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Five For Friday #87 -- High Concept
posted August 4, 2006
 

Five For Friday #87 -- Give the World Five Anthology Gimmicks

1. "Name Game" -- Covers of comics by people sharing one of the original creator's names.
2. "Walk Like a Man" -- Covers of funny animal comics in a style other than funny animals.
3. "Retirement Age" -- All contributors are over 65.
4. "Eight Days a Week" -- One story per day of the week; one story you have to guess.
5. "Round Robin" -- First Creator Invites Next Creator and Names Their Genre, So On Back to First

concept from Christopher Duffy, but those are my picks

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Daniel Holloway

1. "Girls vs. Boys" -- Two-part series where male cartoonists draw stories written by women, then female cartoonists draw stories written by men.
2. "Dropping the Deuce" -- Cartoonists draw short-story sequels to their favorite narrative graphic novels by other cartoonists (think the New Yorker did something like this with writers and novels a while back).
3. "Paper Rodeo" broadsheet -- "Paper Rodeo," but printed at the current NY Times web width.
4. "Halftrack's War" -- Old school war cartoonists doing dramatic stories featuring the cast of "Beetle Bailey." Each cartoonist picks a different 20th century conflict.
5. "Parodize Lost" -- Parodies of the television show "Lost." Not a very good idea, but come one. Look at that title.

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Marc Sobel

1) Cash - comics based on Johnny Cash songs (Dylan would work as well)
2) Fortunes - stories based on fortune cookie fortunes (idea stolen from Dave Sherman)
3) Single panel - take a single panel from a comic out of context and have creators develop a story using that panel
4) Favorites - short strips by creators about their favorite single issue and what they like about it.
5) Parents - artists reflecting on their parents

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Leif Jones

1. "Ouroboros" - Each contributor has to tell a story, real or imagined, about the creator who's story follows theirs. The last creator in the book tells a story about the one who started it. (alternate title: "Subjectivity"")
2. "Navel Gazers" - Stories by cartoonists about how they came to contribute to the anthology "Navel Gazers" and write the story they wrote about how they came to contribute. (alternate title: "Ouroboros")
3. "Incomplete" - Stories taking the form of reasons why another story by the contributor was never completed, along with a synopsis and/or excerpts from that unfinished story. (alternate title: "Navel Gazers")
4. "Objectivity" - Stories from the point of view of inanimate objects, particularly stories of cartoonists from the point of view of an object they possess. (alternate tile: "Incomplete")
5. "Subjectivity" - Contributors imagine how the world, events, and certain people would be effected if the author had never been born. (alternate title: "Objectivity")

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Sean T. Collins

1. Kingsborough Komics--Creators who live in Brooklyn. I can see the release party at Rocketship now.
2. Crayola 64 Pack--Each contribution can use one and only one of the colors from the big box of crayons.
3. Extras--Each story stars a character who appears in the background of the previous story; the final story contains the first story's protagonist in the background somewhere, of course.
4. The Cover Album--I won't be as specific as you, Tom--I just wanna see more cover versions as awesome as Paul Pope's version of OMAC from his Solo issue.
5. We Are the 80s--Comics based on/inspired by specific 80s pop songs. Mainly I just want to see a comic based on "Don't Change" by INXS.

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Jackie Estrada

My high-concept anthologies:

1. Hey, Comics' Kids!-- All comics by children of comics creators, age 10 and under, including Alexa Kitchen, Eva Hernandez, Eli Kochalka, and any other graphic storytelling offspring.
2. From Soup to Nuts--All stories must be about a major course in a seven-course meal.
3. Garage Sale--All the stories take place at garage sales in different cities around the country on the same weekend.
4. Al Capp Funnies--Each story recounts an outrageous episode from the life of Al Capp.
5. That's What I'm Talkin' About!--Each story has the title phrase as its punchline.

What can I say? You caught me in a weird mood.

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