Hot Comb

Jacket art of graphic novel Hot Comb

  • Contributors: Ebony Flowers.
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  • Summary: Hot Comb offers a poignant glimpse into black women's lives and coming of age stories as seen across a crowded, ammonia-scented hair salon while ladies gossip and bond over the burn. The titular story 'Hot Comb' is about a young girl's first perm--a doomed ploy to look cool and to stop seeming 'too white' in the all-black neighborhood her family has just moved to. In 'Virgin Hair', taunts of 'tender-headed' sting as much as the perm itself. It's a scenario that repeats fifteen years later as an adult when, tired of the maintenance, Flowers shaves her head only to be hurled new put-downs. Realizations about race, class, and the imperfections of identity swirl through Flowers' stories and ads, which are by turns sweet, insightful, and heartbreaking.
  • Awards/Recognition:
    • VLA Graphic Novel Diversity Award for Youth Honor, 2019
    • No additional awards known of as of 10/1/2020. Please contact this project's researchers if you are aware of an award not listed.


  • Number of Pages: 180
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  • Publication Year: 2019
  • Publisher: Drawn & Quarterly
  • ISBN: 9781770463486

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