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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

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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Sticker #406: Representation Means Safety

Sticker #406: Representation Means Safety

by Joe Biel Author

And the first rule should always be safety.

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Sticker #408: Purebread Princess

Sticker #408: Purebread Princess

by Joe Biel Author

You had me at "bread."

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Sticker #409: Defend Our Movements sticker

Sticker #409: Defend Our Movements sticker

by Joe Biel Author

Because bullies win if the good folks look the other way.

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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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People's Guide to Publishing: Building a Successful, Sustainable, Meaningful Book Business From the Ground Up

People's Guide to Publishing: Building a Successful, Sustainable, Meaningful Book Business From the Ground Up

by Joe Biel Author

So, you want to publish books.Drawing on 23 years of experience operating an independent publishing company, Joe Biel …

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Chainring Heart Feminist Fist enamel pin

Chainring Heart Feminist Fist enamel pin

by Joe Biel Author, Elly Blue Author and Cecilia Granata Author

Show your feminist bicycle power with this enamel pin based on Cecilia Granata's re-imagining of the Schwinn …

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big patch #101: Bicycles Allowed Full Lane

big patch #101: Bicycles Allowed Full Lane

by Randy Albright Author and Joe Biel Author

In Oregon and many places across the globe, a bicycle is allowed to occupy a whole lane of traffic (alone or with a …

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Bicycle Culture Rising #2: The Portland Police's Peculiar War Against Bicycling 1993-2007

Bicycle Culture Rising #2: The Portland Police's Peculiar War Against Bicycling 1993-2007

by Joe Biel Author

It's the revamped second edition of the Expozine Award Winning zine of police documents, now with commentary! Last …

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A People's Guide to Publishing Workbook

A People's Guide to Publishing Workbook

by Joe Biel Author

Plan out your publishing empire, from mission to budgets, with this workbook companion to Joe Biel's A People's …

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$50 Superpack: Get To Know Joe

$50 Superpack: Get To Know Joe

by Joe Biel Author and Super Pack! Author

Over the course of 23 years, Microcosm's founder Joe Biel has written eight books across a wide band of subject …

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Your Neurodiverse Friend #1: A User Guide To Treating People like People

Your Neurodiverse Friend #1: A User Guide To Treating People like People

by Temple Grandin, Ph.D Author, Joe Biel Author, Eliot Daughtry Author, Gee23 Author, Kate McNulty Author, 4 more

Neurodiversity occupies a similar place in the public consciousness as gay rights did in the 1970s: most people on the …

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Bicycle Culture Rising #1: Participatory & Grassroots Bicycle Movements

Bicycle Culture Rising #1: Participatory & Grassroots Bicycle Movements

by Joe Biel Author

A social history and tactics lesson about the participatory and grassroots bicycle movements and their impact and …

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Patch #244: Autistic Lives Matter

Patch #244: Autistic Lives Matter

by Joe Biel Author

From day-today difficulties in socializing, inflexible routines, and sensitivity to noises to the fact that a …

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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--"Dangerous Mexico!" "Scary Iran!" …

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Bikequity: Money, Class, & Bicycling

Bikequity: Money, Class, & Bicycling

by Elly Blue Editor, Joe Biel Contributor, Lauren Hage Contributor, Gretchin Lair Contributor, Adonia E. Lugo, PhD Contributor and Katura Reynolds Contributor

Bicycling has the radical potential of equalizing our transportation system, creating more equitable opportunities from …

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Sticker #036: Minimum Wage: The Latest Gateway Drug

Sticker #036: Minimum Wage: The Latest Gateway Drug

by Joe Biel Author

I miss when pot was the gateway drug.

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Patch #238: Feminist Chainring Fist

Patch #238: Feminist Chainring Fist

by Joe Biel Author, Elly Blue Author and Cecilia Granata Author

Sometimes it's hard to sum up the totality of who you are in a single symbol. Peace signs, anarchy symbols, …

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

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

by Joe Biel Author, Dame Darcy Author, Keet Geniza Author, Katie Haegele Author, Mardou Author and Trista Vercher Author

Issue 2 of Cat Party begins with an introduction from Katie and features five stories and comics by a variety of …

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Poster Comic / Catalog

Poster Comic / Catalog

by Joe Biel Author and Trista Vercher Author

Wouldn't it be cool if we could make a board game? We always thought so. Especially if we could use it to tell our …

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Sticker #395: Driving Isn't Vegan

Sticker #395: Driving Isn't Vegan

by Joe Biel Author

A bike sticker that tells it how it is. Support animals? Support the environment? Support getting healthy? Then you …

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Sticker #405: The Second Amendment Protects Racism

Sticker #405: The Second Amendment Protects Racism

by Joe Biel Author

Quick history lesson: Huey P. Newton, then a budding young attorney and co-founder of the Black Panthers, created the …

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Chainring Feminist Fist Heart Sweatshirt

Chainring Feminist Fist Heart Sweatshirt

by Joe Biel Illustrator, Cecilia Granata Translator and Meggyn Pomerleau Illustrator

It's getting even harder to find fair trade, American made sweatshirts and our color choices are shrinking BUT …

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Evolution Bicycle Fanny Pack

Evolution Bicycle Fanny Pack

by Black Star Bags Author and Joe Biel Author

The latest in our line of stylish things to put on your body while bicycling, these Evolution print fanny packs are a …

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$25 Superpack: The CIA Makes Science Fiction Unexciting

$25 Superpack: The CIA Makes Science Fiction Unexciting

by Joe Biel Author, Joseph E. Green Author, Gena Mason Author, Scotty Mylxine Author, Mia Partlow Author, 3 more

Get all the in-print entries in this long-running zine series about always weird, often scary, and sometimes hilarious …

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Doing It Better: Conflict Resolution and Accountability after Abuse in Leftist Communities

Doing It Better: Conflict Resolution and Accountability after Abuse in Leftist Communities

by Joe Biel Author

What is our role in holding people accountable in cases of abuse, sexual or otherwise? How do we investigate these …

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Patch #241: My Feminism Helps You Too

Patch #241: My Feminism Helps You Too

by Joe Biel Author and Elly Blue Author

So often we are told that feminism means that someone else is losing something. But intersectional feminism doesn't …

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How to Thrive / How to Starve

How to Thrive / How to Starve

by Joe Biel Author

Recently, an artist friend celebrated a modicum of success after five years of hard work. Many people cheered and …

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