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[[caption-width-right:350:You have a feeling it's going to be a long day.]]

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->''"I don't merely '''draw''' Homestuck..." [[labelnote:==>]]\\
I '''CONJURE''' THIS INTREPID FANTASYSCAPE WITH TEARS BLED FROM THE WISDOM-WEARY EYES OF FIFTY THOUSAND IMAGINARY MAGICIANS. I PULL HEAVY DRAGS FROM THE BRUMES OF INSPIRATION WITH ENCHANTED BELLOWS MARAUDED FROM A GUILD OF CHURLISH MYTHICAL DWARVES. VAST BULBOUS RIDDLESPIDERS PUSH THE SILKEN STRANDS OF PURE WHIMSY THROUGH HIDEOUS ABDOMINAL SPINNERETS AND IT IS THAT WITH WHICH I WEAVE THIS AUDACIOUS COCOON OF EXQUISITE LIES. AND WHEN IT HATCHES A GREAT MOTH OF TITILLATION WILL AWAKEN AND ROAR AND BEAT ITS WINGS, AND THE POWDER SETTLING DOWN WILL ARREST THE HUMORS OF AN ENORMOUS TERRIBLE OLD BEGGAR, RELAXING THE VULTUROUS LEATHERY VICEGRIP HE'S FIXED AROUND YOUR CAPTIVE MIND.[[/labelnote]]''
-->-- '''Andrew Hussie''', [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=003577 this page]]

A peculiar sort of InteractiveComic/Flash game hybrid, '''''[[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/ Homestuck]]''''' is the fourth and latest series of ''Webcomic/MSPaintAdventures'', a series of web comics done in the style of old [[InteractiveFiction text-based]] {{adventure game}}s, written by Creator/AndrewHussie (and the fans--through [[AudienceParticipation fan suggestions]] and [[AscendedFanon speculation]]). Homestuck started like the others, with every update prompted by a user suggestion, but it soon shed its suggestion box when the plot outgrew it, and has since become a multimedia ''[[MediumBlending thing]]'' which has grown to be truly enormous.

A young man stands in his bedroom. It just so happens that today, the 13th of April, 2009, is this young man's birthday. Though it was 13 years ago he was given life, it is only today he will be given a name!

[[HelloInsertNameHere What will the name of this young man be]]?

...It will be Zoosmell Pooplord... er, sorry. It will be John Egbert. Our chief protagonist is one of four thirteen-year-old friends--the other three being Rose Lalonde, Dave Strider, and Jade Harley--who are fated to play Sburb, a widely-hyped multi-player video game with real-life effects. Sburb allows players to manipulate and modify each other's environments in real time in a way reminiscent of ''VideoGame/TheSims''. But as it turns out, the consequences of playing Sburb [[TheGamePlaysYou are significantly further-reaching than they initially appear to be]], and what begins as a series of amusing domestic struggles and game-mechanics goofs quickly [[SerialEscalation spirals into a succession of events]] far beyond the expectations of its participants.

''Homestuck'' began on April 13, 2009, only one month after the end of the highly-successful ''Webcomic/ProblemSleuth''. It rapidly rose in popularity for many reasons, primarily for its [[JigsawPuzzlePlot intricate]] multi-timeline apocalypse-centric plot, insanely fast update schedule for the first few years[[note]]At its peak, Homestuck updated with 5.5 pages a day on average, a veritable torrent of updates save for [[AnimationBump Flash animations]][[/note]], a visual upgrade from the style of ''Problem Sleuth'', Flash animations and games accompanied by [[Music/{{Homestuck}} a massive soundtrack]], and its [[TropeOverdosed incredibly high trope density]].

As the scope and scale of the comic grew, Hussie began [[SeriesHiatus pausing updates of the comic]] in order to produce Flash animations, develop ''VideoGame/{{Hiveswap}}'', and work on larger chunks of the story at once, including a weeks-long hiatus for the End of Act 5 flash, a year-long "Gigapause" during Act 6, and an eight-month "Omegapause" from July 2015. Homestuck's final stretch of updates began on March 28th, 2016, and the climax of the story finally ended on [[ArcNumber April 13th]], 2016, the seventh anniversary of the comic. However, Hussie also stated that he plans for an epilogue sometime down the line, which is not [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rMZU89jY2j8 the credits video]] released on [[ArcNumber October 25, 2016]].

The [[http://mspaintadventures.wikia.com/wiki/MS_Paint_Adventures_Wiki MS Paint Adventures Wiki]] [[TheWikiRule is maintained by fans]] and tends to be an invaluable source of assistance when reading ''Homestuck'' for the first time if you don't mind risking encountering spoilers (though the content there should be taken with a grain of salt, as its user base has a tendency to post speculation as fact). Hussie used to use Formspring as a means of communicating with readers; he eventually ditched it[[note]]for those interested, the content has been archived [[https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/40585720/Combined_Formspring_Web_Aug-28-2011.htm here]][[/note]] in favor of [[http://mspandrew.tumblr.com his Tumblr account]], though that, too, was eventually abandoned when he learned the hard way that you can [[ManipulativeEditing misquote]] a post while reblogging it.[[note]]An archive of some of the deleted posts, including Q&As, can be found [[http://mspaintadventureswiki.tumblr.com/tagged/archive here]][[/note]].

