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RISE Underground Zine: What it is, why it exists, why it matters

Many people have already downloaded and read RISE Underground Zine. But if you have no idea what I’m talking about, this post is for you! Enjoy.

What it is

Zines are small-circulation self-published work of original or appropriated texts and images. Enthusiasts of a particular subject or cultural phenomenon create fanzines to express and share their love for the subject.

A bit of history

The concept of zines had an ancestor in the amateur press movement of the late 19th and early 20th century, which would in its turn cross-pollinate with the subculture of science fiction fandom in the 1930s [fanzines].


RISE Underground Zine is the zine I created to celebrate the things I love: Art, Music, Poetry, and more. They come out on a monthly basis and depending on the month, I add other subjects like feminism and mindset.

Why it exists

RISE exists because I created it. Well, yeah I did, but it’s not only that. I created it because I carry the belief that we all should be creating more of what we love.

I got inspired by the Punk scene in the 70’s and the Grunge scene in the 90’s and all that existed around the bands. There weren’t only the bands, there were many different kinds of art involved. And many different messages as well.

Why it matters to you

If you’re reading this blog, chances are high that you are a creative person like me. RISE is by creators for creators [and art/music enthusiasts].

It matters to you because you can always learn something new from it. It can be a new band you didn’t know, or a couple of great artists, or even a tip about creative block.

RISE is here to support the independent scene, to empower other creators, and create a movement of our own. [Read the manifesto here.]

This is a big passion of mine [I have too many passions], and I give you all I got, in every issue!

So make sure you check it out! If you haven’t downloaded any of the past issues, you’ll have plenty of content to catch up! — lucky you!


Written by Danielle Pioli

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