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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."

Aftermass poster

by Joe Biel and Matt Gauck

Let's stripe those car lanes so by 2050, when cars are not so dominant in our culture, the minority who operate them ...

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Evolution Gal 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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Pin #185: Tandem Riders

by Joe Biel

 Riding a bike in tandem is a metaphor for so many things, and the literal reality is pretty great too.

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Pin #176: Ask me about freeway removal

by Joe Biel

Freeways are handy for going long distances, but in cities they are too often used to destroy and divide some ...

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Patch #213: Save $8,000 and smile more

by Joe Biel

Aside from losing 4,000 or so pounds on your driveway and freeing up the burden of private property imposed on the ...

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Patch #207: Free Parking

by Joe Biel

Wait a minute? It's free ANY time? I may complain about getting rained on from time to time (all winter) but sometimes ...

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Patch #199: There's A Special Place In Hell For Bike Thieves

by Joe Biel

Is it wrong to imply a sense of karma here?

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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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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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Xerography Debt #26

by Joe Biel and Davida Breier

Davida Gypsy Breier's review zine, Xerography Debt, is a labor of love and obsession. Now on its 26th ...

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Live Free or Drive T-Shirt

by Joe Biel

We've been raised in a car-centric society where from birth to death our lives operate within metal boxes. But it ...

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The Perfect Mix Tape Segue #5: Sickness and Health

by Joe Biel

This new issue details over fifteen years of Joe Biel's improving and declining physical health as he battles ...

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Patch #214: Ask Me About Freeway Removal

by Joe Biel

There have been murmurs that when Eisenhower, the designer of the interstate highway system, learned that freeways had ...

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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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Make a Zine! When Words and Graphics Collide

by Joe Biel and Bill Brent

In Microcosm’s DIY guide to zine-making, editors Bill Brent, Joe Biel, and a cast of contributors take you from the ...

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You Can Work Any Hundred Hours a Week You Want (In Your Underwear)!!

by Joe Biel

The history of the first ten years of Microcosm Publishing, told in graphic detail! For the first time ever, read about ...

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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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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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The Perfect Mix Tape Segue #4: A month on the road with $100 and a t-shirt

by Joe Biel

Three years after the fact Joe busts out a zine tour based zine about "Cocoon: The Road Trip" from 2004. A ...

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Sticker #245: Gentrification in Progress

by Joe Biel

Is your neighborhood being over-developed by yuppie shits for massive profit? Maybe this satirical sticker can help ...

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The Perfect Mix Tape Segue #2: Brutal Honest Tea

by Joe Biel

Joe Biel explains four years of his life in "Brutal Honest Tea," about honest communication, the opportunity costs ...

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The Perfect Mix Tape Segue #3: Fixing the Plumbing

by Joe Biel

Joe Biel strives to find logic, purpose, and meaning in his existence once again. This issue is about friends having ...

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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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