Avatar: The Last Airbender, Serenity Coloring Books to Debut in October

unnamed-1Dark Horse has created an adult coloring book program to launch on October 5. The series will debut with the coloring books, Avatar: The Last Airbender and Serenity. Each adult coloring book features 45 pages of original artwork created specifically to be colored in on thick, heavyweight 10- by 10-inch pages. The coloring book is filled with original black-and-white illustrations by artist Jed Henry and produced in collaboration with creators Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko.

Adult Coloring Impact Extends Beyond Toy Industry

unnamed-1The adult crafting trend is carving out new opportunities for the office supplies industry, according to Adult Coloring, Crafting, and the Handmade Movement: An NPD Office Supplies Industry Report, from global information company The NPD Group.

Coloring and art supplies are a $1 billion market, with in-store and online sales growing to $75 million combined in 2015. In the arts and crafts paper category, coloring pages, including adult coloring books, is the largest segment based on dollar volume, also seeing the largest store dollar growth in 2015. With paint nights and adult coloring gaining in popularity, sales of complementary products such as colored pencils, gel, and porous pens, painting accessories, and acrylic paint are driving growth within their respective categories.

Chalk and chalkboard usage is also influencing industry sales, as these items are increasingly used not only for school, but for businesses, home offices, and home décor. The chalk category saw the largest in-store dollar sales increase in 2015, surpassing crayons. Both dollar and unit sales for chalkboards more than doubled in 2015 compared to the prior year.