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TooSquare Magazine was a large underground fanzine which was published in Tampa Florida. It had a large distribution of 10,000 copies per month and was known for its in depth coverage of music, art, and underground culture.[ citation needed ] During its 2½ year run it won the Weekly Planet 'Best of the Bay' award in 2002. [1] TooSquare Magazine also won web site of the week on April 24, 2002. [2] TooSquare Magazine and it's Editor, Joesph Murphy were featured in the book about underground magazines Zine in 2011. [3] A reference was also found to the corporate entity of TooSquare Magazine here. [4]

Fanzine magazine published by fans

A fanzine is a non-professional and non-official publication produced by enthusiasts of a particular cultural phenomenon for the pleasure of others who share their interest. The term was coined in an October 1940 science fiction fanzine by Russ Chauvenet and first popularized within science fiction fandom, and from there it was adopted by other communities.

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TooSquare featured interviews, goth models, and rockabilly style culture mixed with often bizarre articles about skinheads [5] and conspiracy theory on Skull and Bones.

Skull and Bones Undergraduate senior secret society at Yale University

Skull and Bones is an undergraduate senior secret student society at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. The oldest senior class society at the university, Skull and Bones has become a cultural institution known for its powerful alumni and various conspiracy theories. The society's alumni organization, the Russell Trust Association, owns the organization's real estate and oversees the membership. The society is known informally as "Bones", and members are known as "Bonesmen".

The creator Joseph Murphy (Wurm Mud) was interviewed by various other eZines, including Legion Studios. [6] Joseph Murphy now runs JM Consulting (link) where he is moving the hosting for Wurm Mud codebase and hosting all the older MUD (multi-user dungeon) code snippets.

Zine a small circulation self-published work of original or appropriated texts and images usually reproduced via photocopier

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Creative Loafing is an Atlanta-based publisher of a monthly arts and culture newspaper/magazine. The company publishes a 60,000 circulation monthly publication which is distributed to intown locations and neighborhoods on the first Thursday of each month. is the website for the company and it also has a YouTube Channel featuring its video work over the years and a weekly "Live from the Archives" program featuring local musicians and bands. The company has historically been a part of the alternative weekly newspapers association in the United States.

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