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Two deeply closeted gay men struggle to accept themselves. In a parallel dimension, the Closet Monsters bring hope. 200pp. Full-colour.
Two deeply closeted gay men struggle to accept themselves. In a parallel dimension, the Closet Monsters bring hope. 200pp. Full-colour.
147 backers pledged CA$ 25,488 to help bring this project to life.

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Two deeply closeted gay men struggle to accept themselves. In a parallel dimension, the Closet Monsters bring hope.
Justin Case and the Closet Monster is a 200-page full-colour graphic novel written and illustrated by Mark Julien. The story follows two closeted gay men, Justin and Peter, who try 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 these men, members of The Closet Monster’s Guild – a legion of magical creatures that reside in a parallel dimension and are assigned to every gay and lesbian person at birth – are about to come along and open that door from the other side.

No one should have to hide in the closet
In 2006, I lost my father to Alzheimer’s disease before I was ready to tell him that I was gay. He never got to know the real me. Life in the closet is a very lonely and painful place to be.

A journey of love, family, faith, and self-acceptance
I wrote and illustrated a graphic novel called Justin Case and The Closet Monster as a way to tell my dad all of the things that I lacked the courage to share with him when he was alive. There are far too few stories out there for gay people, their family and allies. I created the Closet Monsters for those that are alone and struggling. More than anything, my book is about hope.

PREVIEW & SYPNOSIS

The story begins in Justin Case’s bedroom. A light and a stirring in his closet awaken him...

 Justin is visited by a monster that tries to help him admit his true    sexuality to himself.

The Closet Monsters are benevolent creatures whose sole purpose is to help guide struggling humans towards their path to self-acceptance.  

  Justin denies that he is gay and tells the monster to leave.

Returning, the Closet Monster decides to help Justin navigate his way through and out of the metaphorical closet.

The monster takes up residency in Justin’s actual closet and helps Justin come to terms with his inner homophobia and leads Justin on his journey to tell his family and friends the truth.

Meanwhile...

The book's other main character, Father Peter Shepard, to his great dismay, is dealing with his own Closet Monster. He has trapped the monster and is trying to figure out how to vanquish him.

We meet a Closet Monster named Glance, who is desperately searching for his missing fiancé.

Another Closet Monster named Marlon is in a major dilemma as how to best help his human charge--an English teacher named Jonah--who is struggling internally with his sexuality.

A man named Corey finds himself at odds with his Closet Monster, Crawford, whose counselling approach begins to unravel.

Two Closet Monsters, Helmet and Stroker, embark on an epic battle to gain the upper hand.

And more...

Want to see more?
Preview the first 12 pages

Meet the book's 20 characters
Read my blog about the making of the book

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Risks and challenges

It took me nine years to write and illustrate my graphic novel but Justin Case and the Closet Monster is finally done!!

So, as J. Jonah Jameson would say, "Start the presses!"

I need your support to raise the money in order to send my 200-page book to print.

I have already secured a printer for a first edition run of 800 copies, I have also contracted with a fulfillment company in order to be able to deliver my book and rewards for August.

I will provide regular updates about my Kickstarter campaign via email and my Instagram and Facebook pages.

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    Tier 1: Digital Edition

    Thanks! You will receive the Digital Edition of Justin Case and the Closet Monster

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    Tier 2: Digital Edition Deluxe

    Thanks! You will receive a special Digital Edition of Justin Case and the Closet Monster that includes the complete bundled set of Mark's moving and heartfelt "Behind the Pages" blog about his experiences coming out, family, and his journey to self-acceptance and love.

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    Tier 3: Softcover Edition

    Thanks! You will receive a Softcover Edition of Justin Case and the Closet Monster

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    Tier 4: Autographed Softcover Edition

    Thanks! You will receive a softcover edition of Justin Case and the Closet Monster signed by writer and illustrator Mark Julien. 200 pages. Full-colour.

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    Tier 5: Coming Out

    Thanks! This package includes a T-shirt featuring an original illustration by Mark Julien of lead character Justin Case on the front called "Coming Out"

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    • "Coming Out" T-shirt
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    Tier 6: Wrecking Ball

    Thanks! This package includes an autographed softcover edition of Justin Case and the Closet Monsters plus a signed original 10x10 print of character Marlon called "Wrecking Ball", by Mark Julien,in homage to Marlon's love of Miley Cyrus.

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    • Original signed print "Wrecking Ball" (10x10)
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    Tier 7: In Your Eyes

    Thanks! This package honours the graphic novel's female characters. You will receive an autographed softcover edition of Justin Case and the Closet Monsters plus two original signed prints by Mark Julien featuring the characters Pandora & Hope and Bethanie & Abigail.

