Posts Tagged ‘Marvel’

Week two-fifty-seven of Operation Graphite – theme: Guardians of the Galaxy.


Well, hello there. I’ve been absent for quite some time. I really doubt anyone has noticed. This past spring was a tough time, work picked up and I got pretty burnt out.

I had previously hinted about my plans for ending phase one of this project. With only a few more weeks to go, I broke my streak and ended up abandoning it all.

The plan is still to wind things down, and even though I did complete my goal of publishing consistently for five years, I didn’t have the nice neat cap to end things with. My current plan is to wrap things up by the end of the year.

This particular post was initially meant to go up when Guardians Part 2 hit theaters. Now it is even months past the blu ray release. At least I made it before Part 3 comes out.

Shock – Drax and Gamora

The theme selected for week two-fifty-seven of Operation Graphite will be: Guardians of the Galaxy.


The first Guardians of the Galaxy was the equivalent of Marvel throwing a Hail Mary pass even though they were still ahead, 34-3. Oh my god, I just made a sports reference. What is wrong with me? A property no one knew became one of the biggest Marvel hits, and one of the funnest, most beloved comic book movies to date. There have been better comic book movies, and certainly much worse, but there are few ensembles that quite match the Guardians for providing a fun, action packed, sci-fi adventure. I’m super pumped for Volume 2.

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

Week two-twenty-five of Operation Graphite – theme: Captain America.

Shock - Cap

Happy Forth of July! My neighborhood sounds like a war zone. What other comic character is more Patriotic than Captain America? A character so annoyingly patriotic I never was a fan of him till the Marvel movies. I’ll give credit to Chris Evans and the team heading up the MCU, they’ve taken a jockish boy scout of a character and created an idealistic and sympathetic hero out of time. One of the striking feelings I had after seeing Civil War was that Iron Man may have been the one who was more in the right, but Cap would have been the leader I would have been more inclined to followed. The creators intentionally made it so there was no right or wrong side, making the conflict between friends even tougher.

Shock – Stealth Suit Cap

The theme selected for week two-twenty-five of Operation Graphite will be: Captain America.


The Fourth of July is approaching, and what is more American than Captain America. Probably a bunch of things, but I have the mind of a twelve year old, and want to draw comic book characters.

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

All art work is due 9 P.M. PST on Friday, 7.1.16. Submissions will be published the weekend of 7.2.16

Week two-seventeen of Operation Graphite – theme: Iron Man.

I’m not going to ruin anything about Captain America: Civil War, and the epic battle between Iron Man and Cap. Iron Man flops back and forth between jerk-face D-Bag, and reforming bad boy trying to make good. The first Iron Man is pretty fantastic, Starks arc from war profiteer to hero is fantastic. Then the second installment painted him as a spoiled asshole again. Avengers, he was kinda back on track, a little verbally combative, but thats mostly due to Joss thriving when writing characters pitied against each other. Starks third solo film was good, but even when trying to be decent, he still kinda came off like a jerk. Then there was Age of Ultron, where the whole crisis in the film is due to Starks run away ego. In this sixth film staring RDJ as Iron Man, and with another paycheck worth more than the GDP of a small country, Stark actually had some great character moments and you feel his side just as much as you feel for Caps. It was a great movie, for both for Cap and Stark.

Contributing Iron Men:

Drafturgy – Iron Mizzle OG

Shock – Mark XLIII



The theme selected for week two-seventeen of Operation Graphite will be: Iron Man.


My son is obsessed with Iron Man. He’s hit that wonderful stage where he’s really into superheroes. I suppose my geek dad interests are wearing off on him. Most of what he knows is from the cute stylized kids toys. Then I showed him the least violent clips on youtube, which are usually the suiting up and flying shots. He has his favorites in both Marvel and DC, but Iron Man is his absolute favorite. He loves the suit, and who can blame him. The movie Iron Man suit is pretty bad ass. I’ve made one simple mask for him, and I’ve been working on a MkII made out of craft foam to replace the cardboard and marker MkI. Don’t think I have the time to pull of some of the more amazing DIY Iron Man projects I’ve seen online. I haven’t the heart to tell my boy (nor would he understand) that Tony Stark is kind of an arrogant, douchy asshole. Daddy’s team Cap.

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

All art work is due 9 P.M. PST on Friday, 5.6.16. Submissions will be published the weekend of 5.7.16

Week one-ninety-seven of Operation Graphite – theme: S.H.I.E.L.D.Shock - Grant Ward Agent of Hydra

While the theme was open to any usage of the Marvel universe intelligence agency, I definitely had the TV show in mind. The first season was a little shaky, but so few shows are really great in their first season. I’m glad the show got some time to grow. The characters that once annoyed me are now fantastic, the stories are wider better, and the over all mythology of espionage side of the Marvel verse is building to something pretty cool. I realized that Hydra is starting to remind me of Wolfram & Hart from Angel. Just give those Whedon boys time, the first season might suck, but it will get better.

Shock – Grant Ward: Agent of Hydra

The theme selected for week one-nintey-seven of Operation Graphite will be: S.H.I.E.L.D.


Every intelligence organization needs a snazzy acronym. The simple three letter ones are quick and succinct: KGB, CIA, MI6. However, to really get some extra milage, you need your quasi militaristic spy force have an acronym that also describes what they are offering.

Marvel’s agency of spycraft and homeland protection is The Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division, also known as S.H.I.E.L.D. Before the television program, and the Marvel cinematic universe there were comics dating back to the 60’s. After fighting in WWII, a much more melanin deficient Nick Fury led the intelligence organization during the cold war. In the Marvel films, S.H.I.E.L.D. and agent Phil Coulson have been there from the beginning. Now the Agents have their own show, and still find themselves pitted against their oldest adversary.

Please submit any drawing or painting, using traditional or digital media, that fits the theme: S.H.I.E.L.D.

All art work is due 9 P.M. PST on Friday, 12.14.15. Submissions will be published the weekend of 12.12.15

Week one-eighty-two of Operation Graphite – theme: Nebula.

Shock - Neblua

Working on the drawing of, Nebula made me really want to see Guardians of the Galaxy again. I’ve been kinda worn out by the Marvel Cinematic Universe recently, but I really enjoyed Guardians, and I hope the sequel is also great. Some of the Marvel strain is due to trying to cram too much in, some of the strain is simply too many films needed to follow the ongoing story. I don’t know if I’m looking forward to Civil War or not. Capt. 2 was fantastic, and I think part of that was the small, tight team instead of trying to fit every Avenger in the film. There are two years of slated films, and I don’t know if I will be able to keep up. I didn’t see Antman, despite liking the character, and the actors in the film. By the time the Infinity War hits theaters, I don’t know if I will be up to date, or using the cliff notes from preceding films to know what the hell is going on.

Shock – Nebula and the Infinity Gauntlet

Week one-eighty-one of Operation Graphite – theme: Spider-Gwen.

As more and more women get into comics, more and more comics will feature women protagonists. It does take a really long time for the industry to catch up with demand; a reeeeeeeeeeeeeeealy long time. But forward momentum is progress all the same.

Contributing Spider-Women:

Sethomatik – Spider-Gwen

Shock – Fist from above (incomplete)