Week one-sixty-three of Operation Graphite – theme: My worst enemy.

Shock - and the overwhelmingly deprecating alter ego

Do you have someone holding you back? Is there someone out to get you? There is paranoia, and then there is truly being a target. Maybe we pissed someone off a long time ago, and they still carry a grudge. Perhaps you are the only obstacle remanning between one person and their goals. And they again, there might be no one, only persistent, subcosious self sabotage.

Shock – and the overwhelmingly deprecating alter ego

The theme selected for week one-sixty-four of Operation Graphite will be: Battle Beasts.


Battle Beasts were toys from the 80’s; anthropomorphic warriors in robotic armor with little heat sensitive stickers to indicate their special power. The figure’s gimmick was a Rock, Paper, Scissors style of combat, where each Battle Beast had a sticker that reviled either Fire, Water or Wood power. However, in Japan Battle Beasts were called, Beast Formers and were a spin-off of the Transformers line of toys. Each Beast Former was originally either an Autobot or Decepticon, Just like their transforming robot brethren. Though the tie-in to the robots in disguise was dropped when Hasbro licensed them in the US, Battle Beasts were still very popular, perhaps the small, inexpensive nature of the toy helped its success.

Since then, Battle Beasts have had a small resurgence, along with many of the other toys and entertainment of from the 80’s There were new versions of the figures planed, and even a comic book series depicting the non Transformer version of the Battle Beast universe.

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

All art work is due on Thursday, 4.23.14 Submissions will be published the following Friday, 4.24.15

Week one-sixty-two of Operation Graphite – theme: Robert E. Howard.

I’ve been meaning to see the film, “The whole wide world” for quite a while. Instead of a film adapted from the bloody and adventurous Robert E. Howard novels, this was a film about his life in Texas in the 1930’s. Howard seems like he might have been a troubled person, and his stories only contribute to this profile. The sword and sorcery genre has been criticized as being, tales of of the power for the powerless. While Robert E. Howard’s talent and imagination elevated the genre, when thinking of his tragic end, it is difficult to not wonder how powerless he might have felt. I still love the Conan character, and revel in the over the top action and style.

Contributing Adventurers:

Sethomatik – Sad Conan, Sonja had a Lightsaber

Shock – Dark Agnes de Chastillion

The theme selected for week one-sixty-three of Operation Graphite will be: My Worst Enemy.


Do you have a nemesis? Is someone out to get you, or looking to beat you down any chance they can get? Few are lucky enough to have an archenemy. Think about it, for someone to single out you as their ultimate adversary takes a lot of dedication on their part. At that point, it’s almost as much work as a romantic relationship; how do you keep up the passion in your single minded hated for someone? And yet, there is that someone with their crosshairs permanently fixed on you. What in god’s name did you do to them to incur so much wrath? Whom is that being, tirelessly working to undo you, is it a coworker, is it your ex, or has it been you all along?

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

All art work is due on Thursday, 4.16.14 Submissions will be published the following Friday, 4.17.15

Week one-sixty-one of Operation Graphite – theme: Insect.


Creepy Crawly insects, whether you find them fascinating, or disgusting, they are everywhere. The silver fish you find in your bathtub or the black widow under your sink are just the ones you can see. Think of the billions of dust mites ore other microscopic insects that are everywhere, crawling all over everything, even you. That cockroach doesn’t seem so bad now does it?

Contributing invertebrates:

kalebschad – Spider Queen

Shock – Beetle Rancher

The theme for week one-sixty-two of Operation Graphite will be: Robert E. Howard.


The creator of Conan the Barbarian and nearly the entire sword and sorcery genre, Robert E. Howard’s is mostly known for his bloody and supernatural adventure stories. A contemporary, and pen pal, of H.P. Lovecraft, Howard contributed to the Cthulhu mythos, and wrote several stories in that universe. Besides the ventures into fantasy and the supernatural, many of Howard’s works were historical fiction, including tales in 16th century Europe, 1920’s Afghanistan, and the American West.

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

All art work is due on Thursday, 4.9.14 Submissions will be published the following Friday, 4.10.15

Week one-sixty of Operation Graphite – theme: Renaissance.

Shock - Kriegsmesser

Advancements in science, art, and warfare -the Renaissance brought us Da Vinci and Galileo, but also brought the Inquisition and witch hunts. Progress is always a double edged sword, like any technology or advancement, it can be used to build, or to destroy.

Shock – Kriegsmesser

The theme selected for week one-sixty-one of Operation Graphite will be: Insect.


To some they are fascinating, to others they are terrifying. While most don’t reap the same hatred as arachnids, many insects are still highly loathed. But for every cockroach and mosquito, there’s a honey bee and a butterfly. This week we explore the biology of the six-legged invertebrates that outnumber us 300 to one.

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

All art work is due on Thursday, 4.2.14 Submissions will be published the following Friday, 4.3.15

Week one-fifty-nine of Operation Graphite – theme: Metropolis.


There still is the idea that the city of the future could be a beacon of science and progress. While many of todays films and stories are mired in dystopian crime and dreariness, there still is a retro futuristic notion of what a future metropolis should be like. We may not ever have our flying cars, and all the railways may be better hidden underground, but we can still imagine a thriving metropolis where technology is beyond anything we thought possible.

Contributing city planers:

kalebschad – Future City

Shock – City above the clouds

The theme selected for week one-sixty will be: Renaissance.


It was a time of poofy shirts and starched ruffs. It was also a time of scientific, cultural and artistic innovation that spread though out Europe. The Renaissance is sometimes thought of as a historical period, but by others, more of a cultural and philosophical movement, that swept though Europe between the 14th and 17th Centuries. While some like to think back to this time in history as this shiny happy age of progress, It was not as nice as we imagine. Compared to Medieval times, it was actually would have been a whole lot more violent and awful if you had lived during this time; more warfare, more political corruption, witch hunts and the Inquisition. But, the art was still pretty nice.

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

All art work is due on Thursday, 3.26.14 Submissions will be published the following Friday, 3.27.15