Sunday, February 20, 2011

Ziggy Marley's 'Marijuanaman' Graphic Novel Released on April 20th

In a month that has seen the launch of the Rastamouse children's television show and the airing of the 'Reggae Britannia' documentary on the BBC in the U.K., comes news that will warm the heart of those among us who love reggae and comic books.  Ziggy Marley, the Grammy-winning reggae star and son of the legendary Bob Marley, will be releasing a 48-page graphic novel, Marijuanaman - 'a hero for a new generation' - through Image Comics.  The novel will be available in the U.S. on April 20th (AKA: 4/20).

According to the press release announcing the launch date, the novel, based on Marley's concept, 'tells the tale of a noble extraterrestrial champion, who has arrived on Earth to deliver an important message and at the same time save his own planet.' The novel was created in collaboration with writer Joe Casey and illustrator Jim Mahfood who stated, 'Ziggy Marley is a visionary. Marijuanaman is not going to be what people except it to be.'

Still don't believe this project is for real? A giant ad for Marijuanaman was flashed on one the giant video screens here in New York City in Times Square earlier this week to promote the project.

Marley's newest and fifth solo album, 'Wild and Free', will be released along with Marijuanaman this spring.

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