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Hothead Paisan: Homicidal Lesbian Terrorist

(Hothead Paisan #1)

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  634 ratings  ·  34 reviews
Paperback, 160 pages
Published January 21st 1994 by Cleis Press (first published 1993)
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Dec 27, 2009 rated it liked it
The first panel:
"Oh Hothead"
"Fuckin WHAT?"
"Tell us, how does one become a homicidal lesbian terrorist?"
"How does one NOT you asshole?!?!"

A comic book featuring a punk-ass dyke who blows up disgusting men with grenades, chops off hilariously illustrated dicks with hatchets, and otherwise terrorizes the manifestations of patriarchy that rain all over her parade. She's meant to be the wo(e-of)-manifestation of a collective, heroically suppressed, feminist rage, the one person ready and willing to p
Having just watched Diane DiMassa sit down for a fascinating conversation with moderator Jennifer Camper at the 3rd Queers & Comics conference in NYC last month, I was moved to reread this first volume of Hothead Paisan comics for the first time in several years. Diane is a very singular talent and her line throbs with kinetic, raw energy; Howard Cruse once said something like her comics are lightning captured on paper (true). She's also extremely funny - there's all kinds of little asides and s ...more
Nov 18, 2012 rated it liked it
I had to read this for a grad course years ago, a survey of graphic novels. There were some wonderful insights in this book. I could relate to the strips that discussed male worship in our culture. I've heard countless rude comments about my having two daughters, everything from "what did you do wrong?" to "you must be a little bummed . . . every man wants a son," to "you're in for a real treat," and "boys are easier to deal with." Ironically, most of these comments came from women. So, when I s ...more
J. Rogue
Jul 06, 2008 rated it did not like it
Shelves: comics-etc
Now, don't get me wrong, there are things I like(d) about Hothead Paisan, but I just can't forgive Diane DiMassa'a transphobia:

Excerpt from Diane DiMassa Interview
Bitch magazine, Summer 2004 (Issue #25)

[About a musical based on DiMassa's cartoon, Hothead Paisan being premiered at Michigan Womyn's Music Festival, which excludes transsexual women:]

Bitch: What about the MTFs?

DiMassa: Oh, they're very angry. Okay. It started out with, "We knew you were such a supporter of the transgender community b
Sep 11, 2007 rated it it was amazing
This is not for the faint hearted. If you aren't into retalitory violence, maybe you shouldn't pick it up. But, I find it hilarious, if sometimes a little iffy politically (not to mention blatently anti-femm- boo!). It was a cathartic read durring a rough period... I think it may have kept me from actually attacking people in the real world. ...more
May 17, 2009 rated it it was amazing
AHHHHH I LOVE HOTHEAD!! Forever grateful to all the dykes & queers who let me read their copies over the years, and so glad to reread it now. Hothead is more relatable to me now than when I was younger.

Yes, it's dated, and definitely not for the faint of heart.
May 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
I’m glad this exists.
Eli Poteet
May 24, 2021 rated it really liked it
its wild to read this expression of early 90s queer repersentation- i am utterly charmed and uncomfortably shocked at the same time. i feel repersented, even physically depicted in this series which is incredibly rare. i really enjoy the unique art content, these sketches are all original and clearly doesnt use blue prints/trace techniques. i love the cats huge eyes. this collection was a crude satire and successfully pushed me into uncomfortable realms.
Sep 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
I came of age with this comic in the mid 1990's. I was a teenager, who was often yelled at by fellow teens and grown-ass men because of her queer feminist anarchist politics. Hothead was a blessed refreshing relief.

Upsides: her humour is so savage it'll make you laugh in a painful way. Her observations are equally painful and accurate.

Downsides: well, she generally just makes a gal burn for the revolution, so there isn't a lot of time to relax when reading, apart from when her cat is onstage.

J. Gonzalez- Blitz
Pulled this out cuz I was all flashbacking & needed to read something violent but in a bouncy humorous sort of way. Plus I figured my husband would like the gags involving Chicken & the social critique of the media. On the level of a catharsis it works; unapologetic anger and the sort of violence-without-repercussions one finds in Bugs Bunny cartoons or Grand Theft Auto(seriously, she just does all this killing in the open but never attracts police attention or anything.)And many of these gags, ...more
Jan 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It was hard to pick a star rating, but I have to give it five stars because of how important it was to me when I first read it, at... I must have been seventeen or eighteen, still in high school, in small town Louisiana. I mail ordered it, and would drive somewhere and read it in the car so that I could have a space to react that was private and mine.

Hothead is disturbing. It's violent and gratuitous and misandrist and gory. I loved it.

