There's been a lot of discussion about coloring books lately. A genre of activity books once only for kids, they're now being used by, and made just for, adults. They're being touted as stress relievers and fashionably nostalgic. Whatever the reason, grown-ups are buying more and more of them, and becoming obsessed with coloring in (and out) of the lines. Here are a few coloring books for adults worth checking out:
The Ultimate Badass Feminist Coloring Book by Iljeoma Oluo just completed successful fundraising on Kickstarter (it raised $21,536 of its $4,000 goal!). Oluo, a feminist writer and speaker in Seattle, created the illustrations of well-known feminists in this coloring book including Kimya Dawson, Jenny Yang, Lindy West, and Feminista Jones.
Game of Thrones fans take note: George R. R. Martin's Official A Game of Thrones Coloring Book (A Song of Ice and Fire) will be released this October. Featuring 45 illustrations by Yvonne Gilbert, John Howe, Tomislav Tomic, Adam Stower, and Levi Pinfold. If you can't wait until October to start coloring in images of the Starks, Lannisters, and the Mother of Dragons, you can buy the unofficial Game of Thrones: A Colouring Book from Team Art.
Color Me Sad is an amusing coloring book-in-progress by funemployed doodler, Ron Felton. Felton just finished a Kickstarter campaign for the book, reaching its modest $500 goal, and then some. Felton explains on Kickstarter that the final coloring book will feature at least 24 illustrations of melancholy entertainers. So far, he's created illustrations of people like Lee Marvin, Thom Yorke, Werner Herzog, David Lynch, and Harry Dean Stanton, but he may also consider including the likes of Gary Busey, Tommy Wiseau, Lindsay Lohan, Fiona Apple, Morrissey (duh), and Elliott Smith. The estimated release date of this coloring book is August 2015.