You know, I’ve received enough notes and asks in response to recent posts that I’m just going to address this one separately: when I’ve been grumping about webcomic scheduling woes, I do not, in fact, mean Homestuck.
Compared to its peers, Homestuck was published extraordinarily quickly for a work of its length. Similarly, the so-called “Gigapause” is by no means exceptional as webcomic hiatuses go.
Y’all are talking like surviving a year off is some sort of Herculean feat.
There are comics - currently updating ones, even! - where we’ve been waiting the better part of two decades for the author to get to the goddamn point.
Some of those plot threads have been dangling longer than many of those reading this post have been alive.
Like, I’m not trying to turn this into a “kids these days” thing, but please, don’t go acting like your fandom is the only one that knows what it is to suffer.
it’s so funny to me how much the homestuck fanbase changed in 2011-2012
like, initially hussie’s audience was largely just nerdy webcomic fans until it kind of branched out and was comprised mostly of those geeky ass cishet dudes who argue about power levels and call themselves gamers and shit
however, around hivebent the fanbase shifted immensely and a lot of teenagers and young adults – esp girls, and esp LGBT ppl – got super into the comic to the point where it pretty much blew up
and a lot of the geeky cishet dudes who followed the comic the longest were super bitter about it and talk at length about how “gayness” and “tumblr” and “shipping” supposedly “ruined” homestuck
however… for the great majority of homestuck’s popularity and updates it was a character-driven story with a super cool concept that carried the story but was largely never explored in-depth. we know very little about the setting (alternia, earth, etc) or the intricacies of the game mechanics (classpects etc) but we DO know quite a bit about the characters’ relationships and interactions
and that’s what kills me! tbh, character interaction and character development was ALWAYS one of hussie’s biggest strengths as a writer. it’s so funny that weirdo nerd guys who care exclusively about classpect nonsense, game mechanics, etc and proudly proclaim the “only ship they care about is john/roxy” don’t like the way the comic turned out
whether they were the intended audience or not, homestuck was never meant to be the type of media they’d really enjoy. i don’t know why they expected back to back epic fight scenes and explosions and grand heterosexual romances instead of hundreds of pages of insecure teenagers talking about their feelings. that’s always been a huge part of what homestuck was.
I can’t not imagine 21 year old Dave Strider in a shitty women’s lacrosse team beanie with his sweats tucked into his dick-print socks and rubber pool sandals holding a “worlds okayest mom” travel mug of coffee that’s 50% milk 24% caramel syrup and 1% actual coffee it’s a disease.