Archive for March, 2014

Week one-o-eight of Operation Graphite – theme: Highlander.


There can be only one… because the sequels totally sucked. If ever there was a movie that should have stayed a single film, Highlander is that for sure. I was warned well enough that I never saw part 2. “The Source” was also rumored to be a new and terrible flavor of suckage. I did enjoy the TV series quite a bit though, I mean, Rodger Daltrey was one of the Immortals, how can that not be fantastic.

Contributing Immortals:

Micah – The Quickening

Shock – My cut has improved your voice!

The theme selected for week one-o-nine of Operation Graphite will be: 80’s Sitcom.


In the dark days before the internet, human nuclear families would huddle around a small living room box that displayed only 480×720 images. These bright beacons of media in an otherwise primitive time was our only portal to the sweet opiate to numb the pain of day to day living. As horrific as that might sound to the youth of today, the plus side was that there were some great mind numbing comedies filling the airwaves in the late 20th century decade known as the 80’s. Numerous family comedies, where not a single nuclear unit in any way resembled an actual family, were the stable of the time. Other comedies  usually involved dysfunctional workplaces. Among them, there are a few gems that still hold up today, and then there’s a lot of crap you can’t believe you used to think was funny.

Please submit any drawing or painting, using traditional or digital media, that fits the theme: 80’s Sitcom.

All art work is due on Thursday, 4.3.13. Submissions will be published the following Friday, 4.4.13

Week one-0-seven of Operation Graphite – theme: Sherlock Holmes.

Shock - Cushing

I’d have to dig a little more, but were John Watson and Sherlock Holmes the first buddy detective duo in literature? While many characters have solved mysteries, gone on, quests or campaigns with a significant ally, Holmes and Watson are nearly inseparable . Whether played by Cumberbatch and Freeman, Rathbone and Bruce, or Data and LaForge, one just isn’t complete without the other.

Shock – Cushing

The theme selected for week one-o-eight of Operation Graphite will be: Highlander.


Of all the films where Sean Connery’s Scottish accent might have been apropriate, he gets cast as an Egyptian with a Spanish name. The Scottish character went to the one with the French accent. Despite the mismatched dialects, the chemistry between Connor and Ramirez was fantastic. Highlander was a ridiculous movie, it should not have been as good as it was, but it had some kind of magic that makes it hold up even today. Though there is a remake in the works, I can’t imagine it being even a fraction of the movie the original was… unless it’s the remake I’ve day dreamed about; that one would rock, so would the two sequels.

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

All art work is due on Thursday, 3.27.13. Submissions will be published the following Friday, 3.28.13

Week one-o-six of Operation Graphite – theme: Vikings.

Shock - Slaughter Pile

If we grade the entire middle ages on a curve, can we cut the Vikings some slack? Without them, there would be no Thor, or Marvel’s version of Thor with its creative liberties. We wouldn’t have the Icelandic Viking sagas and their rich, but violently brutal mythology. Sure, they were bastards, but they were genius bastards. There innovative ship building alone was revolutionary. When the news of the Kiev protests broke out, and ramparts of flaming tires illuminated images of medieval armored rebels, I rememberd that that was a city founded by the Vikings, and centuries later, those are still some guys not to mess with when pissed off.

Shock – Slaughter Pile

The theme selected for week one-o-seven of Operation Graphite will be: Sherlock Holmes.


I realize season three has now aired in the US, but please, no spoilers for the Benedict Comberbatch incarnation, I’ve yet to see it. There are many incarnations of Sr Arthur Conan Doyle’s famous detective duo. Beginning with, A Study in Scarlet, first published in 1887, there have been more adaptations of the Consulting Detective’s adventures than ones written by Doyle. People never seem to get tired of a good mystery, but it’s a cunning and quirky detective that truly stands the test of time.

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

All art work is due on Thursday, 3.20.13. Submissions will be published the following Friday, 3.21.13

Want to suggest a new theme? Send your ideas with your submission.

Week one-o-five of Operation Graphite – theme: The Brothers Grimm.

Shock - Mirror Mirror 24

Thanks to the Public Domain, and entertainment studios having to rehash, remake or reboot any classic stories, due to them being too frightened to go out on a limb; you should see a new version of everyone of these fairy tales once every five or ten years or so. But don’t let that ruin your fondness for these classic stories, even if you remembered them different when you were younger. Where the stories may change, and the moral or lessons can adapt to the times, it’s the characters who become immortal. Even as the characters change though time, a thread to their past remains. A hundred years for now, kids might not believe that there was ever a version of Cinderella where she doesn’t fight off her sisters with a high powered, phase coupling, inverted photon pulse, plasma rifle – but there will still be a glass shoe.

Shock – Mirror Mirror

The theme selected for week one-o-six will be: Vikings.


Since we’ve pasted American Football season, it is safe to bring up the age when roving bands of Scandinavian raiders were the scourge of Europe. Vikings are a tough group to tackle. While in one respect they are universally hailed for being absolute bad asses. The idea of fierce Viking warriors is a token of pride by those whose ancestry hails from Sweden, Norway and Denmark. Even for those who don’t have a drop of Norse blood in them, the ideas of Courage, Strength and Valor are admired. Of course there is the fact that the Vikings were assholes, complete fucking assholes. In some cases, the Vikings who raided and raped their way along the coast were outcast from Scandinavia. The explorers who settled Iceland, Greenland and even America were pushed further and further from their homelands, mostly because they were such total assholes that were kicked out of civilized Europe. Perhaps I’m being harsh, after all, back in those days just about everyone would have been considered psychotic, murderous assholes. Ah, the Middle Ages.

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

All art work is due on Thursday, 3.13.13. Submissions will be published the following Friday, 3.14.13

Want to suggest a new theme? Send your ideas with your submission.