Posts tagged ‘Prism Comics’

July 28, 2011

Interview: Artist Ed Luce Schools Me on his Comic The Wuvable Oaf

by Accidental Bear

Ed Luce the artist and writer of the luvable Wuvable Oaf comics just schooled me in The Wuvable Oaf’s history and was patient to give me a crash course in Wuvable Oaf 101. Now I will be abundantly ready to rub elbows with and chuckle about good ole’ issues #1 & #2 with Wuvable Oaf super fans tomorrow night at the release party for issue #3 in San Francisco’s Mission District. In anticipation I will have the Pointer Sister’s hit “I’m so Excited” on repeat for the next 24 hours.

Ed Luce’s first comic book project, Wuvable Oaf is a “fairy” tale chronicling one big, scary lookin’ dude’s search for cute little “mans” in a city that looks suspiciously like San Francisco.

The Oaf has also made appearances in the UK’s Gay Times Magazine, Italy’s PISSZINEInstinct MagazineWhite Crane Journal, Prism Comics 2008 Guideand on the chests of hunky dudes n’ sassy ladies all over the world, in the form of his very own t-shirts.

While currently pouring his energy into the comics world, Ed also leaves a lengthy trail of art debris behind him, including recent published features in Bearflavouredartists’ catalog and LA gay men’s health magazine Corpus. His paintings have been exhibited in galleries, museums, store windows and bathrooms from San Diego to Buffalo to Paris. http://www.wuvableoaf.com

San Francisco Wuvable Oaf #3 Release Party!  

Friday, July 29th from 7-9 PM
Goteblüd, 766 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94110
Signing and Wuvable Oaf Art Exhibition Reception with Ed
plus the debut of a new “Wuvable Oaf” print!

Accidental Bear’s Mike Enders & The Wuvable Oaf creator Ed Luce bear-rake it down for you (Get it? Break it down? Oh, just read the damn interview):

Accidental Bear: Wuvable Oaf is such a  cuddly name. Was that the intention behind naming him that?

Ed Luce: Wow…after three years of comics and shirts, no one has ever asked me that!  Well, at first it was just meant as a commentary on the character’s speech pattern, which I imagined to be mildly baby talkish.  In a deep bass tone, of course.  But as the comic evolved, it also made sense as a unique name, easily searchable on the web.

A B: Where was your energy going to before the creation on the Oaf?

Ed: I was a painter for nearly ten years before the Oaf was ever born.  In some ways, he’s an extension of that work, in a different format and genre.   My work was already very cartoony, using bits and pieces from Popeye, Sluggo of Nancy, He-man and G.I. Joe in a sort of smorgasbord of hyper-masculinity.  The Oaf sprung directly out of that soup, moving from the canvas to the page pretty effortlessly.

A B: The release for Wuvable Oaf is this Friday the 29th. How old is the Oaf since you first put him on paper?

Ed: The first time the character appeared with that name above his head was in a paper doll design I did for a theme show at the Trunk Space Gallery in Phoenix.  I believe it was fall of 2006, so he’ll technically be five years old this fall!   The shirt appeared one year later, followed by the first comic in the summer of 2008.

A B: Could you give a quick rundown of what someone might expect if they are picking up The Wuvable oaf for the first time?

Ed: I’ve toyed around with many descriptions over the years…none of which ever really work for me.  Lately, I’ve been calling it “the gay comic for everyone else”, somewhat jokingly.  I feel it’s from an undeniably queer perspective but is written and constructed to be all-inclusive.  I don’t shy away from the gay, anyone that has ever seen the book can testify to that.  But I try to speak in terms, both visually and textually, that don’t alienate any one group from appreciating the narrative.  I feel I achieve that easily enough with an absence of explicit sex scenes.  It’s important to me that hetero folks identify with the Oaf and his pals too, and I think boners don’t always work well in that capacity.  But otherwise, it’s ostensibly a love story, about someone who thinks he’s impossible to love.

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March 31, 2011

Grab Bag of things to do in SF; 3/31- 4/5

by Accidental Bear

I rake the streets, back alleys, back rooms of bars, behind the red curtain, search the glory holes and give you highlights of events this week. I should have an app that automatically updates to your weekly calendar. OK OK that may be controlling of me, but look no further.

