I've ever read! Short review here:

  • Andrew
    2018-12-13 17:23

    Pretty dodgy but the illustration style was cool.

  • Sonia
    2018-11-28 18:21

    Another Swedish Top Shelf from Jason. I liked it, even though I would probably not like Simon.

  • Adam Duclos
    2018-11-27 17:24

    Pretty cool book! An interesting snapshot of a crazy several month trip, bumming around the country (of Sweden) and having adventures.

  • Samra
    2018-11-20 14:08

    detailed story about a guy on a 120-day journey. he gets laid, goes to paries and does a lot of drugs and booze. NOT for kids at all.

  • Jacobi
    2018-12-17 17:33

    Simon is a total asshole, but the simplistic art, and matter of fact way he chronicled these days of his life were oddly effective.