Week one-sixty-eight of Operation Graphite – theme: Age of Sail.

The idea of getting away has been a persistent fantasy for millennia. For many years, before planes and cars helped whisk us away, if one truly wanted to get away from things, a long trip by sea was the only method. And so, it was the open sea that came to embody escape and adventure. And so the majestic tall ships have endured as positive reminders of the age of sail. Pirates, scurvy, sea sickness and ship crushing colossal squid were always the flip side to the overwhelmingly rosy nostalgia for those days, but no journey was really epic unless there was a strong possibility that an enormous cephalopod would snatch you off the deck of your ship and snap you into bits with hits sharp beak. Life at sea was grim, but life on land was pretty damn grim as well.

Contributing Salty Dogs:

Micah – Totenkof

Shock – Climbing the Rigging

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


This week I am once again out of ideas. So instead of a normal theme, I’m going with another abstract theme. Perhaps it is the way your nose feels when you have a cold, it could be feel of a well worn sweater, It could be the way you feel inside after spending time with someone special, or it could be scruff of a four legged friend brushing across your nose. This week the theme will be any incarnation or interpretation of the word Fuzzy.

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

All art work is due on Thursday, 5.28.15 Submissions will be published the following Friday, 5.29.15

Operation: Fury Road

Posted: 05/15/2015 in Uncategorized

Week one-sixty-seven of Operation Graphite – theme: Fury Road.

Shock - Immortan Joe

The hype machine is nearly reaching the point to where I start to worry. The new Mad Max has been one of the films I have been looking forward to the most. The trailers look amazing, and now the reviews are also coming in, lavishing the film with praise. So now I worry, will the expectations be too high to ever be met? I was not suprised that the new Avengers was OK, but not amazing. I couldn’t really get excited by the trailers, as much as I love those characters. Yet, trailers can be deceiving. Will the energy of the trailer’s booming Verdi and insane auto carnage deliver for two hours? Seriously, it is one of the best movie trailers I have seen in years. I could almost taste the diesel fumes and desert sand. Fury Road opens this weekend, Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron are the bad ass road warriors, and Immortan Joe, the villain is played by the same Royal Shakespearian actor who played the villain, Toe-cutter, in very first Mad Max. But will there be a Gyro Captain?

Contributing Road Warriors:

Shock – Immortan Joe

The theme selected for week one-sixty-eight of Operation Graphite will be: Age of Sail.


After we clear off the dust and grit from our time in the arid wastelands, it’s time to set out on the open sea. Our journey may be for exploration, commerce, naval domination, or piracy. Time to turn the clock way back, when pan oceanic travel took months, and rats and scurvy were your shipmates. May the wind be ever at your back, and the horizon be clear and calm.

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

All art work is due on Thursday, 5.21.15 Submissions will be published the following Friday, 5.22.15

Week one-sixty-sixy of Operation Graphite – theme: The Force Awakens.

After handing over the keys to Lucasfilm, George Lucas relinquished all ties to the franchise he made famous. Perhaps like after the passing of Michael Jackson, where everyone tries to ignore everything after the 80’s; maybe in time the Prequels will be forgotten, and when thinking of Lucas, people will only think of the first trilogy.

As for, The Force Awakens, Lucas has had no input, and doesn’t even know the story. For him, he will be able to go and see an official film set in his universe that he didn’t have to toil over. He can simply enjoy it as part of the audience for once. Perhaps he will be over joyed, seeing his creations given new life. Perhaps he will disapprove, regretting his relinquishing control. I have a hunch he’ll be pleased with the new films, as least some of them. Now that Disney is churning out a new films as often as possible, I’m sure there will be a few disasters. You never know, they might even try another holiday special.

