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'''Microcosm Publishing''' is an independent publisher and distributor based in Portland, Oregon, and Leavenworth, Kansas.
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They distribute [[Zine|zines]], books, pamphlets, stickers, buttons, patches, t-shirts, posters, videos, and more. According to their mission statement, their titles attempt to teach self-empowerment to disenfranchised people and to nurture their creative side. Current staff includes [[Joe_Biel|Joe Biel]] and a staff of interns.
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'''Microcosm Publishing''' is an independent [[publisher]] and [[distributor]] based in [[Portland, Oregon]] and [[Leavenworth, Kansas]]. They distribute ideas through [[zine]]s, [[book]]s, [[pamphlet]]s, [[sticker]]s, [[button]]s, [[Shoulder patch|patch]]es, [[t-shirt]]s, [[poster]]s, [[video]]s, 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 Rio Safari, Joe Biel, Nate Beaty, Jessie Duquette, [[Adam Gnade]], Nate Beaty, Danielle Duquette, and Matt Gauck.
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==History==
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===History===
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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. The operation grew significantly over the years, and in March 2007 moved its mail order operation to [[Bloomington, Indiana]].<ref>[http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=ToEVAAAAIBAJ&sjid=nPADAAAAIBAJ&pg=4770,3833181&dq=microcosm-publishing&hl=en "Rents up, so 'weird' businesses pull out"], ''[[Eugene Register-Guard]]'', March 17, 2007.</ref><ref>[http://www.heraldtimesonline.com/stories/2007/07/01/column.qp-9306323.sto "Small publisher says bye-bye Portland and hello Bloomington"],  ''[[The Herald-Times]]'' ([[Bloomington, Indiana]]), July 1, 2007 (pay site).</ref><ref>Scott Moore, [http://www.portlandmercury.com/books/microcosm-publishing-moving-to-indiana/Content?oid=273558 "Microcosm Publishing Moving to Indiana"], ''[[The Portland Mercury]]'', March 8, 2007.</ref>
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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. 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 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. 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.
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In 2006, the ''[[Utne Reader]]'' described Microcosm as an "esteemed Portland, Oregon-based publisher and distributor of zines, books, pamphlets, DVDs, and other fun stuff."<ref>[http://www.utne.com/2006-10-01/FromtheStacksOctober272006.aspx "From the Stacks"], ''[[Utne Reader]]'', October 27, 2006.</ref> 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 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. {{Fact|date=December 2007}} 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.{{Fact|date=June 2010}}
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Incorporating the tactics of early punk record labels and a DIY approach, Microcosm uses guerrilla styled tactics for promoting their titles unlike 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.  
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Incorporating the tactics of early punk record labels and a [[DIY]] approach, Microcosm uses guerrilla styled tactics for promoting their titles unlike 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. {{Fact|date=December 2007}}
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In September 2008, Microcosm opened a new retail store in southeast Portland There was a noticeable shift in the type of reading material offered, since most stock is "hurts" and "remainders" sold at half retail price or less. In May 2010 the store grew for a third time and moved in with Printed Matter Screenprinting and Eberhardt Press in a new building in southeast Portland at 636 SE 11th Ave.
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In September 2008, Microcosm opened a new retail store in the [[Buckman, Portland, Oregon|Buckman]] neighborhood of [[Neighborhoods of Portland, Oregon#Southeast|southeast Portland]]. There was a noticeable shift in the type of reading material offered, since most stock is "hurts" and "remainders" sold at half retail price or less.<ref>Alison Hallett, [http://www.portlandmercury.com/books/microcosm-comes-home/Content?oid=924723 "Microcosm Comes Home: Microcosm Publishing opens a new Portland storefront"], ''[[The Portland Mercury]]'', October 23, 2008.</ref> In May 2010 the store grew for a third time and moved in with Printed Matter Screenprinting and Eberhardt Press in a new building in southeast Portland at 636 SE 11th Ave.
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In July 2011, Microcosm closed its Bloomington, Indiana, office and opened a new distro/mailorder location in Lansing, Kansas. One month later, Lansing staffer [[Jessie Duke]], an employee since 2006, became co-owner of Microcosm.
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In July 2011, Microcosm closed its Bloomington, Indiana office and opened a new distro/mailorder location in Lansing, Kansas.<ref>http://microcosmpublishing.com/blogifesto/2011/07/country-grammar-a-microcosm-publishing-kansas-staff-diary-1</ref> One month later, Lansing staffer Jessie Duquette (aka "Jessie Duke"), an employee since 2006, became co-owner of Microcosm.<ref>http://microcosmpublishing.com/about</ref>
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On August 1st, 2012, led by [[Jessie Duke]], Microcosm Distribution split from Microcosm Publishing and became a separate, autonomous distributor of books, zines, pins, patches, and much more, with no ties to Microcosm Publishing. Microcosm Distribution is comprised of the former Microcosm Publishing collective, besides Microcosm Publishing owner Joe Biel. The current staff is [[Jessie Duke]], Rio Safari, [[Adam Gnade]], Thaddeus Christian, Laura Grant, Rio Safari, and Matt Gauck.
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For nearly sixteen years, Microcosm has remained truly independent of any outside management or funding and has suffered the corresponding financial hardships. Management decisions are made internally in meetings where full time staff collective members have an equal vote. <ref>http://www.sheepless.org/magazine/features/microcosm-publishing-pairs-do-it-yourself-aesthetic-do-it-together-ethic</ref>
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Microcosm Publishing continues to be based out of Portland, Oregon with a new all-volunteer staff, run by Joe Biel.
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Microcosm Publishing was formerly a record label, and released records by [[Flotation Walls]], [[An Albatross|Bedford]], Organic, [[Cripple Kid]], The Unknown, The Roswells, Little Dipper, Rock, Star.
 
