cover of Hothead Paisan #8
|Created by||Diane DiMassa|
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 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.