Hot Comb

Hot Comb

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. 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. Realizations about race, class, and the imperfecti Hot Comb offers a poignant glimpse into black women?s lives and coming of age stories as seen across a crow...

DownloadRead Online
Title:Hot Comb
Author:Ebony Flowers
Genres:Sequential Art
ISBN:Hot Comb
Edition Language
  • Hot Comb
Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Average rating 3.77
Edition Language:English

Hot Comb Reviews

  • Mary Lee
    Jul 26, 2019
    Definitely a "window" book for me. ...
  • Beth
    Jul 19, 2019
    First off, I'm a small-town-raised white woman who knows almost nothing about black hair--or that was true until I read this graphic novel. Now I know more, though the lived experience is naturally beyond me. I did find some things in common with my own childhood and adulthood--a girl ...
    Jul 25, 2019
    This graphic novel will be easily relatable to many Black women Of A Certain Age. The tales range from first relaxer to the family addict stealing for a fix to school bullies. It made me laugh out loud A LOT! If you still have visceral memories of scalp or ear burning, the smell ...
  • Hannah Garden
    Aug 05, 2019
    I want Jillian to read this because I want to be able to talk to someone about it specifically in terms of the art specifically in context of having recently read Mira Jacob's Good Talk, but in the meantime my own thoughts are just basically I am glad this book exists, I think it's go...
  • Mark Robison
    Aug 11, 2019
    Graphic novel with each chapter a different story about some incident that happened involving Ebony Flowers' hair. The book's a love letter to black women and their friendships, and she really captures the fun and silliness and peer pressure and awkwardness of being young. There's some...
  • Meredith Ritchie
    Oct 03, 2019
    I would actually probably give this book 3.5 stars so a bit of a bump is due. This is a graphic novel, short-story collection by Ebony Flowers. Because it was very quick stories, it was hard to get engaged in the characters but it seems to take nice, quick dives into African-American c...
  • Alicia
    May 19, 2019
    It is equal parts biographical and every experience as Flowers describes African American hair in different contexts and experiences, however as with the graphic novel Yo, Miss: A Graphic Look At High School, the illustration style was distracting and unfocused. In scenes where there w...
  • Amy!
    Sep 17, 2019
    I don't particularly love this art style, but I did really enjoy these short stories and parody ads for black hair products. It was a really interesting, informative look at the way life happens around these women getting their hair done. ...
  • Cathy
    Aug 13, 2019
    A collection of culturally specific vignettes related to hair. While reading, I thought of many friends who have expressed the fear of "white people" wanting to touch their hair. I also thought of how this book could replace other books used in classrooms as exemplars for writing na...
  • Elizabeth A
    Jul 07, 2019
    Hair is a thing. Especially women's hair. Across all cultures. Women of color have extra special baggage when it comes to our hair. If you don't believe me, just look up how much money this industry generates. It boggles the mind. World hunger could be fixed with that kind of money. Ho...
  • Blue
    Sep 02, 2019
    A collection of graphic shorts that explore race, family, addiction, mental health, self-harm, poverty and consumerism with visceral drawings. Ebony Flowers' art is effective in conducting the chaotic, loud, unpleasant moments of life, the overflow of emotions, as well as the quiet and...
  • Shoshanna
    Aug 24, 2019
    Really liked this! Many small vignettes, surrounding black womanhood. Mothers and daughters, aunts and nieces, sisters, friends. Also a good amount about black hair. Just a really cool collection! Definitely worth reading, especially if you aren't reading enough comics by black women (...
  • Cyndi
    Sep 13, 2019
    Comic books, whether traditional 22 page issues, or full books, require a creative team to pull together: Writing (story) Scripting (putting the story into comic book form for the artist to work from) Pencils (the basic art) Inks (finished B&W art) Coloring Lettering Som...
  • Richard
    Aug 20, 2019
    Ebony Flowers was clearly influenced by the great Lynda Barry, but she doesn't share the zany anarchy that make Barry's best stories so memorable and fun. Flowers does have a sincere, direct style but the art and lettering regularly tip from casual into sloppy. I love the color cove...
  • Amanda
    Jul 21, 2019
    I?m a little underwhelmed with this collection overall. There are a few stellar comics but they?re buried in with tangents and the panels themselves are hard to read. ...
