Firecracker Alternative Book Award Winners
The Firecracker Alternative Book Awards (FABs) were started in 1996 by book industry professionals to celebrate and publicize the best in alternative publishing.
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From Girls to Grrrlz : A History of Women's Comics from Teens to Zines by Trina Robbins
High Times Presents Paul Krassner's Pot Stories for the Soul compiled by Paul Krassner
Po Man's Child by Marci Blackman
|Graphic Novel 2000|
My New York Diary by Julie Doucet
The Story of Colors/La Historia de los Colores: A Bilingual Folktale from the Jungles of Chiapas by Subcomandante Marcos and translated by Anne Bar Din
Fucked Up + Photocopied: Instant Art of the Punk Rock Movement edited by Bryan Ray Turcotte and E Bryan R. Turcott
The Future of History by Howard Zinn and David Barsamian
The Outlaw Bible of American Poetry edited by Alan Kaufman and S.A. Griffin
No More Prisons by William Upski Wimsatt
I was a Teenage Dominatrix by Shawna Kenney
|Special Recognition/Wildcard Categories 2000 |
Books about Gap-Toothed Deceased Female Cartoonists with Smelly Dogs
Dori Stories by Dori Seda
Best Propaganda Video Guide
Mental Hygiene : Classroom Films 1945-1970 by Ken Smith
The Beauty of Fetish by Steve Diet Goedde
Steven Cerio's ABC Book: A Drug Primer by Steven Cerio
|Graphic Novel 1999|
Street Posters & Ballads by Eric Drooker
Facetasm: A Creepy Mix & Match Book of Gross Face Mutations by Charles Burns and Gary Panter
Lords of Chaos: The Bloody Rise of the Satanic Metal Underground by Didrik Sderlind
Cunt: A Declaration of Independence by Inga Muscio
|Outstanding Independent Press of the Year 1999|
Burning in Paradise by Michael Madsen
Dark Alliance: The CIA, the Contras, and the Crack Cocaine Explosion by Gary Webb
|Self Improvement 1999|
My Gender Workbook: How to Become a Real Man, a Real Woman, the Real You, or Something Else Entirely by Kate Bornstein
Maurice Vellekoop's ABC Book: A Homoerotic Primer by Maurice Vellekoop
|Special Recognition/Wildcard Categories 1999 |
Maybe Mr. Falwell Was Right
Teletubbies: Dancing with the Skirt edited by Andrew Davenport
Maybe the NEA Was Wrong
The Story of Colors/La Historia de los Colores: A Bilingual Folktale from the Jungles of Chiapas by Subcomandante Marcos, Anne Bar Din (Translator), Domitilia Dominguez (Illustrator)
The Fish Tank published by Teresa Cooper
and Lisa Zale
Devil Babe's Big Book of Fun, edited by Isabel Samaras--Winner!
The Art of the Fillmore by Gayle Lemke
Dirty Boulevard by Tony Fitzpatrick
The Joint Rolling Handbook, edited by Richard Kemplay
Marijuana Facts by Lynn Zimmer and John P. Morgan
Buzzed: The Straight Facts About the Most Used and Abused Drugs from Alcohol to
Ecstasy by Cynthia Kuhn, et al.
In Awe by Scott Heim--Winner!
The Drag Queen of Elfland by Lawrence Schimel
Henry Rollins: The First Five by Henry Rollins
|Graphic Novel 1998|
Minimum Wage: Book 2-- The Tales of Hoffman by Bob Fingerman--Winner!
Dear Julia by Brian Briggs
Ghost World by Dan Clowes
In Daddy's Arms I Am Tall: African Americans Celebrating Fathers, edited by Javaka Steptoe--Winner!
Open Me ... I'm a Dog! by Art Spiegelman
Changing the Game: the Inside Stories of Tennis Champions Alice Marble and Althea Gibson by Sue Davidson
Monk, edited by Laurent de Wilde--Winner!
All Ages: Reflections on Straight Edge by Beth Lahickey
Janis Joplin: a Performance Diary, edited by David Dalton and John Cooke
Ono Ono Girl's Hula by Carolyn Lei-Lanilau--Winner!
Che Guevara: A Revolutionary Life by John Lee Anderson
Not Wet Yet by Ian Shoales
|Outstanding Independent Press of the Year 1998|
Manic D Press
Queer Dog: Homo Pup Poetry, edited by Gerry Gomez Pearlberg --Winner!
Bite Hard by Justin Chin
Voodoo and Doll Shoes by John Gurney
The Zinn Reader by Howard Zinn --Winner!
