Fantagraphics to collect Ed Luce’s Wuvable Oaf

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Continuing a move to acquire some books that fit in with their art comix profile while not being obvious choices, Fantagraphics will collect Wuvable Oaf, the popular LGBTQ bear-themed rom-com comic about a hairy ex-wrestler who loves cats and is on a quest to find true love. The collection will be out next March. Announcement below:

Fantagraphics Books is proud to announce the acquisition of Ed Luce’s indie comic sensation Wuvable Oaf, to be released March 2015. 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 loneliness. Luce delivers a rom-com that would leave Zack Galifianakis 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 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 first indie comics I ever bought were published by Fantagraphics, including Love and Rockets, Eightball and Usagi Yojimbo,” explains cartoonist Ed Luce. “Much of Wuvable Oaf’s DNA was directly influenced by Fantagraphics publications. In putting this collection together, it’s like they’ve stepped forward to claim paternity. I couldn’t be more excited to find myself in the company of such wonderful work.”

Fantagraphics associate publisher Eric Reynolds says he’s “eager to take Ed Luce’s infectious voice and inviting visual style to a bigger stage, because I believe he’s only scratched the surface of his potential audience for the Oaf, who is one of the most singular characters to emerge from the corners of ‘alternative comics’ in several years.”

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. Since 2008 he’s been traveling to conventions and comics festivals all over the U.S.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.

WUVABLE OAF
By Ed Luce
March 2015 • $29.99 
Hardcover • ISBN 978-1-60699-816-8
264 pages, black & white with 16 pages color

The NY Post drops its comics section—who noticed?

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Media watchdog Jim Romanesko was the first to catch that the New York Post had dropped its comics section. The section was wizened with age and neglect—only seven meagre strips—but evidently the Post dropped the page and hoped no one would notice. One who did was King Feature’s editor Brendan Burford:

“It caught everyone by surprise,” King Features comics editor Brendan Burford tells me. “We got zero notice.”

King, which sold three comics to the Post, was told of the move on Tuesday – the day the strips vanished. (The paper had only seven strips; King sold “Mallard Fillmore,” “Rhymes with Orange,” and “Dennis the Menace” to the Post.)

The Post hasn’t explained why it killed the section, says Burford, and King is trying to get the strips back into the paper.

“Our conversation is ongoing. …I would be shocked if they’re not hearing from readers” about the missing comics. (There’s not much of an outcry on Twitter.)


The move is especially grieving to me as the Post and the Newark Star Ledger are the papers I read as a child and the playgrounds where I learned of such Titans as Cathy and Tumbleweeds. But newspaper strips have been on the sick list for a long time, and thus far public outcry has been restricted to bloggers. Michael Cavna also investigated the case but came up with few clues.

Now, I’m not yet convinced that few people noticed. I’d hazard the scenario that thousands of New York Post readers looked to feed their daily comics demi-fix in recent days and, flustered and flummoxed, just gave up the hunt as their subway stop approached or a neighboring de Blasio headline beckoned.
I mean, it’s not as if — if reports are accurate — the Post clearly alerted its readers of the dramatic change or anything. Not even a ransom note, apparently.


If you want your strips back, complain often and early.

Comics up in 5-week April, DC, Marvel and Image all winners

Sex Criminals Volume 1Marvel led the month of April in comics sales behind the 500,000+ sales of Amazing Spider-Man #1, which DIamond confirmed as being “the best-selling comic book in both units and dollars in over a decade,” and sales were up quite a bit from the previous month; however April was a five week month making direct comparisons hard to make. Still. sales are beginning to catch up year to year, and GN sales are up from 2013.

Marvel beat DC by more than 10 percentage points in both dollars and units behind Spider-Man, however DC had more books in the Top Ten due to Batman Eternal. IMage had an uncontested win in the GN category taking seven of the top ten led by the Sex Criminals collection, which shows signs of being the next graphic novel sensation.

TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS

PUBLISHER

DOLLAR

SHARE

UNIT

SHARE

MARVEL COMICS

39.27%

41.15%

DC COMICS

23.65%

27.24%

IMAGE COMICS

9.34%

10.31%

DARK HORSE COMICS

5.54%

5.18%

IDW PUBLISHING

5.10%

4.24%

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

2.49%

2.47%

EAGLEMOSS PUBLICATIONS LTD

2.14%

0.54%

BOOM! STUDIOS

2.07%

1.97%

AVATAR PRESS INC

1.15%

1.03%

VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT LLC

1.04%

1.18%

OTHER NON-TOP 10

8.21%

4.69%

unit-share dollar-share

 

NEW TITLES SHIPPED

PUBLISHER

COMICS SHIPPED

GRAPHIC NOVELS SHIPPED

MAGAZINES SHIPPED

TOTAL

SHIPPED

MARVEL COMICS

80

35

0

115

DC COMICS

79

26

1

106

IMAGE COMICS

71

13

0

84

IDW PUBLISHING

45

24

0

69

DARK HORSE COMICS

38

27

0

65

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

43

6

0

49

BOOM ENTERTAINMENT

25

7

0

32

EAGLEMOSS

0

0

26

26

AVATAR PRESS INC

11

2

2

15

VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT LLC

13

2

0

15

OTHER

77

157

35

269

 


COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS

 

