Reviews for Justin Case and the Closet Monster: Hope


"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."

"[A] joyfully-arted story about two closeted gay men. The (delightfully queer) anthropomorphic closet monsters are a mix of Roman mythology, literary fiction, and classic movie monsters — Medusa, Dracula, Bride of Frankenstein — and animals. A four-color pastel-palette enlivens each page, which are designed as a single stand-alone comic strips that combine to tell the story. Sexual innuendos and pop cultural references are sprinkled throughout, helping to make the work so fabulous."

"[T]he artwork is wildly vivid and fun, perfectly capturing the plot and expanding on the story. The monsters featured reflect the struggle of any closeted individual attempting to accept their true self. We deny them, fight them, and (hopefully) eventually begin to accept them in our lives and learn to live with them."

"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".

"[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

"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".

An indie comic doing right by LGBTA fans.

Nominated for Best Graphic Novel of 2018