The TLBX Podcast is now on Anchor & Apple Podcasts!

Finally, it’s here.

After three years of starting off a podcast for the company, Teh Lunchbox Publications is now available on both Anchor by Spotify & Apple Podcasts! This is a huge milestone for us, being able to broadcast and record our podcast live on Twitch then turning it into an audio file to upload to these amazing platforms.

Let’s get into the FAQ.

This is recorded live?

Yes! Every Friday at 8:30 PM EST on our Twitch Channel. Be sure to follow us here! You also get a chance to interact by asking us questions and just participating in chat.

When do you usually upload episodes?

The following Monday morning, at 9 AM EST!

Can we still watch the recorded live podcast on YouTube?

Yes, videos of our podcast will begin this upcoming Thursday!

Season 4? Where’s Seasons 1 through 3?

Good Question! We do have all past seasons of the TLBX Podcast that still need to be edited and divided. What this means is that some episodes can be considered as a two part episode. We appreciate your patience as we get these done, and slowly but surely upload them to your listening pleasure.

Can I be a guest star?

Join our official Discord first! We do have more rules and details on having guest stars and maybe have a community member or two to come and participate in the conversation!

Wait! I am/was an Invitational Invitee! Does that ruin my chances coming on to your show?

Not at all! This is a different event and content creation moment. If you have or haven’t competed in our Invitational series, that doesn’t hold you not being part in one of our episodes.

If you have any additional questions about the podcast, let us know in the comments! We’ll be happy to answer your questions the best of our abilities.

Thank you for your patience as we finally made this happen. Be sure to subscribe on either platforms on Anchor or Apple Podcasts.

Enjoy & Happy Listening!

Check it Out! – TLBX Staff Picks for October 2021

Here’s what the staff of Teh Lunchbox Publications has been checking out to celebrate last month with thrills and chills!

Editor in Chief’s Pick: Pumpkin Night

I wasn’t into horror films back when I was a kid, because they gave me nightmares. However, after growing up, I realized I enjoy reading horror manga more.

When this month started, I wanted to get into some horror manga that wasn’t written and drawn by Junji Ito (Gyo, Tomie). After an hour or so of looking through the genre, I came across one called Pumpkin Night, by Masaya Hokazono and Seima Taniguchi.

The story follows Naoko Kirino, a student who escaped a mental hospital after killing dozens of doctors and patients. Her main goal is to exact revenge on those who have given her a disfigured face, which she covers up with a pumpkin head. The way Naoko takes out her victims can be pretty gruesome, as in some cases she tortures them before sending them off to the afterlife. For example, the first victim got their eyes taken out with a sharp pumpkin scoop before being ran over by a truck. Brutal.

If you’re a huge fan of slasher movies such as John Carpenter’s 1978 film, Halloween or Sean S. Cunningham’s Friday the 13th, then this manga series is for you. Oh, did I also mention that this is pretty much an rated M for mature audiences manga?

– Greg M. “TehR3M1X” (Founder/CEO/Editor in Chief)

Editor’s Pick: Netflix’s Ratched

While I appreciate all seasons of the year (and favor Winter), Fall holds a special place. As we watch the leaves fall, increase our intake of pumpkin spice, and hear the whispers of the spaces beyond us, let’s dive into the cerebral world of my recommendation, Ratched.

Netflix’s Ratched released back in Fall 2020 centers around the titular character, Nurse Mildred Ratched, played by Sarah Paulson (American Horror Story, Bird Box.) It tells the story behind the woman who is the antagonist of the 1975 comedy One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest…with a twist.

The show is set in the late 1940s to early 1950s California and centers around the ascent of Ratched to Head Nurse at Dr. Hanover’s mental hospital, Lucia. The subplot centers around the political struggle involving the fate of Edmund Tolleson, Ratched’s foster brother and murderer, who is being held at Lucia.

The show’s warm color pallet and use of iconic fashion thinly veil secrets, torture, murder, and romance. It serves to increase our discomfort with the subject matter. The show’s soundtrack is eerie and guides you through the waves of the unfolding plot. The show’s bonus is that it even allows space for many of its female characters to tell their stories.

