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Peek Inside Author Chuck Palahniuk's New Adult Coloring Book

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Adult coloring books are so popular right now that even Chuck Palahniuk, the bestselling author of novels including 1996’s Fight Club and 2001's Choke, is getting in on the action. According to BuzzFeed, Palahniuk has teamed up with publisher Dark Horse books to write his first-ever coloring book for adults. The work, titled Bait: Off-Color Stories for You to Color, is slated for release in comic book shops and bookstores on October 26.

Palahniuk will contribute eight brand-new short stories to the book, and a slew of comic book artists will provide nearly 50 black-and-white accompanying illustrations. Artists involved in the project include Hellboy's Duncan Fegredo, Lady Killer's Joelle Jones, and The Suiciders’s Lee Bermejo.

If you’re familiar with Palahniuk’s writing (which is often gory), you’ve probably guessed that Bait won’t be your typical, upbeat coloring book. Don’t expect any rainbows, kittens, and Star Wars characters—but do make sure to stock up on plenty of red crayons.

"This will not be your grandma's coloring book,” Palahniuk acknowledged in an email to mental_floss. “But with the quality of the stories and artwork—not to mention your own colorful contributions—it might very well belong to your great-great grandchildren. It will be beautifully bound, the first of its kind. Color inside the lines. Color outside the lines. Make your book a one-of-a-kind heirloom."

Get a sneak peak of a few of Bait’s illustrations below:

Illustrated by Duncan Fegredo, Courtesy of Dark Horse

Illustrated by Kirbi Fagan, Courtesy of Dark Horse

Illustrated by Steve Morris, Courtesy of Dark Horse

[h/t Buzzfeed]

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Never Buy Drawing Paper Again With This Endlessly Reusable Art Notebook
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Art supplies can get pricey when you’re letting your kid’s creativity run wild. But with an endlessly reusable notebook, you never have to worry about running out of paper during that after-school coloring session.

The creators of the erasable Rocketbook Wave have come out with a new version of their signature product meant especially for color drawings. The connected Rocketbook Color notebook allows you to send images drawn on its pages to Google Drive or other cloud services with your phone, then erase the pages by sticking the whole notebook in the microwave. You get a digital copy of your work (one that, with more vibrant colors, might look even better than the original) and get to go on drawing almost immediately after you fill the book.

An animated view of a notebook’s pages changing between different drawings.

There’s no special equipment involved beyond the notebook itself. The Rocketbook Color works with Crayola and other brands’ washable crayons and colored pencils, plus dry-erase markers. The pages are designed to be smudge-proof, so turning the page won’t ruin the art on the other side even if you are using dry-erase markers.

Rocketbook’s marketing is aimed at kids, but adults like to save paper, too. Break away from the adult coloring books and go free-form. If it doesn’t quite work out, you can just erase it forever.

The notebooks are $20 each on Kickstarter.

All images courtesy Rocketbook

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This Amazing Clock Has a Different Hand for Every Minute of the Day
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In the video below, you can watch Japanese ad agency Dentsu transform passing time into art. According to Adweek, the project was commissioned by Japanese stationery brand Hitotoki, which produces crafting materials. To celebrate the value of handmade items in an increasingly fast-paced world, Dentsu created a film advertisement for their client depicting their goods as a stop-motion clock.

The timepiece ticks off all 1440 minutes in the day, and was assembled in real-time against a colored backdrop during a single 24-hour take. Its "hands" were crafted from different combinations of some 30,000 disparate small items, including confetti, cream puffs, tiny toys, silk leaves, and sunglasses.

"In a world where everything is so hectic and efficient, we wanted to bring the value of 'handmade' to life," explains Dentsu art director Ryosuke Miyashita in a press statement quoted by Stash Media. "We created different combinations of small Hitotoki brand items to express each and every minute."

You can check out a promotional video for the project below, which details the arduous crafting process, or view a real-time version of the clock here.

[h/t Adweek]

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