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Joe Biel is a self-made autistic publisher and filmmaker who draws origins, inspiration, and methods from punk rock. He is the founder and CEO of Microcosm Publishing and co-founder of the Portland Zine Symposium. He has been featured in Time Magazine, Publisher’s Weekly, Art of Autism, Utne Reader, Oregonian, Broken Pencil, Punk Planet, Bulletproof Radio, Spectator (Japan), G33K (Korea), and Maximum Rocknroll. He is the author of People's Guide to Publishing: Building a Successful, Sustainable, Meaningful Book Business, Good Trouble: Building a Successful Life & Business on the Spectrum, Manspressions: Decoding Men's Behavior, Make a Zine, The CIA Makes Science Fiction Unexciting, Proud to be RetardedBicycle Culture Rising, and more. He is the director of five feature films and hundreds of short films, including Aftermass: Bicycling in a Post-Critical Mass Portland, $100 & A T-Shirt, and the Groundswell film series. The Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy described Biel as "not trained in pedagogy." He lives in Portland, Ore and his work can be found at joebiel.net

$20 Superpack: Owning Our Damage Warehouse Sale!

$20 Superpack: Owning Our Damage Warehouse Sale!

by Super Pack! Author, Tom Neely Author, Craven Rock Author, Taliah Lempert Author, Erik Spellmeyer Author, 7 more

10 books worth $122, yours for just $20... it doesn't get much better than that! Here's a snapshot of …

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$25 Superpack: Autistic Lives Matter

$25 Superpack: Autistic Lives Matter

by Super Pack! Author, Joe Biel Author, Faith G. Harper, PhD, LPC-S, ACS, ACN Author and Temple Grandin, Ph.D Author

There's a lot of writing about autism out there... and not nearly enough of it is written by and for autistic …

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Proud to be Retarded #4: Anxiety

Proud to be Retarded #4: Anxiety

by Joe Biel Author

The R-word has been used against us as hate speech for decades. Neurotypicals have tried to dictate our motives, …

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Autism Partner Handbook: How to Love Someone on the Spectrum

Autism Partner Handbook: How to Love Someone on the Spectrum

by Joe Biel Author and Faith G. Harper, PhD, LPC-S, ACS, ACN Author

So, your partner is autistic. Or you suspect they might be. And you're wondering, "What does this mean for my …

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Common Brain Traps

Common Brain Traps

by Joe Biel Author

Cognitive distortions are ways that our mind convinces us of something that isn't true. These irrational thoughts …

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What Should I Do Next?

What Should I Do Next?

by Joe Biel Author

Often wonder what you should do next? We've got your back. 

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Stagnating vs Effective Leadership

Stagnating vs Effective Leadership

by Joe Biel Author

Figure out which kind of leader you are (and then, if needed, become the one you want to be)!*Have your poster shipped …

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Scarcity vs Abundance Thinking

Scarcity vs Abundance Thinking

by Joe Biel Author

Put things into perspective and make sure you're on the right track. Life's too short not to be the best person …

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How to Recognize What You Need

How to Recognize What You Need

by Joe Biel Author

Having trouble figuring out what you need? Self-care is not a binary. Often—especially if you aren't …

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Autism Acceptance Enamel Pin

Autism Acceptance Enamel Pin

by Joe Biel Author

Show your autism pride with this multi-colored enamel pin. A rainbow infinity shape reads "Actually Autistic."

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Punk Damage: How The Punk Scene Gave Me Tools and Hope (Once It Stopped Screwing Me Up)

Punk Damage: How The Punk Scene Gave Me Tools and Hope (Once It Stopped Screwing Me Up)

by Joe Biel Author

In 2013, when John Roderick’s “Punk Rock is Bullshit: How a Toxic Social Movement Poisoned Our …

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Your Neurodiverse Friend #3: Masking

Your Neurodiverse Friend #3: Masking

by Joe Biel Editor, Eliot Daughtry Contributor, Niko Boskovic Contributor, Vanessa Blanchard Contributor and fly Illustrator

The third installment of this zine series about what it means to be neurodiverse, and what the neurodiverse …

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Autism Relationships Handbook: Friendships, Dating, & Long Term (formerly How to Human with Autism #2)

Autism Relationships Handbook: Friendships, Dating, & Long Term (formerly How to Human with Autism #2)

by Joe Biel Author and Faith G. Harper, PhD, LPC-S, ACS, ACN Author

Ever since he came out as autistic, people have been contacting Joe to share their stories and ask questions. The most …

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Patch #102: Fix Shit Up

Patch #102: Fix Shit Up

by Joe Biel Author

Are you tired of fucking shit up? Well, time to fix all that is broken to prove we are DIY punks.

