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Bitchy Butch (World's Angriest Dyke) (Fantagraphics) Paperback – January 1, 1999


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  • Series: Fantagraphics
  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Fantagraphics Books; 1St Edition edition (January 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1560973498
  • ISBN-13: 978-1560973492
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 6.7 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,076,179 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Michael J. Mazza HALL OF FAME on September 13, 2002
Format: Paperback
"Bitchy Butch: World's Angriest Dyke," by Roberta Gregory, collects both long and short comic strip stories about the outrageous title character. The book contains pieces published between 1991 and 1998, as well as new material. It opens with a preface (done in comic strip format!) in which author Gregory appears as a comic strip character to directly address the reader; the cartoon Gregory is also confronted by Bitchy Butch herself!
BB is a really over-the-top character. She's a short-tempered, acid-tongued, middle-aged lesbian who directs her frequent angry tirades against many targets: men, straight women, bisexual women, "femmey" lesbians, drag queens, promiscuous gay men, the religious right, and more. But BB does occasionally show her softer side (usually with her two cats). Annoyed at the heterosexist, male-dominated world she's stuck in, she longs for the good old days of emergent 1970's lesbian culture.
In two outrageous stories, BB meets Bitchy Bitch, her heavily-lipsticked hetersexual counterpart; the venom flies when these strong-willed women cross paths! We also see her encounters with the religious right, and flashbacks to her formative high school and college days. Along the way are some surprises.
One of the book's best sections is its conclusion, "Bitchy Butch Has the Last Word," in which the character directly addresses the reader (and takes time to criticize "Ms. Gregory's biased viewpoint"). BB tries to give the reader a little insight into why she is the world's angriest lesbian.
Bitchy Butch is a full-bodied, in-your-face character. Although BB is in one sense a parodic stereotype, Gregory ultimately makes her more than that. The black and white drawings perfectly complement the frequently outrageous dialogue.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 19, 2003
Format: Paperback
This is an excellent book. Anyone who has ever been politically active in any organization will appreciate this send-up of ideologues. What's shocking is how this book deals with the lesbian community of the early nineties but is still too timely today.
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By Eve Aruguete on November 1, 2009
Format: Paperback
There's other legendary artists, but so far I haven't found any that make me laugh as hard as Roberta Gregory. One thing she could never be accused of is being an overly serious! Bitchy Butch is way over the top idealistic and angry. You'll crack up as she repeatedly butts her head up against the hetero dominated modern world as-we-know-it. Gregory especially has me in stitches when she Butch remembers the lesbian womyn communes of her glory days. An essential part of any queer woman's library, but also anyone else that likes to laugh.
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