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.

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, though the content there should be taken with a grain of salt, as its userbase has a tendency to occasionally 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, has seemingly been abandonednote .

Homestuck also has a completed Kickstarter for a full fledged Adventure Game, set within the universe but not following the main canon. 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. The title of the game has been announced as Hiveswap; it is to be developed by Homestuck's in-house production studio, What Pumpkin.

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 and a year-long "Gigapause" during Act 6. As of July 2015, the 99%-complete comic has entered an "Omegapause", with the final stretch of pages and the Grand Finale not due until 2016.

On April 13th, 2014, five years since Homestuck's inception, 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.

Voice acting troupe Colab HQ is in the process of dubbing Homestuck, and by February 2015 has reached Act 6 Act 3.

Late-Arrival Spoiler Warning: Due to the complex and rapidly-changing nature of Homestuck, there is no reliable way to determine what information constitutes a spoiler and what doesn't. Therefore, all spoilers for Homestuck have been left unmarked; even the character index contains spoilers. Homestuck is freely available and there's no barrier 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.

> 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

1463 days
6242 pages
11,897 panels
658,991 word (incl. 107,344 transcribed)
144 Flash updates
3 hours of animated footage
28 albumsnote 
ca. 16 hours of music
43 Sweet Bro and Hella Jeffs

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