The theme selected for week one-eighty-one of Operation Graphite will be: Western.


Alright, time to break away from the comic book world, and get back to something a little more old fashioned. Westerns are making a comeback… fingers crossed. Quentin Tarantion’s, Hateful Eight has a trailer, and it looks pretty great. Westerns were once a Hollywood staple, but became less and less popular as time wend on. Several attempts to revitalize the genre has failed to take off, but there are always pockets of western aficionados who look forward to the new motion picture set in the Old West. And for those who need a little extra Wild in your Wild West (Not the giant spider one) The HBO series based on Westworld will be out next year, with Ed Harris as the iconic robotic gunslinger. There are still rumors about a possible Dark Tower adaptation as well. Westerns never really went away, they just got weirder.

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

All art work is due 9 P.M. PST on Friday, 9.4.15. Submissions will be published the weekend of 9.5.15

Week one-eighty-one of Operation Graphite – theme: Spider-Gwen.

As more and more women get into comics, more and more comics will feature women protagonists. It does take a really long time for the industry to catch up with demand; a reeeeeeeeeeeeeeealy long time. But forward momentum is progress all the same.

Contributing Spider-Women:

Sethomatik – Spider-Gwen

Shock – Fist from above (incomplete)

The theme selected for week one-eighty-two of Operation Graphite will be: Nebula.


To finish off the groundless, impromptu month of Marvel, I wanted to end with a villain, and with with a female villain, and also one who wasn’t a mutant. Those were tough boundaries to work within, and made me aware that most of my favorite women in the Marvel Universe are wrapped up in the X-men family. But what about Nebula? Ok, without Guardians of the Galaxy, I wouldn’t have known anything about her, but she is pretty bad ass. A space pirate mercenary who, depending on comic version or movie version, is either the granddaughter or adopted daughter of Thanos. She’s wiped out entire civilizations, wielded the Infinity Gauntlet, and was so terrifying she got Thanos to team up with the Avengers to defeat her. She also didn’t die in Guardians of the Galaxy, and will be back… with a vengeance…probably.

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

All art work is due 9 P.M. PST on Friday, 8.27.15. Submissions will be published the weekend of 8.28.15

Week one-eighty of Operation Graphite – theme: Deadpool.

The Merc with a mouth has been a popular character for a while. Back in the 90’s when morally grey anti-heroes were all the rage, a character who looked like a Deathstroke rip off entered the scene. That weird blend of morally ambivalent hyper violence, paired with the sense of humor of a middle school, class clown has gained a loyal following. Though never successful with his own comic, Deadpool has appeared in many comics, and is seen in both mutant, and not mutant titles in the Marvel Universe. And now that dude from, Two guys, a girl and a pizza place, is playing him. Weird, right?

Contributing loud mouth, smart asses:

Sethomatik – Deadpool

Shock – Who has two thumbs and loves Chimichangas?

The theme selected for week one-eighty-one of Operation Graphite will be: Spider-gwen.


I figured I would roll with the Marvel thing for a while, so this week the theme is Spider-gwen. For those of you who may not be familar with the character, recently there was a massive Crisis on infinite Spider-veses event. Spider-man and a few dozen other Spider-men and Spider-women from multiple parallel dimensions banded together. I didn’t actually read the story arc, but read about the various Spider characters, and it sounded cool. Pretty much every incarnation of Spider-man that has ever been created, along with many new alternate universe versions were thrown together. This team included all the TV and movie incarnation of Spider-man together. Even Supaidaman, the Spider-man version licensed to Toei in the 70’s who had a giant fighting robot, because of course the Japanese Spider-man would have a giant robot.

In one Universe, Gwen Stacy, not Peter Parker was bitten by a radioactive spider. She became Spider-woman in her universe and was one of of the stand out characters in the Spider-verse event. The character was so popular, she now has her own comic, and is a regular character in the Marvel universe.

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

All art work is due 9 P.M. PST on Friday, 8.14.15. Submissions will be published the weekend of 8.15.15

Operation: Wolverine

Posted: 08/09/2015 in Uncategorized

Week one-seventy-nine of Operation Graphite – theme: Wolverine.

