He’s explained the history of Tetris and the careers of Andre the Giant and Andy Kaufman, but for his next nonfiction graphic novel, award-winning cartoonist Box Brown is aiming high. He’s launching an essay about the racist legacy of cannabis legislation in the United States — and Heat Vision has a sneak peek at the book ahead of its release next year.
Announced this week, Brown’s Cannabis: The Illegalization of Weed in America investigates the history of the way the United States has treated weed since its arrival via the immigrant work force — a fact that almost immediately saw it declared the vice of “inferior races” by lawmakers, with a campaign against drug usage leading the cannabis plant to be given a schedule I classification, alongside heroin.
Cannabis sees Brown continue his relationship with First Second Books, the publisher of his earlier nonfiction works Andre the Giant: Life and Legend, Tetris: The Games People Play and Is This Guy for Real?: The Unbelievable Andy Kaufman, with the book scheduled for a winter 2019 release. In advance of that, the publisher has provided Heat Vision with a five-page preview below.