Through all this we begin to wonder, as Mildred manipulates her way to her goals, is she really the worst? Watch to find out! Ratched is still available for Netflix subscribers.

– Denise G. “DehlinaR” (Editor)

Lead Artist’s Pick: House of Velez

I’m a huge fan of horror movies, TV shows, and indie horror games. I don’t think I’ve ever seen or played a game that uses gore as the selling point in a while. The House of Velez is a side-scrolling PC horror game made by game developer Dark Room Games. This game was infamous for its death scene compilations on YouTube in 2020.

You play as Lily Velez, a reporter who visits her childhood home and soon discovers something’s VERY wrong with your childhood home. The developer slowly introduces the player to the game’s mechanics and death sequences – and let me tell you, every death sequence is thought out and animated differently and uniquely every time you play.

The monster designs are also extremely creepy. Just like the Silent Hill series, many of the monsters and event areas the protagonist must go through are symbolic of the past and the trauma the main character has gone through.

The overbearing gore in the game would be a deal breaker for many gamers, so if you do pick this game up on steam, I highly recommend you read the developer notes and play with caution.

House of Velez is a very unnerving, unforgettable horror game, and I hope you guys consider picking it up to support the developer! Part 1 and Part 2 are currently available on Steam for $3.99 each.

– Gaylene A. “Paranormiac” (Lead Art Director)

Content Creator’s Pick: Psychonauts

When it comes to video games, I have a habit of determining my desire to play a game based on its art. Based on screenshots from Psychonauts available on its store page on Steam, I was originally uninterested. However, I decided to give the game a try after a friend of mine gifted it to me.  

I was surprised. The overall art style of Psychonauts turned out to be one of its charms. Cut scenes placed throughout the game appealed to the ’90s kid in me that used to watch cartoons on Nickelodeon while eating a bowl of Froot Loops. Aside from the rush of nostalgia, the story behind Psychonauts is interesting.

The game is played from the perspective of a boy named Razputin Aquato. Razputin, also known as Raz, is in a league of his own. Having snuck into a training facility for future Psychonauts, government agents gifted with psychic abilities, it is made clear that Raz’s psychic abilities are more advanced than those of his peers.

Overall, the game is fun and a treat for ’90s kids. Due to some of the games’ darker themes (emotional baggage, infidelity, and brains?!), the game is rated T for Teen. Psychonauts is available on both Steam and on the Playstation Store!

– Lori C. “Starry Strawberries” (Content Creator)

Was there anything that caught your attention last month? Do you have any recommendations? Let us know in the comments below!

You Are Cordially Invited…

It’s called The Invitational.

This is a once a month Lunchbox Publications event where we invite a collection of various writers, streamers, broadcasters, content creators, podcasters, and supporters to come join us in a fun (and sometimes competitive) get-together. Games included in this event can range from a variety of titles such as Among Us or Super Smash Brothers Ultimate to upcoming titles such as Halo Infinite.

Since Spring of this year, we have been working hard to get certain things ready for this event, and we are so excited to kick things off this week.

Now how does one get into this event you may ask? Join our official Discord (starting Thursday!) and maybe you will be chosen to join us and the rest of the invitees.

Be sure to also bookmark our website, follow us on Twitch, and our various social media platforms to stay informed of upcoming Invitational events.

The first Invitational starts this Friday, October 22nd with Among Us.

A Fresh New Slate That’s Pumpkin Spice Flavored! – Editor in Chief Message for October 2021

Forgive the title of this one folks, it was just too good to skip out on.

It’s been a while since I have typed out one of these, but hello everyone and welcome to Fall. First, I want to start off by saying on behalf of myself and the company, we want to say thank you for your love, prayers, thoughts and support on Matt’s passing back in May. I guess I could say it was too soon for us to cover E3 the following month or do anything at all that’s related to the company. However, myself and the rest of the group knew that if we stopped progressing and become stagnant, there was no way we could have gotten out of the hole we found ourselves in. In short, we had to take some time off, recover, grieve, and push forward when the moment was right. We appreciate your time and patience with us as we are trying to slowly but surely transition ourselves back in a schedule of writing articles, social media posts, and a variety of streams/content for you all.

