Welcome to High Concept Week here at Dave's Long Box.
As implied, during High Concept Week we'll be looking at comic books that are based on fantastic, pithy, marketable, easy-to-grasp, clever ideas. Wikipedia defines high concept thusly: "The plot of a high concept movie is easily understood by audiences, and can often be described in a sentence or two, and succinctly summarized by the movie's title."
Let's be clear before we begin: high concept does not always mean high quality. It just means the film, book, or comic is built around a wicked awesome idea. As always, execution is everything regardless of how good the idea is.
For instance, here are some high concept movies IMHO. You can clearly see it's a mixed bag:
- Independence Day
- Home Alone
- E.T. The Extra Testicle
- Snakes on a Plane
- Die Hard
- The Pacifier
- The Dirty Dozen
- Jurassic Park
- The Terminator
- Bruce Almighty
- What Women Want
- Raiders of the Lost Ark
You get the picture. Some of those movies suck total ass, but they're based on a solid hook, a universal appealing and easily understood idea.
You may disagree with whether or not the comics I feature during High Concept Week really are high concept, for the line between cliche and great idea is blurry and squishy and smells of cheese. High Concept Week is go!
(By the way, having a little stuffed animal host your blog is high concept.)