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It’s time for today’s Hiveswap development team interview!

Hey there folks! We’re back with our next Hiveswap developer interview, right on schedule. This week we’re chatting with our animation director Angela Sham, who – as some of you may already be aware – was already creatively contributing to the Homestuck universe before she started working on Hiveswap. So let’s jump right in!

Introduce yourself to the fans! What is your specific role on the Hiveswap team?

Hullo!! My name’s Angela and I’m the animation director on Hiveswap. I’m responsible for overseeing the development of sprites, cutscenes, and basically anything that moves. Together with our lead animator Adrienne, I help to make the pictures go. I’m very lucky to be drift compatible with her.

When and how did you get your start on the Hiveswap project?

Two years ago What Pumpkin (WP) brought me on to animate Act 7, and then I transitioned into game work! Speaking of Act 7, you can check that out right here if you’d like.

Tell us a little bit about your career background! How did you get your start in animation? Do you have any advice for others looking to enter this field?

I didn’t ever expect to be an animator, to be honest. I didn’t go to school for art, and animation was a manic sort of hobby that helped me concentrate. When I graduated I decided to give it a shot as a career and happened to start freelancing for Sparkler Monthly, where another WP employee was also working, and that was when I joined the Homestuck team. My advice is, there is no one “right” way to enter the field, so draw what you want and put it out there. In my case, I drew fan art and a Homestuck fan animation called “A Lullaby for Gods,” and… here we are! In fact, you can watch “A Lullaby for Gods” right here if you’re so inclined.

We’re making a video game, so of course the question must be asked: what’s your favorite game of all time, and what games are you playing currently (if any)?

This is an impossible question; how could you ask me this!? You’re gonna have to settle for categories of favorite/influential games, including hits like I Cried for 50 Days (Shadow of the Colossus); Why Am I Doing This to Myself (God Hand); I Have a Mouth and It Is Screaming (Rule of Rose, Haunting Ground); I’m Just RPG Trash (Final Fantasy IX, Okami, Paper Mario, Kingdom Hearts); and Gitaroo-Man (Gitaroo-Man). I’m currently playing through NieR: Automata, and I drive around in Grand Theft Auto V when I really need to relax.

Are there any games that you currently use or have used as inspiration for your own animation work here on Hiveswap, or just in general?

Street Fighter III, BlazBlue, and Skullgirls for sure.

As an animator, you must have some favorite cartoons and/or anime – tell us about them!

Tekkonkinkreet was the film that made me want to animate. Something about it made me realize it was possible, that such an incredible thing was made by people, even though I grew up on a healthy diet of cartoons and anime. Some favorite cartoons include Hey Arnold! and Ed, Edd n Eddy, while Samurai Champloo and Escaflowne rank among my favorite anime. Animators who have been especially influential to me include Hiroyuki Imaishi, Yutaka Nakamura, Norio Matsumoto, and Sergio Pablos. I could talk all day about animation, so I’m gonna do you all a favor and head myself off at the pass.

What’s your workstation like? Do you like to listen to any particular kinds of music while you work? If so, tell us about it!

I work from home, so it gets very… uh… listen, there are a lot of snacks within arm’s reach, between my monitors and just a bit too close to all of my art books. Nobody should be told about this, let’s move on.

Favorite Homestuck character?

HMMM. The beta kids are nearest and dearest to my heart; I can’t rank them because they wouldn’t be great without each other. And their patron trolls. So I guess I have eight favorite characters, and are we only being asked impossible questions now.

Favorite Homestuck ship?

GUESS SO. In the early days, I was really ready for Karkat >3>John to happen, but after all these years, the long-buried ship that I think of every so often when I’m lying awake at night wondering where it all went is… Dave/Terezi.

Favorite Homestuck flash?

Lord. I’ve been going through flashes for like 40 minutes now, and this one is actually impossible. This isn’t an answer, but the first one I checked was Jade:Enter, then Jack:Ascend, then Descend, then Make Her Pay, then…

Do you have a personal message you’d like to relay to all the Homestuck and Hiveswap fans out there?

