Archive for April, 2015

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

Week one-sixty-three of Operation Graphite – theme: My worst enemy.

Shock - and the overwhelmingly deprecating alter ego

Do you have someone holding you back? Is there someone out to get you? There is paranoia, and then there is truly being a target. Maybe we pissed someone off a long time ago, and they still carry a grudge. Perhaps you are the only obstacle remanning between one person and their goals. And they again, there might be no one, only persistent, subcosious self sabotage.

Shock – and the overwhelmingly deprecating alter ego

The theme selected for week one-sixty-four of Operation Graphite will be: Battle Beasts.


Battle Beasts were toys from the 80’s; anthropomorphic warriors in robotic armor with little heat sensitive stickers to indicate their special power. The figure’s gimmick was a Rock, Paper, Scissors style of combat, where each Battle Beast had a sticker that reviled either Fire, Water or Wood power. However, in Japan Battle Beasts were called, Beast Formers and were a spin-off of the Transformers line of toys. Each Beast Former was originally either an Autobot or Decepticon, Just like their transforming robot brethren. Though the tie-in to the robots in disguise was dropped when Hasbro licensed them in the US, Battle Beasts were still very popular, perhaps the small, inexpensive nature of the toy helped its success.

Since then, Battle Beasts have had a small resurgence, along with many of the other toys and entertainment of from the 80’s There were new versions of the figures planed, and even a comic book series depicting the non Transformer version of the Battle Beast universe.

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

All art work is due on Thursday, 4.23.14 Submissions will be published the following Friday, 4.24.15

Week one-sixty-two of Operation Graphite – theme: Robert E. Howard.

I’ve been meaning to see the film, “The whole wide world” for quite a while. Instead of a film adapted from the bloody and adventurous Robert E. Howard novels, this was a film about his life in Texas in the 1930’s. Howard seems like he might have been a troubled person, and his stories only contribute to this profile. The sword and sorcery genre has been criticized as being, tales of of the power for the powerless. While Robert E. Howard’s talent and imagination elevated the genre, when thinking of his tragic end, it is difficult to not wonder how powerless he might have felt. I still love the Conan character, and revel in the over the top action and style.

Contributing Adventurers:

Sethomatik – Sad Conan, Sonja had a Lightsaber

Shock – Dark Agnes de Chastillion

The theme selected for week one-sixty-three of Operation Graphite will be: My Worst Enemy.


Do you have a nemesis? Is someone out to get you, or looking to beat you down any chance they can get? Few are lucky enough to have an archenemy. Think about it, for someone to single out you as their ultimate adversary takes a lot of dedication on their part. At that point, it’s almost as much work as a romantic relationship; how do you keep up the passion in your single minded hated for someone? And yet, there is that someone with their crosshairs permanently fixed on you. What in god’s name did you do to them to incur so much wrath? Whom is that being, tirelessly working to undo you, is it a coworker, is it your ex, or has it been you all along?

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

All art work is due on Thursday, 4.16.14 Submissions will be published the following Friday, 4.17.15

Week one-sixty-one of Operation Graphite – theme: Insect.


Creepy Crawly insects, whether you find them fascinating, or disgusting, they are everywhere. The silver fish you find in your bathtub or the black widow under your sink are just the ones you can see. Think of the billions of dust mites ore other microscopic insects that are everywhere, crawling all over everything, even you. That cockroach doesn’t seem so bad now does it?

Contributing invertebrates:

kalebschad – Spider Queen

Shock – Beetle Rancher

The theme for week one-sixty-two of Operation Graphite will be: Robert E. Howard.


The creator of Conan the Barbarian and nearly the entire sword and sorcery genre, Robert E. Howard’s is mostly known for his bloody and supernatural adventure stories. A contemporary, and pen pal, of H.P. Lovecraft, Howard contributed to the Cthulhu mythos, and wrote several stories in that universe. Besides the ventures into fantasy and the supernatural, many of Howard’s works were historical fiction, including tales in 16th century Europe, 1920’s Afghanistan, and the American West.

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

All art work is due on Thursday, 4.9.14 Submissions will be published the following Friday, 4.10.15