welcome to night vale meet up

homestuck fandom, a brief history
  • 2009: homestuck launches, riding on the wave of problem sleuths success. pretty big for a webcomic but still very niche overall. fandom is basically nonexistent outside of the mspa forums. mostly straight men and programming nerds
  • 2010: hivebent happens. hetalia fans, tired of being in a big, widely-disliked fandom and drawn to the promised land of a fandom with a large cast and its own shipping system, migrate to homestuck en masse. the fandom gets its first major boost in popularity, more than doubling practically overnight. new fans are mostly young women
  • 2011: fandom steadily expands over the course of the year. ben nye literally sells out of grey body paint prior to comic-con. vriscourse comes to a head and people continue to argue about her death for months after. cascade drops in october, enough to crash multiple flash and download sites, and act 6 begins in november. by the end of the year its near impossible to use tumblr without being exposed to homestuck somehow.
  • 2012: homestuck fandom peaks. this is the last year that homestuck is published regularly (the only hiatus lasts for about a month, before the dancestor intermission). homestuck is everywhere on your tumblr dash, on reddit, on 4chan. hussie has a tumblr and post and tweets regularly. in september the homestuck kickstarter begins, meets its $700k goal in less than 2 days, and finishes in october with nearly $2.5 million. this draws the attention of a few mainstream publications - pbs, wired, cnn, huffpo, etc. dante basco becomes a homestuck fan.
  • 2013: homestuck fandom begins to shrink. first, in april, when the comic goes on a month-long hiatus. around this time, several other fandoms gain popularity - attack on titan starts airing in japan, off and dangan ronpa have just received english translations, welcome to night vale is finishing up its first season - thanks to homestuck fans looking for something to tide them over during the hiatus. when it comes off hiatus, homestuck resumes updating (much more often than most webcomics, but not nearly at the multiple-pages-per-day speed it had maintained prior). in october, hussie announces hes putting the comic on indefinite hiatus to work on the game, and that it will return with one final massive update containing the rest of act 6 and the entirety of act 7. namco high is published in late december to a resounding “meh”.
  • 2014: homestuck remains on hiatus for nearly the entire year. the website only updates to announce new merch. paradox space launches in an attempt to revive the fandom, which has some success, but not nearly enough to compensate for the loss of interest over the hiatus. behind the scenes, whatpumpkin is wrapped up in legal drama with the odd gentlemen over stolen money and failure to adhere to a development schedule, finally severing their contract at some point over the summer. (hussie vaguely refers to “innumerable unspecified problems” in an mspa blog post, but due to a nda the full story doesnt become public knowledge until summer 2015.) hussie still tweets (but not regularly), but he nukes his tumblr. homestuck does eventually come off hiatus in october, hussie announces that the “one giant update” plan has been cancelled and serial updates resume. [s] game over stirs up the fandom
  • 2015: updates continue regularly through january, at which point another hiatus begins that lasts until 413. on the same day that homestuck resumes, paradox space goes on an indefinite hiatus which continues to this day (”cancellation” would probably be a better word). a6a6i5 begins and, accordingly, the vriscourse comes back with a vengeance (although the fandom is now much smaller). davekat is canonized and surges to become the most popular ship in the fandom practically overnight. homestuck continues updating for a few months, with page after page of huge blocks of ponderous dialogue, reaching an emotional climax at the end of the summer with [s] terezi: remem8er. homestuck goes back on indefinite hiatus. early this year, steven universe finishes its first season, and near the end of it, undertale is released, both popular with ex-homestucks. at some point this year, hussie clears his twitter account.
  • 2016: in february, hussie announces that homestuck is Ending, Seriously, For Real This Time. updates resume in late march. homestucks remaining fandom gets worked up, estranged fans rush to catch up, and ex-fans wax nostalgic. [s] collide drops to resounding applause and approval. opinions on homestuck are overwhelmingly positive up until act 7 drops and homestuck officially ends. the ending is almost universally considered a disappointment and the fandom works through the five stages of grief. there is a brief stirring of excitement when volume 10 is published in june, but it doesnt last long. fandom is lukewarm and disparate at best all the way up til october. hiveswap finally gets a trailer at the beginning of the month, and weeks later the credits drop. in spite of homestuck being “over” a canon jewish lesbian wedding is enough to interest a small number of new fans and revive the old ones. snapd8s keep interest high through the end of the year
  • 2017: hiveswaps “for real this time” release date comes and goes with nothing but an announcement of another delay. snapd8s grind to a halt. nothing happens on 413 but some flaccid attempts at pr by whatpumpkin and promises of development updates we have yet to receive. its mid-may. no gods, no masters, no hiveswap. we are all gay and were eating each other alive over vriska and dirk

Sunday has been leaving anonymous messages in your mailbox. Things like, “ Hey, how are you?” And, “It’s been a while, let’s meet and catch up!” And “Your curtains don’t exactly complement your living room, have you thought about new ones?” Or more recently, “Maybe talk to someone about your night terrors, they really seem to be interfering with your regular sleep schedule, and make you restless.”

