Posts Tagged ‘Star Wars’

Week two-fourty-seven of Operation Graphite – theme: Galactic Empire.


Did we all see Rouge One? There were some new Imperial wardrobes to have mix emotions about. Yes, they are the genocidal, white supremacist, bad guys, but damn if those are’t some cool outfits.  Actually, there was a, blink and you miss it, moment where you can see a rebel who has a black imperial scout helmet as part of his kit. So you can technically still enjoy the duds of the arch villainous, space nazis by harvesting their members and forcing them to relinquish their armor, before throwing them to the mind reading octopus. I’m looking forward to the future cosplayers who build hodgepodge armors for rebel commandos using parts of Imperial troopers. Because we can’t let the Mandalorians have all the customization fun!

Shock – Shoretrooper


The theme selected for week two-forty-seven of Operation Graphite will be: The Galactic Empire.



Rouge One hits theaters this week. I have only heard good things so far, and I am pretty excited. We’ve got Ghost Dog and Ip Man in a Star Wars movie, and that is pretty cool. This week we will focus on an unusual obsession with pop culture, the Galactic Empire of Star Wars. Now I realize that a cool set of armor and an awesome helmet are pretty tantalizing, but does it ever strike you as odd that so many people rather dress up as storm troopers than other characters? There is an entire squadron of fans around the world who painstakingly research and complete authentic uniforms and armor for the Galactic Empire, who for all intents and purposes, are space Nazis. One might imagine the draw to such bad assery would be stymied by the fact that those jingoistic troopers are enforcers for a totalitarian regime that controls the galaxy though fear and violence; but they I guess we would have to delve into human fascination with evil. In a fantastical space opera, where good and bad are clearly defined, the unquestioning shock troops who carry out all of the evil mastermind’s orders are the ones more people want to emulate? Why is that?

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

All art work is due on Friday, 12.23.16. Submissions will be published the weekend of 12.24.16

Week Two-Hundred of Operation Graphite – theme: The Force Awakens, Again.

Shock - Rey

Well, did you see it? Did you like it? Did you feel it was too much of a rehash of the original film? Did you like the new characters? Did you like seeing Harrison Ford at his most wrinkly and curmudgeonly?

I loved the film. After the disappointing prequels, it was nice to get back to feeling like a Star Wars film. That is why I felt like it was ok to share some of the beats from, A New Hope. I did kinda hate the new Death Star. You would think the cost vs. benefit of galactic super-weapons that are destroyed after the test fire would not be so prevalent. Maybe if that super weapon was a one shot, disposable type of device, but to always have it be the primary base? Sounds like bad strategy for the space nazis that hope to conquer the galaxy.

The thing that made this new Star Wars film so great was the characters, pure and simple. The plot was reused, the story had a minor hiccups, but it was the characters made the film shine. The film was also well paced and executed, and that credit goes to JJ. I doubted early on, but he did a great job. Not so great that I can forgive him for his Star Trek movies yet. he still has a bit of that to work off.

Shock – Rey

The theme selected for week two-hundred of of Operation Graphite will be: The Force Awakens, again. 


Hey, didn’t we already do a Star Wars theme for The Force Awakens? Yes, yes we did. That first theme was just an anticipationary (not a real word dude) theme since the full trailer had just come out. Now that Episode VII has finally hit theaters, it has been widely praised and many can get enough of a Star Wars film that finally dosent suck. We are skipping a week for the end of the year and holiday season. That means there will be some more time to see the film, cause by the time this Grey Op is due, spoilers will be accepted.

Please submit any drawing or painting, using traditional or digital media, that fits the theme: The Force Awakens, again.

All art work is due 9 P.M. PST on Friday, 1.8.16. Submissions will be published the weekend of 1.9.16

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

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-o-four of Operation Graphite – theme: Star Wars.

Shock - Droopy Chewy

I was really excited for the Star Wars theme,  but due to a lack of time I just dialed in a quick sketch. “E” for effort, right? Whatever, off to my 4 hour commute.

Shock – Droopy Chewy

The theme selected for week one-o-four of Operation Graphite will be: Star Wars.

star wars quad sm

There have been a few, more focused Grey Ops, that concerned the events from, “A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away.” For the first time we will open up the entire Star Wars universe for inspiration. It’s not a very large universe though, weren’t there only three movies?

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

All art work is due on Thursday, 2.27.13. Submissions will be published the following Friday, 2.28.13

Send your ideas for new themes with your submission and guide future Grey Ops.

Week thirty of Operation Graphite – Theme: Lightsaber

Despite the sheer improbability of a such a device actually functioning like they do in Star Wars, Lightsabers are one of the coolest weapons in Sci-Fi with out a doubt. Weather sharp and jagged, or smooth and organic, A lightsaber can be as unique as the person who wields it.

Contributing Lightsabers

bruku – Star Wars Askew

Micah – Sabers

Shock – Audrey III

Thank you for contributing.

The theme selected for week thirty of Operation Graphite will be: Lightsaber.

Before you complete your training, you must design and construct your own Lightsaber. Only then can you become a Jedi Knight. Probably one of the coolest weapons in Science Fiction, it is also one of the most improbable. A beam of light that goes out three feet then stops, and can not past though a similar beam seems impossible. More plausible would be a electromagnetic field in the shape of the blade that is filled with charged plasma. Yet this would need a extraordinary power source, likely generating so much heat your hand would melt off if you tried to hold it. It’s maybe best not to over think it, after all, who knows what kind of technologies are available to a type 3 Civilization. That high up the Kardashev scale and maybe anything is possible.

This week we will design a lightsaber, and it may be one used by a Jedi Knight, or a Sith Lord. While the focus will be on the Lightsaber it self, you may also show who wielding the blade if you choose. Please submit a drawing or painting, using traditional or digital media of your Lightsaber

All art work is due on Thursday 8.30.12. Submissions will be published the following Friday 8.31.12.

May the Force be with you.