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Featured Is An Independent Publishers Convention But Also Highlighted Are Community Gatherings, Benefit Concerts, Protests, A Discussion On Our Water Future And Much More


By Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine

May 20, 2015 — Conventions are arguably more popular than ever and in Phoenix, the Phoenix Comicon will be invading downtown Phoenix for four days later this month. However, that environment isn’t necessarily a draw for everyone. The Underground Publishers Convention Friday, May 29, from 7 to 10 p.m. at Lawn Gnome Publishing, 905 N. Fifth St., Phoenix, is an alternative in more ways than one.

This annual event is geared toward small magazines, alternative publications, independent comic book makers and other such publications.

This year’s exhibitors include FEM STATIC, Pages Per Content, The Paper Plane Zine, Tilt Magazine, Hush Baby, BSIDES, Lawn Gnome Staff Annual, Related Records, Later Operator, David Bessent and Daniel Lee Reisinger. The event will also feature poetry and music from Shawnte Orion, Jesse Parent and Natasha Murdock.

Food will be available at the BANG BANG DUMPLINGS food truck. For those who would like to showcase at the event, they can email Anyone looking to sponsor the event can email

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit the event’s Facebook page at

Saturday, May 23

March Against Monsanto, Tempe from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Tempe Farmers Market, 805 S. Farmer Ave., Tempe. “The fight is for our food” is the slogan for this event, which is intended to encourage Arizona to be GMO free. There will be a farmers market and a barter market where attendees are encouraged to bring things to trade or alternative currencies. This is a family friendly event and is open to the public. For more information, visit the event’s Facebook page at

Sunday, May 24

Hygiene For The Homeless from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at CASS Homeless Shelter, 230 S. 12th Ave., Phoenix. This event is being held in order to collect toiletries, undergarments, soap, lotion and other necessities for the homeless. Clothes and undergarments of all sizes are welcomed. For more information, visit the event’s Facebook page at

Tuesday, May 26

Protest The Phoenix VA Hospital. Free The Tree For PTSD! at 11 a.m. at Phoenix VA Health Care System, 650 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix. This event is intended to protest the mistreatment of veterans in Arizona and to voice the pros of allowing those with PTSD to smoke marijuana. For more information, contact  Dave Wisniewski at 480-310-4915 or visit the event’s Facebook page at

Thursday, May 28

Arizona Speakers Forum Presents La Vida Robot: How STEM Education Rewired an Inner City School to Beat the Odds from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Arizona Biltmore, 2400 E. Missouri Ave., McArthur Ballroom, Phoenix. Two local teachers, Allan Cameron and Fredi Lajvardi will be discussing STEM education and their experience with it as well as how it has been brought into the mainstream. This event is $75 for members and $85 for non-members. For more information, visit the event page at

Thursday, May 28 - Sunday May 31

Phoenix Comicon from May 28 through 31 at Phoenix Convention Center, 100 N. Third St., Phoenix. Billed as the signature pop culture event of the southwest, Phoenix Comicon will be taking over the Phoenix Convention center for four days featuring comic book creators, artists, actors and more. Passes can be purchased for individual days or the entire event with varying prices. For more information, visit the event’s website at

Friday, May 29

For Nepal: AZ Hip Hop Benefit Show at 7 p.m. at Club Red Theater, 1306 W. University Dr., Mesa. This event is being held in order to benefit the victims of the earthquake that hit Nepal on April 25. CC Beats, Mr. Riot of Gladiator Pen, Teek Hall of Wax Society, Mystic Blu, Black One, Realistic, Slogan, Nick Norris, Social Studies, TransFer, Kite93, Earsweat Records Crew and the AOTA Crew are all scheduled to perform at the event. For more information, visit the event’s Facebook page at

Sunday, May 31

Occupy The Farm Event With PHX Public Market Cafe From 6:15 to 9 p.m. at FilmBar, 815 N. 2nd St., Phoenix. This event will feature farm to table food from PHX Public Market and a  screening of the documentary Occupy The Farm. The event is $20 and tickets are available now. For more information or to buy tickets, visit the event page at

Tuesday, June 2

NORML Statewide Meeting from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at The Refuge AZ, 4727 N. Seventh Ave., Phoenix. This event is being held in order to discuss the most current information and happenings regarding decriminalization and legalization of marijuana in Arizona. For more information, visit the event’s Facebook page at

Tuesday, June 9

2015 SRP Forum: Keep Water Flowing at noon at Tempe Mission Palms Hotel, 60 E. Fifth St., Tempe. Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey will be on hand to speak at this event that will be geared towards water conservation and usage in Arizona. Tickets for the event start at $75 and are available now. To register for the event or for more information, visit the event page at

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