Diane DiMassa is a feminist and comic artist from New Haven, Connecticut, who began drawing 'Hothead Paisan: Homicidal Lesbian Terrorist ' in 1991 as a form of anger therapy. Hothead Paisan is a character who uses guns, grenades, guillotines and anything else that can be used as a weapon to avenge wrongs against women, creating a popular underground comic for lesbians, feminists and recovering addicts. She has explored many themes, hosted expositions, done lectures, and even inspired a 'Homicidal Lesbian Terrorist booster bar' while living in San Francisco.
Initially published four times a year through Giant Ass Publishing between 1991 and 1996, the series was collected in the anthology 'The Complete Hothead Paisan' by Cleis Press. DiMassa has contributed to numerous comic and literary anthologies from the early 1990s to the present, including 'Live Through This'. She has additionally illustrated books by Kathy Acker, Kate Bornstein and Anne-Fausto Sterling. In 2006 she drew the graphic novel 'Jokes and the Unconscious' by poet and writer Daphne Gottllieb for Cleis Press.