This is the first page of Wuvable Oaf
#1, and I like to believe it sets the tone of the whole series. I enjoy working with a careful combination of sweet cuteness and bold sexiness; I think both homo and hetero readers find queer characters and content most accessible when that balance is going on. A lot of my imagery is giggle-inducing, but there’s a clearly erotic bent to the scenarios, though never explicitly pornographic. Plenty of male cheesecake abounds, but that bare skin can also read as locker room humor; the type of corpulent exposure that has propelled the comedic careers of Zach Galifianakis, Jack Black and Nick Frost. I've always found that type of guy to be adorable, so I try to present a similar over-the-top male sexuality...one that hopefully turns you on, gets you chuckling or, in the best case scenario, does both!
The Oaf really needed a memorable origin story, one that not only explained his loner status, but also distinguished him from the extended cast of fuzzy bruisers. Depicting him as hirsute right out of the womb made perfect sense to that end; he’s born as something of a freak, facing the rejection of his biological parents and peers, but still has this undeniable, unique charm about him. Lil’ Papa adopts Oaf at the close of the “Birth of an Oaf” story in Wuvable Oaf
#1, because he senses that inherent quirky quality. Besides, it's hard to miss a bearded six-year-old!
The band EJACULOID makes their debut in Wuvable Oaf
#0. I could definitely be described as a music fanatic, but apart from a brief grade school stint with the viola, have never been musically inclined. So EJACULOID, and in particular lead singer Eiffel, allow me to play out some of my own rock star fantasies, on the printed page at least. For the record, EJACULOID is described as a 'disco-grindcore band' on their MySpace page. What that actually sounds like has been briefly explored in their first single, "FEARCE", which was released as a vinyl 7" with the Special Edition version of Wuvable Oaf
#2. That's right, in the grand tradition of Josie & the Pussycats, Jem & the Holograms and Gorillaz, I managed to get members of real life bands Limp Wrist and Needles to record as my fake cartoon band. For those fans of queercore, that's the legendary Martin Sorrondeguy on vocals; he's the voice of Eiffel, which completely blows my mind.
got me to appreciate fashion as the fine art it truly is. Though I have no aspirations of ever being a clothing designer, I was still inspired by the process and personalities on display in the show. So when it came time to write BuFu's back story, I decided my newfound interest in fashion might be best explored through him. This page is from a short story in Wuvable Oaf
#0, detailing BuFu's audition for my own rip-off of Project Runway
, a show titled Assignment: Catwalk
. Naturally, I'm most interested in the humorous side of the series, as evidenced by my very thinly veiled doppelgangers of Nina Garcia, Tim Gunn and Heidi Klum. And one of my favorite contestants of all time, Austin Scarlett, is embodied by BuFu's competition and best pal, Dallas Vermillion. As much as I enjoy drawing hirsute brutes, Dallas's delicate, spritely features are a welcome break from all the round shapes and cross-hatching.
BuFu's future story arc will include flashbacks from his time on Assignment: Catwalk
, which didn't go very well at all. But as readers of Gory Details
have discovered, both Dallas and Sundae Goyle will ultimately become a part of BuFu's extended cast.
I‘m a big fan of homage, so this page from Wuavble Oaf
#2 is a valentine to some favorite comic book, new wave and occult horror movies. I tend to exaggerate the queer subtext in the film's original storylines and characters, manipulating it for my own narrative purposes.
The Superman II
Phantom Zone Villains are a good example of this fantasizing; I wanted to follow these rogues beyond the unsatisfying conclusion of that film. In some edited-for-TV versions, Zod, Non and Ursa are revealed to have survived being de-powered and pummeled by Superman and Lois. They’re led off as prisoners, presumably to serve time. In my cameo depiction of Zod and Non, I imagine they have paid their debt to society and settled in San Francisco, embracing their previously forbidden love for each other...and the local leather/uniform scene. Of course Ursa has followed, seen here hanging with gal pal Pris...Daryl Hannah’s Replicant character from Bladerunner
In the middle panel several semi-obscure, cult movie references abound. Characters from the new wave sci-fi flick Liquid Sky
, lesbian gutter punk epic Times Square
and proto-riot grrl parable Ladies & Gentlemen, The Fabulous Stains
co-exist in the same frame. I’m not a huge fan of drawing backgrounds or crowd scenes, so oftentimes these guest shots are a way for me to make that experience more fun and worthwhile. It also helps to define what type of dive bar club EJACULOID is playing in; kind of a hipster version of the one from Star Wars
The final panel shows the girls from The Craft
, all grown-up and reunited, despite the rather dubious ending of the original movie. I sure do wish Fairuza Balk would make some sort of comeback!
Pavel the Deranged Scottish Fold's major purpose is to allow me to draw all manner of crazy monster goodness from time to time. There's definitely a side of me that enjoys horror comics and the work of artists like Pushead, so I get to unleash all that nastiness in this little kittie's wild hallucinations. The sequence that opens Wuvable Oaf
#2 is even more over the top than the one pictured here, which is from #0...and I plan to get even crazier with subsequent issues. Hopefully, one day Oaf will find a cure for whatever ails poor little Pavel...