I know. You don’t think I know, but I know. I’m there too.

god, do i miss homestuck. 

 and i KNOW that’s standard fare, i know most of us are over it, but i still can’t wrap my head around the fact that it’s been a year already? because homestuck had been such a big part of my life for so long, and suddenly- it’s gone.

homestuck redefined fandom for me, and i know that there won’t ever be something quite like it again- the way we came together, the upd8 culture and the cons and the panels, the lyricstucks, the fansongs and animations and meetups and the way we were a family, of sorts, united by our love for this dumb webcomic that brought us together- there’s never going to be anything like that. homestuck was a cultural masterpiece, a revolution in and of itself, and i honestly don’t think anything can top it in terms of impact. 

 homestuck was just so big, so much, for so long, and it’s hard to believe that- it’s not anymore. and it’s hard to believe that everyone’s moved on from something that we loved so much, that shaped us so much, that brought us together like nothing else before. 

 and maybe there will be no more spin the faygo games at cons. maybe there will be no more lyricstucks or fansongs, no more bucket full of homestuck-style panels, no more rush to make upd8 art and cosplay new characters and update shipping charts with all new quadrants. maybe it really is over. but we’re all still here, whether we like it or not. 

we’d use to joke that “the ride never ends.” and it doesn’t, not really. because homestuck is something that sticks with you no matter what. so this is a love letter to my favorite story, the story that made me who i am. happy 4/13, everybody. thanks for eight fantastic years.

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I wanted to draw all my Hamilton ships <3 … and by that I means all the ships I have with Alexander Hamilton, and my favourite AUs for those ships. I’ve got a problem.


bonus:

Homestuck Pool Party Headcanons

John: Canonballs in IMMEDIATELY, he is yelling and he is fucking excited move out of the way this boy is coming through!! Also, because he has a breath aspect I am 413% certain that he can stay underwater for indefinite amounts of time and you can bet your ass he’s going around grabbing people’s feet to freak them out. He and Terezi have a contest to see who can make the most people jump, I will not say who wins I will only say that it is unfortunate for everyone involved. He and Dave are an unstoppable chicken team, they have never lost and will do Whatever It Takes to make sure that remains true.

Dave: Is just chillin, he cares more about keeping his shades dry than swimming around. He will go hard as hell in Marco Polo tho, if you thought he was too cool to jump at the nearest person faster than the speed of light you were wrong buddy he will do what it takes to WIN. Also, when he is the Marco he will (unfairly) target Karkat. This is frustrating. “I’m not even being that loud” Karkat protests for the umpteenth time Dave tags him. “Bullshit” everyone else says, but there’s still a rule that Dave can’t tag Karkat more than five times in a row because really Dave we know you love hearing him yell but Enough Please.

Karkat: Is Bad At Marco Polo. He is so loud. My son. Please. Is very hesitant to get into the water at first bc he’s sensitive to the cold and would rather angrily sweat than deal with the initial shock of getting in. Dave will patiently chill nearby until Karkat is ready, or Dave decides that Karkat is ready in which he will absolutely drag him in. Karkat does not know how to swim so he won’t go past the shallow end, and considering how short he is, uh, that’s not very much of the pool. Dave has to carry him sometimes which he complains about A Lot but secretly kind of likes it whoops. Karkat and Sollux are the shittiest chicken team, Karkat is too afraid of falling in to have any sort of effective strategy and Sollux is like “Karkat just push him” and sort of plows into the other team which just leads to Karkat screeching and nothing gets done.

Roxy: LOVES SWIMMING WITH HER FRIENDS!!! Real people?? That she’s hanging out with?? And you KNOW she’s excited to wear that cute as fuck bikini she alchemized months ago ‘just in case’ ;) ;) ;). After years of knowing Jane and her silly prankster shenanigans, John will absolutely not get the drop on her no sir, he tries to grab her foot she will raise that leg and pull the boy out of the water and give him the Mom Look™. This is war. John will not win. She loves being with Jane and Roxy and her boys!! She is just full of so much love it’s incredible. She deserves this so much.

