Log in to get emails when Joe Biel has something new.

Artist image for Joe Biel

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

The CIA Makes Science Fiction Unexciting #6: The Life of Lee Harvey Oswald

The CIA Makes Science Fiction Unexciting #6: The Life of Lee Harvey Oswald

by Joe Biel Author with Abner Smith

An intimate, never-seen-before examination of the life and death of Lee Harvey Oswald. Where other would-be Oswald …

$5.95 3 comments

View Details Quick Shop
Pin #185: Tandem Riders

Pin #185: Tandem Riders

by Joe Biel Author

 Riding a bike in tandem is a metaphor for so many things, and the literal reality is pretty great too. Show your …

$1.50

Add to Cart
Pin #183: Live Free or Drive

Pin #183: Live Free or Drive

by Joe Biel Author

Let these historical cyclists riding the streetcar tell you how they feel! And then tell someone else with …

$1.50

Add to Cart
Pin #176: Ask me about freeway removal

Pin #176: Ask me about freeway removal

by Joe Biel Author

Freeways are handy for going long distances, but in cities they are too often used to destroy and divide some …

$1.50

Add to Cart
Pin #177: Save $8,000 and smile more

Pin #177: Save $8,000 and smile more

by Joe Biel Author

Cars cost the average driver $8000 a year. Your smile is worth a million. This handmade 1" round pinback button? …

$1.50

Add to Cart
Pin #173: Free Parking

Pin #173: Free Parking

by Joe Biel Author

Grab your U-lock and get out there! No need to parallel park on a bike, you're a forward-thinking cycler! Show it …

$1.50

Add to Cart
Patch #213: Save $8,000 and smile more

Patch #213: Save $8,000 and smile more

by Joe Biel Author

Aside from losing 4,000 or so pounds on your driveway and freeing up the burden of private property imposed on the …

$3.00

Add to Cart
Patch #199: There's A Special Place In Hell For Bike Thieves

Patch #199: There's A Special Place In Hell For Bike Thieves

by Joe Biel Author

Is it wrong to imply a sense of karma here?

$3.00

Add to Cart
If It Ain't Cheap, It Ain't Punk: D. un I. t Y.

If It Ain't Cheap, It Ain't Punk: D. un I. t Y.

by Eric Ayotte Author, Joe Biel Author and Jeremy Hogan Author

Over the last fifteen years, Plan-it X Records helped foster a huge cultural revolution, uniting geographically divided …

$14.99 8 comments

View Details Quick Shop
Pin #126: Resist Gossip

Pin #126: Resist Gossip

by Joe Biel Author

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

$1.50 3 comments

Add to Cart
The Perfect Mix Tape Segue #5: Sickness and Health

The Perfect Mix Tape Segue #5: Sickness and Health

by Joe Biel Author

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

$1.00 2 comments

Add to Cart
Patch #214: Ask Me About Freeway Removal

Patch #214: Ask Me About Freeway Removal

by Joe Biel Author

There have been murmurs that when Eisenhower, the designer of the interstate highway system, learned that freeways had …

$3.00

Add to Cart
The Zine Yearbook #9

The Zine Yearbook #9

by Joe Biel Editor, Steven Stothard Editor, Sparky Taylor Editor, Dillon V. Editor and Brittney Willis Editor

The Zine Yearbook #9 contains a representative collection of reprints from zines published in 2007 …

$12.00 9 comments

View Details Quick Shop
Sticker #262: Fuck The Corporate Fashion Designers

Sticker #262: Fuck The Corporate Fashion Designers

by Joe Biel Author

Why should an elite few corporate-backed designers decide what we wear, what looks good, what makes you hot or not? You …

$1.50

View Details Quick Shop
You Can Work Any Hundred Hours a Week (In Your Underwear)!!: The Story of Microcosm Publishing

You Can Work Any Hundred Hours a Week (In Your Underwear)!!: The Story of Microcosm Publishing

by Joe Biel Author

The history of the first ten years of Microcosm Publishing, told in graphic detail! For the first time ever, read about …

$3.95 5 comments

View Details Quick Shop
$100 & a T-Shirt: A Documentary About Zines in the Northwest

$100 & a T-Shirt: A Documentary About Zines in the Northwest

by Joe Biel Author, Nickey Robo Author and Rev Phil Sano Author

A cultural analysis of what causes zine makers to tick; what the hell zines are, why people make zines, the origin of …

$12.99 35 comments

View Details Quick Shop
Pin #141: Orwell Was Right

Pin #141: Orwell Was Right

by Joe Biel Author

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

$1.50 3 comments

Add to Cart
The Perfect Mix Tape Segue #2: Brutal Honest Tea

The Perfect Mix Tape Segue #2: Brutal Honest Tea

by Joe Biel Author

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

$0.75 6 comments

Add to Cart
The Perfect Mix Tape Segue #3: Getting a Vasectomy

The Perfect Mix Tape Segue #3: Getting a Vasectomy

by Joe Biel Author

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

$3.00 6 comments

View Details Quick Shop
Cantankerous Titles & Obscure Ephemera

Cantankerous Titles & Obscure Ephemera

by Joe Biel Author

"Joe Biel's collection of "talkies" perfectly embodies the D.I.Y. doc mantra of "just get out …

$12.99 $10.00 5 comments

View Details Quick Shop
Sticker #240: I don't need a war to power my bicycle

Sticker #240: I don't need a war to power my bicycle

by Joe Biel Author

Fuel isn't a good enough motivation for massacre. Go by bike!

$1.50 2 comments

View Details Quick Shop
Pin #149: Sweetheart Chainring

Pin #149: Sweetheart Chainring

by Joe Biel Author

A real, classic chainring set from approximately the 1950s. Love your bike means something real here 1" round …

$1.50

Add to Cart
Patch #131: Towards Car Free Cities

Patch #131: Towards Car Free Cities

by Joe Biel Author

Be proud of your Car Free lifestyle!

$3.00 1 comment

Add to Cart
Sticker #239: Car Free

Sticker #239: Car Free

by Joe Biel Author

Put a "Free Car" sign on your mechanical monster and grab a bike and this cool sticker! 

$1.50

Add to Cart
Sticker #236: Burn Carbohydrates, Not Hydrocarbons

Sticker #236: Burn Carbohydrates, Not Hydrocarbons

by Joe Biel Author

Who would have thought a weatherproof sticker would look so good in the rain? 

$1.50 2 comments

Add to Cart
Sticker #234: Support Your Local Co-ops

Sticker #234: Support Your Local Co-ops

by Joe Biel Author

Cooperative businesses have no hierarchy! Support your local worker-led efforts, be they co-op grocery stores, …

$1.50

View Details Quick Shop
The CIA Makes Science Fiction Unexciting #3

The CIA Makes Science Fiction Unexciting #3

by Gena Mason Author, Joe Biel Series Editor and Keith Rosson Illustrator

A look at the way the PATRIOT act and post 9/11 security measures infected our civil liberties and infringed upon basic …

$2.00 9 comments

Add to Cart
Patch #110: Throw Away Corvette

Patch #110: Throw Away Corvette

by Joe Biel Author

Put the automobile where it belongs: in the trashcan. Society can't afford to subsidize them. The lobbies are too …

$3.00 4 comments

Add to Cart