Everyone loves a curmudgeonly bad ass. One of the cool things about Wolverine, his character works perhaps better when he is in civilian clothes. So many other superheroes are so dependent on their costume, and yes Wolverine has various official costumes, but typically for other characters, once they are out of uniform, they are out of character. For all the people hoping Wolvie puts on his classic brown and yellow costume for the last movie, let me just say that that would be terrible. Sure, it looks pretty cool on the comic page, with his weird mask that kinda resembles his hair, but it is not going to work in live action. Masks for heroes are not necessary if there isn’t either an identity they’re trying to hide, or it’s a full out protective helmet. Wolverine is just a throwback to a code name, Logan isn’t trying to hide who he is, and when he is, it isn’t that effective. But like Supermans outside underwear, there are so many comic tropes that can’t quite be shook. Bright yellow on a costume works when you are trying to differentiate characters on an already limited palette comic page. Now I’m not for all black leather jumpsuits either, but Wolverine is stills Wolverine even if he is just in jeans and a shirt. Don’t get me started on the whole bone claw origins thing.

Contributing Berserkers:





Week 180: Deadpool

Posted: 08/06/2015 in Uncategorized

The theme selected for week one-eighty of Operation Graphite will be: Deadpool.


A long time ago in land just a few miles up the 101, a Fox employee leaked test footage for a Deadpool project concept. This CG video with Ryan Reynolds doing VO become a hit online, and a project that might have never seen the light of day got greenlit. Deadpool is mostly know as that character the most spastic goofballs dress up as at conventions. Deadpool is a hyper violent hit man with endless diatribe of tasteless humor, that amuses pretty much no one else in the Marvel universe but him. Protected by a mutant healing factor, Deadpool can also break the 4th wall, which can kind of be a super power at times. Deadpool was created by Rob Liiefeld, a comic book artist best known for his questionable anatomy comprehension. However, because of his wise cracking mercenary character, all is forgiven. He also created Cable too, who is also pretty bad ass. Now Deadpool is officially a move, and the first hard R rated comic book movie in the X-men cinematic universe. We’ll se how well that does, if successful perhaps more R rated comic book movies? Wolverine 3? (fingers crossed)

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

All art work is due 9 P.M. PST on Friday, 8.14.15. Submissions will be published the weekend of 8.15.15

Week one-seventy-eight of Operation Graphite – theme: Spy.


Did anyone see Rouge Nation? I heard it was good, but haven’t had a chance to get out and see it. Could Spy movies usurp the ubiquitous super hero films? Probably not, but the Spy film is a genre that may never be on top, but doesn’t seem to go away.


The theme selected for week one-seventy-nine of Operation Graphite will be: Wolverine.


How did this operation go three years without a Wolverine theme? The X-men in general have not had as much love as the rest of the Marvel Universe, but it is surprising one of my all time favorite grumpy Canadians hasn’t had his own Grey Op. Hugh Jackman recently announced that he’s putting on the claws one last time, and is asking people on Twitter what they want to see. Mostly, Hugh has been getting photoshop parodies and ideas involving properties Fox can not use; so we’ll see how that works out. My hope is for a Wolverine movie that doesn’t suck. That second one had me going for a while, then the 3rd act crash landed in stupid town. The whole X-men franchise has had its ups and downs. Over all, I think it comes out in the black, but we have two films left before the nine installments are complete.

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

All art work is due 9 P.M. PST on Friday, 8.7.15. Submissions will be published the weekend of 8.8.15

Week one-seventy-seven of Operation Graphite – theme: Architecture.

Shock - Palmyra

Perhaps my little travel sketchbook is not ideal for an architectural sketches. Perhaps it is a lack of proper tools, or maybe I just don’t have the patience for architectural studies. I imagine an era before photography, when archeologists would have to go out into the field with pen and paper to document finds too large to bring back. Sure, they probably had proper drafting tools, and more time than a lunch break to catalog their discoveries, but at that time, their artistic skill was needed to do the job. Back then, many fields including archeology, biology and medicine would benefit from some artistic training. Some day in the future, photographs may no longer be taken by archeologists and other occupations. Laser scans and other high tech imaging techniques might be a vast improvement our primitive photos.

Shock – Palmyra