Mikel
  • Imprint: SelfMadeHero
  • Publication Date: October 15, 2019
  • Price: $34.99
  • Trim Size: 6 12 x 9 12
  • ISBN: 978-1-910593-70-7
  • EAN: 9781910593707
  • Page Count: 368
  • Illustrations: Full color illustrations throughout
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Rights: US and Canada

A powerful, provocative, and politically charged fictionalized memoir

Mikel lives with his wife and two children in Costur, an idyllic Spanish town surrounded by hills. He has a job selling candy, but Mikel is a dreamer, not a businessman, and money is tight. What’s more, the ordinariness of smalltown life is preventing him from fulfilling a life-long dream: to become a writer.

Seeking both drama and financial security, Mikel takes a job as a bodyguard. His family is soon uprooted to the Basque Country, where Mikel is charged with protecting politicians from the armed separatist group ETA. It is a job that provides drama worthy of the page—but only at the cost of fear, uncertainty, and family breakdown.

In Mikel, author Mark Bellido draws on his own experiences to create a powerful and provocative story about a man who risks everything in the pursuit of a dream.

Praise

“Miguel might be a hired gun, but his story finds the heart behind the hardware.”
Publishers Weekly
“Belgian artist Vanistenpael’s art captures the world of Mikel evocatively.”
The Beat

About the author

Mark Bellido is a Belgian novelist and graphic novel writer. He spent four years protecting Basque politicians from ETA. Judith Vanistendael is a Belgian comics artist. Her books include When David Lost His Voice and Dance by the Light of the Moon.