Reviews & Accolades
"[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."
- THE ADVOCATE
Nominated for Best Graphic Novel of 2018
- CANCOMICSWIKI AWARDS
"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
"[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."
- VIRGINIA LIBRARY ASSOCIATION
"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
"[T]his is a first-rate graphic novel. I was completey suprised 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".
- THE GAY COMIC GEEK
"[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. Julien creates Justin’s world with a cartoonist’s sensibilities combined with a decorative art aesthetic and a sophisticated color palette."
- JOE PALMER, GAY LEAGUE
An "indie title doing right by LGBTA fans".
"The story mirrors Julien’s own journey towards self-acceptance. Growing up, he was afraid of sharing the truth and revealing his sexuality. It isn’t simply a fantasy graphic novel about a monster. It’s Julien’s own story and his own journey."
- QUEEN'S JOURNAL