''Homestuck'' has spawned several major side projects, including the Kickstarter-funded ''VideoGame/{{Hiveswap}}'', the online anthology ''Webcomic/ParadoxSpace'', and the multimedia ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SxHnKT_2u64 Homestuck 2.0]]'' with eager involvement from Creator/DanteBasco.

Voice acting troupe Creator/{{Voxus}} is in the process of dubbing ''Homestuck'', and by February 2015 has reached Act 6 Act 3. The adaptation is currently on hiatus as work on the trilogy of massive "Openbound" updates is finished. The group's creative team is going to be restructured afterward, at which point, the future of the project is not entirely certain.

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'''LateArrivalSpoiler Warning:''' ''Homestuck'' is an enormous, deeply complicated and intertwined story that, for much of its lifespan, featured extremely rapid plot developments, introductions, and resolutions. Additionally, it features a cast of characters filled with what were or are [[WalkingSpoiler walking spoilers]] that have become ubiquitous in the story and fandom, and a majority of the story's seemingly minor events, themes and jokes themselves constitute or foreshadow spoilers, making describing them nearly impossible to do without giving away what were originally major twists. Therefore, '''all spoilers for ''Homestuck'' have been left unmarked'''; even reading the character index and the groups of characters introduced will spoil major mid-story plot events. ''Homestuck'' is freely available in its entirety, and there are no barriers to reading it save for its sheer length. To fully enjoy the experience, it is ''highly'' suggested you read the whole comic ''before'' visiting any of the following links. '''Administrivia/YouHaveBeenWarned'''. [[ArchivePanic Good luck]].
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[[index]]
* Homestuck/{{Tropes A To L}}
* Homestuck/{{Tropes M To Z}}
[[/index]]
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! '''> Gather articles of supplemental data related to ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'''''.
[[index]]
'''[[Characters/{{Homestuck}} > Study cast dossier.]]'''\\
'''[[SelfDemonstrating/DocScratch > Be Doc Scratch.]]'''\\\
'''[[Music/{{Homestuck}} > Captchalogue sick beats.]]'''\\
'''[[FanMusic/{{Homestuck}} > Observe fan-made additions to established sick beats.]]'''\\
'''[[AwesomeMusic/{{Homestuck}} > Appreciate beat collections.]]'''\\\
'''[[YMMV/{{Homestuck}} > Weigh in on subjective matters.]]'''\\
'''[[Reactions/{{Homestuck}} > Respond to the story's events.]]'''\\
'''[[Awesome/{{Homestuck}} > DO THE AWESOME THING.]]'''\\
'''[[Funny/{{Homestuck}} > Experience mirthful shenanigans.]]'''\\
'''[[Heartwarming/{{Homestuck}} > Inspect burning vascular pump.]]'''\\
'''[[NightmareFuel/{{Homestuck}} > Peruse bad dream catalysts.]]'''\\
'''[[TearJerker/{{Homestuck}} > Shed single tear of black liquid sorrow.]]'''\\\

'''[[Laconic/{{Homestuck}} > Succumb to unfathomable briefness.]]'''\\
'''[[Quotes/{{Homestuck}} > Fondly regard quotations.]]'''\\
'''[[Timeline/{{Homestuck}} > Attempt to understand mind-bending chronology.]]'''\\
'''[[Trivia/{{Homestuck}} > Engage in useless learning.]]'''\\\
'''[[WMG/{{Homestuck}} > Investigate unfocused predictions.]]'''\\
'''[[Headscratchers/{{Homestuck}} > Report cranial irritation.]]'''\\
'''[[Fridge/{{Homestuck}} > Take inventory of thermal hull.]]'''\\
'''[[ShoutOut/{{Homestuck}} > Document references to other media.]]'''\\
'''[[ContinuityNod/{{Homestuck}} > Nod to established continuity.]]'''\\\
'''[[Fanworks/{{Homestuck}} > Compile fan works.]]'''\\
'''[[FanficRecs/{{Homestuck}} > Review unsanctioned storytelling.]]'''\\
'''[[Memes/{{Homestuck}} > Sleuth out internet colloquialisms.]]'''\\
'''[[Haiku/{{Homestuck}} > Compose Japanese poetry.]]'''\\
'''[[WarpThatAesop/{{Homestuck}} > Distort presented life lessons.]]'''\\\
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-->'''[[http://readmspa.org/stats/ 4/13/2009 - 4/13/2016]]'''
-->2558 days
-->8124 pages
-->14,913 panels
-->817,612 words (incl. 113,319 transcribed)
-->about 282% the size of The Lord Of The Rings, 176% the size of the King James Bible, 125% the size of the Harry Potter series, or 77% the size of A Song Of Ice And Fire (the five books so far)
-->164 Flash updates
-->3.2 pages per day
-->4 hours, 5 minutes, 2 seconds of animated footage
-->29 albums[[note]]26 if you count ''Homestuck Vol. 1-4'' as one.[[/note]]
-->51 Sweet Bro and Hella Jeffs
-->--'''Anthony Bailey''', stats for ''Homestuck'''s final year
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