Zombie Nation…the magazine? Ayup.

So, I’m at the grocery store today, grabbing me some lunch (salad from their salad bar, if you’re curious), and on my way to the checkout lanes I run past the book/magazine aisle, as is my habit when I hit this place about once a week. My eyes are scanning the various magazine titles when I happen across…this:

Believe it.

At first glance, this looks like a Guns & Ammo clone (and actually is put out by the G&A folks), in that it features articles on various weapons and other gear which are real and available for sale, and with some Fangoria thrown in for flavor. The gimmick here is that much of the magazine’s content runs with the notion that the Zombie Apocalypse is coming, and you pricks better be prepared. With that in mind, the articles highlighting the rifles and so on are written in such a way as to highlight their features and operation and how they contribute to the killing of zombies. There also are numerous tips and hints for holding your own and making your way through a world overrun with the undead. For this, the “premiere issue,” there’s even a pull-out target with a zombie, so have at it, survivors!

Other articles are “outside the box,” such as interviews with prominent zombie show-biz folks, a retrospective on zombie movies, and even some recommendations for zombie fiction and so on.

I’ll admit, I chuckled when I saw it. It’s a harmless enough idea, and–believe it or not–the companies who make hunting and survival gear are marketing “zombie survival” weapons and gear. I assume that’s all for fun…unless I missed a memo from the CDC or something. Anyway, I’d rather buy something like this than anything with Justin Bieber on the cover, right? The price point is a bit steep ($8.99), and this looks to be a special, rather than the start of a regular periodical.

Anybody else see this? Apparently, it’s been out for a month or so, but this was my first time noticing it. I almost wish it turns out to be a regular thing, just to see where they take the idea.

And since we’re here and on this topic, don’t forget Rule #2: “Double Tap.”

Lay it on me.

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