20 Years of Censored News by Carl Jensen
Censored 1998: The News That Didn't Make the News--The Year's Top 25 Censored News Stories by Peter Phillips
The Ultimate Guide to Anal Sex for Women by Tristan Taormino--Winner!
PoMoSexuals: Challenging Assumptions About Gender and Sexuality, edited by Carol Queen and Lawrence Schimel
Sex, American Style: An Illustrated Romp Through the Golden Age of Heterosexuality by Jack Boulware
|Special Recognition/Wildcard Categories 1998 |
Best Distraction from the E. Coli Blues:
Red Meat by Max Cannon
I Always Knew Kirk & Spock Were Lovers!
NASA/Trek: Popular Science and Sex in America by Constance Penley
'If I Didn't Do This I'd Kill People!'
Original Sin: The Visionary Art of Joe Coleman by Joe Coleman
Nothing But the Girl, edited by Susie Bright and Jill Posener--Winner!
Body Alchemy by Loren Cameron
Dream Baby Dream by Stephanie Chernikowski
Everything I Know I Learned on Acid, edited by Coco Pekelis
The Sacred Mushroom Seeker, edited by Thomas J. Riedlinger
Why Marijuana Should Be Legal by Ed Rosenthal
Distorture by Rob Hardin--Winner!
The Sub by Jimmy Jazz
Trainspotting by Irvine Welsh
|Graphic Novel 1997|
Real Americans Admit: "The Worst Thing I've Ever Done!" by Ted Rall--Winner!
Fax From Sarajevo by Joe Kubert
Illuminated Poems by Allen Ginsberg and Eric Drooker
The Palm of My Heart: Poetry by African American Children edited by Davida Adedjouma--Winner!
Girl Goddess #9 by Francesca Lia Block
The World Out There: Becoming Part of the Lesbian and Gay Community by Michael Thomas Ford
I Need More by Iggy Pop--Winner!
Angry Women in Rock, edited by Andrea Juno
Please Kill Me by Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain
Transgender Warriors by Leslie Feinberg--Winner!
Surfer Grrrls by Laurel Gilbert and Crystal Kile
A User's Guide to the Millennium by J. G. Ballard
|Outstanding Independent Press of the Year 1997|
Home in Three Days. Don't Wash. by Linda Smukler--Winner!
Bite Hard by Justin Chin
Princess of Hollywood by Pleasant Gehman
Censored 1997: The News That Didn't Make the News: The Year's Top 25 Censored News Stories by Peter Phillips and Project Censored--Winner!
Corporations Are Gonna Get Your Mama, edited by Kevin Danaher
Death Blossoms by Mumia Abu-Jamal
The Guide to Getting It On! by the staff of Goofy Foot Press--Winner!
Once Upon a Time: Erotic Fairy Tales for Queer Women, edited by Michael Ford
Susie Bright's Sexual State of the Union by Susie Bright
|Special Recognition/Wildcard Categories 1997 |
This Ain't Yer Family's Photo Album:
Death Scenes by Katherine Dunn and Sean Tejaratchi
Recall Hoekstra Award for Special Merit in Literary Publishing:
Don't Cook With Your Mouth Full
Intercourses: An Aphrodisiac Cookbook by Martha Hopkins and Randall Lockridge
Bust, edited and published by Celina Hex and Betty Boob--Winner!
Pucker Up, edited and published by Tristan Taormino
Starphkr, edited and published by Shar Rednour
Pharmako/Poeia : Plant Powers, Poisons, and Herbcraft by Dale Pendell
A Void, by Georges Perec translated by Gilbert Adair
|Graphic Novel 1996|
The Narrative Corpse, edited by Art Spiegelman & R. Sikoryak
Get in the Van: On the Road with Black Flag by Henry Rollins
Censored: The News that Didn't Make the News--and Why by Carl Jensen and Project Censored
|Outstanding Independent Press of the Year 1996|
Serpent's Tail/High Risk Books
In Defense of Mumia, edited by S.E. Anderson & Tony Medina
Race for Justice: Mumia Abu-Jamal's Fight Against the Death Penalty, by Leonard Weinglass
Breathless: Erotica by Kitty Tsui
|Special Recognition/Wildcard Categories 1996 |
Rum, Sodomy, and the Lash
Pirate Utopias: Moorish Corsairs & European Renegadoes by Peter Lamborn Wilson
Marco Solo, by James Schwinn and Gail Harlow
Saving Graces: Images of Women in European Cemeteries by David Robinson
Ben is Dead by Darby Romeo