Archive for May, 2015

Week one-sixty-nine of Operation Graphite – theme: Fuzzy.

Shock - Oscar the Grouch

When I think Fuzzy, I think of that rough, long and fluffy, fuzzy fabric fur that might have once been ultra shag carpet in the 70’s. Something about those rough synthetic fibers that don’t lay like nice fur, and could nearly hold a few kilovolts of static charge, that is what I think when I hear fuzzy. And like something from another time, I think of the puppets that wore that faux fur with style.

Now that I have a good excuse to watch a lot of children’s programing, I’ve definitely find myself going back to the TV I watched as a small child, and that is a lot of Jim Henson. As a little kid, Bert and Ernie were my faves. Grover coming in close behind. Now that I’ve become older and much more bitter. Now I truly understand who the best character is. Not only could that green fuzzy monster be my soul buddy, I am astounded how such a character existed. Have you ever seen another show aimed at such young kids, with such an antisocial, unpleasant personality, and one that wasn’t some sort of villain? Oscar the Grouch is something unique and wonderful. He may have a hoarding compulsion, and he might have a sour disposition, but he is still treated like just another neighbor. I might be a tad curmudgeonly, and a bit of a pack rat, but seeing Oscar makes me happy. Perhaps he was intended to just be different. Maybe Caroll Spinney was doing a version of someone he knew, or perhaps Oscar was there to show we could just be be ourselves, even if people think you’re grouch.

Shock – Oscar the Grouch

The theme selected for week one-seventy of Operation Graphite will be: Jurassic World.


More Dinosaurs, I know, i’m totally juvenile. I’ve said if before – if there is an age where dinosaurs stop being awesome, I never want to reach it. Even if the last two Jurassic park movies were a little weak, they still had Effing dinosaurs. Now we’ve got Andy Dwyer, Starlord himself as a velociraptor tamer. Actually deinonychus would be the accurate dinosaur for that size, Velociraptors were actually the size of turkeys. So yay, more dinosaurs. The movie looks absolutely ridiculous, but  who knows, maybe it will be ok. Either way, dinosaurs dude.

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

All art work is due on Thursday, 6.4.15 Submissions will be published the following Friday, 6.5.15

Week one-sixty-eight of Operation Graphite – theme: Age of Sail.

The idea of getting away has been a persistent fantasy for millennia. For many years, before planes and cars helped whisk us away, if one truly wanted to get away from things, a long trip by sea was the only method. And so, it was the open sea that came to embody escape and adventure. And so the majestic tall ships have endured as positive reminders of the age of sail. Pirates, scurvy, sea sickness and ship crushing colossal squid were always the flip side to the overwhelmingly rosy nostalgia for those days, but no journey was really epic unless there was a strong possibility that an enormous cephalopod would snatch you off the deck of your ship and snap you into bits with hits sharp beak. Life at sea was grim, but life on land was pretty damn grim as well.

Contributing Salty Dogs:

Micah – Totenkof

Shock – Climbing the Rigging

The theme selected for week one-sixty-nine of Operation Graphite will be: Fuzzy.


This week I am once again out of ideas. So instead of a normal theme, I’m going with another abstract theme. Perhaps it is the way your nose feels when you have a cold, it could be feel of a well worn sweater, It could be the way you feel inside after spending time with someone special, or it could be scruff of a four legged friend brushing across your nose. This week the theme will be any incarnation or interpretation of the word Fuzzy.

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

All art work is due on Thursday, 5.28.15 Submissions will be published the following Friday, 5.29.15

Operation: Fury Road

Posted: 05/15/2015 in Uncategorized

Week one-sixty-seven of Operation Graphite – theme: Fury Road.

