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May 8, 2014

Fantagraphics Acquires Ed Luce’s Wuvable Oaf


imageFantagraphics announced today that they had acquired rights to a collection of Ed Luce's Wuvable Oaf comics. The project from the San Francisco-based cartoonist is due in March, 2015. From the publisher press release:
"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 finally gives readers of all orientations some insight into man-loves-man. Oaf's silly, sweet, and sometimes sexy stories will win over everyone's heart."
The series has been one of the biggest word-of-mouth hits over the last several years in independent comics, due largely to the appeal of the character, for Luce's consistent presence at comics conventions and for the obvious craft chops apparent in his work.

Full press release here: oafpr.doc

The Fantagraphics collection will carry the title Wuvable Oaf, and will run 264 black and white and 16 color pages for $29.99 in hardcover.

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