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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]]''
-->-- '''Creator/AndrewHussie''', [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=003577 this page]]

A peculiar sort of InteractiveComic/Flash game hybrid, '''''[[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6 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. [[TheHerosBirthday 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]] [[KudzuPlot multi-timeline]] [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt apocalypse-centric]] plot, [[OneManArmy 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 [[ArtEvolution visual upgrade]] from the style of ''Problem Sleuth'', [[AnimationBump 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 [[LongRunner 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, the exact fashion he did with ''Problem Sleuth''.

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 occasionally post speculation as fact, though not often). 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 [[http://www.mspaforums.com/showthread.php?42662-Formspring-Archives 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]].

In 2012, a [[http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/14293468/homestuck-adventure-game Kickstarter]] for a full fledged AdventureGame later titled ''VideoGame/{{Hiveswap}}'' was launched, set [[GaidenGame within the same universe but focusing on new characters, and featuring a story only loosely linked to Homestuck's cast]]. The Kickstarter raised roughly $2.48 Million (out of [[UpToEleven $700,000 minimum]]), an impressive feat that originally placed it in the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kickstarter#Top_projects_by_funds_raised Top Ten Kickstarter Projects]] by total funds raised, according to TheOtherWiki; other projects have since pushed it off the list. Hiveswap's development has run alongside the remainder of Homestuck, and is currently being handled by Hussie's in-house studio, What Pumpkin.

On April 13, 2014, on ''Homestuck'''s fifth anniversary, Hussie launched an online webcomic anthology, ''Webcomic/ParadoxSpace'', which will be hosting new comics about the world of ''Homestuck'' as drawn by other artists. You can check it out [[http://paradoxspace.com/ right here]].

Voice acting troupe Creator/ColabHQ 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.

The comic has ended on April 13, 2016, ''Homestuck'''s seventh anniversary. An epilogue will follow.

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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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! '''> Gather articles of supplemental data related to ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'''''.
[[index]]
'''[[Characters/{{Homestuck}} > Study cast dossier.]]'''\\

'''[[Awesome/{{Homestuck}} > Fondly regard coronation.]]'''\\
'''[[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.]]'''\\\

'''[[Music/{{Homestuck}} > Captchalogue sick beats.]]'''\\
'''[[FanMusic/{{Homestuck}} > Observe fan-made additions to established sick beats.]]'''\\
'''[[AwesomeMusic/{{Homestuck}} > Appreciate beat collections.]]'''\\\

'''[[WMG/{{Homestuck}} > Investigate unfocused predictions.]]'''\\
'''[[Headscratchers/{{Homestuck}} > Report cranial irritation.]]'''\\
'''[[Timeline/{{Homestuck}} > Attempt to understand mind-bending chronology.]]'''\\
'''[[Fanworks/{{Homestuck}} > Compile fan works.]]'''\\
'''[[Reactions/{{Homestuck}} > Respond to the story's events.]]'''\\
'''[[YMMV/{{Homestuck}} > Weigh in on controversial matters.]]'''\\
'''[[Memes/{{Homestuck}} > Sleuth out internet colloquialisms.]]'''\\\

'''[[Laconic/{{Homestuck}} > Succumb to unfathomable briefness.]]'''\\
'''[[Quotes/{{Homestuck}} > Evaluate inspiring quotations.]]'''\\
'''[[Haiku/{{Homestuck}} > Compose Japanese poetry.]]'''\\\

'''[[Trivia/{{Homestuck}} > Engage in useless learning.]]'''\\
'''[[ShoutOut/{{Homestuck}} > Document references to other media.]]'''\\
'''[[Fridge/{{Homestuck}} > Take inventory of thermal hull.]]'''\\
'''[[WarpThatAesop/{{Homestuck}} > Distort presented life lessons.]]'''\\
[[/index]]

! > Contextualize currently-compiled list of common media devices exemplified in ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}''.
PSYCHE! The tropes for this work have been split alphabetically due to their sheer numbers. Looks like you'll have to visit the sub-pages for the trope listing.
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[[index]]
* Homestuck/{{Tropes A To C}}
* Homestuck/{{Tropes D To F}}
* Homestuck/{{Tropes G To I}}
* Homestuck/{{Tropes J To L}}
* Homestuck/{{Tropes M To O}}
* Homestuck/{{Tropes P To R}}
* Homestuck/{{Tropes S To U}}
* Homestuck/{{Tropes V To Z}}
[[/index]]

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-->'''4/13/2009 - 4/13/2010'''
-->4 kids
-->365 days (and counting)
-->1668 pages
-->2024 images
-->85,000 words
-->63 Flash animations
-->5.5 images per day, every day
-->1 Flash animation every 6 days
-->1 hour total of animated footage
-->3000 imported graphic files
-->[[AwesomeMusic/{{Homestuck}} 53 songs]]
-->4 albums[[note]]Five if you count ''Midnight Crew: Drawing Dead''[[/note]]
-->[[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=001953 1 sacred urns toppled]]
-->[[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=003259 1 mystic ruins desecrated]]
-->[[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=002314 1 hallowed tombs defiled]]
-->15 Webcomic/{{Sweet Bro and Hella Jeff}}s
-->--'''Andrew''', stats for ''Homestuck'' first year
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-->'''4/13/2009 - 4/16/2011'''
-->733 days
-->3718 pages
-->300,000 words[[note]]As a point of reference, ''Literature/WarAndPeace'' only has around [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_longest_novels 460,000 to 590,000 words, depending on the translated version in question.]][[/note]]
-->5 pages per day
-->hours and hours of animated footage + gameplay
-->--'''Andrew''', [[http://dl.dropbox.com/u/40585720/Combined_Formspring_Web_Aug-28-2011.htm#mspadventures183793899507049988 year two stats]]
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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 Literature/TheLordOfTheRings, 176% the size of [[Literature/TheBible the King James Bible]], 125% the size of the Literature/HarryPotter series, or 77% the size of Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire (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

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