Steve always loved reading, so he made a book club for all the Night Vale citizens! And then books were banned and people stopped showing up out of fear. However, the angels and hooded figures still meet with him under the radar to discuss their weekly book

Spring Forward Into Another Dimension Day

At 2pm, all citizens are required to report to Mission Grove Park with their dimensional rifts (which you better have been warming up since Wednesday), and we’re going to push them all together and hopefully fling our wonderful little town into a new dimension.

I’m sure someone much smarter than me has already pointed this out, but just in case, did anyone notice what the faceless old woman said? And what it’s connected to?

She said, “I’ve uncovered many secrets, Chad. Do not think you are going to be able to keep anything from me. I know what it is behind the old VHS copy of ‘Cliffhanger’ in your media center. I know about the way you talk to your horse figurines…yes, I know about the horse figurines. But what about the amulet you’ve hid in the bag of lettuce deep in your fridge?”

And now, the kicker, what’s weird is that I had relistened to Episode 4, PTA Meeting today, and does anyone remember this?

“City council has asked me to read the following message. If you notice strange auras around any of the following objects in your house: blender, shower head, dog, husband, wife, table, chair, doorknob, baseboard, vacation souvenirs or photos, collectibles of any kind, especially those depicting or involving horses, DVDs, especially Cliffhanger, There’s Something About Mary, and The Wire 4th season, and any bagged lettuce from California or Mexico, please, report to the council for indefinite detention.”

Anything catching your eye? No idea what any of this could mean, but it means something.

My thoughts on WTNV Eps 107

-okay popping - that sounds pretty normal, for night vale at least, oh wait no

-Are we actually going to sit here and listen to farm animals for ten minutes? I’m up for that- oH NO SUFFERING

-OLD WOMAN JOSIE AND ERIKA :0

-“I love you, Steve Carlsberg” me crying in the distance

-I FREAKING GUESSES THEY WERE THE CITY UNDER THE BOWLING ALLEY

-the beauty of small Cecil meeting big Carlos

-I am so gLAD that goodnight night vale came back jeez Louise

Tamika appointed herself a member of the city council and told them hooded weirdos if they had a problem with it they can meet her in these streets cuz.

But for real Tamika saying how she earned a place in Night Vale’s hierarchy is valid considering all the time she’s saved that town. Plus she’s the strongest force of nature in that town considering everyone fears librarians and she’s killed one and fought off others so whose gonna argue with her? She’s the blood knight of Night Vale.

Good for Tamika standing up taking her place and also it was great hearing Symphony Sanders.

Sidenote: It’s okay to be afraid of Tamika Cecil, you’d be a fool not too.

B L A C K  M I R R O R

Black Mirror released on Friday.  I’ve only watched Nosedive.  But I’m here to say: what the actual fuck you guys.  This show deals with suicide, society, binge eating, mind fucking realities, and the horrors of humanity.

And all I see is Season 3 Episode 4?  Like, are you fucking kidding me right now?  The only thing tumblr can take away from this fucking show is two girls falling in love?  While that is fucking GREAT I really think most people are missing the whole fucking POINT of the series overall.

SEASON 1

Let’s talk about this a little bit.

Episode 1:  The National Anthem

After the kidnapping of a Royal Family Dutchess, the Prime Minister of the UK is contacted by an anonymous group, stating that the Dutchess will be put to death if he does not comply with their requests.

Well.

The request that they make is less than appetizing, of course.  The PM, attempting to retrieve the Royal Highness to safety, must have sex with a pig on national television.  Contingencies in place and all.  Appalled, the PM, naturally, does everything in his power to find the Dutchess before his date with ~destiny~ (that’s what I’ve named the Pig).

Moral of the Episode:  All government members should fuck pigs because that’s what they are.