Contributing scruffy looking nerf herders:

drafturgy – Captain Phasma

Sethomatik – Fett

Shock – Phasma of Tarth

Week 167: Fury Road

Posted: 05/06/2015 in Uncategorized

The theme selected for week one-sixty-seven of Operation Graphite will be, Fury Road.

mad max fury road

Of all the summer movies I am looking forward to, Fury Road is not only the film I’m most looking forward to, it is also one of the few that don’t preach about the dangers of artificial intelligence. Seriously, it’s like robot hatred summer. Even Jurassic World’s big bad is an artificially intelligent mega dinosaur.

Mad Max: Fury Road, looks insane, and totally in a good way. George Miller, who gave us the original Mad Max films is directing this reboot. That alone is a reason to not scoff at yet another reboot/remake, but the trailers look incredible too. The action looks amazing, and hopefully this will be another minimal, yet artful action film like the Road Warrior was.

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

All art work is due on Thursday, 5.14.15 Submissions will be published the following Friday, 5.15.15

Week one-sixty-fife of Operation Graphite – theme: Birds.

Shock - Secretary Bird

As I’ve gotten older, my appreciation for birds has dramatically increased. Exceptionally unusual birds, or the always popular predatory raptors have always been highly regarded. However, when I was younger I never could understand the concept of bird watching common birds. The obvious obsessions with flight is perhaps easiest to understand, but as I learn more about even simple birds, I can’t help being absolutely fascinated. Birds are one of the most diverse creatures on the planet. Aside from mammals, birds are the only other animals who seem to have something akin to human emotions. Corvids (crows, ravens and magpies) are some of the smartest animals on earth, and might have to be lumped with apes, dolphins, whales and cephalopods in the circle of self aware creatures.

And yet, I don’t know if I could have a pet bird, part of me would love it, but there is few things as depressing as a creature blessed with the gift of flight, only to have its wings clipped and forced into a tiny cage. I’d rather watch my humming bird feeder as the charm gulps down sugar water.

Shock – Secretary bird

The theme for week one-sixty-six of Operation Graphite will be: The Force Awakens.


There have been two teaser trailers thus far promoting, Star Wars episode VII: The Force Awakens. By the time the film hits theaters there will most likely be 4 or 5 more trailers, the last two completely blowing the entire plot and any twists that the film will contain.

All cynical thoughts aside, we get to see Han, Chewie, Luke and Leia together again for the first time since 1984. The three new major characters look promising, and there is a cute little droid that rolls around that is actually a practical effect, despite it looking like something that could never work in the real world.

Millions of fans are on edge, will these sequels bring the disappointment that the prequels did? By all indications, these new films are in the right hands. The director is a die hard fan of the originals Star Wars since childhood. Can he pull it off, or will hordes of fans blame him for ruining their childhood. No pressure, J.J.

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

All art work is due on Thursday, 5.7.14 Submissions will be published the following Friday, 5.8.15

Week one-sixty-four of Operation Graphite – theme: Battle Beasts.

Shock - Battle Beaver

Nostalgia is all the rage these days. The 80’s especially seem to be an endless source for revival material. And while I might harp against such revamps, updates and rehashes, in truth these are some of the properties I’m dying to see brought back. If every update and reboot would be more like Battlestar Galactica, and less like the Transformers, there would be lots of happy geeks out there. Battle Beasts were a ridiculous concept, and probably crazy enough to be spared from any future movie adaptations. But the vast numbers of possible anthropomorphic animals in futuristic armor is still a cool concept, maybe not movie material, but perhaps the video game world could run with it.

Shock – Battle Beaver

Week 165: Birds

Posted: 04/22/2015 in Operation Mission Briefing
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The theme selected for week one-sixty-five of Operation Graphite will be: Birds.


Continuing to dip into non adolescent genre topics, our next attempt at more academic themes will focus on the aves classification in the animal kingdom. Soaring or flightless, hunter or scavenger, living or extinct, majestic creatures or flying rats; our next theme will focus on the feathered, egg laying, vertebrate decedents of dinosaurs.

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

All art work is due on Thursday, 4.30.14 Submissions will be published the following Friday, 5.1.15