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Mike's Place

Mike's Place

A True Story of Love, Blues, and Terror in Tel Aviv

written by Jack Baxter and Joshua Faudem; illustrated by Koren Shadmi

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A nonfiction graphic novel about the aftermath of a suicide bombing in Tel Aviv in 2003 -- from documentary film makers Jack Baxter and Josh Faudem.

There's a rule at Mike's Place: never, ever talk politics or religion. At this blues bar on the Tel Aviv beachfront, an international cast of characters mingles with the locals, and everyone is welcome to grab a beer and forget the conflict outside. At least, that's the story Jack and Joshua want to tell in their documentary.

But less than a month after they begin filming, Mike's Place is the target of a deadly suicide bombing. Jack, Joshua, and the Mike's Place family survive the only way they know how-by keeping the camera rolling.

Written by filmmakers Jack Baxter and Joshua Faudem and illustrated by award-winning cartoonist Koren Shadmi, Mike's Place chronicles the true story of an infamous terrorist attack in painstaking detail. Rarely has the slow build to tragedy, and the rebirth that follows, been captured with such a compassionate and unflinching eye.

Praise for Mike's Place

“Mike's Place is an astonishing achievement; a remarkable insight into Israeli youth culture and the deep ironies of politics and war. An incredibly rich, absorbing and passionate account of a harrowing event and its aftermath.” —Steve Brodner, author of Freedom Fries

“Mike's Place is beautiful and true, exciting and tragic--a perfect non-fiction saga that helps expand what the graphic novel can do. Start reading it now; you'll miss your subway stop.” —Darin Strauss, author of Half a Life: A Memoir

“This is a well-written and drawn graphic novel that brings home the violence that the people in Israel face daily. . . The senseless violence is brought to life.” —VOYA, starred review


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written by Jack Baxter and Joshua Faudem; illustrated by Koren Shadmi

Jack Baxter is a filmmaker and freelance journalist from New York City. He and his wife Fran Strauss-Baxter co-produced the award-winning film "Blues by the Beach."

Joshua Faudem is an American-Israeli documentary filmmaker who has made many notable documentaries and television shows in Israel and Europe and is the director of the award-winning documentary "Blues by the Beach."

Koren Shadmi's graphic novels have been published in France, Italy, Spain, Israel, and the US. His work was selected for the Best American Comics 2009 anthology edited by Charles Burns and his illustrations have won several awards at the Society of Illustrators.

The graphic novel Mike's Place is their first collaboration.

image of Jack Baxtero
Gerald Lerner Photography

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