Since it’s Spooktober, the amount of content will mostly cover horror, science-fiction, and suspenseful entertainment and pop-culture topics. Our goal is to connect with you all why October is a great way to generate the amount of hype of our return. Speaking on connections, expect a huge announcement from us soon later this month as we will transition ourselves to make a community for all you supporters and fans out there.

Until then, keep us bookmarked, follow our social media accounts, and prepare yourselves for a month of frights and excitement!

– Greg M. “TehR3M1X”

Founder/CEO/Editor in Chief

For Matt

It has been some months now and I have been getting nothing but writer’s block to get my thoughts out. I’m sorry it took so long everyone, but I honestly didn’t know what or how to share my thoughts on Matt’s passing.

I am now ready to talk.

At the beginning of 2011, I finally transferred to the main campus of my local community college. As much as I was excited, I was nervous. I honestly didn’t know who I would meet and what groups I would fit into. My first thought was to get through the first two weeks of classes and hopefully find a club to join that will fit my interest. Thankfully, there was both an anime and video game club. Upon attending the anime club, it was there I met Matt for the first time. After a couple of weeks, we started having small to large conversations about video games, music, movies, and all various types of geek topics. Not a single conversation was boring with Matt, as it would end on good terms and with hilarious outcomes.

It was early 2013 when I stumbled upon a challenge. The website I wanted to join and kickstart my journalism career, 1up.com, was shutting down and being bought by another company. I was beating and berating myself, I had doubts, and I was facing so many decisions about what I wanted to do for a career choice. When the first AwesomeCon happened, I attended the event with Matt, Denise, and other friends to see what it’s like to have a comic-con in downtown Washington D.C. for the first time. We attended a variety of panels, met guests, and saw what’s in store for us in the dealer’s hall. After the convention, that’s when it hit me and I shared with the group my craziest idea: I wanted to start my own publishing company.

For the past eight years, Teh Lunchbox Publications has been growing slowly and steady. It started off as a small group of friends turned business associates. In due time, we have hit a variety of company goals such as starting the website, becoming a Twitch Affiliated channel, and growing a fanbase/support group. Matt paved the way for the company via social media as he oversaw starting and updating our Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram sites. Without his hard work, we would not have the amount of support to this day.

Matt, I’ll never forget you. I am forever grateful that you were my brother, friend, and co-worker.

Thank you for everything.

– Greg M.
Founder/CEO/Editor in Chief

Trials and Tribulations – May 2021 Editor in Chief Message

Hello Everyone, it has been a while.

I hope all is well with each and every one of you. I wish nothing but healthy and positive vibes to you, you family, and friends during these tough times.

At this moment, the entire staff of Teh Lunchbox Publications is trying to experiment with different methods and ways to connect with every one of you. We are pushing the boundaries of our websites, Twitch channel, and our social media platforms to make sure you are well informed with our news articles and podcasts and entertained with our content and live broadcasts.

The next plan hopefully is to team up with various freelance writers to help cover topics we are unfamiliar on. When we get ourselves together, we plan to contact the community and hope people are interested in writing for us. Also, you all have been asking for this and it is coming folks. Our official company Discord channel will be on the way!

The process of growth is slowly but steady for us, but we all know it is going to be worth it in the end.

So until next time, stay strong, healthy, smart and of course, stay frosty.

Founder/CEO/Editor in Chief

Greg M. “TehR3M1X”

To Regain & Start Fresh – Editor in Chief Message for November 2020

I’ll be honest with you all, it feels like it’s been months since I’ve typed up one of these Editor in Chief messages. To this day, it’s hard to come up with words, but I’m going to try.

Hello Everyone! It has been awhile! I hope you all have been doing well, staying safe, and doing the best you can during this pandemic.

So where to begin? At this very moment, Myself and the entire company have been dealing with daily life tasks. Whether it’s school, work, or other personal engagements, we are keeping ourselves busy. However, when it comes to our Lunchboxers (The name we give to our fellow Followers and Fans), we have never forgotten you. As much as we’ve been doing livestreams on Twitch and brought back our infamous podcast series, we’ve failed to make up to our promises in giving you the best of news and information via through articles and newsletters. Sorry isn’t enough, but in time we will make it up to you all.