    Includes:
    • Autographed Softcover Edition
    • Original Signed Print "In Your Eyes (Human)" (10x10)
    • Original Signed Print "In Your Eyes (Monster)" (10x10)
    • Name in Acknowledgments Section of Softcover Edition
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    Tier 8: Before and After

    Thanks! This package pays tribute to Justin's journey. You will receive an autographed softcover edition of Justin Case and the Closet Monsters plus two original signed prints by Mark Julien "Foreshadowing" featuring Justin and his Closet Monster, and "Stay in There" featuring Justin, his Closet Monster, Glance and Stroker.

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    • Autographed Softcover Edition
    • Original Signed Print "Foreshadowing" (10x10)
    • Original Signed Print "Stay in There" (10x10)
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    Tier 9: Coming Out (Again)

    Thanks! This package includes an autographed softcover edition of Justin Case and the Closet Monsters plus a signed large print of the illustration "Coming Out" by Mark Julien featuring lead character Justin.

    Includes:
    • Autographed Softcover Edition
    • Original Signed Print "Coming Out" (12x16)
    • Name in Acknowledgments Section of Softcover Edition
    • Acknowledgment on Justin Case Official Website
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    Tier 10: The Doors of Justin Case

    Thanks! This package includes a poster designed by Mark Julien of the 20 richly-illustrated closet doors featured in the book, the portals to the parallel universe where the Closet Monsters reside.

    Includes:
    • Autographed Softcover Edition
    • "The Doors of Justin Case" Poster (18x24)
    • Name in Acknowledgments Section of Softcover Edition
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    Tier 11: Mandala

    Thanks! Each character in the graphic novel has a personal mandala. This package includes an autographed softcover edition of Justin Case and the Closet Monsters plus a large poster of the gorgeous mandala created by Mark Julien to represent the entire story.

    Includes:
    • Autographed Softcover Edition
    • Justin Case and the Closet Monster "Mandala" Poster (20x20)
    • Name in Acknowledgments Section of Softcover Edition
    • Acknowledgment on Justin Case Official Website
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    Tier 12: Teacher's Package

    Thanks! Mark Julien is an Ontario Certified Teacher (OCT). Justin Case is a great teaching tool for secondary school teachers to cover LGBTQ inclusion and support dialogue about creating safer spaces. This package includes 5 autographed softcover editions of Justin Case and the Closet Monsters plus a mandala lesson plan created by Mark Julien.

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    • Autographed Softcover Edition
    • Mandala Lesson Plan for Visual Arts (Grades 9-12)
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    Tier 13: Teacher's Package Deluxe

    Thanks! Mark Julien is an Ontario Certified Teacher (OCT). Justin Case is a great teaching tool for secondary school teachers to cover LGBTQ inclusion and support dialogue about creating safer spaces. This deluxe package includes 5 autographed softcover editions of Justin Case and the Closet Monsters, a mandala lesson plan created by Mark Julien, and an original poster designed by Mark Julien called "Don't Call Me a Monster".

    Includes:
    • Autographed Softcover Edition
    • Mandala Lesson Plan for Visual Arts (Grades 9-12)
    • "Dont Call Me A Monster" Poster (15x29)
    • Name in Acknowledgments Section of Softcover Edition
    • Acknowledgment on Justin Case Official Website
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    Tier 14: Kickstarter Exclusive

    Thanks! This Kickstarter exclusive package includes a set of 3 limited edition, signed and numbered original prints called "Underwear Party" by Mark Julien. Only 20 available.

    Includes:
    • Autographed Softcover Edition
    • Limited Edition Signed "At The Bar" Print (14x14)
    • Limited Edition Signed "On The Couch" Print (14x14)
    • Limited Edition Signed "Pillow Fight" Print (14x14)
    • "Coming Out" T-shirt
    • Your name in Special Thanks section of Softcover Edition
    • Acknowledgment in Special Thanks section of Official Website
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    Tier 15: The Last Supper

    This package features a stunning interpretation of "The Last Supper" featuring Justin, Father Peter and all of the Closet Monsters. Designed by Mark Julien.

    Includes:
    • Autographed Softcover Edition
    • "The Last Supper" Poster (30x18)
    • "Coming Out" T-shirt
    • Your name in Special Thanks section of Softcover Edition
    • Acknowledgment in Special Thanks section of Official Website
    • Digital Edition (PDF) of Justin Case and the Closet Monster.
    • The Complete "Behind the Pages" Blog (PDF)
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