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|Pony Coloring Book|
The book's cover art
|Date published||July 6, 2011|
|Pages||84 (First book) |
74 (Second book)
10 (Bonus Pages)
Creation of the book
The artwork was entirely original and drawn traditionally on paper. It was traced or referenced from screen grabs from the show itself, giving it an accurate but also handmade feel. The book was centered around a storybook-style retelling of the first episode of the series. Also included were puzzles and games, including a crossword puzzle, word search, word scramble, mazes, and 20 pages of nonogram puzzles, also known as Picross and Paint By Numbers.
In September 2011, Garrett Gilchrist released a second, 74-page My Little Pony Friendship is Magic coloring book as a followup. Not as ambitious a project as the first book, 42 pages of the book were taken up by nonogram puzzles, this time with a much harder difficulty. Notable humans Lauren Faust, Jayson Thiessen, Daniel Ingram and Sethisto also received their own coloring pages. (Daniel Ingram featured his coloring page on his official Facebook profile, and Jayson Thiessen hung his page up in his office.) The first 19 pages of the book focused on individual characters and were child-friendly, but later on the book contained some more adult humor (such as profanity).
In October 2011, Garrett Gilchrist released ten more coloring pages, including one for BroNYCon organizer Purple Tinker. These were comedic in nature, but child friendly. The artwork was much more original this time rather than copied from the show. With the ten additional pages, this makes the second book as long as the first.
Gilchrist is also known for his webcomic The Chosen Ones, which has featured pony references and humanized ponies on at least six occasions. A filmmaker and actor, Garrett has occasionally done comedic dramatic readings of Pony-related material (such as the fanfiction "Spiderses") at one of his Youtube channels, Orangecowdotorg. He has also been a guest at BroNYCon 2011.