Mike’s Place by Jack Baxter, Joshua Faudem and Koren Shadmi

We knew Mike’s Place was something important when we first came across it and we’re very pleased to have some interior art selections to share from this important and moving work of graphic non-fiction.

CGP - Jun - First Second - Mike's Place Having read so much lazy copy from the back and reviews of literary books and misery memoirs with the words ‘a testament to the human spirit’, Mike’s Place is simply a story of people, good and flawed people and what happens to them in Israel 2003. It’s the work – with artist Koren Shadmi – of the film-makers of ‘Blues by the Beach’, the documentary of the same place and events which have a far from indirect connection to the London 7/7 bombings as related in the epilogue. CA - Blues by the Beach poster

At time of writing Mike’s Place is recently out (9th June). We hope you enjoy the pages and would wholeheartedly encourage you to buy a copy for yourself and for others, and certainly for your shop if you happen to be a retailer.

Respect and peace to all involved.

From FirstSecond:

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Mike’s Place
First Second
Jack Baxter (Author), Joshua Faudem (Author), Koren Shadmi (Illustrator)
Mike’s Place was one of the few spots in Tel Aviv where Jews, Christians, and Muslims could hang out peaceably, surrounded by the expats who filled the bar every night. It was a cosmopolitan haven from the conflict, a local gem that many pointed to as a hopeful sign that peace could come to the Middle East after all. In the spring of 2003, filmmakers Jack Baxter and Josh Faudem had just begun making a documentary about the bar. And then the bar was destroyed in a suicide bombing that took three lives and wounded another fifty people – an attack that changed Jack and Josh’s lives forever.
With art from Israeli cartoonist Koren Shadmi, Mike’s Place is a gripping nonfiction accounting of the lives of a handful of people who came together in hope, then had to find their way together through despair.


Please excuse any reduction in quality of the reproduction here of the later pages.


Pages 11 & 12

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Page 16

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We might have asked the publisher’s permission to show the pivotal event itself but the sequence is too powerful to pull out or pull apart. Still we felt it was too important to not represent so, with agreement from FirstSecond, we include this single page and a final one from a little after.


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In no respect is that the ending note, though we won’t be revealing any more here; order a copy to read the rest this amazing work.



Bleeding Cool interview with Jack Baxter on Mike’s Place

Mike’s Place official website (direct to About / History)

Koren Shadmi on Twitter

FirstSecond on Twitter

Official site of Blues by the Beach


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