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.
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.
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.
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