The year is almost over and at this moment, myself and the company are catching up on various news, creating content for you all on both Twitch and YouTube, and getting back into a system where articles are posted daily to keep you up to date on what’s going on both entertainment and pop culture.

Be sure to stay tuned by keeping us bookmarked, following us on our social media channels, and tuning into out broadcasts on Twitch!

Here’s to the future and a brand new start.

Greg M “Teh R3M1X”

Founder/CEO/Editor in Chief

I’m Sorry – February 2020 Mini Editor in Chief Message

I’m sorry, I honestly don’t know where to begin or how to start this. I feel as if we have failed you all in keeping our promise that we will keep you updated with news and information in both entertainment and pop culture. It’s been quite a while since any articles have been posted here on this website, mainly because this isn’t a full-time job yet for me and the other staff. Everything that the company has offered to the public, whether its articles, streams, content created projects like pictures or videos, and podcasts have been created by our own free and available time. When it comes to company funding (money), all of it comes from our own pockets to buy equipment and other devices. That also includes certain upgrades to our website or social media outlets to giveaways such as business cards or stickers. In short, we’re not funded as some of these things have been paid from various paychecks. Hopefully starting now, we will at least keep you updated the best to our ability. For those who have been with us since the beginning and stuck with us to this point, we appreciate it. If you have just joined us, please note that we will do the best to our ability to show that me and the company are worth your time and attention.

Thank you for your time in reading this, we’ll catch up soon!

Greg M.

“TehR3M1X”

Founder/CEO/Editor in Chief

Greg

Apologies, Reflection, & Changes – Editor in Chief Message for January 2019

Besides welcoming you into the new year of 2019, I honestly don’t know how to begin this Editor in Chief message. It’s been awhile since I’ve written on of these and it was tough to keep in track of these and other articles because of laziness, lack of push, among the usual “life” duties (Family/Friends, School, Other Jobs). In short, all I’m trying to tell you is that I’ve failed you and I’m sorry. If you’re reading this and you’ve been following us since the very beginning of the company, the start of the website, the day we’ve turned into Twitch Affiliate, or the five-year anniversary of Teh Lunchbox Publications, thank you for your continuous love and support.

During my absence from writing articles, I studied and took a step back to reflect upon the company. I asked myself one question, “What makes us Teh Lunchbox Publications?”. After some thought and breaking down what creates this company, I came up with three words: “Informative. Variety. Entertaining.” The first word, Informative, means we provide you the latest information and news on video games, movies, television, comic books, manga, and other types of pop culture. We want to be the first website you visit, bookmark, subscribe, and follow to keep you in the know. The second word, Variety, is self-explained as this company currently has a variety of staff that covers the different types of entertainment and pop culture media. Don’t get me started on our Twitch channel, as it’s filled with variety as some of the staff and I play and host different types of games. The final word is Entertaining. The company is filled with unique personalities and views showing them in various content we provide for you all.

With the company five years in, a lot of changes and improvements are in the works right now. Stay tuned for surprises and announcements from us in the days to come. Thank you all for reading, enjoy this month of articles and content from Teh Lunchbox Publications!

Atari Me.jpeg– Greg “TehR3M1X” M.

Founder/CEO/Editor-in-Chief

The Pros and Cons of 2018

With the year winding down and just a few weeks left (still plenty of time for more surprises to be fair) let’s look at some of the notable events that occurred this year.


Gaming

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Pros:

Red Dead Redemption 2: A world that not only meets the status quo of Rockstar, but exceeds it with the amount of detail, depth of story, and seemingly endless hours of game play (with online still on the way).

Synchronizing online play: Despite some disputes on how it will all work, there has been a rise in cross-platform online play. While Fortnite is currently the only game to work across all platforms, Rocket League, Minecraft, and Hover are examples of games that play with more than the platform you may own them on.

With Microsoft supporting purchases across PC and Xbox with their play anywhere initiative, it looks to be a positive future regardless of your platform of choice.

