ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) — Now people can add their own color to Occupy Wall Street’s characters.
Released today, an Occupy Wall Street coloring book includes tongue-in-cheek features like a guilt-release form for guilty “one percenters,” “The Occupation Song,” and a rhyme called “Humptey Grumpty.” This time, it was the market that had a great fall and couldn’t be glued back together again.
Wayne Bell, publisher of St. Louis-based Really Big Coloring Books, Inc., said Occupy Wall Street is a movement with grown-up aspirations and problems. While some pages shoot for a laugh, Zell said the book’s purpose is truth.
“This is a coloring book novel designed around the Occupy event that reflects who we are as a people and a nation,” Bell said.
His company’s other books include one on 9/11 and another on President Barack Obama’s inauguration. To him, the main art — regardless of who’s holding the crayon — is capturing the Occupy movement exactly as it is.
Several pages feature media personalities offering their views from Rush Limbaugh, Anderson Cooper, Rachel Maddow and Geraldo Rivera explaining the Occupy movement to their audiences. The quotes are researched precisely, according to Bell, and try to capture all sides of the debate.
But he said the book tries not to complicate itself with the movement’s politics. At a time when everyone asks what Occupy Wall Street wants to accomplish, who constitutes the movement and how long it will last, the book hopes to answer simpler questions as if a fourth-grader asked them.
The book required two-and-a-half weeks of work and over 400 hours from his team of five. The book hits shelves today at all major book retailers, and Bell expects it to sell like other really big coloring books.
“I knew right away that this was a topic we should approach.”