Calliope: Doesn’t know much about swimming or why humans (and trolls ish) find it so enjoyable, but Roxy is excited so she is too! Interestingly enough, cherubs Do Not Float. Roxy is waving a nervous Callie into the pool and she’s coming down the ladder and once it gets to her chin everyone expects her to do something but no, she makes it to the bottom of the pool and just walks like normal over to where Roxy is. The water level comes up to just below her nose and she has to tilt her head back to speak. “Like this?” She asks excitedly, ‘uh,,, yeah,,,like that’ everyone responds nervously, giving big smiles and thumbs up because they don’t want to disappoint her.

Jade: A master swimmer, she and Jake grew up on an island in the middle of the goddamn pacific my girl knows how to GO. No one realized how fucking ripped Jade was. Jade is ripped as heck. She’s got back and shoulder muscles like an absolute goddess and everyone is like holy shit? Jade? Have you been benching pumpkins all these years? She likes chilling with Jane and Roxy and Calliope because she has been longing for some gals to hang with forever. Not that she doesn’t love Rose, she does, it’s just, they have such differing personalities and anyways it’s kind of hard being around her and Kanaya bc they’re so cute it makes your teeth hurt.

Rose: She and Kanaya have matching floppy sun hats, they love laying out in the sun because Kanaya is a little nervous around water thanks to a certain sea-dweller *cough* eridan *cough*. Rose doesn’t mind, her swimsuits are more for show than swim anyways. She’s got some really cool and intricate goth-y ones and some nice lighthearted pastel ones, an orange and yellow fancy one-piece and a frilly lavender one. Rose has a new appreciation for sunlight but still religiously applies sunscreen because a home girl may be immortal, but fuck if she is gonna deal with any nasty sunburns after defeating the fucking embodiment of evil.

Kanaya: As previously stated, very nervous around water, but so so happy to be in the sun?? It’s not as bright as the one on Alternia which is fine because that means her troll friends can enjoy it too, but she’s literally just so happy to be around people that enjoy the sun the way she does because she’s felt wrong and different about it for years and she finally found someone that understands her ahhshshsjs. She designs all of Rose’s swimsuits and loves seeing her wear them. When it gets dark out, she likes to turn on the glow a little and all these cute little furry wingbeasts will flock to her?? “Those are moths” Rose tells her. “These are my children now” Kanaya pats Rose’s arm, they’re her children too because that’s how human marriage works she’s pretty sure

Dirk: Is so awkward oh my godddd, a little uncomfortable in his body actually? This boy might have muscle but he is all arms and legs and doesn’t know what to do with them because he’s never fuckifnfnfn been around people before. Doesn’t say “Marco” during Marco Polo, he just listens. Breath too loud? You’re tagged. Splash a little? Tagged. Move? Tagged. He’s never Marco for more than two minutes because he’s so in tune with his reflexes that no one even stands a chance. With Jake on his shoulders, they make a decent chicken team, but they’re too worried about each other to be effective. “You okay up there?” He wants to make sure. Someone is tipping Jake over oh no get him off my shoulders is he okay, oh he’s fine, yes I know how the game works Roxy, no Rose why don’t you get in the pool and do a better job before you come for me like that. Rose and Kanaya, in an extremely rare occurrence, do get in for a round of chicken. They beat Dirk and Jake almost immediately. They return to the deck. This never happened and we don’t speak of it.

Jake: Is bad at Marco Polo, he’s an amazing swimmer but he’s not…quiet. After growing up on that island, fighting and swimming, Jake is also Ripped as Heck. Dirk blushes his fucking ass off the first time he sees Jake shirtless. Jake acts all clueless like oh? What’s wrong Dirk? Is something the matter? But he knows exactly what he’s doing and if he’s subtly flexing in front of him, well. That can’t be helped. He may suck during chicken with Dirk, but with Jade on his shoulders? Hoo boy, they give Dave and John a run for their money. He is also John’s favorite to grab the feet of because his reactions are always so over the top with his phrasing. “Horsefeathers!” He grabs at his foot in panic because his first thought is it was one of the monsters from his island, then he sees it was just John who is laughing his ass off because, horse feathers? Really? “I say,” Jake huffs indignantly even though he’s smiling now. “Warn a fellow!”

