Week one-fourty-two of Operation Graphite – theme: Daredevil.

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The Ben Affleck Daredevil film didn’t do too well, so no sequel was ever made. Ok, there was that one spin off, but even with that, Fox let the rights revert back to Marvel. Now Daredevil and all related characters are in the MCU. Instead of a major motion picture, there will be a Netflix series, because we need more superhero shows apparently. I’m so behind on tv series, I might get to in by the time my kids are in Highschool.

For those keeping track, thats Daredevil, Superman, and soon Batman that Affleck has portrayed on the silver screen.

Shock – Swing Kick

The theme selected for week one-fourty-three of Operation Graphite will be: Athlete.

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There is Jedi vs. Sith, G.I. Joe vs. Cobra, Alies vs. Axis Powers, and then there are Nerds vs Jocks. It’s an old rivalry that some insist on, and others try to set aside. I am pretty sure, Fantasy football is the NERDIEST fucking thing that has ever, and will ever exist; it is clear that these two groups have completely merged, and formed nerdy-jock offspring. While there be some die hards on both extremes of the scale, many of my nerdy friends have both been athletic and into sports in some way, the two former waring sides have been at peace for some time. One reason we are drawn to sports figures is because they are the human approximation of our super hero legends. They are those phycical specimens who transcend normal human limits. And of course, certain athletes do tend to exemplify the ideal active human physique, and that works great as a life drawing reference.

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

All art work is due on Thursday, 11.27.14 Submissions will be published the following Friday, 11.28.14

Week one-fourty-one of Operation Graphie – theme: Meleagrididae.

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While the turkey may not be the most handsome member of the aves family, they are a rather fascinating creature. Birds in general become even more fascinating after the realization that they are descendants of dinosaurs. The feathered nature of dinosaurs is still not precisely know, nearly all had feathers, but unknown is to what extent. Long or short feathers, vibrant or dull colors, plumage varies so wildly between bird species; it is hard to imagine what dinosaurs might actually look like. And then there are turkeys, where it isn’t the feathers alone that make it distinct. Chickens, turkeys and a few other birds have caruncles, those are the weird fleshy bits on their head. Specifically, the comb, snood, wattle, and dewlap are those fleshy bits, that for all we know, some dinosaurs might have had them too. The snood is probably the most disturbing (and is about to get a whole lot more disturbing) which is that weird little fleshy bit that hangs off the tip of the beak. This is erectile tissue, and becomes engorged with blood when the turkey becomes enraged or aroused. Thats right, a little ragging turkey boner, let that sink in as you eat your holiday meal.

Shock – Turkey neck

The theme selected for week one-fourty-two of Operation will be: Daredevil.

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This week we focus on one of Marvel’s other incredibly acrobatic New York City vigilantes. Mild mannered (and completely blind) attorney by day, Matt Murdock becomes the echolocating defender of Hells Kitchen by night. We’re not talking about the Gordon Ramsey show, but about one of the worst, crime ridden parts of Manhattan. Perhaps that dates the comic origin a bit, as Hells Kitchen was pretty much cleaned up, along with everything else seedy and slummy in Manhattan. It has less to do with Daredevil, and more to do with Giuliani and gentrification. Never the less, with Daredevil back in the hands of Marvel Studios, filming has begun for a new Netflix series centered on the, Man with out fear.

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

All art work is due on Thursday, 11.20.14 Submissions will be published the following Friday, 11.21.14

Week one-fourty of Operation Graphite – theme: James Bond.

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James Bond may be a brute, a chauvinist, and smug bastard, but those were the types of people we felt we needed during the cold war. While the sexual politics are very dated, the idea of the head strong, cunning agent is still the kind of weapon you’d want on your side against SMERSH, SPECTRE or the Soviets.

Shock - Jaws and Dolly

The theme selected for week one-fourty-one of Operation Graphite will be: Meleagrididae.

