Posts Tagged ‘80’s’

The theme selected for week two-thirty-three will be: The Monster Squad.

Monster Squad

On one summer night in 1988, I was sleeping over at a friends house. We watched The Monster Squad on HBO, and stayed up late playing the first Castlevania. The two complemented each other perfectly.

80’s nostalgia is all the rage, and what better time to think about the Monster Squad, especially since there may be a Shane Black reboot. Goonies and Stand By Me get all most of the attention when it comes to 80’s adolescent adventure tales, but The Monster Squad has always been one of my all time favorites. It’s got all the classic Universal Monsters, Stan Winston did the creature effects, including on of my all time favorite versions of The Wolfman and a fantastic Creature from the Black Lagoon. And it was the 8o’s so the soundtrack was pretty cheesetastic, but totally in a good way.

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

All art work is due 9 P.M. PST on Friday, 8.26.16. Submissions will be published the weekend of 8.27.16

Week two-oh-four of Operation Graphite – theme: Arcade.

Shock - Lizzie on a Rampage

For years I regularly complained about those stupid bar video games that were so ubiquitous in the late 90’s and 00’s, when a classic arcade game would have been abundantly better. I dreamed of a bar that was like the classic video arcade that I grew up with in the 80’s and early 90’s, but with alcohol. Now that I am married, have have kids, and pretty much never go to bars, all of a sudden bar arcades, or barcades are the next big thing. The original video arcades were an amazing place, and an amazing waste of money, but even now I think of them very fondly. I watched as the arcade world changed with the times, only to be recently relegated to locations for adolescent birthday parties. Now with the barcade scene, grownups can relive the glory of the 80’s arcade world, unless you are married with children.

Shock – Lizzie on a Rampage

Week one-eighty-nine of Operation Graphite – theme: 80’s Horror.

Horror in the 1980’s was often driven by iconic, villainous characters. Some of these characters were so charismatic, they were often viewed with love and admirations by fans of the genre, despite the fact that these characters were often child molesters and murderous psychopaths. Another factor was the evolution of the craft of special effects. Foam latex, corn syrup and KY jelly were able to achieve things that todays best CG still have trouble with. Horror has always been the low budget genre, and filmmakers have long tried to find the best way to scare the crap out of people as cheap as possible. The 80’s created some of the most iconic low budget characters who later went on to become big box office draws.

Contributing Vilains:

Sethomatik – Elm Street

shawnbrookwilliams – Toxie

Shock – Invaders from Mars

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


More Halloween, More Nostalgia. This week we celebrate horror movies of the 80’s. There are definitely some horror gems from that decade, but there were also a lot of duds. Horror has always been the discount genre. With the dawn of video rental, more and more small production were putting out cheap crap horror vying to turn a profit. Some of these film are classics today, others are a different sort of classic, loved for their camp and cheese. What horror film from the 80’s do you love, or love to make fun of?

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

All art work is due 9 P.M. PST on Friday, 10.16.15. Submissions will be published the weekend of 10.17.15

Week one-seventy-three of Operation Graphite – theme: Terminator.

So far the reviews are a little disappointing, but part of me is still curious what this new attempt at reinvigorating the Terminator franchise will accomplish. So many who grew up in the 80’s and 90’s still adore films and shows from that era, so bringing back these properties seems like a great idea, but rarely do these reboots, remakes, and rehashes ever seem worth it. Fury Road was the only film this summer to absolutely excel at rebooting a story. While I still want to return to many of these worlds (still waiting for that Airwolf feature) if you’re gonna do it, you have to do it right.

We are slogging though summer blockbuster season, and there are still months yet to go. We’ll take a break from movies for a while, as there is more to summer than just the cinema.

Contributing cyborgs from the future:

Shock – The Terminator

shawnbrookwilliams – Terminator Reimagined

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

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-thirty-two of Operation Graphite – theme: John Hughes Films.

Shock - Cameron Frye

Many are nostalgic for the films of John Hughes, especially since he died rather young; those films gain another layer of importance. But while many of those films deal with high school teen drama, they’ve become a little hard to watch. Just revisiting the idea of high school again is painful enough, but looking back, some other things were pretty messed up. Ferris Bueller was kind of a psychopath, Ducky was a total stalker, and don’t even get me started on Long Duk Dong. I do like the theory that Ferris Bueller is actually a fantasy alter ego of Cameron Frye, in a Tyler Durden kid of way.

Shock  – Call me Sir god damnit!

The theme selected for week one-thirty-two of Operation Graphite will be: John Hughes Films.


John Hughes is responsible for many of the quintessential teen movies from the 80’s, as well as some of the most memorable comedies of that era. Weather it be, Planes, Trains and Automobiles, or
Pretty in Pink, Hughes career as writer, producer and director defined a decade of teen and adolescent angst with a sense of humor. Though he passed well before his time, this week we look back on some of Hughes films that remain as fresh now as they did decades ago.

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

All art work is due on Thursday, 9.11.14 Submissions will be published the following Friday, 9.12.14

Week one-o-nine of Operation Graphite – theme: 80’s Sitcom.

Shock - Bull Shannon

You can tell a little about a person by looking at the kind of sitcoms they favored in their formative years. While I certainly watched lots of the family based sitcoms. For me, the weirder and more screwball the better. Night Court was one of my absolute favorites. Sadly, I haven’t been able to see it recently to see for my self if it still holds up after all these years.

Shock – Bull Shannon