Jane: Looks rockin’ in her swimsuits because she’s wearing the whole high waisted pinup style ones and?? She’s super gorgeous? Roxy makes sure to tell her that every five seconds just in case she forgets. She and Roxy make a decent chicken team, usually they’re laughing so hard by the end of it that whoever was on top can’t do anything and they fall off because they don’t care about winning they’re just having such a good time. She and Roxy take turns carrying Callie around when the water gets too deep, not that Callie needs to be above the water per se as she seems to have no trouble breathing, but it just makes everyone a little more comfortable and anyways Callie loves it.

Terezi: Killer at Marco Polo for obvious reasons, sometimes she gets tagged on purpose just to show off how quickly she can find people. The only person she’s never been able to get is John, he uses his windy powers to obscure his scent so she can’t “see” him. He is her Marco Polo white whale. One day, John, one day. She and Vriska are terrifying during chicken, Vriska will plow full speed towards the opposing team and Terezi is ready to Throw Hands. The most intense games are between them and John and Dave, both John and Terezi are on top and they fuckin battle it out so hard that Dave and even Vriska start to get nervous on the bottom.

Sollux: Says the water feels slimy. “No shit,” Karkat tells him. “It’s water you fucking shitstain.” Sollux cheats during chicken by using his psiionics to keep Karkat on his shoulders which only makes Karkat mad because he’s terrified of falling in and holy shit Sollux I don’t care what you think your powers are doing I’m gonna fall in fuck fuck fuck. “No I got you” Sollux assures him. He does not. Karkat is not got. Oh well. Sollux mostly likes chilling on inner tubes, plural. He has a blue one and a red one because he’s too tall to fit in just one. “Get a bigger inner tube” Karkat complains. “Perhaps get one of those long, recliner like ones?” Kanaya suggests. No. Sollux will use two inner tubes. He will make the sacrifice of comfort for his aesthetic.

Welcome hiveswap fans

Hello if you are new please read homestuck. hiveswap and homestuck are literally one in the same you will enjoy the game more if you read it the whole thing involves homestuck characters and you will appreciate it so much more. And remember kids. Ship hate is unnecessary. They are fictional characters. Seal your body paint! BUCKET JOKES ARE FROWNED UPON! DONT STOP READING IF ACT 1-4 ARE BORING THEY ARE NECESSARY BELIEVE ME! watch let’s read homestuck on YouTube if it is hard to follow or read on the actual comic. And please all current homestucks let’s be nice and guide the new fans not be douche bags about it okay? Don’t let the homestuck fandom die because we’re not welcoming new people.

homestuck lesbians and what your brand says about you. a futcharadia and roselalonde collaboration
  • jade: doesn't have enough info on their about but you trust them anyway. probably furries but the cute kind
  • john: in an eternal war over whether he's a twink or bear. i've never met a john lesbian who wasn't incredibly cursed.
  • rose: either very preoccupied with grimdark rose content or depress'd lesbian rose in sweatpants content. you can tell by whether they type in lowercase or not.
  • dave: read too many background ship rosemary fics and now here they are. traumatized gays but don't like vriska
  • jane: in denial of the fact that there are any boys in homestuck at all. they all have incredible aesthetics and perfect themes.
  • jake: don't actually like homestuck and are probably blogging 90's anime now. only producers of good dirkjake content
  • roxy: they're all funnymen. they probably like dirk but make fun of him to hide it
  • dirk: cursed. they all really like dirkjohn for some reason
  • calliope: rare but generally flawless.
  • caliborn: rare and universally despised
  • aradia: really cool with a witchy aesthetic. really love obscure poly femslash ships.
  • tavros: if you're out there, please call us.
  • sollux: there are only two in existence and they are both incredibly valid. the ONLY sollux fans you can trust!!
  • karkat: very nice but also mysterious. love karkat but understand that he is often bad and embarrassing like no one else. probably communist
  • nepeta: love obscure girl ships and only blog about girls homestuck screwed over. casual equius fans, but probably chill. DEFINITELY furries.
  • kanaya: every single one loves rosemary. blog far more pictures of pretty women than any other homestuck lesbian combined. probably gothy, but with incredible taste.
  • terezi: write incredibly long meta posts about comphet in homestuck. leading the pack in depressed lesbian content. they LOVE vrisrezi and will start vriscourse about it.
  • vriska: You know.
  • equius: see gamzee
  • gamzee: see eridan
  • eridan: see equius
  • feferi: we're legally barred from writing anything about feferi here but hope you enjoyed the post!