  • Olivia
    Sep 21, 2019
    After serving as an editor for a graphic novel review publication, Drawn & Quarterly now has me on a "librarian" list and sent me a complimentary copy of this with no expectations of any formal review. I would've sought it out to read anyway, but this was a nice gesture. Even more ...
  • Melissa
    May 25, 2019
    Flowers debuts with a poignant look at the Black experience in the United States with the common theme of hair and hair care running through each short story. The illustrated chapters focus on varying characters of different ages and at different points in their own coming-of-age story...
  • Melissa
    Jun 21, 2019
    We humans cut our hair to mourn, cover it to be observant, shave it off to be more pious or keep it long as it is a gift from God. We judge others whose children have unkempt locks, and we dress our own to conform or rebel, because hair has meaning in culture. To brush hair bind...
  • Tabrizia Jones
    Mar 15, 2019
    It was nice to reminiscent of the times of when I got my first perm and the stigma that followed it. However, some of the stories were a little jumbled and maybe the scribble illustration, although unique, really hinder that experience. ...
  • Lily
    Oct 13, 2019
    A realistic coming of age story about navigating racial identity using an exploration of hair. The treatment of our narrator is very tender and endearing as she suffers the pains of teasing and not fitting it and the physical pain of hair styling. There are lots of gleaming moments of ...
  • Lisa
    Jul 15, 2019
    Beautiful artwork and storytelling. There is a table of contents at the beginning but I wish the book had been more explicitly presented as a collection of short stories - I would have been happy to have the first story expanded to book-length. ...
  • Harry Brake
    Jun 28, 2019
    In deciding which book to include and accept as part of the Junior Library Guild, being a subscriber for new graphic novels, being on the lookout for appropriate, personal novels, perceived ideas can be deceiving. Diving into Ebony Flower's novel, various vignettes help share relati...
  • Beverlee
    Jun 19, 2019
    Hot Comb evokes memories of girlhood spent sitting still while my mother pressed my hair. That was my first test of patience and I passed most of the time (no singed earlobes lol). Another memory is the insecurity of early teenage years-wanting to fit in with an accepted hairstyle, yet...
  • Charlene Nelson
    Sep 21, 2019
    I found this collection of stories centering around hair styles and the life of the young girls in coming to terms with the uniqueness of black hair and styles quite enlightning. As a woman of color, but with the many combinations of hair type we have to learn to appreciate what we hav...
  • Rod Brown
    Jul 28, 2019
    A captivating glimpse of African American women and their hair as well as their relationships with their mothers, sisters and friends. This book is a great companion piece to Americanah, though better than that book for being concise and focused. The art has a rough and unrefined quali...
  • Sean M Puckett
    Oct 15, 2019
    As a balding white dude reading stories largely focused on the social aspects around the care and upkeep of black women's hair, I'm not sure my opinion has much value to others BUT I did learn a lot, especially just how much effort goes into the upkeep of type 4 hair, especially when t...
  • Britt Buckenroth
    Jun 22, 2019
    I felt like this graphic novel gave you a very true glimpse into cultural norms many just don't get to experience unless you are a part of that world. Simple things, such as a first perm or getting your hair braided by a cousin or friend...told with details, both written and drawn, tha...
  • Nadina
    Sep 01, 2019
    There are a couple of reasons that I felt the need to give this am average rating. First of all, I don't think I was necessarily the right audience for this book. Though it was able to make me slightly understand the difficulty faced for black people, I don't think I could ever relat...
  • Helen Pugsley
    Aug 18, 2019
    It was a neat book to be sure! I'm really glad Flowers wrote it. I want to read more books about characters whose life experiences I'll never have. Hot Comb just felt really disjointed. I found myself looking back to make sure I didn't skip a page. I couldn't tell if this work was biog...
  • Eboné  Bracy Andrews
    Sep 06, 2019
    I LOVED this graphic novel! I expected it to be good but not this good. I'm sure I have a different reading style than others which will obviously impact the rating. But I really did enjoy it. I hate to say this but I don't think alot of people will get the experiences that were ...