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Joe Biel is a self-made 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 Good Trouble: Building a Successful Life & Business on the SpectrumManspressions: 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 seriesThe Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy described Biel as "not trained in pedagogy."

$20 Superpack: Jeff's Faves!

by Super Pack! , Joe Biel, Bill Brown and Dan P. Moore

The crew here at Microcosm are putting together some of their favorite stuff for these super awesome Superpacks. Jeff's ...

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

by Joe Biel, Nickey Robo and Rev Phil Sano

Four years in the making, the third version of this mildly exciting talkie/video features newer, cleaner, re-mastered ...

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$20 Superpack: All About Zines—What, How, & Why!

by Super Pack! , Joe Biel, Bill Brent and Stephen Duncombe

Combining the "How" (Make a Zine: When Words and Graphics Collide), the "What" (Zine Yearbook #9), and the "Why" (Notes ...

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$20 Superpack: Baseball & Sports

by Super Pack! , Joe Biel, Matt Hern and Rob Morton

It's been all over the news for years: scandals, assaults, drugs, cheating, and worse. And these stories are ...

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$20 Superpack: Chronic Illness Support Group

by Super Pack! , Joe Biel, Heron Brae, Ben Holtzman and Sandor Ellix Katz

A collection of books and zines specially selected for people who are living with chronic illness and want a dose of ...

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$20 Superpack: DisMANtle the Patriarchy

by Super Pack! , Joe Biel and Elly Blue

The first step to dismantling the patriarchy is understanding how it works in our everyday lives. Manspressions is your ...

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$20 Superpack: Documentary Marathon

by Super Pack! , Joe Biel, Bill Brown, Ben Holtzman and Various

Five great documentaries on that sadly antiquated format, the Betamax tape. Just kidding—they're all on DVDs. We're ...

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$20 Superpack: Early Life Crisis Survival Pack

by Super Pack! , Joe Biel, John Gerken, Ben Holtzman, Shaun Slifer, Robert Earl Sutter III and Bec Young

We know that times can be tough. Crises don't always wait til you're 40. Graduating from high school or college, trying ...

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$20 Superpack: Get To Know Joe

by Super Pack! and Joe Biel

If your curious about wanting to know more things Joe, then this is the super pack for you! You'll learn how he makes ...

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$20 Superpack: Jeff's Emotional Rollercoaster Pack!

by Super Pack! , Joe Biel, Elly Blue, Jeff Hayes, Robert Earl Sutter III and Meggyn Pomerleau

Here are somemore of Jeff's Favorites. In this one he'd like to take you through the full spectrum of emotion. ...

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$20 Superpack: Jeff's Film Makin' Pack!

by Super Pack! , Joe Biel, Bill Brown, Jeff Hayes, Alice Isley and Rev Phil Sano

This is another one of Jeff's Favs Packs. Joe Biel is the genius behind the movie Aftermass. But did you know that Jeff ...

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$20 Superpack: Joe's Faves

by Super Pack! and Joe Biel

They say it's impossible to pick favorite children. But after stewing for a few hours on our long history of ...

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$20 Superpack: Live Your Dream!

by Super Pack! , Joe Biel, John Isaacson and Eleanor Whitney

Got an idea for a project but you're not sure how to make it work on a practical (and, let's face it, financial) level? ...

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$20 Superpack: Occupy History

by Joe Biel, justseeds.org, Mia Partlow & Michael Hoerger, Shaun Slifer, Abner Smith and Bec Young

A fabulous set about various heroic and duplicitous deeds! From Firebrands to all six in print volumes of the CIA Makes ...

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$20 Superpack: Punk Biopic

by Super Pack! , Dan Abbott, Joe Biel, Ben Holtzman, Corbett Redford, Keith Rosson and Ben Snakepit

Don't just learn about punks who inspire, BE them. We've got the injection you need right here to build your life and ...

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$25 Superpack: Drawn by Meggyn

by Super Pack! , Dawson Barrett, Joe Biel, Elly Blue, Meggyn Pomerleau, Eleanor Whitney and Helen Wildfell

For just over three years, Microcosm designer Meggyn Pomerleau has been creating wondrous art on, in, and around our ...

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$25 Superpack: Four Imperfect Shirts

by Randy Albright, Joe Biel, Matt Gauck, Amelia Greenhall, Adam Greenhall, Robert Earl Sutter III, Ian Lynam, Aaron Renier, Cristy Road and alex wrekk

Here's to the t-shirts all across the world that have had a rough life and are still deeply loved by their ...

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$25 Superpack: Made You Laugh

by Super Pack! , Dan Abbott, Joe Biel, Erick Lyle, Joshua Ploeg and Corbett Redford

A lot of our books are serious. It's a serious world! But a lot of them are pretty darn funny, too, and have brought us ...

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$25 Superpack: The Portland Pack

by Randy Albright, Alexander Barrett, Nate Beaty, Joe Biel and Shawn Granton

Here it is! Get yr Bicycles Allowed Full Lane patch, Zinester's Guide to Portland, This is Portland, and Aftermass with ...

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13 Years of Good Luck: The Microcosm Sampler

by Joe Biel

To celebrate our thirteenth anniversary, we put together this compilation of work from our authors and artists. ...

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20th Anniversary Microcosm Publishing Sweatshirt

by Joe Biel

After much deliberation, we decided to make some 20th anniversary sweatshirts. It's something that we've talked ...

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Aftermass t-shirt

by Joe Biel and Matt Gauck

Personally, I'm not a communist and don't believe that the public should continue to subsidize automobiles on the ...

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Aftermass: Bicycling in a Post-Critical Mass Portland

by Joe Biel, Jeff Hayes, Alice Isley and Rev Phil Sano

The world looks to Portland, Oregon as an example of how bicycle culture can blossom out of the ruinous freeways of ...

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Bamboozled: An Incarcerated Boxer Goes Undercover for John McCain's Boxing Bill

by Joe Biel

In this introspective exploration of former boxer Joey Torrey's life, his past, his murder conviction, and his more ...

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Beyond The Music: How Punks are Saving the World with DIY Ethics, Skills, & Values

by Joe Biel

Punk is notorious for its loud music, aggressive attitude, and safety-pinned style. Less well known is the radical ...

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big patch #058: Chainring Heart

by Joe Biel, Aaron Renier and alex wrekk

Since 2002 this has been Microcosm's logo! What a fabulous way to celebrate love AND bicycling?

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big patch #078: Put the Fun Between Your Legs

by Joe Biel

What's more fun than riding a bike? Perhaps riding two bikes on a date? Let us know!

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Bikenomics magnet

by Joe Biel and Elly Blue

Inspired by Elly Blue's fascinating book, this magnet gives you a chance to talk to everyone you meet about ...

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Bikenomics T-Shirt

by Joe Biel

Inspired by Elly Blue's fascinating book, this shirt gives you a chance to talk to everyone you meet about the ...

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Biking Fun Magnets

by Joe Biel

For that special person in your life, get them the gift that they can use to decorate a fridge or a filing cabinet with ...

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