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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 #231: One Less/Fewer Truck

Patch #231: One Less/Fewer Truck

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Gotta get the kids to school, groceries back from the store, and lumber to the job site? Look no more! Get your cycle …

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Patch #234: Health and Money

Patch #234: Health and Money

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You know, we all keep looking for more ways to improve our health and save money. But the most basic and obvious steps …

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Patch #235: Disability Rights: Power to the People

Patch #235: Disability Rights: Power to the People

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It was requested by you, our fans, and we listen. Just like those who take pride on their bike wheels or ped feet, …

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Patch #236: Library Gearz

Patch #236: Library Gearz

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Ever notice how social change happens? 1) People get educated... say, at the library2) A person gets thinking …

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Patch #237: Evolution Gal

Patch #237: Evolution Gal

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If you feel like bicycling makes your life better, the world better, and helps you be your best self, this patch is for …

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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 #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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Patch #242: Black Lives Matter

Patch #242: Black Lives Matter

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

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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 #244: Autistic Lives Matter

Patch #244: Autistic Lives Matter

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

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A People's Guide to Publishing Workbook

A People's Guide to Publishing Workbook

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

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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

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So, you want to publish books. Drawing on 24 years of experience operating an independent publishing company, …

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The Perfect Mix Tape Segue #2: Brutal Honest Tea

The Perfect Mix Tape Segue #2: Brutal Honest Tea

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Joe Biel explains four years of his life in "Brutal Honest Tea," about honest communication, the opportunity …

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The Perfect Mix Tape Segue #3: Getting a Vasectomy

The Perfect Mix Tape Segue #3: Getting a Vasectomy

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Joe Biel strives to find logic, purpose, and meaning in his existence once again. This issue is about friends having …

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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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The Perfect Mix Tape Segue #5: Sickness and Health

The Perfect Mix Tape Segue #5: Sickness and Health

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This new issue details over fifteen years of Joe Biel's improving and declining physical health as he battles …

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

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

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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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Pin #005: Get Off Your Ass

Pin #005: Get Off Your Ass

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Ride a bike. Cycling is good for everyone, including the environment. Remind yourself and others with this 1" …

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Pin #006: Shut Down the School of the Americas

Pin #006: Shut Down the School of the Americas

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

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Pin #018: Question Everything

Pin #018: Question Everything

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Ignorance is merely complacency. Take nothing at face value. Get curious! Everything should stand up to questioning, …

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Pin #020: Real Men Don't Use Violence

Pin #020: Real Men Don't Use Violence

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 Real men don't use violence. Remind your friends with this 1" round pinback button handmade in the …

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Pin #046: Pro Choice

Pin #046: Pro Choice

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

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Pin #051: Viva Zapatistas

Pin #051: Viva Zapatistas

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The Zapatistas are a group of indigenous Native Americans living in Chiapas, Mexico. They are constantly being …

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

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

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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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Pin #109: Punk Rock Changed My Life

Pin #109: Punk Rock Changed My Life

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Sincerely, Punk Nation. Prompt others to ask where the local punk shows are with this 1" round pinback button …

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Pin #117: Question Authority

Pin #117: Question Authority

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There's no doubt what the message is: Question authority! Remember that all power is arbitrary with …

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Pin #126: Resist Gossip

Pin #126: Resist Gossip

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Gossip dies when it hits a wise person's ears. Don't fall for it. Let others know you don't care for gossip …

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Pin #127: Chainring Heart

Pin #127: Chainring Heart

by Joe Biel Author, Aaron Renier Author and alex wrekk Author

The Microcosm chainring heart logo, in colorful goodness, on a 1" round pinback button. Bike love! Cycling …

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Pin #141: Orwell Was Right

Pin #141: Orwell Was Right

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Is it 1984 or am I going crazy from being watched by the government? Oh George, if only we had heeded your warning …

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Pin #145: Put The Fun Between Your Legs

Pin #145: Put The Fun Between Your Legs

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Do you love bicycling so much that you want to wear it on a 1" round pinback button? Let's celebrate fun and …

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