Sometime in the last 10 years or so, it has become fashionable for creators to give “The Hollywood Pitch” to editors, which basically consists of “Let me tell you about my new comic! It’s like [THIS MOVIE] meets [THAT MOVIE]! Interested in more?” In theory, this approach makes sense: a creator can quickly get across a concept to an overwhelmed editor at a convention.
It has now gotten to the point of ridiculousness, however. You can look at the comic racks and just see the stupid movie combination before you pick up the book, and while the juxtaposition might make a cool concept, it seems like the creators are so busy trying to break in that they miss the point of actually telling a good story.1
I was reading an interview today with Jeff Smith, the creator of Bone about his new series, RASL. Smith gave a sort of Hollywood Pitch about the book, calling it “Blade Runner meets Jason Bourne.” It’s actually a good fit, because it isn’t about a superspy fighting androids (or vice-versa). That’s what I would expect from a lesser creator. No, Smith is taking the paranoia of Blade Runner with the suspense of the Bourne films to create a mood. The book is actually about a dimension-hopping art thief on the run.
I wish more pitches were like this. I’ve been loving RASL so far.
1 There are, of course, exceptions, and some blatantly ludicrous combinations actually make great comics.
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