Okay. I need to comment on this.

At first, I was strongly against drawing kids shipping wall, because of all the incests. Then I got a briliant idea: Make the relatives moirails (bestest platonic friends). I can hear you typing “boo hoo precious Stridercest”. Yeah, well, draw it yourself. Am I anti-incest? Hell yes. Heavily.

ALSO:

anonymous asked:

just saying karkat is very abusive considering karkats brash and loud nature triggers daves ptsd and daves very recluse in his emotions whereas karkat seems to depend on others to validate him. they rly don't work for each other at all and by shipping them ur continuing the problem.

First of all, I thank you for coming to me, an abuse survivor who identifies as Karkat, to tell me your piece of mind I absolutely didn’t need nor care about.

After that, let’s get into what you said, ok? Dave doesn’t show, at any point, to be triggered by Karkat being loud and brash, he actually said that he finds it funny to rile him up. It wouldn’t make sense for him to find his behaviour triggering, too, because some of the things that bothered Dave the most about Bro (who is, you know, Dave’s canonical abuser and the reason he has ptsd in the first place) was his being almost completely emotionless and uncaring towards him - aside from the obvious, because he was also constantly beat up and it’s hinted that he was sexually abused by Bro, but that’s not what I’m talking about here.

Also about Karkat depending on others to validate him: how would that make him abusive? Asking for attention isn’t abuse?? Plus, considering that Dave also depends on other to validate him (see how he behaved with John, Rose, Jade, Terezi and Karkat himself through the comic), what you pointed out doesn’t make that much sense. 

And about Dave being reclusive in his emotions, that’s a consequence of his abuse, and I don’t see how Karkat fits in this, again. It just seems to me that you’re grasping at the straws to point out something that isn’t there.

tldr: I don’t care if you dislike davekat. I don’t even like how Karkat is written all that much, but you calling it abusive is bullshit that does nothing but irritate me. Wanna ship Dave with someone else? Go on, I’m not stopping you, but stop screaming abuse at something that isn’t abuse just to justify other ships, it’s absolutely disgusting.

(Edit: if you’re a cishet shipper I would appreciate you not interacting with this post, thank you)

trizza-pepsi  asked:

i figured youre the person to send this to bc not only do i like your writing it is also partially all your fault. anyway i started reading ur fic and /i loved it/ but its only 2 chapters long so i moved to read a different fic and i already got through 12 chapters but its,, unfinished. and yall upload like...once in a bajillion years (dont stress abt this i want u to take ur time!!) so anyway my question is what should i read? your all time favourites? doesnt even have to be hs really thank!!!

aaaa firstly im glad you loved it and i do apologize that i am such a slow ass writer because honestly i, too, want to see this fucking fic being completed one day. 

and boy do i have recommendations haha… i mean apart from my uh… 180 ao3 bookmarks i read a loooot of fics (mostly shippy ones) in my spare time. imma just card through and pick some that i especially love.

so here’s a list of fic recs!! (with links)

  • scrimshaw is a really good vriska/rose/aradia KINDA western au fic that has some… amazing scenes in it. (im talkin fighting on the back of a dragon here dude its insane)

  • black tie is equally as touching as it is hilarious and i love it. (rosemary with dirk/john hints… kinda? kanaya and dirk have a pesterchum convo about the marriage and it is Gud)

  • tonight alone (explicit) has some dirk/jake with dirk being drunk and calling him for…. You Know.  i really like how its kinda bittersweet? 

