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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

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 #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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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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Sticker #396: Driver taxes only pay for 1/2 of the road. Give the other 1/2 to bikes

Sticker #396: Driver taxes only pay for 1/2 of the road. Give the other 1/2 to bikes

by Joe Biel

We deserve an equal share of the road. Bikes are more likely to be hit on the road, very likely to be affected by road …

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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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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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$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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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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big patch #058: Chainring Heart

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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How to Make a Decision (horizontal) poster

How to Make a Decision (horizontal) 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, or …

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Sticker #313: Coexist

Sticker #313: Coexist

by Joe Biel

Why can't get we all just get along...on the roadway? A modern adaptation on this peacenik sentiment.

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Autism & The Re:Spectrum of Human Emotions/Perfect Mix Tape Segue #6: Autism & Intellectually Understanding Empathy

Autism & The Re:Spectrum of Human Emotions/Perfect Mix Tape Segue #6: Autism & Intellectually Understanding Empathy

by Joe Biel

Recommended for anyone who is or knows someone on the autism spectrum (or suspects they might!), this zine looks at the …

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$20 Superpack: Rebel Alliance

$20 Superpack: Rebel Alliance

by Dawson Barrett, Joe Biel, Elly Blue, John Gerlach, Faith G. Harper, PhD, LPC-S, ACS, ACN and 5 more

Want to join the Rebel Alliance? Congratulations, you're already on the team. These books will help get you primed for …

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Patch #235: Disability Rights: Power to the People

Patch #235: Disability Rights: Power to the People

by Joe Biel

It was requested by you, our fans, and we listen. Just like those who take pride on their bike wheels or ped feet, …

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$20 Superpack: Books Brought to you By the letter B

$20 Superpack: Books Brought to you By the letter B

by Nate Beaty, Joe Biel, Elly Blue, Al Burian, Keith Rosson, Sarah Royal and Super Pack!

Of all the letters in the alphabet, we probably have the most books that begin with a B! Get this bundle of B books: …

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Sticker #370: If you rented here you'd be homeless now

Sticker #370: If you rented here you'd be homeless now

by Joe Biel

Priced out of your own neighborhood by quadrupling-plus rents? At least you can leave this tag behind.

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One Fewer Truck Magnet

One Fewer Truck Magnet

by Joe Biel

Do you lack a truck, but own a bicycle? Would you like others to adopt a sans-truck lifestyle? Make your agenda clear …

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Live Free or Drive (train) Magnet

Live Free or Drive (train) Magnet

by Joe Biel

Ah, how I yearn for the days of the trolley taking us about. We could load up with bicycles and not worry about the …

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Live Free or Drive (words) Magnet

Live Free or Drive (words) Magnet

by Joe Biel

Let's skip right to the point: driving is a hellish task, what with the damage to the environment, the expense, and the …

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Chainring Heart

Chainring Heart

by Joe Biel, Aaron Renier and alex wrekk

The image that started it all. The chainring heart is Microcosm's logo and still a fitting symbol of all we do. …

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Put the Fun Between Your Legs t-shirt

Put the Fun Between Your Legs t-shirt

by Joe Biel

Do you love bicycling so much that you want to wear it on a t-shirt? Let's celebrate fun and raciness. Please? Women's …

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Evolution Racer

Evolution Racer

by Joe Biel

Where did the bicyclist come from? Only Darwin would know. And he'd probably ride up on his own bike. After all it …

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$25 Superpack: Taking Back Pink

$25 Superpack: Taking Back Pink

by Joe Biel, Elly Blue, Box Brown, Nicole Georges and Super Pack!

Our creative director (ahem, Joe) loves the color pink—the brighter the better, though he also has an affinity for …

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$20 Superpack: Pissed with a Purpose

$20 Superpack: Pissed with a Purpose

by Joe Biel, Erick Lyle, Joshua Ploeg, Super Pack! and Robert Wildwood

Are you young and enraged? Um, yep, we get that. You have every reason to be mad. But before you run off and join the …

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$20 Superpack: Anarchy in the USA

$20 Superpack: Anarchy in the USA

by Sascha Altman DuBrul, Joe Biel, Erick Lyle and Super Pack!

A collection of books and zines for anarchists and the anarcho-curious. First, a couple zines: Anarchists on …

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