October 6th is a special day for me because it’s my mom’s birthday, but it’s also the day Roger Ma’s adult coloring book The Vampire Combat Field Guide: A Coloring and Activity Book for Fighting the Bloodthirsty Undead arrives from Berkley Trade Paperback.
I’ve never understood why coloring is regarded as “kids stuff.” It’s actually very therapeutic. And it provides an artistic outlet for people not overly gifted in the artistic department. It lets one express himself creatively. I recall once buying a Superman coloring book, at an age when I was supposed to be too old for such things, and having to endure the condescending look from the blue-haired cashier. I wonder what look would have crossed that old bitty’s face if I’d brought a copy of “The Vampire Combat Field Guide: A Coloring and Activity Book for Fighting the Bloodthirsty Undead” to the cash register?
Yes, it’s a coloring book. It’s also “an essential practice handbook for anyone seeking to avoid serious injury, infection, or death at the hands of a vampire” with “[d]etailed illustrations to aid in identifying various types of the undead and their vulnerabilities as well as anatomical drawings you can color to promote knowledge retention.” Seriously, if that doesn’t make you want to break open a fresh box of Crayolas, I don’t know what would. The “Field Guide” goes on sale in early October. Make sure you get yours, and happy coloring!