Webcomic / Homestuck

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You have a feeling it's going to be a long day.

> Begin reading excessively verbose document.

"I don't merely draw Homestuck..." ==> 
Andrew Hussie, this page

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, which is not the credits video released on October 25, 2016.

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 .

Homestuck has spawned several major side projects, including the Kickstarter-funded Hiveswap, the online anthology Paradox Space, and the multimedia Homestuck 2.0 with eager involvement from Dante Basco.

Voice acting troupe 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.


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.

> 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.

> Gather articles of supplemental data related to Homestuck.

> Study cast dossier.
> Be Doc Scratch.

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

> Weigh in on subjective matters.
> Respond to the story's events.
> DO THE AWESOME THING.
> Experience mirthful shenanigans.
> Inspect burning vascular pump.
> Peruse bad dream catalysts.
> Shed single tear of black liquid sorrow.

> Succumb to unfathomable briefness.
> Fondly regard quotations.
> Attempt to understand mind-bending chronology.
> Engage in useless learning.

> Investigate unfocused predictions.
> Report cranial irritation.
> Take inventory of thermal hull.
> Document references to other media.
> Nod to established continuity.

> Compile fan works.
> Review unsanctioned storytelling.
> Sleuth out internet colloquialisms.
> Compose Japanese poetry.
> Distort presented life lessons.


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
Anthony Bailey, stats for Homestuck's final year

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