Wuvable Oaf by Ed Luce


This book is definitely a book right up my street. Oaf is a big softie, who was formerly a famous wrestler called Goteblud, and now helps run a home for kittens and makes scary looking dolls out of his own hair. This book is super cute, and funny. I love Oafie and his love interest Eiffel, a small angry man who is the singer and frontman of local band Ejaculoid, and their story, but my problem is that we only get so much of their story…

And the book stops, and gives us a whole load of unrelated short stories, which are probably from its zine days. Given how large the book, I really felt there should’ve been more of a main story.

I’d love to read more about Oafie and Eiffel but I’m dismayed to read that the Lambda award-winning sequel, Blood and Metal, actually goes back and tells the story of Oafie’s reign as Goteblud. I’ll read it, and I’m sure I’ll like it, but I kinda feel cheated that I’ve to wait for book three for the main story to return.

Still, there’s a lot to be said for this book. With a well-drawn cast of supporting characters (although there’s a lot of them, which actually sometimes can get a little confusing) and a beautiful art style, this book is a gorgeous object. I just wish the author would get back to the main story. But let’s not forget, that thanks to this, there’s now a comic about a Morrissey-obssesed ex-wrestler who counsels troubled kitties, I mean, how can you not want to read that?


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