Thursday, February 3, 2011

That's right kids - one of Bob Marley's many talented children has decided to step out of his musical comfort zone and traverse the realm of comic books!

Ziggy, the oldest of the eleven Marley children, has created a "new hero for our times" with Marijuanaman.  He's an alien hero come to earth to spread the word and smoke some herb.

This ain't your granddaddy's comic book hero. 

I wouldn't count on seeing the "Comics Code" seal of approval on this one.  It is pretty awesome that Image Comics picked it up though - they're one of the bigger players in the world of small comics publishers and arguably a big name by their own right.

Here's what Ziggy had to say about the character:
"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."
Working alongside Marley on the project is none other than comic book/street art wunderkind, hip-hop aficionado, and St. Louis' own Jim Mahfood.  Here's what he has to share about the process:
“It’s been a really unique and thrilling project for me to work on. Ziggy Marley is a visionary and MARIJUANAMAN is his, so he's involved in every step, but he's also been cool enough to let Joe and I cut loose and really spread our artistic wings on this project. Through our collaboration, we are creating something that has a unique flavor and feeling. MARIJUANAMAN is not going to be what people except it to be.”
I've always said that the Justice League needs to take a chill pill - they're always running around frantically, fighting and yelling and shit.  Hopefully, Marijuanaman will be able to talk some sense into villains and heroes (and normal-folk) alike.

Look for the massive, 48-page, full color hardcover to be unveiled April 20th for around 25 bucks.

Peace.
-Mike-

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