Microcosm Publishing

Microcosm Publishing is an independent publisher and distributor based in Portland, Oregon and Bloomington, Indiana. They distribute ideas through zines, books, pamphlets, stickers, buttons, patches, t-shirts, posters, videos, and more. They publish zine and book works by others in the hopes that it will add credibility to zine writers and their ethics. Their titles attempt to teach self empowerment to disenfranchised people and to nurture their creative side. Current staff includes Joe Biel, Jessie Duquette, Adam Gnade, Nate Beaty, Sparky Taylor, Brittney Willis, Steven Stothard, and Dillon Varanga.


Beginning in 1996 with only Joe Biel doing part time mail order out of a bedroom in Cleveland, Ohio, Microcosm moved to Portland, OR in 1999 and hired zinester Alex wrekk in 2003 (till 2006). The operation has grown significantly over the years and as of March 2007, has moved part of its mailorder operation to Bloomington, Indiana. There is a particular focus towards images and artwork celebrating bicycles and radical politics. Many of the items offered are not available easily elsewhere on the web or otherwise.

Microcosm is heralded in the zine community as an entity that, for better or worse, has brought zines into a larger consciousness in the new millennium, after former mainstream interest has largely subsided. They are also responsible for many of the recent zine/book hybrid aesthetics and zines that have fancier covers or design aesthetics such as multiple color screenprints, letterpress, or offset printing.

Incorporating the tactics of early punk record labels and a very DIY approach, Microcosm uses tactics that are more guerrilla styled for promoting their titles than most publishers of equal size. They rarely purchase advertising, and rely more heavily on the people who appreciate their craft independently passing out their catalogs in their respective towns.

Microcosm offered custom buttons as a service from 1998-2006. Custom stickers were also offered from 2001-2006. Custom patches and t-shirt printing was also offered briefly in 2002-2003.

Microcosm Publishing was formerly a record label, and released records by Flotation Walls, Bedford, Organic, Cripple Kid, The Unknown, The Roswells, Little Dipper, Rock, Star.

Books , Videos, and Zines

Published Titles include:

  • Things are Meaning Less
  • Flow Chronicles
  • Stolen Sharpie Revolution
  • On Subbing
  • Brainscan
  • The CIA Makes Science Fiction Unexciting
  • $100 & A T-Shirt
  • Applicant
  • Green Zine
  • Journalsong
  • Secret Files of Cap'n Sissy
  • Hot Damn & Hell Yeah / Dirty South

  • Xtra Tuf
  • Support Zine
  • Doris anthology
  • Making Stuff and Doing Things
  • Indestructible
  • Sounds of Your Name
  • Please Don't Feed the Bears
  • Cantankerous Titles & Obscure Ephemera
  • Zinester's Guide to Portland
  • Dreamwhip
  • Perfect Mix Tape Segue

  • Homeland Insecurity
  • Coffeeshop Crushes
  • Snakepit: My Life in a Jugular Vein
  • Bipedal, By Pedal
  • Invincible Summer: An Anthology
  • Invincible Summer: An Anthology, Vol II
  • My Brain Hurts #1-5
  • DIY Screenprinting #1-3
  • Distance Makes The Heart Grow Sick
  • Constant Rider Omnibus
  • Chainbreaker Bike Book
  • I Hate This Part of Texas #7 / Keep Loving, Keep Fighting #7
  • Still We Ride
  • X Ray Visions
  • Welcome to the Dahl House
  • Mostly True
  • Dwelling Portably '80-89
  • Brainfag Forever

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