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cover of Hothead Paisan #8
Hothead Paisan: Homicidal Lesbian Terrorist is an alternative comic written and drawn by Diane DiMassa. It features the title character wreaking violent vengeance on male oppressors. Recurring characters include Hothead's cat Chicken, her friend Roz, a talking lamp, and transgender love interest Daphne.
The series began in 1991, published under the imprint Giant Ass Publishing, and ran to 21 issues, which were originally collected and published as two volumes: Hothead Paisan and The Revenge of Hothead Paisan. These volumes were later combined and republishes as a 428-page trade paperback, The Complete Hothead Paisan, the page-count of which includes a 10-page comic-strip introduction to the main character.
According to scholar Gabrielle Dean, the character of Hothead represents a "phallicized dyke" who is "at the mercy of her own rage against society, which she expresses by castrating men who are exaggerated stand-ins for the patriarchal order".
In 2004, a version was staged as a musical, produced by Animal Prufrock at the Michigan Womyn's Music Festival. The all-star cast enlisted by Animal includes Ani DiFranco, Susan "Stop The Insanity" Powter, Ubaka Hill, Toshi Reagon, Julie Wolf, Kate Wolf, and Allyson Palmer of BETTY, among others.
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- Frueh, Joanna and Laurie Fierstein. "Comments on the Comics, in Joanna Frueh; Laurie Fierstein; Judith Stein, eds. (2000). Picturing the Modern Amazon. New York: Rizzoli: New Museum Books. ISBN 0-8478-2247-8.
- Heller, Dana A. (1993). "Hothead Paisan: Clearing a Space for Lesbian Feminist Folklore". New York Folklore. 19 (1-2): 27–44.
- Queen, Robin M. "'I Don't Speak Spritch': Locating Lesbian Language," in Anna Livia; Kira Hall, eds. (1997). Queerly Phrased: Language, Gender and Sexuality. New York: Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-510470-6.
- Scalettar, Liana. "Resistance, Representation and the Subject of Violence: Reading Hothead Paisan," in : Joseph A. Boone; et al., eds. (2000). Queer Frontiers: Millennial Geographies, Genders, and Generations. Madison, Wis.: University of Wisconsin Press. pp. 261–277. ISBN 0-299-16090-4.
- Warren, Roz (ed.) (1995). Dyke Strippers: Lesbian Cartoonists A to Z. Pittsburgh, PA: Cleis Press. ISBN 1-57344-008-6.
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