Episode 2:  Fifteen Million Merits

Out of all the episodes, this one has stuck with me the longest.  In a future (no unlike our own) where people must cycle on exercise bikes in order to obtain Merits (which is a virtual currency), which allows the rider to customize their avatar, purchase new games, watch new shows, and most importantly skip ads, and where the only thing that matters is the information the media is feeding you, Bing struggles.

Obese and overweight people are considered second class citizens in this utopia, acting as the janitorial staff for the riders around the complex.  Inheriting Fifteen Million Merits from his recently deceased brother,  Bing, weighs his options on how to use them.  He can use his merits for his own gain and remove himself from the endless cycling of his every fucking day life–or he can use his merits and gain a much needed X-Factor pass (worth every merit he has) in order to move up as a celebrity or reality show contestant.

Then he meets her.

Moral of the Episode:  We all live in a plugged in society, where we gaze through the rose colored lens of facebook and bitcoin and all the useless bullshit that the tabloids and the media says is important.  This episode is one of the most impactful.  It’s heartbreakingly beautiful.

Episode 3:  The Entire History of You

The title itself reads like Welcome To Night Vale.  In this alternate future, each person has a small little “grain” implanted in their heads for perfect recall in all things.  They can reexperience every little sensation with this “grain”.  Fall in love for the first time again.  Know what it’s like to break your hand in excruciating detail.  Remember the birth of your child as vividly as yesterday.


After a meeting goes very poorly at work, Liam attends a dinner party with his wife and a few other friends.  Upon asking how his meeting went, they all want to rewatch the whole thing (known as a re-do) to help Liam and give him advice on what he might have done wrong.  With his wife’s intervention, they don’t put his humiliation up onto the screen for everyone to see.  Instead, a girl starts talking about being brutally attacked and how she much prefers being “grain-free” now, since the assault ruined her “grain.”

Moral of the Episode:  Be careful what you wish for–memories are hell.

Season 2

Episode 1:  Be Right Back

Recently moved to the countryside, Ash, a social media addict, and his wife, Martha (UHM HAYLEY ATWELL????) seem to be living the perfect life.  Until Ash doesn’t come home one night.  Killed in a tragic accident while returning their moving van, Martha spirals deep into depression.

Well her sister convinces her to join this new social media site that allows you to talk to your dead loved ones.  It’s a computer algorithm made to mimic people based off of their social media posts.  Comforted by her husband’s face online presence, Martha slips further and further down the rabbit hole.

Moral of the Episode:  Death is hard, but what does it mean to be you?  If an algorithm can emulate you after you die, does that mean you live forever?

Episode 2:  White Bear

Waking up with no recollection of who she is or how she got in the apartment she currently occupies, Victoria wanders through a world where everyone is obsessed with simply recording her.  Confused and begging for help, Victoria is ignored by the new found voyeurism that has swept society since her suicide attempt.

When demanding for people to stop recording her, she is set upon by a strange man wearing a strange mask (embued with a weird Symbol) and fired upon with a shotgun.  Confused, Victoria must survive the assault, or die trying.

Moral of the Episode:  Don’t ask a stranger for help–mob mentality is real and society revels in spectacles and violence.  To survive you must fit in.

Episode 3:  The Waldo Moment

Jamie, a severely depressed and washed out comedian, plays the role of ever popular TV sensation, Waldo–a blue bear that interviews politicians and authority figures on TV (like a late show).  Thinking to capitalize most on Waldo, the producer decides that Waldo should run in the upcoming election against real politicians.

Hesitant to go into the world of politics, Jamie eventually agrees to this hairbrained scheme and launches his campaign of lies, slander, and backwater politics–all headed and encouraged by the producer.  What we get is a very familiar election campaign–hello Trump.

Moral of the Episode:  A bear who is completely CGI is more real than any political authoritative figure.  And people are more than willing to listen to him.  What does that say about us?  Spoon fed ideals and concepts and we take it all at face value.

In Conclusion

This show is more than just girls kissing and LGBT rights.  Stop pandering to 3x4 and instead actually watch the fucking series.  It’s important, it’s wholly mind shattering, and as a result you will find yourself looking at the world through different eyes.  Black Mirror is fucked.  It’s beautiful.  It’s horrifying.  But it’s all very real.

