Like Sex and the City but with adorable, ex-wrestler hairy gay men (or bears), Wuvable Oaf is Ed Luce's debut graphic novel. This book fills a romance comics hole by portraying a likable gay male character that is both fully realized and relatable. Mostly playful but sometimes serious, Wuvable Oaf captures the levity of loneliness.
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 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 gives readers of all orientations some delightful man-loves-man story.
See our previous coverage on Ed Luce:
Artist Spotlight: Ed Luce
Ed Luce's indie comic sensation Wuvable Oaf revolves around a large, scary-looking guy searching for love, his rather complicated relationship with cats, and his devotion to all sorts of good music.
Get the big, Oaf-sized book at Fantagraphics here. Connect with Ed and the Oaf: Twitter, website, Facebook, Tumblr. And enjoy the preview below and on the following pages.