4 pages, magazine size, $1.00 (or Trade / U.S. Stamps / Letter) by Doug Harrison, PO Box 5291, Richmond VA 23220, USA
It was thanks to Randy Robbins's Narcolepsy Press Review #7 and his review of TZEN#1 that inspired me to send a trade for a copy, and I sure am glad I did. For a first issue this one is really something. It can't be Doug's first zine, surely!
Printing-wise, TZEN is old school (like Fred Woodworth's The Match!) - it's "produced using a salvaged Multilith offset press, a Multigraph letterpress, a Varityper type composer, and other pre-computer electrical/mechanical printing and graphic arts equipment." It's such a pleasure to read, especially on the bus where many of my fellow busriders tear their eyeballs away from their iSpuds and stare at this awesome paper production with ferocious curiosity and envy. They want one! But how? Huh. It's not an 'app'... *brain short circuits, body falls onto aisle floor, twitching and smoking*
Anyway, this first issue kicks off with a terrific introduction about the birth of zines and the emergence of the internet and blogs, but ending with the good news that zine culture is still thriving.
Most of TZEN contains some of the best zine reviews I've ever read. Doug's writing is really great and utterly engaging.