Week one-twenty-five of Operation Graphite – theme: Summer Camp.

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Alright, it looks like we all made it though the night. There were some rumors of a machete wielding nut hacking the CIT’s to bits at the next lake over. I’m glade we haven’t suffered such a fate. However, we are still missing, Timmy Kowalski. Timmy, was last seen yesterday after lunch, working on a saddle made of pipe cleaners and paper towel tubes.

Update: Edna, the miniature horse is also missing. Please report to your nearest counselor if you see Timmy riding around, he needs to take his medication.

Contributing Campers:

Shock – Camp craft day awards: Friendship bracelet suit of armor – First Place

The theme for week one-twenty-six of Operation Graphite will be: Guardians of the Galaxy.

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Here is where things get interesting. Does anyone remember that a few years ago, the idea of an Iron Man movie sounded insane to some, as it was believed no one knew who Iron man was? I thought Iron Man was just under Cap and Spidey as far as character recognition. He had always been a major Marvel character, had been in video games, and even his own 90’s cartoon. I figured Iron Man was pretty much next inline for a film, as far as the top tier comic heroes go in that verse. Now, Guardians of the Galaxy on the other hand, they are about as obscure as they get.

In an act of pure Marvel hubris, the next massive budget, comic book movie will truly be about characters hardly anyone knows about. But for those who do know, Marvel actually planted a few seeds a while ago. I had never heard of these guys until my roommate (drafturgy) got insanely excited for Rocket Raccoon being one of the playable characters in Ultimate Marvel Vs. Capcom 3 back in 2011. Both Marvel and Capcom were very strategic about which characters would be in the game. Hawkeye (months before he appeared in Avengers), Nova and Rocket Raccoon were all characters who were not yet main stream, but Marvel had plans in store for them. Since then, both Avengers cartoon incarnations had the Guardians as guest stars, furthing introducing the team to the world.

The fate of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is on the line, and Guardians bombing could break the plans for future films, or it might prove that the Marvel Cinematic Universe is a juggernaut (despite Fox owning the movie rights to Juggernaut) that can’t be stopped. The cast looks amazing, and everything I have seen makes it look like the space western that more than just comic fans are eager to see.

Please submit any drawing or painting, using traditional or digital media, that fits the theme: Guardians of the Galaxy.

All art work is due on Thursday, 7.31.14 Submissions will be published the following Friday, 8.1.14

Week one-twenty-four of Operation Graphite – theme: Aquaman.

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We will see if Jason Momoa can pull off DC’s king of  seas. Eager to get some of Marvel’s Avengers box office, DC is finally jumping in to the mix. Will Aquaman work, or will it fail like Green Lantern? Only time will tell. DC has a great track record of straight to DVD animated films, if the live action Justice League films can match those in quality, we might have a series great movies rolling out in the next few years.

Shock – Surfacing

The theme selected for week one-twenty-five of Operation Graphite will be: Summer Camp.

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Our next mission will be deep undercover, infiltrating a summer camp on the East Coast where a string of missing children has been concerning local residents. Summer is here, and time to teach homesick kids politically incorrect interpretations of native american customs, various crafts using plastic cord, and how to successfully execute the J – Stroke.

Please submit any drawing or painting, using traditional or digital media, that fits the theme: Summer Camp.

All art work is due on Thursday, 7.24.14 Submissions will be published the following Friday, 7.25.14

Week one-twenty-three of Operation Graphite – theme: Predator.

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It seems that while on R&R, some of my regular duties may have slipped. And really, when intergalactic game hunters are running amuck, it’s not exactly the best time to be sipping mai tais on the beach.

Predator, like Highlander, is maybe a film that should never had sequels. Perhaps it wasn’t quite that bad, and I this next installment shows promise.

Contributing Hunters:
shawnbrookwilliams
Shock

The theme selected for week one-twenty-four of Operation Graphite will be: Aquaman.

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For a character who rules over 75% of the Earth, he often gets a lot of flack for his oceanic based powers. Many attempts to make Aquaman tougher over the years have had mixed results. Now Khal Drogo has been cast in the upcoming Batman / Superman film. With Wonder Woman also cast, the Justice League is beginning to assemble. Oh wait, they are not legally allowed to “Assemble.” So the Justice League is, gathering? No, that’s also taken. How about Aggregate, or Cluster? what about Converge?

That’s it, Justise league CONVERGE! No, that sounds like crap too.

Please submit any drawing or painting, using traditional or digital media, that fits the theme: Aquaman

All art work is due on Thursday, 7.17.14 Submissions will be published the following Friday, 7.18.14

Week one-twenty-two of Operation Graphite – theme: US History Icons.

Happy 4th of July America. This week we  picked a figure who helped shaped this nation. On this holiday 3 day weekend, stay safe, wear sunblock, drink plenty of water, and try not to blow your fingers off with fireworks.

Contributing Icons:

Micah – Founding Cthulhu

Shock – Frederick Douglass

The theme selected for week one-twenty-three of Operation Graphite will be: Predator.

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Not long ago, it was announced that the next installment of the Predator franchise will be directed by a guy from the first movie; known mostly as the guy telling all the bad jokes. Shane Black, who recently directed the very entertaining Iron Man 3, as well as the under rated Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang, will take the helm of the Next Predator Film. The fact that Shane has recently done some great movies give me hope his take on the Predator series will be good. However the fact that he was IN the original, not just as alien bounty hunter fodder, but actually hired to be the set writer (he had just written the first Lethal Weapon) on the shoot, leves me to believe that he is very much tied to the awesomeness of that first installment. The sequel, nothing but love for Mr. Glover asside, was pretty weak. I never even bothered with the AVP movies, and the most recent film was also pretty boring despite a great cast. Lets hope Mr. Black can deliver the Predator sequel we have been waiting for all these years.

Please submit any drawing or painting, using traditional or digital media, that fits the theme: Predator

All art work is due on Thursday, 7.10.14 Submissions will be published the following Friday, 7.11.14

Week one-twenty-one of Operation Graphite – theme: Cowboy Bebop.

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For many Ameircans, Cowboy Bebop is the Gold Standard Anime series. There have been many great shows before, and others have continued after, but always something about that first show. For many, Bebop was the first anime series that captured their imagination back in the 90’s. In a long line of misfits, outlaws and rag tag crews crammed in a tiny space ship, Bebop continues to be one of the coolest sci-fi, space adventure stories.

Shock – Jet Black

The theme selected for week one-twenty-two of Operation Graphite will be: US History Icons.

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The Fourth of July is already around the corner. Another round of parades, fire works, and back yard barbecues. While certainly open to the men elected as president of the United States, the theme is open to any founding father (or mother), historical icon, or elected officials who have made an indelible mark on US History.

Please submit any drawing or painting, using traditional or digital media, that fits the theme: US History Icon.

All art work is due on Thursday, 7.3.13 Submissions will be published on Independence day, the following Friday, 7.4.13