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This weeks theme is Meleagrididae, which is really just me being a smart ass, as that is the scientific name for the family of birds that include the Turkey. Not to be confused with the country, but while I think of it, the Turks and Ottomans would make a great future theme. This is, after all, the month of November, and since that new world bird is not only synonymous with Thanksgiving, it is also popular through out the entire holiday season of overeating. Perhaps you might find the turkey a noble and dignified creature, as Benjamin Franklin did, or perhaps you find its grotesque visage of waddle, snood and caruncle to be rather horrific. However you view this bird, that is the theme of the week, and may be prepared anyway you please.

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

All art work is due on Thursday, 11.13.14 Submissions will be published the following Friday, 11.14.14

Week one-thirty-nine of Operation Graphite – theme: All Hallows Eve.

For the first time in years, I don’t have a Halloween costume. I’m feeling a little down about that; it’s the first time in ages I don’t have any crazy, elaborate costume plans for my favorite holiday. But things aren’t all grim, the focus has shifted. With a munchkin to take care of, dressing him up for the holiday is the new focus. I already have a few costume ideas for the future. Perhaps one day he will take Halloween costumes as seriously as I once did. Actually, I hope he doesn’t take it THAT seriously, I definitely went overboard one or two times.

Contributing Trick or Treaters:

Drafturgy – Jack Pumpkinhead

Micah -Hollowman

Sethomatik – Michael Myers

shawnbrookwilliams – Trick or Treat

Shock – The one night a year little Diaemus can come out of hiding.

 

Thank you for frightening the neighbors!

The theme selected for week one-fourty of Operation Graphite will be: James Bond.

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From the original Ian Fleming books, to the films which later evolved into a ridiculous parody, and more recently to the Jason Bourne style action movies, James Bond is the most recognizable figure in the spy and espionage genre. While often hailed as the ultimate incarnation, those early Sean Connery films are now more recognized for Bond being a misogynistic asshole. Not too long ago I re-watched Goldfinger, and was a bit taken back by a few scenes. Perhaps Pussy Galore got more respect working for the villain than she ever did working for the Good Guys. Of course, when I was little, all of that went completely over my head. All I saw were cigarettes that shot rockets, a Lotus Esprit that transforms into a submarine, jetpacks, ninjas and wristwatches that do everything from shoot darts, magnetically attract objects, and shoot freaking laser beams.

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

All art work is due on Thursday, 11.6.14 Submissions will be published the following Friday, 11.7.14

Week one-thirty-eight of Operation Graphite – theme: Agincourt.

 

This Saturday is the Feast of Saint Crispin, and if it were not for Shakespeare, that day would likely be as forgettable as the Feast of Castor of Tarsus. But a play, and its often rehashed soliloquy, centered around the Battle of Agincourt. One of the bloodiest battles of the Hundred Years War, and perhaps the reason for much of the lingering animosity between French and English, took place near the town of Azincourt, where a chunk of France once belonged to the Kingdom of England. A battle where the pinnacle of plate armor technology was no mach for a muddy field, and repeated volleys from English long bows led to victory for an army out numbered four to one.

Contributing Men-at-Arms:

Sethomatik – Agincourt

shawnbrookwilliams – Anachronistic Anatomically Incorrect Agincourt

Shock – Henry V

The theme selected for week one-thirty-nine of Operation Graphite will be: All Hallows Eve.

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To finish off October, we’ll have our self a nice Halloween free for all. How the the early Christian church co-oped a pagan harvest festival, and never thought that would come back to bite them in the ass, is beyond me. A holiday that for some celebrates passed ancestors, for others its about monsters, demons and the darker side of human nature. And yet for others it is really about dressing up. The rising popularity of cosplay is one indicator that, for some, only one day a year to be someone else is just not enough. And of course, its also about pumpkin spiced EVERYTHING!

Please submit any drawing or painting, using traditional or digital media, that fits the theme: All Hallows Eve.

All art work is due on Thursday, 10.30.14 Submissions will be published the following Friday, 10.31.14