What an original, entertaining, even hilarious book you have made out of your experiences– a graphic work like no other. I hope it reaches those who need it most.
SIR IAN MCKELLEN
TWO DEEPLY CLOSETED GAY MEN STRUGGLE TO ACCEPT THEMSELVES. IN A PARALLEL DIMENSION, THE CLOSET MONSTERS BRING HOPE.
A joyfully-arted story...The (delightfully queer) anthropomorphic closet monsters are a mix of Roman mythology, literary fiction, and classic movie monsters. Sexual innuendos and pop cultural references are sprinkled throughout, helping to make the work so fabulous.
Julien creates Justin’s world with a cartoonist’s sensibilities combined with a decorative art aesthetic and a sophisticated color palette. Julien has made a beautiful queer fable for the young and young at heart...a sweet, young gay man exploring the magic of a world that was always there for him to see if only he looked.
JOE PALMER, GAY LEAGUE
I think this is a first-rate graphic novel. I was completely surprised at the depths of the storytelling. Mark uses a narrative that flows quite easily. A lot of plot points strategically put in place, a lot of which have to do with the toxic issues having to do with the LGBTQ community...a very admirable job with this book.
THE GAY COMIC GEEK
ABOUT THE BOOK
Justin Case and the Closet Monster is a debut LGBTQ graphic novel about two closeted gay men, Justin and Peter, who struggle to come to terms with who they are. Each man, coming from a different background, has closed the door on the possibility that he might be gay and made a pact with himself to never open it. Luckily for them, members of The Closet Monster’s Guild – a legion of magical creatures that reside in a parallel dimension – are about to come along and open that door from the other side. A journey of faith, love, and family, this poignant story blends mythology, campy wit, and fantasy to show that while Justin’s path out of the closet has many hurdles, he learns that he is not alone in his quest to accept himself and find true love.
Available in Paperback, eBook, and Kindle via Mark Julien Illustration stores on Amazon and Shopify. We ship worldwide.
Mark was interviewed on The Forbidden Apple, a podcast based in New York City that explores the complex relationship between queer people and religion.
Mark was featured on LGBT Stories, a podcast based in L.A that that aims to illuminate the intimate lives of LGBTQ people as a way to light a path toward acceptance among all people.