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Title : Hothead Paisan: Homicidal Lesbian Terrorist
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ISBN : 9780939416738
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 160 Pages
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Hothead Paisan: Homicidal Lesbian Terrorist Reviews

  • Tinea
    2019-05-15 01:41

    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 pounce, rifle in hand, on all the hooters that holler and the rapists who rape and the creepers who look all up and down.THANK YOU, HOTHEAD! I read you to soothe my cranky, nasty-turning heart after a sore semester of survivor support, ptsd flashbacks, and just a speck too much time alone amongst dudebros. There's a theme of people suggesting Hothead needs therapy throughout, and she always starts to give in (to the baths, the tea, the suggestions to see a counselor), but then somewhere in it she realizes duh! it is totally reasonable to react like a homicidal lesbian terrorist to something as nasty and dangerous as the patriarchy! Now that's therapy.What these delightful comics blessed me with was giving a picture to my rage that made it more real and powerful, but also softened it with comic absurdity. DiMassa kept Hothead human and her rage understandable through introspective talks with God, a cast of considerably more nuanced and patient friends, and cats.Too much hate on femme girls, not enough gender diversity, very white.

  • Lindsay
    2019-05-04 20:37

    I honestly tried to like this, but in the end, it was way too heterophobic for me.Straight women are portrayed as stupid, helpless, and constantly needing their husbands to come and rescue them from anything that might be remotely threatening. Straight men (scratch that, all men) are portrayed as lecherous, constantly-horny, rape-machines. Yeah, I've met heteros who are complete and total assholes, but I've also met gay people who are just as bitchy and self-righteous.There was one good illustration in this that sort of moved me, which is why I'm even giving it a star in the first place. It's an illustration of our heroine, Hothead Paison, feeling down and depressed and coughing up bricks. It's weird and surreal.Other than that, this book ain't worth shit.

  • Kirk
    2019-05-08 00:40

    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 saw this depicted in the comic I could relate.However, while the main character was charismatic, she took things too far sometimes. Some of the men she violently slaughters are victims of social construct. I can understand hating someone who treats others like shit, but killing someone because they're preoccupied by their genitals? Seems a bit excessive. On the bright side, a lot of the supporting characters were balanced. This comic would have been unbearable without them. It still stands out as a book (or giant fucking tome) I like to curl up with from time to time. It is a quick read with a refreshing perspective when read in small doses.

  • Jenny Gonzalez- Blitz
    2019-05-18 21:07

    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, in fact the title of the book itself, are pretty September 10th. There's lots of stuff about coping with mental illness (although Hothead doesn't have a specific diagnosis, there are allusions to other personalities, SSI/SSD, and one panel that may suggest cutting. Though it may also be trackmarks. It isn't clear.) and gender politic. These things are good.Which is not to say the book is not without shortcomings. Every man who graces the page is a knuckle dragger and every straight woman is a clueless, male-identified airhead. (Despite Hothead's love of Aretha Franklin who, as far as I know, is heterosexual.) There's some attempt to provide a counterbalance to Hothead's anger in the character of Roz, a blind New-Ager who tries to reason with Hothead and show her other ways to approach things, but frankly, I found her to often be sanctimonious, even when I was agreeing with her, and at times she even came across as a bit manipulative. The best counterpoints in the book were usually in the form of witty observations on the part of Chicken the cat.Diane DiMassa is doing fine art paintings these days. A lot of them a pretty cool.

  • J. Rogue
    2019-05-12 19:47

    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 InterviewBitch 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 because you drew [the ambiguously gendered Hothead character] Daphne, and how could you let this happen?" and on and on and on. Then it turned into the rumor: "I heard you're putting on a Hothead play that excludes Daphne!"So, you know, it's a widening fire. But, as Susan has explained to me, Michigan's official policy is that Michigan is a space for women-born women who have experienced what it's like to grow up female in our patriarchal society. And just by saying that, they recognize that there are different types of women.Now--should I say this on the record? It's just fucking typical that a man-born lesbian can't get the concept of not being allowed somewhere. "How dare you! I must be allowed in there."------Check this out instead--->

  • Sarah Stanfield
    2019-04-20 21:40

    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's violent. Yes, it's somewhat crass. But it's social satire, and since these days, we live in a world where much of the planet watches approvingly as a ultra-thin, impossibly "perfect" woman enacts the fairytale myth of marrying her prince on live television, where schoolgirls are getting kidnapped and threatened with forced marriage and where having babies is still treated like the highest expression of womanhood, I'd say it's still pretty damn relevant. Love you, Hothead! Thanks for reminding me I counted, too.

  • Quinn
    2019-05-04 00:54

    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 of dealing with issues such as sexual assault... I think it may have kept me from actually attacking people in the real world.

  • HeavyReader
    2019-04-29 22:51

    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!

  • Willa Grant
    2019-04-29 01:02

    Funny, sad & much of it true- reminds me of someone I used to know-

  • Shannon
    2019-04-22 21:42

    Possibly the best title ever. I require to read this.