  • the road is long but bitches be slammin’ god so this writer? of this here fic? i am convinced is a god amongst men. fucking….. incredible prose in everything they write so i’m just going to like…. rec you to read everything that they’ve written that piques your interest. (dirk/jake, kinda)

  • a fatal error has ocurred is… unfinished, yes, and probably won’t be updated for a while, but man im telling you to read it, mortior’s hal is perhaps the fucking best ive seen so far. its…. great. love it….. (hal/dirk)

  • something involving arson …what more could you ask for. the title has it all. (dirk/john)

  • cold water oh this one will absolutely kill you. please mind the tags in this ok. its really good but also… torture. (i wouldn’t really call it… shippy…) 

  • iller than ill WILL MAKE YOU COMBUST OUT OF RIDICULOUSLY ADORABLE CONTENT. its fucking great dude. sawtooth and squarewave take care of dirk when he feels sick and its…… cute. (dirk and his robo children brother dudes)

  • i’m at the combination dunkin donuts & urgent care god. both funny and cute and definitely should have been longer even tho i have no idea how it could be extended. its just so good. (dave/karkat)

  • who’s asking will probably make you laugh one second and then cry. i… honestly think about it all the time?? dirk manages to contact his bro. and. well. you know their situation ): (dirk and dave centric)

  • sinking fear in quiet steps is…………..hoooo it is sad. im a sucker for sads being faced with comforting hugs and talks. and this is really well written. dirk struggles with dealing with suddenly living in society and having a brother. (dirk and dave centric)

  • detective pony see this is the type of fic that i expect everyone has read at this point and if they haven’t then…. wyd… 
    its an altered book that dirk made for jane and like. the only thing along with theatre of coolty (how do i fucking explain what that is) which has dirk completely and wonderfully in character. (just fucking dirk)

  • in the end well. humanity disappears one day and dave and john are alone in the world. just as sad as you can imagine. (john/dave)

  • bear and bull this fic just has such incredible emotions and an ability to make me cry because….. gay… ACTUALLY okay this is another AUTHOR which i have to rec. just look through their entire ao3 acc and you will find a goldmine dude. another favorite of theirs is like… an adventure time au thing? its great. (john/dave)

  • like one sundered star K SO THIS IS INCREDIBLY LONG. but bear with me. listen. hear me out. the characters are nearly all in fucking character. and it includes almost every fucking character. listen. if you want to have something good to read for a Long While, read this. (it has a lot of ships, not REALLY even a main character? honestly?) also its like my favorite of all time if imma b honest.

OKAY and that will have to be all for now haha. i have more favorites obviously but this list is already long and i am a sleepy dude rn so until you’ve read through all these then i hope these will suffice!!!

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I’m looking to downsize some of my cosplay stuff and other Homestuck craft-type items I’ve made! The list includes:

-A Rose themed messenger bag with an embroidered symbol, never used
-A Dave themed messenger bag in suede and faux leather with zipper and embroidered symbol, never used
-A John themed messenger bag in faux leather with an embroidered symbol, never used
-A green scalemate with a teal belly and red eyes
-A Rufioh vest in faux leather with vinyl bones, worn once
-A JUICE themed wool varsity jacket from 17776, worn once
-A Lego Batman Harley Quinn wig with detachable ringlet pigtails, worn once

I’m selling these all individually and taking the best offer I get on each of these! Buyer pays shipping, only shipping within the continental US. Contact me for more info!

I Just kinda realized this… 

Before John, Dave, Rose and Jade entered the game, They had a whole life. They had other friends, and family members, and people that would bully them, or make fun of them.

Imagine Johns dorky little friend, like little Timmy Buckets, who plays Dungeons and Dragons every weekend with John, good old Jack Conners, the schools most brightest kid who has a perfect 4.0 and has anxiety, Briana Miller, who gets bullied for being gay, David Adams, who never talks to anyone, but can draw anything, Mike Peters, the blind kid that can speak French, German, and Japanese, and can write the most amazing stories, and they’re all best friends, and do everything together, like going to the mall, and having sleepovers at each others houses, and telling everything to each other.

Imagine Dave being the most popular and popular kid at his school, but  is very unconfident when it comes to his eye color, and gets made fun of by his friends for liking dorky shows and for his eye color, calling him a freak. Then he finally leaves them and starts to hang out with other nerds, and they gladly accept him, and they become very good friends really quickly. Then one of his new friends tells the school that he was bullied by all of his old friends, and his bro finds out and has him home schooled, but Dave always hangs out with his friends on the weekends and cosplays and watches Doctor Who episodes for hours at a time and talk about their headcannons, and ships, and so on. 