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How to Ride Slow: Bicycling in the age of whatever topic is trending on social media this minute

How to Ride Slow: Bicycling in the age of whatever topic is trending on social media this minute

by Joe Biel Author

Bicycling has many obvious health benefits, but the least obvious one is the mindful act of bicycling. Rather than …

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Proud to be Retarded #3: Autistic People Interacting with Authority

Proud to be Retarded #3: Autistic People Interacting with Authority

by Temple Grandin, Ph.D Author, Joe Biel Author, Vanessa Blanchard Author, Kriss De Jong Author, Ricki Bransen Illustrator and Eliot Daughtry Editor

The R-word has been used against us as hate speech for decades. Neurotypicals have tried to dictate our motives, …

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Bicycle Culture Rising #4: How Kittie Knox Democratized Bicycling

Bicycle Culture Rising #4: How Kittie Knox Democratized Bicycling

by Joe Biel Author

In the 1890s, bicycling was a cultural activity for the wealthy elite, with a bicycle costing about twenty weeks of a …

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How to Be Accountable Workbook: Take Responsibility to Change Your Behavior

How to Be Accountable Workbook: Take Responsibility to Change Your Behavior

by Joe Biel Author and Faith G. Harper, PhD, LPC-S, ACS, ACN Author

Accountability is an obligation or willingness to accept responsibility for and to repair the harm caused by …

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Pin #046: Pro Choice

Pin #046: Pro Choice

by Joe Biel Author

Because abortions should be safe, legal, available, and shame-free.

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(We've All Got) Baggage: Envisioning an Ideal Community and Engaging it with our own Problems and Hangups.

(We've All Got) Baggage: Envisioning an Ideal Community and Engaging it with our own Problems and Hangups.

by Dawson Barrett Author, Joe Biel Author, Joseph E. Green Author, Lauren Hage Author, Faith G. Harper, PhD, LPC-S, ACS, ACN Author, 6 more

If Microcosm was a person, they'd be in their early twenties, chock full of the messy connotations that this …

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How to Boycott: Make Your Voice Heard, Understand History, & Change the World

How to Boycott: Make Your Voice Heard, Understand History, & Change the World

by Joe Biel Author

From Chick-Fil-A to the Boston Tea Party, Nike to Women's Suffrage in the U.S., United Farm Workers to the …

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Your Neurodiverse Friend #2: Being Taken Advantage Of

Your Neurodiverse Friend #2: Being Taken Advantage Of

by Joe Biel Editor, Temple Grandin, Ph.D Contributor, Eliot Daughtry Contributor, Kriss De Jong Contributor, Partly Robot Contributor, Laura Stanfill Contributor and Emily Velasquez Contributor

The first time that I met my favorite autistic mentee, she walked right up to me, declaring “You don’t look …

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Gin Blossoms: Suicide, Corporatism, Addiction, Creativity, and the Lessons of Doug Hopkins

Gin Blossoms: Suicide, Corporatism, Addiction, Creativity, and the Lessons of Doug Hopkins

by Joe Biel Author

"Hey Jealousy," "Found Out About You"... most of the hits from the Gin Blossoms' 1992 breakout …

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Sticker #410: Choosing Comfort Over Difficult Conversation

Sticker #410: Choosing Comfort Over Difficult Conversation

by Joe Biel Author

Just because you don't wanna talk about it doesn't mean you shouldn't.

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Punks Around #3: The Minot, North Dakota Punk Scene 1989-2000

Punks Around #3: The Minot, North Dakota Punk Scene 1989-2000

by Joe Biel Author and Alexander Herbert Series Editor

In 1999 our show in MInot, North Dakota was canceled but the locals said that we could still come hang out. I gave them …

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Perfect Mix Tape Segue #7: Still Alive in Tree House

Perfect Mix Tape Segue #7: Still Alive in Tree House

by Joe Biel Author

During a period of transition, our protagonist takes refuge by living in a literal treehouse. For the first time in his …

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The CIA Makes Science Fiction Unexciting #10: What Happened to the Black Panther Party?

The CIA Makes Science Fiction Unexciting #10: What Happened to the Black Panther Party?

by Joe Biel Author and Joseph E. Green Author

You may have heard of the Black Panther Party, but what do we really know? Here's introduction to …

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Proud to be Retarded #2: The Survivors Issue

Proud to be Retarded #2: The Survivors Issue

by Joe Biel Editor, Temple Grandin, Ph.D Contributor, Eliot Daughtry Contributor, Aaron Poliwoda Contributor and Partly Robot Contributor

The life expectancy of autistic people is 36 years old. The most likely cause of this is suicide. Autistic people are …

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