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Joe Biel is a self-made autistic publisher and filmmaker who draws origins, inspiration, and methods from punk rock. Biel is the founder and CEO of Microcosm Publishing and co-founder of the Portland Zine Symposium. Biel 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. Biel 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. Biel 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." Biel lives in Portland, Ore. Find out more at joebiel.net

Patch #092: Resist Gossip

Patch #092: Resist Gossip

by Joe Biel Author

Okay. We know it is fun and a little addictive. But it also hurts feelings, people's confidence, and reputations. …

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Patch #055: One Less Car

Patch #055: One Less Car

by Joe Biel Author and Matte Resist Author

Celebrate bicycles! You're one less car on the road, doing your small part for planet Earth. So here's a patch …

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Patch #243: Legalize Blackness

Patch #243: Legalize Blackness

by Joe Biel Author and Elly Blue Author

For all that our media tries to make other countries scary, forty percent of Americans don't even need to have a …

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Patch #242: Black Lives Matter

Patch #242: Black Lives Matter

by Joe Biel Author

For all that our media tries to make other countries scary--"Dangerous Mexico!" "Scary Iran!" …

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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 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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Cat Party #2: Stories & Comics About Our Favorite Cats

Cat Party #2: Stories & Comics About Our Favorite Cats

by Joe Biel Contributor, Dame Darcy Contributor, Keet Geniza Contributor, Katie Haegele Editor, Mardou Contributor and River Katz Contributor

Five stories and comics by a variety of creators about beloved kitties, in the spirit of Katie Haegele's Cats …

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The Autism Relationships Workbook: How to Thrive in Friendships, Dating, and Love

The Autism Relationships Workbook: How to Thrive in Friendships, Dating, and Love

by Joe Biel Author and Faith G. Harper Author

Every autistic person is capable and worthy of having happy, healthy, fulfilling friendships and relationships. …

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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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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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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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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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Proud To Be Retarded #1: Autistic Pride in a Neurophobic World

Proud To Be Retarded #1: Autistic Pride in a Neurophobic World

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

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

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Chainring Heart

Chainring Heart

by Joe Biel Author and Aaron Renier Author

The image that started it all. The chainring heart is Microcosm's logo and still a fitting symbol of all we do. …

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Autism & The Re:Spectrum of Human Emotions/Perfect Mix Tape Segue #6: Autism & Intellectually Understanding Empathy

Autism & The Re:Spectrum of Human Emotions/Perfect Mix Tape Segue #6: Autism & Intellectually Understanding Empathy

by Joe Biel Author

Recommended for anyone who is or knows someone on the autism spectrum (or suspects they might!), this zine looks at the …

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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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The Autism Handbook: Understand Its Many Intricacies (formerly How to Human with Autism #1)

The Autism Handbook: Understand Its Many Intricacies (formerly How to Human with Autism #1)

by Joe Biel Author and Faith G. Harper Author

If you're an autistic adult, there probably hasn't been a whole lot of guidance or community out there for you …

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Sticker #360: Being Apolitical is a Privilege

Sticker #360: Being Apolitical is a Privilege

by Joe Biel Author

With great power comes great responsibility. Use your privilege wisely.

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The Autism Relationships Handbook: How to Thrive in Friendships, Dating, and Love

The Autism Relationships Handbook: How to Thrive in Friendships, Dating, and Love

by Joe Biel Author and Faith G. Harper Author

Ever since Joe came out as autistic, people have been sharing their stories and asking questions. The most …

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Patch #194: Punk Rock Saved My Life

Patch #194: Punk Rock Saved My Life

by Joe Biel Author

Punk rock saved my life, too. Tell the world with this canvas patch with rough-cut edges. Patches come in a variety of …

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Sticker #453: Be interested instead of trying to be interesting

Sticker #453: Be interested instead of trying to be interesting

by Joe Biel Author

Curiosity is the best superpower. It opens doors, creates conversations, and means you'll never, ever be bored …

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How to Be Accountable: Take Responsibility to Change Your Behavior, Boundaries, and Relationships

How to Be Accountable: Take Responsibility to Change Your Behavior, Boundaries, and Relationships

by Joe Biel Author and Faith G. Harper Author

Accountability means accepting responsibility for your actions and repairing any harm you have done. This …

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Proud to be Retarded #5: Relationships

Proud to be Retarded #5: Relationships

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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Do Not Pet: How Activists Brought Disability Rights to the U.S.

Do Not Pet: How Activists Brought Disability Rights to the U.S.

by Joe Biel Author and Gerta Oparaku Illustrator

Service dogs, wheelchair-accessible buildings, and protection against being fired due to a disability—these basic …

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Perfect Mix Tape Segue #4: Going On Tour

Perfect Mix Tape Segue #4: Going On Tour

by Joe Biel Author and Dave Roche Photographer

Three years after the fact Joe busts out a zine tour based zine about "Cocoon: The Road Trip" from 2004. A …

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Do Not Pet: A Service Dog's Graphic Tail

Do Not Pet: A Service Dog's Graphic Tail

by Joe Biel Author with Caroline Spark PhD

Throughout human history, dogs have performed service tasks for us. Some of the earliest documented cases occurred …

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Superpack: Protest Power Counter Display

Superpack: Protest Power Counter Display

by Super Pack! Author, Adonia E. Lugo, PhD Author, Dan Méndez Moore Author, Joe Biel Author, Michael Hoerger Author, 4 more

Fuel the revolution with these books and zines that empower readers to understand key social issues and act on them. …

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Change Your Life then the World - embroidered patch

Change Your Life then the World - embroidered patch

by Joe Biel Illustrator

Show your DIY pride with this 4-inch, black-and-white embroidered patch, featuring the Microcosm chainring heart …

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