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Ziggy Marley Releases Marijuanaman

Ziggy Marley Releases Marijuanaman

Ziggy Marley Releases Marijuanaman

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Ziggy Marley released his comic book Marijuanaman at Golden Apple Comics in Hollywood, California, USA on April 20, 2011.

The date says it all. This release was specially chosen to occur on 4/20, the number which symbolizes everything marijuana and hemp. Five time Grammy winner Ziggy Marley, a long supporter of all the varied uses of the cannabis plant, was releasing his long anticipated comic book “Marijuanaman”. The book was the brainchild of Marley and done with the fabulous illustrations of Jim Mahfood and the enlightened writing of Joe Casey. To give a brief overview of the book… Marijuanaman is an alien from the planet Yelram, who transforms into a super hero when he smokes the plant. He is battling a steroid driven, biker robot named “Cash Money”, who is owned by big business “Pharma-Con”, who is out to destroy the warriors from a marijuana using commune called “Exodus”. There are many Bob Marley song references throughout the book, and a philosophy of peace and love demonstrated throughout the story.

Ziggy Marley - Marijuanaman

The party at Golden Apple Comics commenced at 4:20 p.m. with Ziggy showing up at about 5:00 p.m. to do interviews with the press, which ran about an hour, Ziggy beaming with smiles as he described his book. There was a long line of fans waiting outside the store to buy their copies of “Marijuanaman” and have them signed by Ziggy, Jim and Joe. Meanwhile, there was an invitation only party going on outside the rear of the store (I luckily was invited) with food, hemp beer, medicated slushies and popcorn and blaring reggae music. I had the good fortune of having a little dance with Rohan, “Marley Coffee”, Marley to “Is This Love”, when it played over the PA system. I’m sure there were a number of celebrities on hand (I thought I spotted Quentin Tarantino), but being so reggae focused myself I’m kind of “out of the loop” when it comes to recognizing rock stars! Having recently broken my wrist, this was my first outing with my big Nikon, and my wrist was getting sore by 8:45 p.m. and I had to leave. It was a wonderful celebration for a most amazing new book. All hemp supporters should definitely get a copy of "Marijuanaman"… and it would be good for the politicians too… so that this plant may be used to its fullest potential!

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Posted by Cheesey1 on 04.27.2011
I picked up my copy and it's quite good. I've been reading comics for a very long time and this is a proper addition to the great tradition of thought provoking and fun to read, easily accessible fiction that embodies the best that the genre has to offer.

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