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Joe Biel is a self-made #ActuallyAutistic 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 tours with his films on the Dinner and Bikes program and has been featured in Time Magazine, Publisher’s Weekly, Utne Reader, Portland Mercury, Oregonian, Broken Pencil, Readymade, Punk Planet, Profane Existence, 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, Beyond the Music, Bamboozled, Bipedal, By Pedal, and more. He is the director of the documentaries Aftermass: Bicycling in a Post-Critical Mass Portland, If It Ain't Cheap, It Ain't Punk, Of Dice & Men, $100 & A T-Shirt, and the Groundswell film series. The Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy described Biel as "not trained in pedagogy." His work can be found at joebiel.net

Bicycle Culture Rising #1: Participatory & Grassroots Bicycle Movements

Bicycle Culture Rising #1: Participatory & Grassroots Bicycle Movements

by Joe Biel

Expozine Best English Zine Award Nominee 2008! A social history and tactics lesson about the participatory and …

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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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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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Doing It Better: Conflict Resolution after Abuse in Leftist Communities

Doing It Better: Conflict Resolution after Abuse in Leftist Communities

by Joe Biel

What is our role in holding people accountable in cases of abuse, sexual or otherwise? How do we investigate these …

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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

Rejoice cat lovers, Katie Haegele, author of Cat's I've Known has once again blessed us with more cats to fall in love …

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21 Years of Good Trouble: The Microcosm Publishing Sampler

21 Years of Good Trouble: The Microcosm Publishing Sampler

by Julia Alekseyeva, Lee Baillie, Alexander Barrett, Nate Beaty, Joe Biel and 33 more

To celebrate our twenty first anniversary, we put together this compilation of work from our authors and artists, …

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Sticker #092: A Profile for Mass Shootings? How About White Suburban Male.

Sticker #092: A Profile for Mass Shootings? How About White Suburban Male.

by Joe Biel

There's so much political resistance and debate around guns. While gun violence has been on tremendous decline for over …

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Pests Unite Tote Bag

Pests Unite Tote Bag

by Joe Biel, Cecilia Granata and Aaron Renier

In our latest effort to flirt with you, we've designed these tote bags. They are lovingly made by the woman-owned …

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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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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!" "Deadly Columbia!"--forty …

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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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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, rainbows, …

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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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Board Game / catalog

Board Game / catalog

by Joe Biel and Trista Vercher

Wouldn't it be cool if we could make a board game? We always thought so. Especially if we could use it to tell our …

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Sticker #395: Driving Isn't Vegan

Sticker #395: Driving Isn't Vegan

by Joe Biel

A bike sticker that tells it how it is.

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Chainring Feminist Fist Heart Sweatshirt

Chainring Feminist Fist Heart Sweatshirt

by Joe Biel, Cecilia Granata and Meggyn Pomerleau

It's getting even harder to find fair trade, American made sweatshirts and our color choices are shrinking BUT given …

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Evolution Bicycle Fanny Pack

Evolution Bicycle Fanny Pack

by Black Star Bags and Joe Biel

The latest in our line of stylish things to put on your body while bicycling, these Evolution print fanny packs are a …

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$25 Superpack: The CIA Makes Science Fiction Unexciting

$25 Superpack: The CIA Makes Science Fiction Unexciting

by Joe Biel, Joseph E. Green, Gena Mason, Mia Partlow & Michael Hoerger, Scotty Mylxine and 3 more

Get all the in-print entries in this long-running zine series about always weird, often scary, and sometimes hilarious …

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Patch #241: My Feminism Helps You Too

Patch #241: My Feminism Helps You Too

by Joe Biel and Elly Blue

So often we are told that feminism means that someone else is losing something. But intersectional feminism doesn't …

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How to Thrive / How to Starve poster

How to Thrive / How to Starve poster

by Joe Biel

Recently, an artist friend celebrated a modicum of success after five years of hard work. Many people cheered and …

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Sticker #394: Kale 'Em All

Sticker #394: Kale 'Em All

by Joe Biel

Sometimes there's nothing left to do but kale 'em. Note: this is not something we advise. Kale is best eaten, not …

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$99 Superpack: 2017 Year o' Cosm

$99 Superpack: 2017 Year o' Cosm

by Julia Alekseyeva, J. Hunter Bennett, Joe Biel, Raleigh Briggs, Cindy Crabb and 10 more

Were you busy during 2017 and didn't get as much chances as you wanted to look at books? Well, we were busy too! And …

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$20 Superpack: Unemployment Care Package

$20 Superpack: Unemployment Care Package

by Joe Biel, Aaron Lake Smith, Super Pack! and Eleanor Whitney

Unemployed? Quit? Laid off? Downsized? Fired? Buyout? Golden handshake? Graduated? Jobless? Whatever the situation, …

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$20 Superpack of Government Misdeeds

$20 Superpack of Government Misdeeds

by Joe Biel, Andrew Lynn, Mia Partlow & Michael Hoerger, Nate Powell, Elizabeth Press and 4 more

Worn out by the misdeeds spinning around the 24 hour news cycle? Turn off the computer, pick up a book, and read up on …

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Patch #197: Put The Fun Between Your Legs (long)

Patch #197: Put The Fun Between Your Legs (long)

by Joe Biel

Seriously, we're talking about bicycling. Get your mind out of the gutter.

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Patch #058: Chainring Heart

Patch #058: Chainring Heart

by Joe Biel, Aaron Renier and alex wrekk

A canvas patch bearing the ever-popular Microcosm logo! Our bicycle chainring heart speaks the truth. Originally …

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How to Make a Decision (vertical) poster

How to Make a Decision (vertical) poster

by Joe Biel

 Life is full of major decisions and often we get lost and mired in the slog of figuring out what's best for us, …

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Make a Zine!: Start Your Own Underground Publishing Revolution

Make a Zine!: Start Your Own Underground Publishing Revolution

by Joe Biel and Bill Brent

Do you have a passion that you want to obsess about in a love letter to the world? In this new edition of Microcosm’s …

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