Week two-forty-four of Operation Graphite – theme: Pirate.

Sorry for the delay, I had sloop of scalawags pursuing me since Tortuga. I had to unleash the big guns, and send them to Davy Jones’ Locker.

Contributing Sea Dogs:

shawnbrookwilliams – Pirate hook, Peg, Patch

Shock – Buccaneer

The theme selected for week two-forty-five of Operation Graphite will be: Dune.

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There have been reports that another Dune adaptation is in the works, this time Legendary pictures is involved. Frank Herbert’s Dune is one of the most celebrated sci-fi novels in history. Both completed and failed adaptations have become legendary. It is one of my favorite books, and I am cautiously excited to see what this new movie might be like. But lets be honest, it shouldn’t be made into a movie. Dune, and sequels should be adapted into a 10 episode miniseries much like Game of Thrones and each Song of Fire and Ice novel.

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

All art work is due on Friday, 12.9.16. Submissions will be published the weekend of 12.10.16

Week two-forty-three of Operation Graphite – theme: Extra Terrestrial 

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Did you see, Arrival? it was pretty cool. A smart movie about radially symmetrical heptapods that give a new idea to both how aliens would look but also communicate. We tend to portray aliens that are similar to us for various reasons. Convergent Evolution is just one reason why this might actually be possible, however the possibilities of what sentient extra terrestrials could look like is perhaps beyond our comprehension and would very likely be determined by environments much different than ours.

Shock – Alien Cocktail

The theme selected for week two-twenty-four of Operation Graphite will be: Pirate.

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This week will be dedicated to the assholes of the high seas… Oh, I beg your pardon. I didn’t notice your letter of Marque! By all means proceed with your raid. Pirates sure do get a bad wrap, oh wait, they don’t. Everyone loves these mariner mass murdering muggers! Now Buccaneers and Privateers on the other hand, those are all officially sanctioned state military activities. Totally on the up and up, at least that is what Captain Kidd tried to explain. The theme is open to all nautical larcenists, Barbary Corsairs, Privateers, Buccaneers, Kaizokus and Sea Dogs. With or without your letter from the Crown.

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

All art work is due on Friday, 12.2.16. Submissions will be published the weekend of 12.3.16

Week two-forty-two of Operation Graphite – theme: Ultraman.

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I won’t say I even begin to totally understand Ultraman. I just know he is a dude, who becomes big to defend Japan from giant monsters. Really what more do you need to know? Oh, there are like dozens of Ultra men and women, and dozens of monsters, because, you know, merchandizing.

Shock – Flying Ultrman Kick

The theme selected for week two-fourty-three of Operation Graphite will be: Extra Terrestrial.

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Aliens are a favorite theme that we can visit again and again. I love monsters, and creatures, and even more I enjoy the thought experiment, imagining how a species could evolve based on its environment. Would there be a convergent evolution resulting in a being much like ours, or would it be something completely different? Microbes, slime molds and primordial ooze have a pretty solid chance of living on some other world, but could there be sentient beings? And if there were Extra Terrestrial Intelligence, what would they look like?

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

All art work is due on Friday, 11.25.16. Submissions will be published the weekend of 11.26.16

Week two-forty-one of Operation Graphite – theme: Space Ghost.

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Things my oldest son likes: Ghosts, Capes, Super Heroes and Astronauts. There’s quite a bit more on his mind, but with those specific things together, Space Ghost seemed like a good character to introduce him too. Thinking back, I believe the original cartoon was pretty non violent too. No punching, just people being shot with power band energy. And, there is a monkey! And when he gets older, I’m sure he will find the Coast to Coast version awesome too.

Shock – Space Ghost.

The theme selected for week two-fourty-two of Operation Graphite will be: Ultraman.

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Right about now, I feel like we need a hero. I also have a wife who is now joking about moving back to Japan. At least I hope she’s joking. So with the Land of the rising Sun and grotesque monsters in mind, Ultraman is one of the first characters that stands out. Actually, Ultraman came up because it was that toy of my son’s that I just stepped on moments ago. You almost had Kamen Rider theme, but we’ll save that one for another time.

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

All art work is due on Friday, 11.18.16. Submissions will be published the weekend of 11.19.16

The theme selected for week two-thirty-one of Operation Graphite will be: Space Ghost.

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I skipped a week. Did anyone notice? Of course not.

As we decompress from the Halloween season, and have to take down all the skulls and goblins adorning our lawn. I figure we need a little cary over from the holiday season. Something to distract us from the next two months of Christmas shit. So how about a little Halloween, and a little Sci-Fi. It’s time for Spaaaaaaaaaaaaace Ghoooooooooooooost.

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

All art work is due on Friday, 11.11.16. Submissions will be published the weekend of 11.12.16

Week two-forty of Operation Graphite – theme: Nosferatu.

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Happy Halloween! Tonight we enjoy the darker side of our nature, turning to the phantom, monstrous, and villainous side of humanity, but in totally harmless ways. Oh and puns, lots and lots of puns, and political humor and other pop culture references. And because its a multi billion dollar industry, there’s logs of princesses and supper heroes too. These days it’s pretty much a chance to dress up however you want. Have a great night on the town in your Sexy Chewbacca Mom costume, the night is yours!

Shock – Nosferatu