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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

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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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 …

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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

Maybe you know about the Black Panthers. Maybe you enjoyed the Summer blockbuster with the same title. Either way, this …

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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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CIA Makes Science Fiction Unexciting #9: Introduction to the Jonestown Massacre Conspiracies 1978

CIA Makes Science Fiction Unexciting #9: Introduction to the Jonestown Massacre Conspiracies 1978

by Joe Biel, Joseph E. Green and Abner Smith

If the title isn't clear enough for you, this little zine is for all those folks out there with a hankering for cults …

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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 time …

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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

Expozine Best English Zine Award Nominee 2008! A social history and tactics lesson about the participatory 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!" "Deadly Columbia!"--forty …

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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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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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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. Support animals? Support the environment? Support getting healthy? Then you …

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Sticker #405: The Second Amendment Protects Racism

Sticker #405: The Second Amendment Protects Racism

by Joe Biel

Quick history lesson: Huey P. Newton, then a budding young attorney and co-founder of the Black Panthers, created the …

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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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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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