Wuvable Oaf


by Ed Luce

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.

Fantagraphics Books
ISBN: 9781606998168

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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.

“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

Ed Luce (pronounced “loose”, like the opposite of tight) has made a huge splash in the comics scene with his self-published comic book series. Wuvable Oaf has garnered a huge following of fans both in the comics world and in the queer art world. Luce lives in San Francisco with his partner and collaborator, Mark, and their kitty, Luna. He can regularly be found either under a pile of drawing paper or at a local comics festival.

264 page black and white with 16 color hardcover
Fantagraphics, 2015

Additional information

Weight 42 oz
Dimensions 11.5 × 7.5 × 1 in