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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

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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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 Made Bicycling for Everyone

Bicycle Culture Rising #4: How Kittie Knox Made Bicycling for Everyone

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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Pin #046: Pro Choice

Pin #046: Pro Choice

by Joe Biel Author

Because abortions should be safe, legal, available, and shame-free. Smash the stigma with this 1" round …

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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 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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Punks Around #4: The Minot, North Dakota Punk Scene 2001-2018

Punks Around #4: The Minot, North Dakota Punk Scene 2001-2018

by Joe Biel Author and Alexander Herbert Series Editor

Minot may only be the fourth largest city in North Dakota, but it's a key player in the punk …

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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 24 years of experience operating an independent publishing company, …

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Sticker #411: Believe Women

Sticker #411: Believe Women

by Joe Biel Author

I mean, it's a step towards avoiding the nomination of more sexual abusers on the Supreme Court (or any other place …

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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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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 #409: Defend Our Movements

by Joe Biel Author

Because bullies win when we look the other way.

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Chainring Heart Feminist Fist

Chainring Heart Feminist Fist

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

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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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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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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Xerography Debt #43

Xerography Debt #43

by Davida Breier Series Editor, Joe Biel Contributor, Gavin Grant Contributor, AJ Michel Contributor, Anne Thalheimer Contributor and Liz Mason Contributor

With so many zines out there, it can be hard to know which one to read, let alone discover new ones. Xerography #43 has …

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Poster Comic / Catalog

Poster Comic / Catalog

by Joe Biel Author and Gerta Oparaku Illustrator

Every year lately we've been making a new catalog in the format of a poster! On the front, there's a comic (or …

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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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