ON THE FLY: 3/31 – 4/5

Enjoy a pair of unlikely heroes in PeeWee’s Big Adventure andEdward Scissorhandsat the Castro Theatre, two of Tim Burton’s popular films. April 1; PeeWee at 7:30pm, Edward at 9:20pm. $10. 429 Castro St. www.castrotheatre.com

 

 

Wondercon, the 25th annual enormous comic book, TV and movie convention, brings thousands of fans and artists, actors, directors, composers and producers together for three days of fantasy fun. Celebs include Ryan Reynolds, Kevin Smith, Henry Cavill, Kellan Lutz, Elvira, Mark Sheppard (Battlestar Galactica), Toby Haynes (Doctor Who director) and many more.

Balenciaga and Spain @ de Young Museum: Fashion exhibit focusing on the influence of Spain on the work of haute couture master Crist—bal Balenciaga. 6:30pm-8:30pm. $6-$17. Thru July 4. 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, Golden Gate Park. 750-3600.   www.famsf.org

Mark Johnson @ Magnet: Opening reception for Montgomery-Ward and the Office Adonis, the artist’s exhibit of retro ad-inspired art. 8pm-10pm. Thru April. 4122 18th St. at Castro. 581-1613. www.magnetsf.org

Wondercon @ Moscone Center: 25th anniversary of the enormous annual comic book, TV and movie convention that brings thousands of fans to artists, actors, directors, composers and producers. Prism Comics hosts a booth (#319) and two panels with LGBT comic artists Marc Andreyko (Manhunter, about the adventures of Kate Spencer, a federal prosecutor-turned superhero, who’s tired of seeing guilty criminals evade punishment; and co-writer for True Bloodcomics), Brian Anderson (So Super Duper), Ed Luce (Wuvable Oaf), Steve MacIsaac (Shirtlifter, Sticky), Justin Hall (Glamazonia), and other comically delicious talents. (Writing Queer, April 2, 6pm, Room 250; Queer Youth and Comics, April 3, 12:30pm in Room 254) Celebs include Ryan Reynolds, Kevin Smith, Henry Cavill, Kellan Lutz, Elvira, Mark Sheppard (Battlestar Galactica), Toby Haynes (Doctor Who director), Thru April 3. 747 Howard St.

The Black Swan Experience @ Lumiere Theater Heklina and Sister Roma cohost the new interactive screening of the Oscar-winning over-the-top film. Dress as your favorite character!   Free. 12am. 1572 California St. at Polk.  www.iwasperfect.com

Davis Davis: Planet X @ Marx & Zavattero Gallery: Exhibit of eerie space-age toy battlescapes with a pre-Sputnik flavor of paranoia. Thru April 23. Tue-Sat 11am-5pm. 77 Geary St. 2nd floor. 627-9111. www.marxzav.com

 

Hunks & Heroes @ Truck: The New York gay comic book fan party arrives in SF for Wondercon. Dress up as your secret identity; win comic and porn prizes; a portion of proceeds benefit The Trevor Project. Happy hour 6pm-9pm, and full out fest 9pm-2am. 1900 Folsom St. www.trucksf.com

In Paths Untrodden @ SF Public Library: Walt Whitman’s Calamus Poems and the Radical Faeries, curated by Joey Cain; an exhibit of the gay poet’s influence on contemporary queer culture. Thru May 19. James C. Hormel Gay & Lesbian Center, 100 Larkin St. third floor.  www.sfpl.org

Q Comedy @ Martuni’s: Host Nick Leonard, Ray Ferrer, Mary Van Note, DJ Real and Uni and her Ukelele with your Femcee SF Drag Legend Cookie Dough. Partial proceeds go to benefit the SF Ducal Charity Fund. $5-$15. 8pm. 4 Valencia St. www.Qcomedy.com

 

 

SF Hiking Club @ Golden Gate Bridge: Enjoy the scenic promenade along the iconic bridge with LGBT hikers. Meet 6pm at Crissy Field Center, 1199 East Beach St. 577-9367. www.sfhiking.com

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