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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." His work can be found at joebiel.net

Asperger's & The Re:Spectrum of Human Emotions/Perfect Mix Tape Segue #6: Asperger's & 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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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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Bike Shop Box

by Emilie Bahr, Joe Biel, Elly Blue, Ethan Clark, Shelley Lynn Jackson and Emily June Street

Perfect for the counter at your bike shoppe, we have here: one copy each of Our Bodies, Our Bikes, Pedal Zombies, ...

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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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Bipedal, By Pedal! #1

by Joe Biel

Expozine Best English Zine Award Nominee 2008! A social history and tactics lesson about the Critical Mass bicycle ...

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Bipedal, By Pedal! #2: Confidential Mad Libs

by Joe Biel

It's the second issue of the Expozine Award Winning Bipedal, By Pedal. Last time around we got a social history and ...

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Bipedal, By Pedal! #3: A history of bicycle activism in Portland, OR

by Joe Biel

In this, the third issue of Joe Biel's award-winning, ongoing look at the Critical Mass movement, we are given a ...

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Cantankerous Titles & Obscure Ephemera, Vol 1 DVD

by Joe Biel

"Joe Biel's collection of "talkies" perfectly embodies the D.I.Y. doc mantra of "just get out there and shoot it." ...

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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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Chainring Heart magnet

by Joe Biel, Aaron Renier and alex wrekk

The image that started it all. Celebrate your love of cycling and when they ask you what this shirt means, tell 'em how ...

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CIA Makes Science Fiction Unexciting: Dark Deeds & Derring-Do from 1950 to Today

by Joe Biel, Gena Mason, Scotty Mylxine and Keith Rosson

These five case studies offer a chilling glimpse into the negligence, greed, murder, and at times comical ...

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Cycletherapy: Grief and Healing on Two Wheels

by Joe Biel, Elly Blue, Anna Brones, Lauren Hage, Gretchin Lair, Anika Ledlow and Amy Subach

Can you pedal your way through everything life throws at you? Taking on the bicycle as a means of making sense of life ...

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Cycling Shorts DVD

by Joe Biel

What is bicycle culture? It’s what you make of it. Anything can happen: Activists educate the policymakers. ...

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Every Car A Murder, Every Bicycle a Love Affair t-shirt

by Joe Biel

Don't blame the driver. Blame the engineer. Blame the institution. Blame the vehicle. Innumerable studies about health, ...

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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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Evolution Bicycle magnet

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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Evolution Cargo T-shirt

by Joe Biel

Throughout science there has been minor discrepancies in the way that different species evolve. Some become sleek ...

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Evolution Cruiser T-Shirt

by Joe Biel

For nearly as long as the original evolution t-shirt has been designed, people have been asking for a variant. Gender ...

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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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Fair & Balanced T-Shirt

by Joe Biel

In this day and age of overwhelming and misleading media headlines, we present the first "fair" and "balanced" t-shirt. ...

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Good Trouble: Building a Successful Life and Business with Asperger's

by Joe Biel, Joyce Brabner and Sander Hicks

The history of Microcosm Publishing, from its origins as a record label and zine distro in Joe Biel's bedroom closet in ...

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If It Ain't Cheap, It Ain't Punk: D. un I. t Y.

by Eric Ayotte, Joe Biel and Jeremy Hogan

Over the last fifteen years, Plan-it X Records helped foster a huge cultural revolution, uniting geographically ...

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Kittie Knox Remembered

by Joe Biel

Katherine “Kittie” T Knox (1874-1900) challenged perceptions of race and gender in the national spotlight from a ...

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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

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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