Archive for January, 2014

Week one hundred of Operation Graphite – theme: Centurion.

Shock - Cenurion

The Roman Empire, depending what historians you listen too, one might either come away thinking, ” Wow, what an amazing history, ” or “Boy, these guys were a bunch of assholes.” But if you want to run a large empire, I guess you have to be prepared to crucify a few hundred thousand people. Rome is a rich and complicated beast. Just grazing the history one can find some of the most innovative and impressive, and then also the most vulgar and destitute. But, with out Rome, there would be no Hedonism Bot.

Shock – Centurion

The theme selected for week one-o-one of Operation Graphite will be: Smokey the Bear.

smokey_the_bear_classic_adAs the polar vortex produces Hoth like conditions out east and in the midwest, California is ungodly warm for this time of year. Comfortable, yes, but this is supposed to be the cool rainy season. Instead, fire season has pretty much started nine months early. By the end of summer I imagine So Cal will be a charred, post apocalyptic wasteland. What better time to think about everyones favorite forest fire prevention mascot, sure to inspire nostalgia of childhood summer vacations and long car rides into the north woods.

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

All art work is due on Thursday, 2.6.13. Submissions will be published the following Friday, 2.7.13

As always, new theme suggestions are always welcome by fellow members of the Graphite Corps.

Week ninety nine of Operation Graphite – theme: Axe Cop.

Shock - Axey

If you have a juvenile sense of humor, and a penchant for absurd cartoony violence, then I highly recommend Axe Cop. Malachai is now about 8 or 9, but was only 5 when him and his older brother, Ethan first played Axe Cop in their back yard. What started out as one of those random, creative activities kids come up with has now become an industry.

Shock – Axey Smartist

The theme for week one hundred of Operation Graphite will be: Centurion.

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For the Centennial Grey Op, I wanted a theme that had numerical significance. The first idea that came to mind was the word Centurion, and after listening to one of the podcasts that accompany me on my ungodly commute, the the rise and fall of the Roman Empire was on my mind. While we do not have to strictly focus on a commander of one hundred Roman soldiers, the Roman Military is pretty much the theme, whether it be the Roman expeditionary forces, or the Emperor’s Praetorian Guard.

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

All art work is due on Thursday, 1.23.13. Submissions will be published the following Friday, 1.24.13

Centurion illustration by Mark Zug.

Week ninety eight of Operation Graphite – theme: Bogeyman.

Shock - Skinny Fingers

The thing about the Bogeyman, or any shadowy evil that lurks in the dark, you never really know what it looks like. Occasionally you get a fleeting glimpse, but it is less visual and more visceral. You can sense it’s presence, but trying to describe it is like describing a nightmare. Even the act of looking obscures it, much like how you can see more stars in the sky with your peripheral vision, but once you look directly at that star you swore you saw, it’s gone. And as you turn your head towards the sound in the dark, there’s a creature waiting for it’s moment to strike, hiding in the one place  you can’t see it, right in front you.

Shock – Skinny Fingers

The theme selected for week ninety nine of Operation Graphite will be: Axe Cop.

axe_cop_cropThere have been a few great suggestions for more obscure comics in the past, but some of them I have not read yet, and don’t know if enough of the Corps have either. So I thought that might be a good excuse to unleash the insane majesty that is Axe Cop. Since the strip is a free webcomic, you can check it out without investing in a stack of trades. There is also that new Animated version with Nick Offerman, but the original theme song from the first motion comic is something I miss.

liPlease submit any drawing or painting, using traditional or digital media, that fits the theme: Axe Cop.

All art work is due on Thursday, 1.23.13. Submissions will be published the following Friday, 1.24.13

Week ninety seven of Operation Graphite – theme: Atomic Age.

Atomic Age sci-fi might encompass a few sub genres, and many of the classic Atomic age stories and characters actually originated in the earlier, Golden Age of Sci-fi. While the genera is not as rigidly defined as Steampunk or Space Opera, there is something about the post war sci-fi that stands apart from other ages. Something about fear of the atom, paired with a new vigor for exploration and modernization make an interesting cocktail.

Contributing Atomic Punks:

Micah – Freak

Shock – Cosmic Rays

Thank you for pushing the limits of science.

The theme selected for week ninety eight of Operation Graphite will be: Bogeyman.

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Almost every culture has a monster that children fear, who lurks in the dark, and is often used as a warning against bad behavior. Misbehave or stay up past your bed time, and the Bogeyman will get you. When he (or she) does get snatch a child, they are usually eaten, or perhaps carried off in a sack for a later meal. From the Sack Man and Der schwarze Mann, to Namahage and Lulu-khorkhore, every culture talks of this creature. And if every culture, in every country, if all around the world this being is know, then it must be real. Maybe as we speak it is lurking in the shadows, just waiting waiting for you to get close enough. Did you hear that?

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

All art work is due on Thursday, 1.16.13. Submissions will be published the following Friday, 1.17.1

Week ninety six of Operation Graphite – theme: Year of the Horse.

Shock - half horse

I don’t know if the Chinese Zodiac is to blame of not, but for some reason I’ve had the Mr. Ed theme pop into my head repeatedly over the last few days. For the life of me I can’t think of what started this, but to my horror I realized I somehow know all the lyrics to that infectious jingle. The Horse is certainly one of the noble animals on the Zodiac. It may not be the Tiger of the Dragon, but it sure beats being a Rat, and no one wants to be a Cock.

Shock – Half Horse

The theme selected for week ninety seven of Operation Graphite will be: Atomic Age.

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After the detonation of the Gadget, the world would forever know the awesome destructive power of the Atom. That power could either fuel the Space Age, or leave the world in ruin. After WWII, the power of the atom unlocked immeasurable possibilities for what the future could hold, yet there was also a dark shadow to these new discoveries. Atomic Kaiju and Cold War fear mixed with visions of traveling across the stars filled Sci-Fi stories. It was an age were some saw nothing but the wonders of science, while others warned of the horrors it unleash.

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

All art work is due on Thursday, 1.9.13. Submissions will be published the following Friday, 1.10.13