I have a suggestion: read it once a week, say on Friday or Saturday. You'll get the weeks story and you'll be able to check with the cast page as necessary.
I don't think this would help much at all. As I mentioned, I already don't check as often as I used to (in fact, I'd estimate I check around once a week as you suggest), and it has actually made it much harder to follow since, when I come back, there are usually new characters, and my memory from the time I last checked is now hazier.
Maxim Kovalenko wrote:
If anybody can think of any suggestions on how to take care of things, and how we can make things better....I would definitely be glad to hear it.
Thanks very much for replying, Kovalenko; I appreciate it. Several suggestions spring to mind.
First of all, I think a few concurrent systems of organization would help a lot. One example I see used on the Goblins comic by Thunt is a link to the previous comic in the storyline whenever a new comic switches scenes. That could be extremely helpful for Requiem.
Organizing the archives and future comics into storylines would be a great idea. I endorse that.
Another I can think of that I believe would be somewhat time-consuming to set up but very rewarding would be to have each comic tagged with which characters are in it. Then clicking that tag would bring up a list of all the comics that character has appeared in. That way, a reader can quickly brush up on both the current storyline and the backgrounds of characters involved. This would be much more helpful than any cast page.
The last is simple and straightforward, but probably the least attractive. Put bluntly: use less characters. Honestly, I'm not the type of person to tell people how to write. I respect your abilities as a writer and wouldn't dare to presume I know how best to describe the very intriguing and dynamic world you've created. That being said, I strongly, strongly -believe- that culling the recurring cast list to a smaller number would both help the comic's pace and readability.
I'm sure it's difficult. Many of your secondary characters have more depth to them than the protagonists of most other comics. You really have a knack for creating engaging characters quickly and seemingly effortlessly. In fact, you're almost too good at it. It makes dropping or disposing of any character a sacrifice. I do believe, however, that doing so would greatly improve the comic overall.
I know all this is a lot of work, so I don't make any of these suggestions lightly. Thanks again for replying and keep up the good work.