Shock - Immortan Joe

The hype machine is nearly reaching the point to where I start to worry. The new Mad Max has been one of the films I have been looking forward to the most. The trailers look amazing, and now the reviews are also coming in, lavishing the film with praise. So now I worry, will the expectations be too high to ever be met? I was not suprised that the new Avengers was OK, but not amazing. I couldn’t really get excited by the trailers, as much as I love those characters. Yet, trailers can be deceiving. Will the energy of the trailer’s booming Verdi and insane auto carnage deliver for two hours? Seriously, it is one of the best movie trailers I have seen in years. I could almost taste the diesel fumes and desert sand. Fury Road opens this weekend, Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron are the bad ass road warriors, and Immortan Joe, the villain is played by the same Royal Shakespearian actor who played the villain, Toe-cutter, in very first Mad Max. But will there be a Gyro Captain?

Contributing Road Warriors:

Shock – Immortan Joe

The theme selected for week one-sixty-eight of Operation Graphite will be: Age of Sail.


After we clear off the dust and grit from our time in the arid wastelands, it’s time to set out on the open sea. Our journey may be for exploration, commerce, naval domination, or piracy. Time to turn the clock way back, when pan oceanic travel took months, and rats and scurvy were your shipmates. May the wind be ever at your back, and the horizon be clear and calm.

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

All art work is due on Thursday, 5.21.15 Submissions will be published the following Friday, 5.22.15

Week one-sixty-sixy of Operation Graphite – theme: The Force Awakens.

After handing over the keys to Lucasfilm, George Lucas relinquished all ties to the franchise he made famous. Perhaps like after the passing of Michael Jackson, where everyone tries to ignore everything after the 80’s; maybe in time the Prequels will be forgotten, and when thinking of Lucas, people will only think of the first trilogy.

As for, The Force Awakens, Lucas has had no input, and doesn’t even know the story. For him, he will be able to go and see an official film set in his universe that he didn’t have to toil over. He can simply enjoy it as part of the audience for once. Perhaps he will be over joyed, seeing his creations given new life. Perhaps he will disapprove, regretting his relinquishing control. I have a hunch he’ll be pleased with the new films, as least some of them. Now that Disney is churning out a new films as often as possible, I’m sure there will be a few disasters. You never know, they might even try another holiday special.

Contributing scruffy looking nerf herders:

drafturgy – Captain Phasma

Sethomatik – Fett

Shock – Phasma of Tarth

Week 167: Fury Road

Posted: 05/06/2015 in Uncategorized

The theme selected for week one-sixty-seven of Operation Graphite will be, Fury Road.

mad max fury road

Of all the summer movies I am looking forward to, Fury Road is not only the film I’m most looking forward to, it is also one of the few that don’t preach about the dangers of artificial intelligence. Seriously, it’s like robot hatred summer. Even Jurassic World’s big bad is an artificially intelligent mega dinosaur.

Mad Max: Fury Road, looks insane, and totally in a good way. George Miller, who gave us the original Mad Max films is directing this reboot. That alone is a reason to not scoff at yet another reboot/remake, but the trailers look incredible too. The action looks amazing, and hopefully this will be another minimal, yet artful action film like the Road Warrior was.

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

All art work is due on Thursday, 5.14.15 Submissions will be published the following Friday, 5.15.15

Week one-sixty-fife of Operation Graphite – theme: Birds.

Shock - Secretary Bird

As I’ve gotten older, my appreciation for birds has dramatically increased. Exceptionally unusual birds, or the always popular predatory raptors have always been highly regarded. However, when I was younger I never could understand the concept of bird watching common birds. The obvious obsessions with flight is perhaps easiest to understand, but as I learn more about even simple birds, I can’t help being absolutely fascinated. Birds are one of the most diverse creatures on the planet. Aside from mammals, birds are the only other animals who seem to have something akin to human emotions. Corvids (crows, ravens and magpies) are some of the smartest animals on earth, and might have to be lumped with apes, dolphins, whales and cephalopods in the circle of self aware creatures.

And yet, I don’t know if I could have a pet bird, part of me would love it, but there is few things as depressing as a creature blessed with the gift of flight, only to have its wings clipped and forced into a tiny cage. I’d rather watch my humming bird feeder as the charm gulps down sugar water.

Shock – Secretary bird