A couple of years ago a Swedish cartoonist/rapper named Simon Gärdenfors posted a notice on his blog about a stunt he was planning. He was going to take a four-month couch-surfing trip around Sweden, never staying more than two nights in the same place, and never setting foot in his own home during the trip. He asked his fans: who would like to feed me and let me crash at their place?
About 70 people signed up. The 28-year-old Gärdenfors was pleased to see that a lot of them were women, because he was hoping to have sex with as many of them as possible. In fact, he had sex with the first female he stayed with, a high school student who took him to a kindergarten were she worked (it was at night and the place was closed). They fell asleep in the classroom and they had to hurry out in the morning before the kids and teachers came in.
Gärdenfors adventures grew increasingly weird and cringe-inducing as he traveled up and down the country. His drawing style is appealingly cute and simple, which contrasts with his sleazy exploits: they include
having sex engaging in sexual activity with a junior high school girl, not using a condom because he doesn't like they way they feel, and recounting events that people asked him not to include (he even put in the parts where people said "Don't put this in your comic").
The back cover of The 120 Days of Simon lists some of the highlights from the 416-page graphic novel. He "visited an ostrich farm, ate a psychedelic cactus, practiced free love, received death threats, was beaten up by teenagers, got adopted by a motorcycle gang, drank obscene amounts of alcohol, and sacrificed his underpants to the Nordic god Brage... When this graphic novel was released in Sweden, it created a bit of a scandal. Some readers wanted to punch Simon in the face, while others hailed him as a hero."
I wouldn't call him a hero, but I found Gärdenfors' couch-surfing, mooching, drugged, unapologetically-selfish (and self-aware) odyssey to be incredibly entertaining. You don't have to like the guy to be interested in his story, but the fact that there is something a little likable about the jerk makes his story all the more compelling.
The 120 Days Of Simon (The book is out of stock on Amazon, but you can order a copy directly from Top Shelf.)
In this Chinese government comic book, women are warned that mysterious foreign strangers who pitch woo at them are secretly Western spies trying to get at their government secrets.
Lucy Knisley is a favorite around these parts, a comics creator whose funny, insightful, acerbic and disarmingly frank memoirs in graphic novel form have won her accolades and admiration from across the field. With her latest book, Something New: Tales from a Makeshift Bride, Knisley invites us into her wedding, her love life, her relationship with her mother, and an adventure that’s one part Martha Stewart, one part French farce comedy.
It’s a shame that this Minecraft comic never happened. The art looks fantastic. Brandon Sheffield, video game director and webcomic writer, has sample character designs, screens, and a script on his website.
You never know when new projects, ideas or opportunities can drop into your lap at a moment’s notice. That may require you to learn a new programming language like Python. Or maybe you need a primer on 3D game development. Or you might realize you could use a serious brush-up on iOS mobile creation.Point is, […]
Isn’t it about time to stretch what your Mac can do? I mean, you’ve got plenty of great programs now…but don’t you think you could use some new tools to get your creative, analytical and organizational juices really flowing? It’s spring, so we cleaned up a whole bunch of super-cool apps lying around and packaged […]
In the world of app development, there’s no greater arena to find success than with Android users. About 80% of the smartphones in use today worldwide operate on the Android operating system, so if you build a great app that Android users love, you’re an international rock star. You’ll be able to make sure your […]