Do yourself a favor and challenge yourself.

i find it easy to relate to kevin bc when you first meet him, he seems like the cheeriest, happiest, most positive person on the planet. then you spend a little time with him and realize he’s actually one of the most fucked up, violent people you’ve ever met.

but if you take a little more time, dig a little deeper, you find that deep, deep down he’s actually the sad, scarred, empty shell of a person. and that in all likelihood, he will never be fixed.

I know my role. You come to me for escape, loyal listeners. To forget about the world, or, not to forget about it, but to hear its dangers organised. Put into a narrative framework, turned into a story that can safely end. But no matter how deeply you enter into the stories I am telling you, you can never fully escape. The world is around you. You can hear it with one of your ears right now. Listen closely. What you are hearing is not the sound of a monster, there are no spirits in that sound. No lurking or lurkers. No stalking or stalkers. Nothing hunting you. All you are hearing is the sound of the world you live in. And you can put headphones on, you can listen to my voice, but you can never fully escape that world. You are always half-there. No matter where the rest of you is. But in those sounds, in that inescapable world, there is every joy you will ever experience. Every beautiful person you will ever meet. Every wonderful surprise that will ever wonderfully startle you. It is the good and the bad. It is the sound of the world. A world that will kill you. But also a world that will allow you to live. And as you exist in this world, half-hearing my half-voice, remember: you’re alright. You are alright.
—  Welcome to Night Vale, Episode 94, All Right

Hi! I’m Silvia (online) or V. I’m 17, and I’m looking for some LGBTQ friends closer to me.
I travel quite frequently but I spend lots of time in Vermont and Arizona so friends there are a plus, or maybe we could meet up sometime when I’m going through parts of the US :)
I’m bisexual (or plysexual, I identify as both) biromantic, and I’m closeted as bigender in real life. My pronouns include he/him or she/her.

I love cats, and all animals really. I’m especially fond of dragons. I’m Pagan in many of my beliefs and I’m very into environmental activism and currently working on educating myself on human interests.
I love plants, drawing, writing, anime/manga, and my fandoms include Welcome to Night Vale, Warriors, and Doctor Who.

I generally try to be open and accepting so I won’t flame you, but I am very, very strong in some of my beliefs so depending on your political views we may not get along as well as with others. Please no trans exclusionists/aphobes. I believe it’s in the best interests of both of us to just find some other people on here.

I’m currently taken by my lovely girlfriend, but I look forward to meeting some friends!~

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The closer the time got to 8 o’clock, the slower the minutes seemed to slip by. Angela found herself checking her watch at any possible moment, as if it would make the appointed time get there any faster. She wasn’t exactly dreading seeing her ex again, especially since the meeting was supposedly her idea, but she hadn’t been looking forward to it with bated breath either. It was a necessary evil, the meeting of two sides on vaguely neutral ground in order to establish the rules of their association. (Angela was aware that she was thinking about the Wade situation like she was going to war, but, then again, she kind of was.) By the time 8pm rolled around, she’d given up pacing and was instead sitting slumped against the front door, earbuds in as she caught up on Welcome to Night Vale. In fact, she was so deep in the saga of Cecil the terrifyingly cheerful radio host and his town, that she nearly missed the knocking on the door.

I figured I’d kick off this blog by posting my only truly successful cosplay attempt. My name is Kody, I’m 25 as of this posting, and I have Spina Bifida. The story behind this photo is that some Welcome to Night Vale fans decided to put together a meet-up at DragonCon 2014 (shoutout to radakias). I decided to cosplay Cecil Palmer, and the voice actor of Cecil’s brother-in-law Steve Carlsberg, Hal Lublin (hallublin), was nice enough to join in the fun. I’ve brought this cosplay back for a couple cons since then and I think I’m bringing it back for this year’s DragonCon because, honestly, I just don’t have time to put anything else together before con.

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I like to think that Kevin ends up meeting Carlos and his troupe in the desert and they become total bros and then Kevin takes advantage of their newfound trust and friendship to be a huge jerk to Carlos’s boyfriend in another dimension.

The best night vale fics are the ones where Carlos takes Cecil to go meet his family and they try to act all normal like theyre not from a town with glow clouds and floating cats and dragons but then Cecil screws it up at dinner bc he starts shrieking, “Is this wheat?! ARE YOU TRYING TO GET US ALL KILLED!?!” man I live for those fics 

Ok, this comes with a little story, because when I started drawing it, I really just wanted to doodle the friendship bracelets they’re wearing. The bracelets come from a little headcanon/trash fic continuity that I will probably never write properly. So here goes.

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