Archive for January, 2015

Week one-fifty-two of Operation Graphite – theme: Emotion.

With all the positive, warm, and wonderful emotions to choose from, members of the Graphite Corps decided to focus on the uglier side of the spectrum. Those sick, twisted freaks.

Contributing Emotions:

kalebschad – A sense of Doom

Shock – Depression

Thank you for bringing us all down.

The theme selected for week one-fifty-three of Operation Graphite will be: Cyborg.


The definition of Cyborg can vary, with some being any blend of machine and organic life, and another being a strict balance where the machine and the organic could not survive without each other. That latter definition would preclude the iconic Terminators from being true cyborgs, as the robotic endoskeleton really doesn’t need organic flesh to function. Darth Vader, The Borg, and the Justice League’s Cyborg are all examples of Cyborgs. We’ll let the Terminators in the party too, even though they are really just androids wearing people suits.

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

All art work is due on Thursday, 2.5.14 Submissions will be published the following Friday, 2.6.15

Week one-fifty-one of Operation Graphite – theme: Legendary Blade.
Movies, literature, video games, and even history is full of exceptional, or even mystical blades, but it is rarely just the sword that gets the job done. To quote Thulsa Doom, “Steel isn’t strong, boy, flesh is stronger!”  “What is steel compared to the hand that wields it?” So it is still the user who makes the blade sing, be it a rusty blade, or a gilded masterpiece.  Yet there is still and obsession with the object, the technique and the iconography of the sword that keeps this outdated weapon an enduring symbol.

Shock – The god splitter

The theme selected for week one-fifty-two of Operation Graphite will be: Emotion.


Have you seen the trailer for the next Pixar movie that will make adults cry? This one has human emotions anthropomorphized as cute characters. Maybe your emotions aren’t cute though, maybe they’re ugly or scary.  This week the goal is to create a representation of an emotion. This can be something cute and bubbly, or something upon your friends and family seeing it, will urge you to enter therapy.

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

All art work is due on Thursday, 1.29.14 Submissions will be published the following Friday, 1.30.15

Week one-fifty of Operation Graphite – theme: Cowboy Ninja Viking.


The mashup, the trend for anything new to be a blend of various things that have come before. As it seems like there is rarely anything new, the best we can do is  try to duct tape two things that have yet to be duct taped together previously. Often it is a serious work, but sometimes, the ridiculousness is part of the fun.

Contributing Triplets:

Micah – CNV

Sethomatik – Cowboy Ninja Viking

Shock – The power of three

The theme selected for week one-fifty-one of Operation Graphite will be: Legendary Blade.


Whether forged in the depths of Mount Vesuvius, or guarded by the Lady of the Lake, literature is full of legendary blades, whose creator was as integral to it’s history as the hero who wielded it. Domingo Montoya, Hatori Hanzo, Hepheastus, even the historical Masamune, are all known for their blades. While some might disagree with the naming of ones sword, Excalibur, Vorpal, Joyeuse, Kusanagi, Needle, Frostmorne, Stormbringer, and even the Sword of Omens are all legendary blades with legendary stories behind them.

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

All art work is due on Thursday, 1.22.14 Submissions will be published the following Friday, 1.23.15

Week one-fourty-nine of Operation Graphite – theme: Pachyderm.


The great pachyderms inspire a sense of awe and wonder, especially for westerners. These massive beasts are the largest land mammals on Earth at the moment. Natively residing only in Africa, and Asia, these creatures not only invoke exotic places, but power and danger. The hippopotamus is responsible for more human deaths per year than lions in Africa. But none of those deaths compare to the horrible slaughter of creatures at the hand of poachers, hunting rhino horns and elephant ivory. These beautiful beasts could soon be wiped out because of this disgusting black market trade.

Contributing Pachyderms:

Sethomatik – Elephant

Shock – Rhino

The theme selected for week one-fifty of Operation Graphite will be: Cowboy Ninja Viking.


Not since Zinjabot has there been such a bizarre, mutant baby of pop culture geekery. Cowbow Ninja Viking has the abilities of… a Cowboy, a Ninja and a Viking. It’s actually weirder than that, the hero is part of a government, counter intelligence program. Using mental patients with Multiple personality disorders, the “Triplites” are agents who are given three distinct personalities to complete their objectives. There are several other tripple personality agents, including Steed Malbranque, who has the personalities of Hitman, Navy Seal and a Roadie for Dokken. There is also Patrick O’Fallon who is part, Army Sergent, Frontiersman and Applebee’s Waiter. Yeah, it’s ridiculous – Ridiculously awesome. Oh, and did I mention Chris Pratt (Starlord) is rumored to star in the upcoming movie adaptation?

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

All art work is due on Thursday, 1.15.14 Submissions will be published the following Friday, 1.16.15

Week one-fourty-eight of Operation Graphite – theme: Nicolas Cage.

Shock - Super Cage

After a quick look on IMDB, it looks like Nick Cage will not be unemployed any time soon. Back to back films shooting and in production for him, so we won’t be missing any of his national treasures for awhile. Still, for all the films he has, or will make, few compare to the one that never got made. Along with Jodorowsky’s Dune, and Kubrick’s Napoleon, Tim Burton’s take on Superman, staring Cage as Kal El, might have been the greatest thing ever… or worse than his planet of the Apes. It’s hard to say which way, but it would have been epic, good or bad.