TWO DEEPLY CLOSETED GAY MEN STRUGGLE TO ACCEPT THEMSELVES. IN A PARALLEL DIMENSION, THE CLOSET MONSTERS BRING HOPE.
One of the best LGBTQ graphic novels of 2018.
- The Advocate
Nominated for 2018 Best Graphic Novel
- Canadian Independent Comics Wiki Awards
Justin Case and the Closet Monster is a debut 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.
Softcover and digital versions available through Mark Julien Ilustration.
SHOP IN PERSON
Available in Toronto (Ontario) at Glad Day Book Shop, the world's oldest LGBTQ bookstore.
Available in Toronto (Ontario) at The Beguiling Books & Art.
Available in Halifax (Nova Scotia) at Strange Adventures Comics.
REVIEWS & ACCOLADES
"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
"A joyfully-arted story about two closeted men...Sexual innuendos and pop cultural references are sprinkled throughout, helping to make the work so fabulous. A four-color pastel-palette enlivens each page, which are designed as a single stand-alone comic strips that combine to tell the story. One of the best LGBTQ graphic novels of 2018."
- The Advocate
"[A] beautiful queer fable for the young and young at heart...Julien creates Justin’s world with a cartoonist’s sensibilities combined with a decorative art aesthetic and a sophisticated color palette. In this world every out or closeted queer person is given a guardian to watch over them. Julien presents these guardians as monsters in an effort to upend the much feared movie cliche. [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. I applaud Mark for including these points. Loving how Mark was tying in [secondary] characters and how they weaved in and out of the story...A very admirable job with this book. I think that we should all have a Closet Monster in our life".
- The Gay Comic Geek
An indie title doing right by LGBTA fans
"A breakthrough in creative writing and thought...Beautifully written story and the art work and colors are incredible. A lot of thought and courage went into the development and concept of these stories and many are quite comical yet thought inspiring".
- NYC Comic Geeks