  • Brittany M.
    2019-05-06 21:03

    Four stars if I place it within its historical context, three if I'm rating how engaged I was while reading.

  • Kel
    2019-05-07 20:58

    Featuring the coolest cat in fiction.

  • thomas
    2019-05-05 02:52


  • Alex
    2019-05-06 20:49

    I'm forever frustrated by not bring able to give half stars! 3 and a half is my true rating.This book is definitely violent. There were moments I felt a little squeamish - I'd go into this prepared for that.I had mixed feelings about this comic, but it definitely sparked a morbid fascination in me. Despite any issues I had - and there were a few - I couldn't help thinking this book felt important. It's an underground womyn's queer graphic narrative from the early 90s - in my books that's pretty badass, and honestly the whole thing felt pretty powerful from a literary standpoint.This comic repeatedly reiterates that Hothead was born in DiMassa's personal journals and is meant to be a metaphor for DiMassa's (and other womyn's) feminist frustrations: this is explained SO many times (almost to a distracting extent) that I'm not sure how anyone - even the most analytically-challenged - could miss it. There are multiple moments when DiMassa breaks the "fourth wall", to make points about her authorial intentions (which it kind of bothered me that she clearly felt pressured to do: it made the message almost too simplistic... but then I guess a lot of readers are not very smart... and it seems, by the letters from readers included and the remarks she makes about reader reactions, that her intentions were misunderstood often) and appears herself as a God-like figure illustrating Hothead and others. She also uses this device to create self-deprecating comedy, making remarks about how things have mysteriously vanished or appeared out of panels because she wanted/didn't want to draw them: the whole thing has a (not always excellently conveyed) surrealist element to it. I don't think I personally felt DiMassa was the most talented graphic novelist, from a story or drawing perspective. However, I was able to take that with a pinch of salt, and I respect the work that she created: the whole comic has a cool, indie feel to it.I think ultimately from what I've read of DiMassa writing about this, her attitude towards writing the comic is extremely punk, with an "I don't give a f***" message of expressing herself, being unfiltered and uncensored and not being afraid to say one single thing. Knowing this, I respect it, being as she is a feminist queer female writer, especially one writing in the early 90s.Honestly, I could go into a LOT of literary and gender-theological reasons about how this comic subverts gender roles, and the violence is deliberately disturbing to create a point about how often we (yes, even womyn) ignore similar violence when it is shown being done to womyn, but are angered and see the injustice when it's applied to males. It's undoubtedly a shocking (even disturbing) piece of literature, but there's also definitely a lot more to it than just "angry lesbian kills men" which it seems some people can't see beyond. However, with womyn's writing, specifically queer and feminist writing, it's tricky to be that simplistic.I don't know HOW well this translated with Hothead being the perpetrator of all the violence. It was sometimes confusing how much you should like or dislike her, as she's obviously crazed and violent af, albeit driven by a bizarre sense of social consciousness. Maybe this too is deliberate though? Hothead is frequently referred to as insane, frequently by herself. Some of the things which anger her are just her opinions: she despises men and has a seemingly complicated relationship with heterosexual womyn, at once wanting to stand up for their rights but at the same time infuriated by what she sees as them buying into male objectification. At the same time, a lot of the things which anger her are incredibly righteous: violence towards womyn and the objectification of womyn. She is shown to have some really existential moments, when she just wishes the world could be a nice place so she wouldn't have to be so angry. There is also one moment when she is so beaten down by her fury at the world that she self-consciously weeps uncontrollably in her friend's arms, all the time attempting to keep up her tough exterior, which I found really haunting.This book is dedicated "to all the women who are not afraid and to all the women who are". This dedication breaks my heart a little bit, and I don't think you can summarise DiMassa's authorial intention more simply and powerfully than that.If you're a big angry lesbian and/or feminist, with a strong stomach, I think it's a good addition to your life's bibliography. Definitely a good thing to read if you're writing about queer and/or feminist literature, specifically graphic novels or comics. Don't know if I'll be seeking out more editions though... I think I got the picture!

  • Maol Mhuire O'Duinnin
    2019-04-21 00:40

    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 anyone with an open mind, whatever their gender identity, can appreciate this book...but probably people most like Hothead can appreciate it most.

  • Bennie
    2019-05-02 02:45

    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!

  • Tracy
    2019-05-03 19:58

    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.

  • M
    2019-05-17 20:57

    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.

  • Alex
    2019-04-30 20:02

    Meh. I couldn't be bothered to finish it.

  • Freyja Vanadis
    2019-05-03 23:42

    If you like lots of yelling and screaming and violence and killing, this is the comic book for you.

  • yengyeng
    2019-05-16 02:07

    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.

  • Kathleen
    2019-05-14 19:40

    As part of an in depth, navel-gazey return to everything I liked in the 1990s, I reread this book.