A col­or­ing book for ‘Game’ fans

Los Angeles Times - - CALENDAR - — Michael Schaub

Win­ter is com­ing. Get your red pens ready.

Ban­tam Books an­nounced Mon­day that it will pub­lish a “Game of Thrones” col­or­ing book from Ge­orge R.R. Martin, au­thor of the “Song of Ice and Fire” fan­tasy se­ries. It’s be­ing touted as an “adult col­or­ing book,” which will not come as a sur­prise to any­one familiar with Martin’s fa­mously vi­o­lent books or the some­how even more vi­o­lent HBO show based on them.

Col­or­ing books mar­keted to­ward adults are a new mini-craze in the pub­lish­ing in­dus­try. Artist Jo­hanna Bas­ford has topped best­seller lists with her col­or­ing books, “Se­cret Gar­den” and “En­chanted For­est.” Ban­tam said the book “will fea­ture 45 orig­i­nal black and white il­lus­tra­tions” in­spired by Martin’s wildly suc­cess­ful se­ries. It is ten­ta­tively sched­uled for re­lease in the fall.

There are also col­or­ing books, not nec­es­sar­ily aimed at adults, fea­tur­ing pres­i­den­tial can­di­dates such as Ted Cruz and Hil­lary Rod­ham Clin­ton. (In the lat­ter, you can color the for­mer sec­re­tary of State’s pantsuits whichever shade you like.)

San­dro Cam­pardo AP

“THRONES” fans can soon color Ge­orge R.R. Martin’s draw­ings.

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