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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, Publishers Weekly's #1 fastest growing publisher of 2022. Biel has been featured in Time Magazine, NPR, Publishers Weekly, Art of Autism, Reading Glasses, PBS, 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. Biel lives in Portland, Ore. Find out more at joebiel.net

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 Dr. Faith G. Harper Author

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

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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 the…

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Sticker #052: Hate Driving in Traffic?

Sticker #052Hate Driving in Traffic?

by Joe Biel Author

People are always complaining about traffic, when they are literally sitting in their cars and being part of the traffic…

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Sticker #146: Who Would Jesus Bomb?

Sticker #146Who Would Jesus Bomb?

by Joe Biel Author

 WWJB doesn't quite roll of the tongue like WWJD. 

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Sticker #360: Being Apolitical is a Privilege

Sticker #360Being Apolitical is a Privilege

by Joe Biel Author

To have no political opinion simply means that you're comfortable with the status quo, and that the status quo…

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Sticker #270: No One Is Free When Others Are Oppressed

Sticker #270No One Is Free When Others Are Oppressed

by Joe Biel Author

In a society based on the oppression of people, nobody can ever be truly free. We are all trapped in a tricky web of…

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Sticker #470: Demisexual Pride

Sticker #470Demisexual Pride

by Joe Biel Author

Let the world know you are demisexual and proud with this sticker!(Sturdy vinyl sticker with black print on a white…

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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 Dr. 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 #088: Read Zines, Change the World

Patch #088Read Zines, Change the World

by Joe Biel Author

Even if you didn't grow up in the 90s, tapping your heart out on an old typewriter while cutting and pasting the…

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

Sticker #453Be 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 Dr. Faith G. Harper Author

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

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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 O. Egy 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

Woa calm down hot stuff! We get that you want to change the world, but why not try on changing your life first…

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$50 Superpack: Stuck at Home

$50 Superpack: Stuck at Home

by Super Pack! Author, Joe Biel Author, Dave Roche Author, Emily June Street Author, Ben Snakepit Author, Robert Wildwood Author and Bill Brown Author

For everyone stuck at home right now looking for new inputs, this bundle of books is especially put together to absorb…

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Revolution Between the Lines Typewriter

Revolution Between the Lines Typewriter

by Joe Biel Illustrator

What you write matters. What you read matters. Understanding the subtext and context of what you write and read matters…

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Pin #053: Why Do You Think They Call It Programming?

Pin #053Why Do You Think They Call It Programming?

by Joe Biel Author

The original design for this button pictured a boxy television. We figured we'd update it with a new twist for…

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Sticker #437: This Vehicle Runs on Biofuel

Sticker #437This Vehicle Runs on Biofuel

by Joe Biel Author

Sustainability at its finest!

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Your Neurodiverse Friend #4: Comorbidities

Your Neurodiverse Friend #4: Comorbidities

by Joe Biel Editor, Eliot Daughtry Author and Kriss De Jong Author

For neurodiverse folks, it's a rare thing to have only one diagnosis (or misdiagnosis) at a time—and…

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Sticker #431: One Less Truck

Sticker #431One Less Truck

by Joe Biel Author

Who needs a truck when you've got a cargo bike? All hail the pedal-powered hauling machine! (Sturdy vinyl…

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Pin #006: Shut Down the School of the Americas

Pin #006Shut Down the School of the Americas

by Joe Biel Author

The School of the Americas is a U.S. training facility where militant groups are trained by the US military…

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