In case you did not know, April 20th was marijuana day, and for the occasion Ziggy Marley, son of reggae legend Bob Marley, had released a graphic novel, ‘Marijuanaman, a hero for a new generation’. This must explain the long line I saw on Wednesday while driving by the store Golden Apple Comics on Melrose avenue, I had no idea Ziggy himself was there signing the book!!
According to several websites, the book tells the story of ‘a noble extraterrestrial champion, who has arrived on Earth to deliver an important message and at the same time save his own planet’.
In a press release, Ziggy Marley explained:‘Marijuanaman represents the hope of the future, the hope that we will utilize all of the power that the universe has given us to save our planet.’
Save the planet with marijuana? Explain to me….
This extraterrestrial guy comes from the planer Yelram (Marley spelled backward) and has in fact THC (the molecule in marijuana) instead of DNA (wow, these writers don't know much about biology don't they?) and Earth’s cannabis plants causes him to transform into a superhero. There, he is ready to ‘fight against an evil pharmaceutical corporation and its hired thug, Cash Money, and make the world aware of what ‘it's all about’ — which is to say, hemp.’
It is obviously a metaphor for what’s going on right now with the fight for legalization of marijuana, and Marley wanted to make people aware that the plant is also useful for many other things beside getting high, like create papers, plastics and fuel, insisting that his superhero does not smoke weed to gain his superpowers!
‘It relates to the reality of why the plant is being criminalized and why it’s not being used in all of its facets, in the early days of American history, this plant was used much more widely, and then it became a demon and a devil’.
But Marley has a lot of hope for this book about the green power, and is planning to release a second and a third Marijuanaman book in the future, saying ‘He's a hero eventually children will be able to love, he's a character that will come to be loved like Spider-Man and Superman’.
Seeing the last results of the elections for proposition 19, he is a little delusional if you want my take… but who knows? The book is published by Image Comics, written by Joe Casey, based on the character created by Marley, and illustrated by Jim Mahfood.
Here is a video about his book signing at Golden Apple Comics:
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