Week one-thirty-four of Operation Graphite – theme: Fantastic Four.

There was a time when the Fantastic Four was kind of revolutionary in the comic world. Back in the Silver age of comics, most superhero teams were pretty banal. The teams always got along, using each ones unique powers to thwart their enemies devious plans. The Fantastic Four were a the dysfunctional family. Modern incarnations of, the Avengers, and other super hero teams has taken a lot of cues from chaotic dynamic that the Fantastic Four innovated. It was funny that around the time the last two horrible Fantastic Four movies came out, there was The Incredibles, which was very much inspires by the FF, buy a far superior film. This new one, Who knows, but it is being directed by the guy who did Chronicle, and that was pretty awesome.

Fantastic Contributors:

sethomatic  – The Thing

Shock – John Saxon, would have made an absolutely perfect Reed Richards Circa 1973.

The theme selected for week one-thirty-five of Operation Graphite will be: Monster.

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October, Shocktober, Rocktober or whichever annoying “tober” you prefer is nearly here. The month of Halloween is usually dedicated to the scary, spooky and macabre, I’d like to also make it about darkness, inky, black darkness. Illustrator, Jake Parker started something a few years ago called, Inktober. While I won’t be able to keep up with a new ink drawing every day in October, I do think it’s a great inspiration to experiment with inking. The official theme is Monster, a lose topic allowing lots possibilities. Hopefully you can incorporate #inktober in your monstrosity.

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

All art work is due on Thursday, 10.2.14 Submissions will be published the following Friday, 10.3.14

Example art by, Jake Parker, from last year’s Inktober.

Week one-thirty-three of Operation Graphite – theme: Nocturnal.

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The distinction between nocturnal and diurnal is just one of many animal classifications. While the balance between the two may not be equal, it really isn’t quite a black or white, yes or no characteristic. The night itself has so much weight psychologically, and what ever creeps, hunts or feeds at night instantly conjures ideas of sinister creatures. Even if the cute and cuddly fauna prefer the night life, they often seem sneaky or deceitful. But, this is just anthropomorphizing these creatures, in reality, they do what they have to do to survive. Maybe they are creeped out by the creatures that are out during the hours of the bright, burning sun?

Shock – Civet

The theme selected for week one-thirty-four of Operation Graphite will be: Fantastic Four.

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There is Fantastic Four reboot in the works, not really for any other reason than to prevent Marvel Studios from getting the feature rights to that franchise back. The last two movies were pretty lack luster, and perhaps this new one could hit it out of the park. Fox, certainly has been doing a better job with the X-men films lately, so there is some hope. The real issue is, does anyone really care about the Fantastic Four? I think most people would rather see Marvel get the rights back so, Dr. Doom (who is part of the FF deal) can fight the Avengers, rather than see the Fantastic Four on screen again.

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

All art work is due on Thursday, 9.25.14 Submissions will be published the following Friday, 9.26.14

Week one-thirty-two of Operation Graphite – theme: John Hughes Films.

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Many are nostalgic for the films of John Hughes, especially since he died rather young; those films gain another layer of importance. But while many of those films deal with high school teen drama, they’ve become a little hard to watch. Just revisiting the idea of high school again is painful enough, but looking back, some other things were pretty messed up. Ferris Bueller was kind of a psychopath, Ducky was a total stalker, and don’t even get me started on Long Duk Dong. I do like the theory that Ferris Bueller is actually a fantasy alter ego of Cameron Frye, in a Tyler Durden kid of way.

Shock  – Call me Sir god damnit!

The theme selected for week one-thirty-three of Operation Graphite will be: Nocturnal.

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Nocturnal animals typically fall within one of two camps. There is the, “oh my god that is so cute,” camp, and of course there is the, “Sweet Jesus! Kill it! KILL IT WITH FIRE!” camp. Because the night time is a perfect time for creatures so cute, there isn’t a chance they would be left alone during the day. It is also a perfect time for the animals so twisted and vile, they’ve been pretty much banned from all daylight hours. This week we focus on nocturnal creatures, real, or fantastical.

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

All art work is due on Thursday, 9.18.14 Submissions will be published the following Friday, 9.19.14

Week one-thirty-one of Operation Graphite – theme: Final Fantasy.

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I will admit, my participation in the Final Fantasy series is a bit limited. The most recent installment that I played was, FF X, and I enjoyed it immensely. VII, was amazing, but none stuck with me as much as the original. Before Final Fantasy, the only other Nintendo RPG was Dragon Warrior. While innovative, its endless grinding was mind numbing. FFI had its slow points, but there was much less grinding for EP or Gold . One especially fun thing about that first Final Fantasy, for me, was the character creation. Growing up in the 80’s with a rather conservative Christian family, Dungeons and Dragons could not have been a more heinous display of devotion to The Exulted Dark Lord Lucifer, unless Ozzy Osborne himself was Dungeon Master. D&D in the days of the Satanic Panic was verboten, so my first exposure to character creation was Final Fantasy. Not only did you get four characters over Dragon Warriors’ lone crusader, there were six unique classes to choose from. It was those classes that inspired a great deal of my adolescent doodles. The series has gone a long way since that first installment. The’ve become less RPG and more interactive movie. Recent installments have not been as well received, who knows how long it will be until there really is a final, Final Fantasy.

Shock – Red Mage

The theme selected for week one-thirty-two of Operation Graphite will be: John Hughes Films.

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John Hughes is responsible for many of the quintessential teen movies from the 80’s, as well as some of the most memorable comedies of that era. Weather it be, Planes, Trains and Automobiles, or
Pretty in Pink, Hughes career as writer, producer and director defined a decade of teen and adolescent angst with a sense of humor. Though he passed well before his time, this week we look back on some of Hughes films that remain as fresh now as they did decades ago.

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

All art work is due on Thursday, 9.11.14 Submissions will be published the following Friday, 9.12.14

Week one-thirty of Operation Graphite – theme: Indiana Jones.

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As much as my generation obsesses over Indiana Jones, one also thinks of the negative impact of the films. I don’t mean the spin offs and the lack luster successors in the treasure hunter adventure genre. The real negative impact of the Indiana Jones films is the damage done to the field of Archeology and academic sciences. While many Archeologist today were inspired by these films, they all to well know how incorrect Dr. Jones’ methods were. Tomb raider and treasure thief, or pot hunter is probably closer to what Indiana Jones really was. Then again, the films didn’t portray an accedameic dig, they were about trying acquire something before the antagonist does. Rigorous academic protocols pretty much evaporate when the Nazis are after you. Pretty much any formalities fall by the wayside when the Naizs are on your ass.

Shock – …if only you spoke Hovitos.

The theme selected for week one-thirty-one of Operation Graphite will be: Final Fantasy.

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What began as a broke software companies swan song, became one of the largest RPG video game franchise in history. Some might remember Yoshitaka Amano’s unique illustrations, but many talented artists also contributed to the look and style of the series. While the earlier games let you customize your team and create your character, later games were more like interactive movies where you interact with fully fleshed out characters. weather you prefer to pick a class and create your light warrior, or revisit a cherished character, this week is all about that not so final of fantasies.

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

All art work is due on Thursday, 9.4.14 Submissions will be published the following Friday, 9.5.14