CONTEST: High Concept # 4, Kitbashing

Tom Russell milos_parker at
Wed Oct 28 09:02:12 PDT 2009

I have a couple of ideas for this next contest, one more of a plot-
idea springboard and one powers-based. I'm going to go with the powers-
based one this time around and save the plot for if I win a second
time; I'd be curious to know, however, which type of idea gets your
creative juices flowing better-- I know Saxon's "super-parent worried
about super-kid" did wonders for my Western story.

The superhero genre, and comics themselves, are often both derided and
praised as a bastard genre (and art form, respectively), composed of
disparate parts mashed together, sometimes elegantly, sometimes less-
so.  So I thought it'd be interesting to put that notion at the center
of things, with a hero or heroine with the power to evolve by
absorbing/taking on various aspects of other and at times very
different things.

Is this an organic, blob-like process?  Is it psychic?  Is it
technological? Do they also take on personality aspects? Is the end
result homogenous, or Leifeld-esque? Or do they look like a human
katamari ball? What becomes of the thing he or she is borrowing from?
All questions for you to answer or ignore as you tackle the challenge
of the self-improving, self-kitbashing hero!

Deadline will be three weeks from now-- that's November 18, 2009.

==Tom, wondering if this concept will appeal to anyone in particular.

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