Growing up female and queer in the south in the nineties is
Sarah Stanfield
May 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
When I read my first Hothead Paisan comics, it was the mid-1990s, when gangsta rappers were calling out bitches and hos, MTV's Spring Break was one of the hottest shows on TV and supermodels were becoming role models. Even though I was straight, watching this bad-ass, unapologetically butch lesbian drop-kick (sometimes quite literally) this kind of cultural detritus to hell gave me the safe outlet I needed to vent my own anger at a culture that seemed to me to only view women as objects. Yes, it ...more
Jan 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
Still edgy and still a classic. I dug this out when we packed up my mum's house and could not believe how well the content stands up. Has anything changed? NO! Try Hothead's famous game of changing the telly channel whenever something that is offensive about or degardes women comes on and see how long you last. It will have you in stitches but beware, you just might want to go out and take a cricket bat to some bloke's pickup truck after reading this! ...more
Jun 22, 2007 rated it really liked it
Hothead Paisan had a big impact and influence on me, even though I am not a homicidal lesbian terrorist and I am now in a relationship with a man. Hothead would probably think I sold out, but I'm nobody's spritz head girlfriend! ...more
Jul 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was one of the very first things I ever bought on Amazon (with a gift certificate) and it shaped my first few months of "Recommended for You" suggestions hilariously. I regret nothing, and this book is hella cathartic. ...more
Apr 13, 2008 marked it as to-read
Shelves: graphic-novels, queer
Possibly the best title ever. I require to read this.
May 17, 2008 rated it liked it
Featuring the coolest cat in fiction.
Willa Guadalupe Grant
Oct 26, 2008 rated it really liked it
Funny, sad & much of it true- reminds me of someone I used to know-
Mar 31, 2012 rated it really liked it
Four stars if I place it within its historical context, three if I'm rating how engaged I was while reading. ...more
Dec 14, 2021 rated it liked it
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Hothead Paisan is an angry homicidal lesbian who wants to destroy not only the patriarchy, but all men in general. The only one who is spared her anger and sees her as a sweet person is her cat, Chicken. This high dose of rage and violence at first attracted me to the Hothead series, but it in the end pushed me away. The author opens the book by saying that Hothead was her way of expressing anger and that she is not as violent as her characters, but
Amelia Diehl
Aug 19, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: queer-feminisms
I hadn't even heard of this, but apparently this was a fixture of the '90s lesbian underground. It's a quick read, as a comic, and I appreciated the commentary on patriarchy and violence, etc but the style is (no doubt intentionally) very hectic. The narrative jumps around and gets kind of celestial/psychological, which is cool, and the art is fun, but ... it is full of depictions of violence! Here's to queer history and strong independent queer people. ...more
Apr 06, 2021 rated it really liked it
Got a twisted sense of humor and a functioning brain? Need a bit of hair-trigger catharsis? Appreciate fanged satire? How 'bout a well-flipped bird, well-slung knife, or a well-placed grenade? Understand how much better cats are than people? Capable of dealing with *women* being the center of shit for a change? Grab this! ...more
Dec 27, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Hothead was one of the biggest influences on me as a young queer cartoonist. When some jerk broke into my storage last year, they got my full run in singles and it was without question the most crushing loss of the whole collection. I wish so much that there had been more of it.
May 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Bryen (Karen)
Nov 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Loved it! Named my kitten Chicken Noodle in honour of this book :)
Maol Mhuire O'Duinnin
Feb 10, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Freakin hilarious! I was laughing my ass off a lot of the time, and contrary to probably some people's belief, I found a lot in common with Hothead's hatred for biological men and patriarchal society. It is sometimes difficult for me to laugh, though, because most people who don't know that I'm trans think I AM a biological male and have the same hatred for me. I sometimes hate myself for hiding behind my bio man identity to navigate more easily in this patriarchal world. However, I think that a ...more
Sep 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: escapism, comics, fiction
This was one of the very first things I ever bought on Amazon (with a gift certificate) and it shaped my first few months of "Recommended for You" suggestions hilariously. I regret nothing, and this book is hella cathartic. ...more
Dec 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
Like a lesbian feminist Johnny the Homicidal Maniac with better politics. Like a comic entirely about Kate Beaton's 'Straw Feminists'. Not everyone's cup of tea, but I enjoyed it. Chicken is the best. ...more
Jul 14, 2009 rated it liked it
As part of an in depth, navel-gazey return to everything I liked in the 1990s, I reread this book.
Jan 01, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Politically incorrect stress relief. Go to book for when i feel like screaming at the unfairness of life. Better than therapy or causing harm to self, stuff and friends.
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