Whatâ€™s the difference between About, Cast, and New Reader pages?
Submitted by Morgan Wick on May 29, 2009 - 13:43
Itâ€™s a topic brought up by a webcomics.com post that seems to conflate them. To be sure, a conflation can help some to understand why theyâ€™re reading old Websnark posts where Eric Burns(-White) calls out webcartoonists that donâ€™t have a cast page (â€dude, itâ€™s a cast page! Itâ€™s not the Great Artifact that will bring about the Age of Transcendence!â€), but it seems some donâ€™t agree.
Whether or not you conflate them probably depends on your specific circumstances â€“ for example, do you have a gag-a-day comic, or a story comic? If you do conflate one or more you can probably label it with anything it fills the role of. Regardless, I would draw the boundaries like so:
- About: Basic information about the comic, and optionally, about the author. A quick and dirty way to get acquainted with the setting or the concept. A comic FAQ might fall under an â€œaboutâ€ header.
- Cast: Information about the cast, their personalities, and where they are in the story.
- New Readers: A more advanced form of the About page, explaining â€œthe story so farâ€, reducing the readerâ€™s need for an archive binge. May contain links to relevant storylines, for example, if the reader wants to â€œexperience it for themselvesâ€.
So, an About page is about the comic, Cast is about the cast, and New Readers is about the story. Burns(-White) loves cast pages because they can so easily serve as a filter to reveal info about the comic and the story. Cast pages can obviate the need for New Readers pages, but About pages donâ€™t obviate the need for Cast pages without turning into Cast pages, especially when you consider the pagesâ€™ relative utility to old readers.
(No, you did not just stumble into the Floating Lightbulb by accident.)