Welcome to LunchMeat Magazine!

Just what is Lunchmeat, hmmmm?

Lunchmeat is an independently printed magazine that celebrates the obscure and esoteric in cinema. We have a central focus on the wonderful and weird world of the VHS format, publishing reviews of hard-to-find VHS tapes, interviews and articles featuring actors, directors and other creative personalities, along with lots of fun features on all things bizarre residing in the fantastic world of underappreciated cinema. Our essential mission is to explore the vast world of overlooked and unrecognized cinema and bring it to the folks who crave it!

What planet is this magazine from?

That's a good question. Answering it with full candor could prove to be... well... alienating. So, I'll just skirt around it, and hopefully, you'll be able to draw a decisive conclusion. Lunchmeat got started how I'd like to imagine a bulk of other fanzines begin: multiple sessions of two impassioned dudes chatting over a few (more than a few) brews and a platter of chicken nuggets about how much they love movies, books and media in general, especially weird stuff on VHS. Ted [Gilbert - Co-Editior / Co-Creator] and I met while working together in a heavy metal mail-order, sending out records, shirts, CDs to and books to metal heads all over the world. We took our lunch break together quite often (which led to the beer and nugget sessions) and we shared thoughts and ideas on all types of stuff from esoteric authors to forgotten cartoons. These conversations swirled around us and turned into an unconscious list of entertainment ideals that we both shared. Those ideals were brought into form with the creation of Lunchmeat.

Both of us enjoyed writing, got a thrill out of sharing our opinions about things we were passionate about, and most importantly, wanted to produce something material - not just another blog that was destined to blink on and off on a computer screen. We wanted to create something that you could hold in your hands, smell the ink breathing from the pages, and give you that lost excitement of turning a page. Therein lies one the most cardinal essences of Lunchmeat: the existence of physical media is a wonderful yet sadly dying art form. In the modern days of digital breakthrough and the wizardry of the internet, it seems as though more and more people are neglecting actual books, newspapers, magazines, records and now even CDs and relying almost solely on their computers or Kindles to get their news, societal fix, and intellectual stimulation. So, it only makes sense that Lunchmeat could be nothing else but a printed magazine. How else could we posit the importance of physical media but to actually print some championing all of the tangible entertainment that we can pack in there? Practice what you preach, right? Indeed.

But far beyond presenting an underlying message about society's vast changes in consumption of media, and the fact that it disinclines future generations to recognize the importance of the printed word and physical recordings of picture and sound, Lunchmeat is really printed to spread the love. We know that the folks that love VHS tapes, esoteric paperbacks, rare records and out-of-this-world space toys will be the same people that are into the idea of a printed magazine presenting all of those precious treasures. We want to bring people that joy and nostalgia that only these sorts of things can bring. We want to distribute a hand-held time machine that you can navigate only by reading.

Over the past couple of years those aforementioned folks have certainly surfaced. And a good lot of them help Lunchmeat continue to grow, whether it's sharing their fond memories of flicks, submitting some of their own writing, sharing their ideas on what they want to read about, or just by saying that they really dig what we're doing. It's all a huge part of keeping Lunchmeat's nostalgic dream alive. It goes without saying that a magazine cannot really exist without readership; but the most rewarding thing about doing Lunchmeat is all of the amazing, genuine and wonderfully nerdy people we've been able to come in contact by publishing Lunchmeat. And when it comes down to it, that's all we want to do: to share and share alike with folks that still care about VHS, the printed word, and all the other groovy things that most everybody else no longer acknowledges. So, feed that VCR and keep those eyelids peeled and glued, Videovores. That in itself has its own rewards.

JS / Ed-in-Chief