Imagine Rose being a perfect straight A student that could finish a whole book in a day. She has her group of friends that are complete potterheads, and have read all the books and seen all the movies, and they have a book club, and talk about Harry Potter, and Lord of the Rings, and discuss their theories behind things, and talk about their ships, and favorite characters, and how they have changed since the beginning of the story, and then afterwards, go over to Roses house for sleepovers and talk about life, and depression, and then they all cry, and then watch shitty romcoms to feel better and eat ice cream and cake and junk food, and then fall asleep all snuggled up together.

And now all of those friends that they had are gone.

And Imagine Jade.. Who’s all alone on an island with her dead grandfather and her dog… and she only has John, Dave, and Rose to talk to.

anonymous asked:

I just wanted to drop by and say that first of all, I love your theories and analyses. They're so good and I cry daily about them. Secondly I wanted to express my... I guess dissatisfaction with the lack of fan analyses about John and Dave's friendship, in particular from John's POV. They are basically the only proclaimed pair of best friends whose relationship didn't waver during the course of the whole comic, and I just wish people talked more about their influence on each other!

Ok so first of all I have to say that the idea that Dirk and Jake’s relationship seriously wavered on any level but the superficial “are we officially dating” one is, imo, inaccurate. The boys are in love, they love each other and are best friends and this is true across the board for the Alphas.

Thanks a lot for your message though, and I’ve been meaning to say something about John and Dave’s relationship for a while now so sure, I’ve got a bit to say for you. 

predictably as hell this got really long, so meet me under the cut.

Keep reading

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I made all of these when I first started sewing, construction isn’t bad at all but it isn’t professional-
but I can make edits if needed.

1.) Dave Strider cape !!!SOLD!!!!

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grimAuxiliatrix “Virgo”

If Karkat is the troll version of John, then Virgo is the troll version of Rose. They look alike, talk alike, and their mutual need to be smarter than everybody else has lead to a hilarious game of intellectual tug of war between the two of them.

Unlike any of the other trolls, GA has focused all of her attention exclusively on one person: Rose. The one time she spoke to Dave, it was to ask him for more information about her, and she has otherwise ignored the other Sburb kids, only talking to John because he was impersonating Rose at the time.

Rose has likewise been enjoying their interactions, so I’d go so far as to say that they’re the most obvious ship at this point in the story. They really do just seem to be made for each other.

The kids go to the grocery store. Karkat charges through the aisles like he’s been given a mission from God and the cart is his holy battering ram with which he will obliterate all obstacles in his divine quest. Dave won’t go unless he can sit in the cart. Rose rides on the front like a maidenhead on an old ship and insists on stopping to sample the Organic Deer Jerky so she can write scathing reviews of it later. Rose also occasionally lurks the organic section and masquerades as an employee distributing free samples. Would you care to try a lock of eldritch umbilical cord?

At some point (after Rose and John are caught with their bootleg samples, where did you even get those uniforms you two, Kanaya stop hanging around the butchers it’s not good for you), an employee discovers the rest of the group locked in the family bathroom and goes to confront Karkat. The following ensues:

“Sir, I was told by the guy in the cape you locked them in there. Why?”
“WELL, WHAT DO YOU USUALLY USE THAT LOADBLOCK FOR?”
“It’s for parents with young children, babies who need changing, people with disabilities, and other people who need the extra space and assistance.”
“EXACTLY, SO IT’S WHERE YOU PUT INFANTS WHO SHIT ALL OVER THEMSELVES BECAUSE THEY DON’T KNOW ANY BETTER. SOUNDS PERFECT FOR CONTAINING MY SQUAD UNTIL THEY GET THEIRS IN ORDER. NOW IF YOU’LL EXCUSE ME, I WAS GIVEN A SHOPPING LIST FROM THE EMPRESS HERSELF, WHERE IS THE FRESH BASIL?”

Jane is waved over from the other side of the store after ditching the other alphas to be peacefully overstimulated in the cereal aisle. She does her best to pretend she doesn’t know these people.