It’s been a couple of years since the adult coloring book phase caught on and it’s really made its way around. One of my favorite activities to do with old friends I haven’t seen in a while is to take out a coloring book and color while we chat and catch up. I’m the type of person that really needs to be doing something with her hands while she talks. (No one wants to be the friend with the phone in her hand while someone else is spilling their heart out to you.)
My roommate can tell you that before I moved in the fridge was pretty bare. Thanks to Skyhorse Publishing, and the many friends I entertain in my living room, our fridge is now covered in colored exotic chickens, kittens, mandalas, and paisleys. It’s great, but one gets tired of the mundaneness of coloring in such happy pictures.
Don’t get me wrong. I’m not someone with a black cloud over her head. But after the 16th time coloring in a cute kitten with a ball of yarn it just frustrates me. Totally the opposite of the Zen feeling I was going for. I wanted something more challenging. Something that really spoke to how I was feeling on a day that wasn’t so sunshine and rainbows. Life isn’t a beautifully colored meadow. It’s messy, and sometimes there’s just not enough coffee in the world to cope.
Color Me Miserable: A Coloring Book for the Cranky Colorist seems to be exactly what I was looking for. Sure there were coloring books on the market now with curse words galore. But nothing truly says existential dread like the literal words “Existential Dread” laid out in white bubble text, ready to be filled in to my heart’s content.
I’ve always wanted to be the person with a decorative throw pillow with some clever catchy phrase on it. However, what better way to explain to my guests that life sucks than a beautifully framed coloring page clearly outlining that “This Sucks”, or “I Hate Everybody.” It’s like a clever Etsy shop in a convenient portable coloring book.
Plus, we all have that friend that wants a ridiculous gift like this. I’m already planning a new project for when I get my hands on a copy. Picture this: your work cubicle, decorated with different colored in pages from this coloring book like wallpaper, colored in by best friends and family.
Nothing says love more than “Who cares?”
-Sam Levitz, Assistant Managing Editor
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