Friday, September 2, 2016

Book Review Pop Manga Coloring Book

Pop Manga Coloring Book  by Camilla d'Errico
Genre: Coloring Books for Adults (and so much more)
80 pages (count them. 80 freaking pages 10" x 10")

I never thought I would get this excited over a coloring book. This is not your standard Adult Coloring Book. This is a Manga book. Frankly, I had never heard of the term manga before. Turns out manga is used to describe black and white art. This means that you have a beautiful book of black and white art even if you never color a single page.

Now I got this book because it would be a simple review. I'm not into coloring intricate designs. It's my understanding that adults are now coloring because they can feel productive when they aren't really doing anything. I get that. I have a difficult time just sitting while watching the boob tube. Boredom always follows. But I'm past the time when I ask my girlfriends to come over and we sit and color. Books like this could change my way of thinking.

Let's start with the removable  book cover that you can also color inside and out. Removing the cover leaves you a steampunk design in blue.
There are various big eyed fantasy designs.Some have a steam punk feature. Some are simple, some are more intricate.

The important question: How do they hold up with the different mediums.

On this page, I used watercolor paint, crayola crayons, colored pencils, sharpie pens, and acrylic paint.  Only the sharpie pens bled through to the other side. 

I don't understand why the red sharpie did not bleed through, but as you can see, the purple, pink and orange sharpies did. 
I have two negative things about this book. There are no borders. That means the design goes all the way to the binding making it difficult (but not impossible) to get color. 

The other negative was the author's little helper, Ayako. I have a love/hate relationship with him. I like the information he shares, but it cuts into the picture which would suck if I wanted to display it. 

Bottom line, this coloring book is printed as if it was a real book. You could proudly put it on your coffee table for display with or without coloring. I love the author's suggestion that you copy the pictures first and experiment with the colors before coloring the pages in the book, My other recommendation is to place a piece of wax paper between the pages you are working on to prevent the colors from transferring when the book is closed. 
 The chick on the other page was the first thing I painted with water colors. I had done everything else. The blue paint in the background was done last and it was dry, but obviously the chick wasn't. Lesson learned. 

Pop Manga Coloring Book is currently on sale at Amazon (today is Sept 3) for only $10.53. You get your money's worth in this book. I have purchased other adult coloring books for this price and they were single sided and only 25 pages. This book trumps their size. I highly recommend Pop Manga Coloring Book.  You can purchase here at Amazon. 

Disclaimer: I received this book at no cost in exchange for an honest review. 

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