Cartoonist Jason Mixes Fact And Fiction In Upcoming OGN ‘Good Night, Hem’
by Brendan M. Allen
Three interconnecting short stories starring Ernest Hemingway comprise the latest graphic novel by Norwegian cartoonist Jason, coming this Fall from Fantagraphics. Mixing fact and fiction, Jason has imaginatively recreated one of America’s greatest and most controversial writers of the 20th century in the playful and thoughtful Good Night, Hem.
‘Paris, 1925. Our story begins when Hemingway meets Athos, the last Musketeer, who, together with several more friends of Hemingway, travel to Spain’s Pamplona for the fiesta. Festivities and complications ensue.
Paris, 1944. The second story starts the day after the liberation of Paris when Hemingway, now a war correspondent, decides enough is enough, and takes action to end the war for good. With a group of adventurers and resistance fighters, he parachutes into Germany to do just that.
Cuba, late 1950s. Our literary lion is in his twilight years, writing his memoirs, remembering his first and second meeting with the seemingly immortal Athos.’
Fantagraphics will publish the imaginative literary homage Good Night, Hem on September 21, 2021.