Another year, another chance to gift your favorite beloved tabletop gamer more Dungeons & Dragons goodies for the holiday season. Because, as usual, Wizards of the Coast and other publishers working alongside of them, has delivered. I am so pleased to be able to bring you this list, some of which I possess and others that I will have soon, I am sure. I wish you all the best this holiday season, dear readers. Now, on with the show!
Here’s the 2023 Holiday Gift Guide: Dungeons & Dragons Edition:
If The Nightmare Before Christmas was unleashed onto the world of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer while on bath salts, you might get the imagery shown in Alan Robert‘s latest gory and graphic adult coloring book, Beauty of Horror: Ghosts of Christmas, which releases on October 30, 2018.
Many might know Alan Robert as the bassist for New York hardcore band Life of Agony. His artistic nature turned to graphic novels and his Beauty of Horror series adult coloring book from IDW Publishing.
HBO’s Game of Thrones Coloring Book Paperback Illustrations by Allan Jefferson and Adriana Melo
Designed by Michael Morris
Front and back cover images colored by Terry Lancaster
Illustrations based on photography by Helen Sloan, Keith Bernstein, and Macall Polay
Publisher: Chronicle Books
60 pages | 11.5 x 0.2 x 11.6 inches
Release date: October 27, 2016
As you all know, adult coloring books are a thing. A truly awesome and therapeutic thing. And who knew that this medium could make HBO’s famously dark fantasy series Game Of Thrones feel so euphoric?
HBO’s Game of Thrones Coloring Book is the perfect way to wind down at the end of a long day, or sit back on a day off when you finally get some time to yourself. Each illustration, by Allan Jefferson and/or Adriana Melo, is meticulously and artfully outlined to mimic scenes from the beloved series.
Creepy Christmas: A Merry Macabre Coloring Book Paperback
By Sam Shearon
Publisher: Vesuvian Books
166 pages | 8.5 x 0.4 x 11 inches
Release date: October 18, 2016
It’s Christmas time, so I should be wrapping gifts and baking cookies, but instead, I’ve been coloring in my new Creepy Christmas coloring book!
That’s right, author and artist Sam Shearon has injected some terror into this holiday season with his adult coloring book Mister Sam Shearon’s Creepy Christmas: A Merry Macabre Coloring Book. Well, actually, as the book tells us, the creepy aspect has always been a part of the season, with tales of legendary creatures like Krampus, Wendigo, and the Abominable Snowman. For the traditionally innocuous elements, such as toys, snow globes, and even Rudolph, Shearon converts them into terrifying yet somehow still festive depictions just begging to be colorized.
The Beauty of Horror: A GOREgeous Coloring Book Paperback
By Alan Robert
Release date: October 4, 2016
Life Of Agony bassist Alan Robert already made the jump to comic book creator with the 2010 miniseries Wire Hangers, and has since gone on write and illustrate other titles, such as Killogy, the IDW miniseries he created that tells the story of three murderers, one of whom has the likeness of Marky Ramone. Now, the Brooklyn native has made another successful leap in his career — to adult coloring books with The Beauty of Horror: A GOREgeous Coloring Book.
Chances are, the average adult doesn’t think they have the time for coloring, or perhaps they believe it’s something you leave behind with childhood. But it’s known nowadays that coloring is actually quite therapeutic, and if you don’t believe me, just grab a crayon, pencil, or marker, and start coloring something in, and within minutes, you’ll experience the smoothing effects.