On sale date: June 7, 2015
This is the first-ever collection of the acclaimed self-published comic book series; it's about a big, hairy, gay ex-wrestler's search for love in the big city, set against the backdrop of San Francisco's queer and music scenes.
Wuvable Oaf is the first-ever collection of the acclaimed self-published comic book series by cartoonist Ed Luce. Oaf is a large, hirsute, scary-looking ex-wrestler who lives in San Francisco with his adorable kitties and listens to a lot of Morrissey. The book follows Oaf ’s search for love in the big city, especially his pursuit of Eiffel, the lead singer of the black metal/queercore/ progressive disco grindcore band Ejaculoid. Luce weaves between the friends, associates, enemies, ex-lovers and pasts of both men into the story of their courtship. A romantic comedy at its core, Wuvable Oaf recalls elements of comics as diverse as Scott Pilgrim, Love and Rockets, and Archie, set against the background of San Francisco’s queer community and music scene.
2015 Ignatz Award Nominee: Outstanding Artist (Ed Luce)
“There are so many tantalizing details to tickle readers' fancies, from the chest-hairy end papers to all the visual in-jokes tucked into these panels… With such a wide range of characters, it’s no wonder that Luce’s stories have also found a diverse readership that includes rock ‘n’ roll dudes, women, and kitty lovers. ... Share it with friends and gift yourself: this graphic novel is the best treat anyone can get, short of a basket of kittens!” — Cathy Camper - Lambda Literary
“But while Luce’s aesthetic and storytelling impress, it’s Wuvable Oaf’s story that’s endearing. ... The ups and downs and humorous pratfalls that plague Oaf are all things that anyone—regardless of gender or orientation—who has been in a romantic relationship can empathize with. Luce goes small so that his book can go big. The awkwardness, the tenderness, the eroticism, it all comes from a truthful place, a recognizable place, and it’s what makes the series both as funny as it is and as touching.” — Shea Hennum - Paste
“Few comics have titles as accurate as Ed Luce’s Wuvable Oaf. ... Collecting a project like this is Fantagraphics’ bread and butter, and Wuvable Oaf is definitely a book you’ll want to eat up.” — Steve Foxe - Paste
“Now collected into a very funny book by Fantagraphics, the tentative-yet-sexy romance between gigantic Oaf and tiny Eiffel will be catnip to bear-lovers and the bears who love them—but also to readers not steeped in the queer scene who simply love a witty, warm-hearted story and a lead character who’s worth rooting for.” — Dan Kois - Slate
“Like that of Tales of the City, the queer San Francisco of Wuvable Oaf is a community you wish existed, full of the kind of people you wish you knew. ... Though Luce’s cleanly designed illustrations appear almost entirely in black and white here, they exude a welcoming warmth, thanks in part to the book’s contagious love for its cast of characters. ... A person who is not delighted by Wuvable Oaf is probably not a person.” — Jacob Brogan - Slate
- Black and white
- 7.5" × 11.5"