Posts Tagged ‘Sci Fi’

Week one-nintey-one of Operation Graphite – theme: Frankenstein’s Monster.

Thus ends the best month on the calendar. I can tell you my son will certainly miss seeing skulls and jack-o-lantern decorations everywhere. He’s not quite old enough to understand that it isn’t a normal thing to have macabre decorations out all the time; except maybe for our house. I don’t think he will get the same kick out of the Christmas decorations that are already starting to come out. For the last Shocktober Grey Op, we cover a monster with no name, but often gets named after his creator. Perhaps that isn’t entirely false. Perhaps Frankenstein Jr. would be appropriate?

Contributing reanimations:

Sethomatik – Frankie

Shock – Frankenstein’s Monster

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The theme selected for week one-ninety-one of Operation Graphite will be: Frankenstein’s Monster.

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To wrap up the month of October, one last Halloween inspired theme to satisfy your thirst for horror, or Mel Brooks comedies. Frankenstein; or, the Modern Prometheus, one of the earliest Sci-Fi novels. This week we head to the lab, where Dr. Victor Frankenstein is furiously sewing together body parts of random corpuses in hopes to reanimate living tissue. I don’t know, sounds a bit too much like necromancy. Doesn’t seem like that could end well.

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

All art work is due 9 P.M. PST on Friday, 10.30.15. Submissions will be published the weekend of 10.31.15

Week one-fourty-five of Operation Graphite – theme: Heavy Metal.

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Back in the 80’s and 90’s, Heavy Metal was pretty much everything a geeky thirteen year old wanted in a magazine. While boobs and swords were certainly the main draw, it was also a bastion for very weird stories that few other publishers would print. Heavy Metal is not much more than a whisper of its howling past, but much of the dark and gritty sci-fi and fantasy today has a little bit of heavy metal in their DNA.

Shock  – Marooned

The theme selected for week one-fourty-five of Operation Graphite will be: Heavy Metal.

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A comic anthology with so many bare breasts, it had to be created by the French; Métal Hurlant (Screaming Metal) was introduced in the United States in 1977 under the name, Heavy Metal. Artists such a Moebius, Philippe Druillet, and H.R. Giger, along with Writers such as Harlan Ellison and Alejandro Jodorowsky have contributed to the magazine. While many might recognize the magazine for its cheesy, and often sexist illustrations, after you scratch the surface, Heavy Metal has showcased some amazing illustrators, and the strangest, and darkest Sci-Fi and fantasy stories out there.

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

All art work is due on Thursday, 12.11.14 Submissions will be published the following Friday, 12.12.14.

Week ninety seven of Operation Graphite – theme: Atomic Age.

Atomic Age sci-fi might encompass a few sub genres, and many of the classic Atomic age stories and characters actually originated in the earlier, Golden Age of Sci-fi. While the genera is not as rigidly defined as Steampunk or Space Opera, there is something about the post war sci-fi that stands apart from other ages. Something about fear of the atom, paired with a new vigor for exploration and modernization make an interesting cocktail.

Contributing Atomic Punks:

Micah – Freak

Shock – Cosmic Rays

Thank you for pushing the limits of science.

The theme selected for week ninety seven of Operation Graphite will be: Atomic Age.

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After the detonation of the Gadget, the world would forever know the awesome destructive power of the Atom. That power could either fuel the Space Age, or leave the world in ruin. After WWII, the power of the atom unlocked immeasurable possibilities for what the future could hold, yet there was also a dark shadow to these new discoveries. Atomic Kaiju and Cold War fear mixed with visions of traveling across the stars filled Sci-Fi stories. It was an age were some saw nothing but the wonders of science, while others warned of the horrors it unleash.

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

All art work is due on Thursday, 1.9.13. Submissions will be published the following Friday, 1.10.13

Week sixty six of Operation Graphite – theme: Space Suit.

Shock - Something strange in the distance

This tiny, blue, fragile speck in space. Outside it’s protection, we succumb to an onslaught of deadly elements. But we all knew what was in store when we signed up. We rode a controlled explosion to get into orbit.  We endured increased G-forces, micro gravity, and meals in a tube. Now after leaving the comfort of our biosphere, we need to leave the safety of our ship. A one man (or woman) habitat, a mini space ship, complete with life support and emergency thrusters. There might be a moment for fear, if it weren’t for the intoxicating awe of floating over what is now Australia and New Zealand. A view no camera could truly ever capture, no more tiny ship window to press your nose against, this sight through a terrifyingly thin bubble helmet is completely unobstructed. The cliché instantly comes to mind, it seems so peaceful down there. Actually, I think that we just passed Iran, Syria and Iraq. The radio crackles, there is a mission after all; this wasn’t just a sight seeing trip.

It’s a good thing these wrenches are tethered to the suit. I would’ve lost these damn things fifty times by now.

 

Shock – Something strange in the distance

The theme selected for week sixty six of Operation Graphite will be: Space Suit.

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Suit up, it’s time for some Extra Vehicular Activity. The site, The Fox is Black, always has its, Space Suit of the week, and is a fantastic blend of Sci-Fi, Pop Culture and Space Exploration history. Many images transcend the utilitarian nature of a garment used to protect one from the vacuum of space, to became powerful iconography of the 21’st century.  This week we are tasked with illustrating ether a real, or  fictional space suit.

Please submit a drawing or painting, using traditional or digital media of your Space Suit. 

All art work is due on Thursday 5.29.13. Submissions will be published the following Friday 5.31.13.

Week fifty eight of Operation Graphite – theme: Jack Kirby.

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This week was crazy, and I nearly didn’t have time to do a drawing. So I totally understand others not being able to make it. This being the first solo mission, it’s fitting that I drew lonely Norrin Radd in his quest to find home. I hope to see more of the team next week, but I understand. This year is going to be a dewsy for me, and I wonder if I will be able to keep it up each week.

Contributing Kirby enthusiast:

Shock – Riding the wave to Zenn-la

The theme selected for week fifty eight of Operation Graphite will be: Jack Kirby.

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One of the people responsible for creating, and co creating, some of the most popular comic book characters ever; Jack Kirby is truly one of the legends of comics. Besides the traditional super heroes he worked on, like Captain America, the Hulk, and the Fantastic Four, one of his real niches was bizarre Sci-Fi. For Marvel he created the the Silver Surfer and The Inhumans, for DC he created Darkseid and the New Gods. Kirby had a look all his own, and a knack for some of the strangest space operas in comics.

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

All art work is due on Thursday 3.28.13. Submissions will be published the following Friday 3.29.13