Wuvable Oaf by Ed Luce
264 pages – black and white w/color – 7″x 10.5″ – hardcover
$29.99 – 978-1-60699-816-8
Like Sex and the City but with adorable, ex-wrestler hairy gay men (or bears), Wuvable Oaf is Luce’s debut graphic novel. This book fills a romance comics hole by portraying a likeable gay male character that is both fully realized and relatable. Mostly playful, but sometimes serious, Wuvable Oaf captures the levity of lonliness. Luce delivers a rom-com that would leave Zack Galifinakis and Zooey Deschanel feuding over who got to play Oaf in a hypothetical movie adaptation.
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 grindscore band, Ejaculoid. Luce weaves friends, associates, enemies, ex-lovers, and the pasts of both men into the story of their courtship. Like Scott Pilgrim, Love and Rockets, and Archie, Wuvable Oaf explores the joys and pains of romantic conquests, set against the backdrop of the San Francisco scene. After decades of comics about boy-loves-girl, Luce finally gives readers of all orientations some insight into man-loves-man. Oaf’s silly, sweet, and sometimes sexy stories will win over everyon’s heart.
Praise for Oaf:
“Wuvable Oaf is definitely a book you’ll want to eat up” – Paste Magazine
“It’s a great comic. It’s well drawn, and the dialogue and story are grounded, believable and really damn funny…” – Topless Robot
“…one of my absolute favorite comics – an affectingly offbeat gay rom-com that captures the universal sadness and silliness of loneliness and love, and mixes heartbreak and humor in exactly the right proportions.” – Patrick Reed Comics Alliance