Webcomic / Homestuck

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"I don't merely draw Homestuck..." ==> 

A peculiar sort of Interactive Comic/Flash game hybrid, Homestuck is the fourth and latest series of MS Paint Adventures, a series of web comics done in the style of old text-based adventure games, written by Andrew Hussie (and the fans—through fan suggestions and 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 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!

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 The Sims. But as it turns out, the consequences of playing Sburb 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 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 Problem Sleuth. It rapidly rose in popularity for many reasons, primarily for its intricate multi-timeline apocalypse-centric plot, insanely fast update schedule for the first few yearsnote , a visual upgrade from the style of Problem Sleuth, Flash animations and games accompanied by a massive soundtrack, and its incredibly high trope density.

As the scope and scale of the comic grew, Hussie began pausing updates of the comic in order to produce Flash animations, develop 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 April 13th, 2016, the seventh anniversary of the comic. However, Hussie also stated that he plans for an epilogue sometime down the line, likely in the same fashion he did with Problem Sleuth.

The MS Paint Adventures Wiki 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 itnote  in favor of his Tumblr account, though that, too, was eventually abandoned when he learned the hard way that you can misquote a post while reblogging it.note .

In 2012, a Kickstarter for a full fledged Adventure Game later titled Hiveswap was launched, set 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 $700,000 minimum), an impressive feat that originally placed it in the Top Ten Kickstarter Projects by total funds raised, according to The Other Wiki; 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, Paradox Space, which will be hosting new comics about the world of Homestuck as drawn by other artists. You can check it out right here.

The comic has ended on April 13, 2016, Homestuck's seventh anniversary. An epilogue is slated to follow for an unspecified date. In the meantime, the Homestuck 2.0 multimedia project will continue various aspects of the franchise across multiple mediums, with the aforementioned Hiveswap serving as a crucial piece of the initiative. Oh, and Big Name Fan Dante Basco is involved as a part of it.

Voice acting troupe CoLab HQ 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.

Late-Arrival Spoiler 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 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. You Have Been Warned. Good luck.

> Gather articles of supplemental data related to Homestuck.

> Study cast dossier.
> Fondly regard coronation.
> Experience mirthful shenanigans.
> Inspect burning vascular pump.
> Peruse bad dream catalysts.
> Shed single tear of black liquid sorrow.

> Captchalogue sick beats.
> Observe fan-made additions to established sick beats.
> Appreciate beat collections.

> Investigate unfocused predictions.
> Report cranial irritation.
> Attempt to understand mind-bending chronology.
> Compile fan works.
> Respond to the story's events.
> Weigh in on controversial matters.
> Sleuth out internet colloquialisms.

> Succumb to unfathomable briefness.
> Evaluate inspiring quotations.
> Compose Japanese poetry.

> Engage in useless learning.
> Document references to other media.
> Take inventory of thermal hull.
> Distort presented life lessons.
> Recollect established occurrences.

> Contextualize currently-compiled list of common media devices exemplified in 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.

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
4 albumsnote 
Andrew, stats for Homestuck first year

4/13/2009 - 4/16/2011
733 days
3718 pages
300,000 wordsnote 
5 pages per day
hours and hours of animated footage + gameplay
Andrew, year two stats

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 albumsnote 
51 Sweet Bro and Hella Jeffs

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