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Eric: In Search of... the ideal cast page

(From The Order of the Stick. Click on the thumbnail for full sized casting calls.)

Having snarked at length on how any cast page is better than no cast page, our attentions must now turn to what a truly good cast page contains. Obviously, it has to list at least the primary cast. That's basic. It'd be nice to have pictures too. What the cast page is meant to do is twofold: introduce the cast to a wholly new reader, so he can pick things up quickly, and give existing readers a fast place to refresh their memories if needed.

However, if we're going to talk ideal cast pages, one that includes elements of what makes the characters who they are, and brings some Funny in on the bargain, are lovely, lovely things.

A friend of mine hight Mason suggested I have a look at the Order of the Stick. I'm happy to do so, though I haven't seen enough yet to snark about. However, as I was jumping into it (and, after I finish doing stuff for, you know, my day job, preparing my usual backtrack through the archives), I checked out the Cast Page.

Now this is a freaking Cast Page. Introductions, a storyline, funny, and enough drabbles to both let me know the personalities of the cast and the way they interact with one another.

We'll see how Order of the Stick pans out, but this Cast Page? Primo. Rich Burlew gets a biscuit. A tasty, tasty biscuit.

Posted by Eric Burns-White at August 26, 2004 1:11 PM

Comments

Comment from: EDG posted at August 26, 2004 2:25 PM

If only OotS's pages loaded faster...

(Even on my university T1, it still takes a full 30 seconds for any content to appear.)

Comment from: John Bankert posted at August 26, 2004 6:45 PM

Huh. I have a cable modem connection, and the pages loaded pretty quick for me. Two to three seconds, I'd guess.

Anyway, thanks for the pointer to the Funny.

Comment from: Flit posted at August 27, 2004 3:20 AM

I wish Order of the Stick had an RSS feed. It's also sort of clunky navigation-wise. Otherwise, it's pretty divine, and that cast page definitely rocks.

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