For me, the real appeal of Disney World is the creative thinking and engineering that went into conceiving and building the thing. I find it pretty fascinating, and find myself studying the mechanics, psychology and methodology of the rides as much as anything. Walking around Disney World is, in a lot of ways, like walking around inside a giant comic book.
One of the terms thrown around a lot by Disney's "Imagineers" is "Heightened Reality," and this definition, provided by Imagineer Alex Wright, is also the perfect way to describe the way I think about my comic book work:
Take the things people "know" from the world around them, select the ones
that suit the story you wish to tell, and combine them into something that is
entirely new but that still feels oddly familiar.
That's a better way to describe something like Hawaiian Dick than anything I've come up with. Of course, I'd substitute "things from history and pop culture" for "things from the world around them" in the case of Dick.
Nice reviews of the new Hawaiian Dick at Wizard online, Newsarama, Comixtreme, etc.
Be nice to imagine retailers and readers notice.