SSBU: Possibly the final entry in the series (at least with Masahiro Sakari at the helm), this game delivers every single good thing you’ve experienced in a Smash Bros game and then some.  Touting an epic proportioned story mode and the largest cast of fighters yet, this is a must grab for any Switch owner out there.

Spider-Man: Although this is only for the PS4, when a Spider-man game is good, it’s great! Everything you could hope for in a sandbox superhero game and a bit more.

Cons:

Tell Tale: The company hit it big years ago with their Walking Dead series and came out with some promising titles after including their takes on Minecraft, Batman, and Game of Thrones. However, their lack of game play variation and poor management saw a very ugly end to the company.

Fall Out 76: This game was either going to be a hit or a miss.  Unfortunately, the launch was a huge miss.  Between the messy BETA, the amount of glitches, and the over reliance of multiplayer to compensate for the lack of story and NPC’s, the launch has been messy to say the least. It’s now lead many players to wait until Bethesda can provide more incentive to dive into their new Fall Out experiment.


Music

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Pros:

Honestly, this has been a great year for music in this writer’s opinion.  With releases like Kid Cudi’s Kids See Ghost,Anderson Paak’s Oxnard, Pusha T’s Daytona, Idles Joy as an Act of Resistance, Portal’s Ion, Sophie’s Oil of Every Pearl’s Un-Insides, Kanye’s Ye, and Brockhampton’s Iridescence to name a few album titles there was really at least two albums in most genres this year that were great to amazing to listen to.

Cons:

The cons aren’t long in length, aside from some inflated drama with celebrities, the biggest hits came in those who passed in 2018.  One of the most tragic losses being that of Mac Miller who passed away due to an accidental overdose. Mac Miller’s untimely passing was felt by many, and his positive influence on the world will be missed even by those who never got the chance to meet him.


Cinema and Showtime

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Pros:

Marvel, hands down the current king on the super hero genre and Infinity War was a true epic to everything that had come before, with more to come this next year.  Worth catching in the theaters and a fresh take on the whole Avengers formula.

Broly is coming, again.  With the mixed success of Dragon Ball Super, a new movie is on its way and while it has yet to hit, the impact of the trailers alone is palpable and is promising an anime movie release to rival that of the Pokémon franchise.

Whether it’s via broadcast or streaming service, television shows may be at its peak right now.  The only real problem is there may be too much worthwhile content.  It’s hard to keep up with things on Netflix, Hulu, and network shows from Fox, NBC, Showtime and so on.

With a controversial split between Marvel and Guardians of the Galaxy’s director James Gunn, Warner Bros. wasted no time in penning Gunn as the new director of the sequel to Suicide Squad. One of the silver linings of the fall out is the sequel to one of DC’s bigger disappointments is getting a promising upgrade in direction.

Cons:

Marvel is also on the con side of things.  The whole franchise is huge and has plans to keep growing, but the burn out can be felt by some casual movie goers and fans alike.

To bookend the Marvel expansion issue, is the seeming end of the Netflix Marvel universe with the end of Iron Fist, Luke Cage, and Daredevil, all announced this year.  It’s not too surprising considering Disney is now going forward with their own streaming service, but is still a blow to those that enjoyed what some of these series offered on the service.

YouTube may not be considered a television or movie source (at least not legally), but it is becoming harder for new content creators to be interested in coming to the site. YouTube’s ability to pay its creators has been coming under repeated scrutiny over the past few years it does not seem to be heading for a positive resolution, especially with the EU’s Article 13 (see more here). There is some worry about any appeal to this platform’s future.


Conclusion

All in all it has been an eventful year yet again in all types of ways. We had so much to be thankful for with new groud breaking in all areas of pop culture. The bad always comes with the good and it can only be taken in stride as we continue to see and enjoy the  innovation in what we as consumers enjoy so much. We can only hope for more of the good (without more of the bad) as 2019 quickly approaches. So lets say a so long to 2018 and embrace the new year with open arms.

Embrace the New Year and don’t forget to follow us on Twitter for the latest news @tehlunchboxpub!