DOLLARS

UNITS

APRIL 2014 VS. MARCH 2014

COMICS

23.22%

14.36%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

8.90%

-0.33%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

18.27%

12.90%

APRIL 2014 VS. APRIL 2013

COMICS

17.37%

6.96%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

16.78%

11.20%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

17.18%

7.32%

YEAR-TO-DATE 2014 VS. YEAR-TO-DATE 2013

COMICS

-0.89%

-6.91%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

5.44%

10.38%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

1.04%

-5.61%

 

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #1

$5.99

FEB140664-M MAR

2

SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #31

$5.99

FEB140659-M MAR

3

BATMAN #30

$3.99

FEB140198-M DC

4

BATMAN ETERNAL #1 [*]

$2.99

FEB140140-M DC

5

JUSTICE LEAGUE #29

$3.99

JAN140243-M DC

6

BATMAN ETERNAL #2 [*]

$2.99

FEB140142 DC

7

HULK #1

$3.99

FEB140684-M MAR

8

ORIGINAL SIN #0

$4.99

FEB140657 MAR

9

BATMAN ETERNAL #3 [*]

$2.99

FEB140143 DC

10

BATMAN ETERNAL #4 [*]

$2.99

FEB140144 DC

 


TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

SEX CRIMINALS VOLUME 1 TP (MR)

$9.99

JAN140558 IMA

2

SAGA VOLUME 3 TP (MR)

$14.99

JAN140556 IMA

3

EAST OF WEST VOLUME 2: WE ARE ALL ONE TP

$14.99

DEC130494 IMA

4

SAGA VOLUME 1 TP (MR)

$9.99

AUG120491 IMA

5

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN: FAMILY BUSINESS HC

$24.99

DEC130759 MAR

6

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 1: COSMIC AVENGERS TP

$19.99

JAN140800 MAR

7

THE JOKER: DEATH OF THE FAMILY TP (N52)

$24.99

JAN140340 DC

8

SAGA VOLUME 2 TP (MR)

$14.99

APR130443 IMA

9

PRETTY DEADLY VOLUME 1 TP (MR)

$9.99

FEB140533 IMA

10

THE WALKING DEAD VOLUME 1: DAYS GONE BYE TP

$14.99

NOV128157 IMA

TOP 10 BOOKS

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

JIM HENSON’S LABYRINTH HC

$19.99

FEB141067 BOO

2

THE WALKING DEAD VOL. 4: FALL OF THE GOVERNOR PART 2

$25.99

DEC138366 STM

3

LEGEND OF ZELDA: HYRULE HISTORIA HC

$34.99

SEP120055 DAR

4

MY LITTLE PONY: FIREFLY WITH BOOK

$9.95

FEB141598 RUN

5

THE SHADOW DOUBLE NOVEL VOLUME 83 SC

$14.95

FEB141625 SAN

6

MARVEL ENCYCLOPEDIA 75TH-ANNIVERSARY EDITION HC

$40.00

DEC131413 DK

7

SPIDER-MAN CHARACTER ENCYCLOPEDIA HC

$16.99

JAN141481 DK

8

GODZILLA LIGHT & SOUND MINIATURE BOOK KIT

$12.95

JAN141512 RUN

9

SWORD ART ONLINE VOLUME 1: AINCRAD SC

$13.00

FEB141540 HAC

10

DARKSTALKERS: OFFICIAL COMPANION WORKS SC

$39.99

JAN141345 UDO

TOP 10 TOYS

RANK

DESCRIPTION

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

SCRIBBLENAUTS UNMASKED MINI FIGURES SERIES 2 OCT130312 DC

2

THE WALKING DEAD: DIXON WITH CHOPPER BOX SET AUG138265 TMP

3

MARVEL COMICS: AVENGERS NOW: THE HULK ARTFX+ STATUE OCT132006 KOT

4

MARVEL SELECT: CAPTAIN AMERICA 2 ACTION FIGURE DEC131822 DST

5

BATMAN HUSH: BATMAN & CATWOMAN: THE KISS STATUE SEP130322 DC

6

DC COMICS SUPER VILLAINS: SUPERWOMAN ACTION FIGURE SEP130323 DC

7

BATMAN ARKHAM CITY: ARMORED BATMAN STATUE NOV130291 DC

8

THE WALKING DEAD: DARYL DIXON MINI-BUST MAY131926 GEN

9

DC COMICS SUPER VILLAINS: ULTRAMAN ACTION FIGURE SEP130325 DC

10

DC COMICS VARIANT PLAY ARTS KAI: THE FLASH ACTION FIGURE JUL138154 SQU


TOP 10 GAMES

RANK

DESCRIPTION

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

MONOPOLY: THE WALKING DEAD SURVIVAL EDITION OCT128266 USA

2

MARVEL HEROCLIX: DEADPOOL FEB142556 NEC

3

YU-GI-OH! HEROCLIX MAY132348 NEC

4

RISK: THE WALKING DEAD SURVIVAL EDITION OCT128267 USA

5

RISK LEGACY JUN118204 HAS

6

MARVEL DICE MASTERS: AVENGERS VS. X-MEN NOV132536 NEC

7

DC HEROCLIX: LEGION OF SUPERHEROES BOOSTER BRICK OCT132418 NEC

8

WONDER WOMAN: COLLAGE 1000-PIECE JIGSAW PUZZLE FEB142427 AQU

9

SUPERMAN: COLLAGE 1000-PIECE JIGSAW PUZZLE FEB142426 AQU

10

RISK: MASS EFFECT: GALAXY AT WAR COLLECTOR’S EDITION DEC132333 USA