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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/manager 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

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

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 and Alexander Herbert

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

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Your Neurodiverse Friend #2: Being Taken Advantage Of

Your Neurodiverse Friend #2: Being Taken Advantage Of

by Temple Grandin, Ph.D , Joe Biel, Eliot Daughtry, Kriss De Jong, Partly Robot, Laura Stanfill and Emily Velasquez

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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Gin Blossoms: Suicide, Corporatism, Addiction, Creativity, and the Lessons of Doug Hopkins

Gin Blossoms: Suicide, Corporatism, Addiction, Creativity, and the Lessons of Doug Hopkins

by Joe Biel

"Hey Jealousy," "Found Out About You"... most of the hits from the Gin Blossoms' 1992 breakout …

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Sticker #411: Believe Women

Sticker #411: Believe Women

by Joe Biel

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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Sticker #410: Choosing Comfort Over Difficult Conversation

Sticker #410: Choosing Comfort Over Difficult Conversation

by Joe Biel

Just because you don't wanna talk about it doesn't mean you shouldn't.

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How to Human with Autism & Understand Its Many Intricacies

How to Human with Autism & Understand Its Many Intricacies

by Joe Biel, Faith G. Harper, PhD, LPC-S, ACS and ACN

If you're an autistic adult, there probably hasn't been a whole lot of guidance or community out there for you …

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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 and Alexander Herbert

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

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

by Joe Biel

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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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 and Joseph E. Green

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 Temple Grandin, Ph.D , Joe Biel, Eliot Daughtry, Aaron Poliwoda and Partly Robot

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

And the first rule should always be safety.

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Sticker #409: Defend Our Movements sticker

Sticker #409: Defend Our Movements sticker

by Joe Biel

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 Temple Grandin, Ph.D , Joe Biel, Ricki Bransen, Eliot Daughtry, Aaron Poliwoda, Tammy Porter and Partly Robot

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

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, Elly Blue and Cecilia Granata

Show your feminist bicycle power with this enamel pin based on Cecilia Granata's re-imagining of our logo.

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big patch #101: Bicycles Allowed Full Lane

big patch #101: Bicycles Allowed Full Lane

by Randy Albright and Joe Biel

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

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

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People's Guide to Publishing Workbook

People's Guide to Publishing Workbook

by Joe Biel

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 and Super Pack!

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

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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 , Joe Biel, Eliot Daughtry, Gee23, Kate McNulty and 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

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

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 and Elly Blue

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 Joe Biel, Elly Blue, Lauren Hage, Gretchin Lair, Adonia Lugo PhD and Katura Reynolds

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

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Patch #238: Feminist Chainring Fist

Patch #238: Feminist Chainring Fist

by Joe Biel, Elly Blue and Cecilia Granata

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

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

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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, Dame Darcy, Keet Geniza, Katie Haegele, Mardou and Trista Vercher

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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