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==Books , Videos, and Zines==
 
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Published Titles include:
 
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*''Things are Meaning Less''
 
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*''Make Your Place: Affordable, sustainable nesting skills
 
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*''Flow Chronicles''
 
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*''Stolen Sharpie Revolution''
 
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*''On Subbing''
 
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*''Brainscan''
 
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*''The CIA Makes Science Fiction Unexciting''
 
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*''$100 & A T-Shirt''
 
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*''Applicant''
 
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*''Green Zine''
 
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*''Journalsong''
 
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*''Secret Files of Cap'n Sissy''
 
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*''Hot Damn & Hell Yeah / Dirty South''
 
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*''Xtra Tuf''
 
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*''Support Zine''
 
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*''Doris anthology''
 
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*''Making Stuff and Doing Things''
 
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*''Indestructible''
 
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*''Sounds of Your Name''
 
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*''Please Don't Feed the Bears''
 
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*''Cantankerous Titles & Obscure Ephemera''
 
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*''Zinester's Guide to Portland''
 
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*''Dreamwhip''
 
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*''Perfect Mix Tape Segue''
 
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*''Homeland Insecurity''
 
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*''Coffeeshop Crushes''
 
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*''Snakepit: My Life in a Jugular Vein''
 
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*''Bipedal, By Pedal''
 
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*''Invincible Summer: An Anthology''
 
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*''Invincible Summer: An Anthology, Vol II''
 
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*''[[My Brain Hurts (comic)|My Brain Hurts]] #1-5''
 
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*''DIY Screenprinting #1-3''
 
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*''Distance Makes The Heart Grow Sick''
 
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*''Constant Rider Omnibus''
 
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*''Chainbreaker Bike Book''
 
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*''I Hate This Part of Texas #7 / Keep Loving, Keep Fighting #7''
 
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*''Still We Ride''
 
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*''X Ray Visions''
 
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*''Welcome to the Dahl House''
 
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*''Mostly True''
 
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*''Dwelling Portably '80-89''
 
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*''Brainfag Forever''
 
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*''Make a Zine''
 
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*''Notes from Underground''
 
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*''Zine Yearbook #9''
 
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==References==
 
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===Bibliography===
 
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*{{cite journal |last1=Reid |first1=Calvin |date= November 25, 2011|title= The ‘Underground’ Drives Sales at Microcosm |journal=''[[Publishers Weekly]]'' |publisher= |doi= |url= http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/industry-news/publisher-news/article/49638-the--underground--drives-sales-at-microcosm.html|accessdate=December 1, 2011 }}
 
==External links==
==External links==
*[http://www.microcosmpublishing.com Official Site]
*[http://www.microcosmpublishing.com Official Site]
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*[http://microcosmpdx.tumblr.com Blog for Portland storefront]
 
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[[Category:Small press publishers|Microcosm Publishing]]
 
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== External Link ==
 
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*[http://graphiczen.com/ Logo Design]Logo Design
 
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[http://www.microcosmpublishing.com Microcosm Publishing website]
 
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Revision as of 23:29, 31 January 2013

Microcosm Publishing is an independent publisher and distributor based in Portland, Oregon, and Leavenworth, Kansas.

They distribute zines, books, pamphlets, stickers, buttons, patches, t-shirts, posters, videos, and more. According to their mission statement, their titles attempt to teach self-empowerment to disenfranchised people and to nurture their creative side. Current staff includes Joe Biel and a staff of interns.

History

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. 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 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. 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.

Incorporating the tactics of early punk record labels and a DIY approach, Microcosm uses guerrilla styled tactics for promoting their titles unlike 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.

In September 2008, Microcosm opened a new retail store in southeast Portland There was a noticeable shift in the type of reading material offered, since most stock is "hurts" and "remainders" sold at half retail price or less. In May 2010 the store grew for a third time and moved in with Printed Matter Screenprinting and Eberhardt Press in a new building in southeast Portland at 636 SE 11th Ave.

In July 2011, Microcosm closed its Bloomington, Indiana, office and opened a new distro/mailorder location in Lansing, Kansas. One month later, Lansing staffer Jessie Duke, an employee since 2006, became co-owner of Microcosm.

On August 1st, 2012, led by Jessie Duke, Microcosm Distribution split from Microcosm Publishing and became a separate, autonomous distributor of books, zines, pins, patches, and much more, with no ties to Microcosm Publishing. Microcosm Distribution is comprised of the former Microcosm Publishing collective, besides Microcosm Publishing owner Joe Biel. The current staff is Jessie Duke, Rio Safari, Adam Gnade, Thaddeus Christian, Laura Grant, Rio Safari, and Matt Gauck.

Microcosm Publishing continues to be based out of Portland, Oregon with a new all-volunteer staff, run by Joe Biel.


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