During its run from April to April , Homestuck became immensely popular and garnered a significant fan following on the Internet , as well as critical acclaims for its interactive and collaborative approach to transmedia storytelling.
For a more comprehensive synopsis, refer to the TV Tropes article. It is revealed that the fate of humanity revolves around their performance in the game Sburb. During the course of their adventures they befriend several members of an alien race called trolls. From left to right, top row: According to MS Paint Adventures, Homestuck is the fourth mock game adventure, and by far the largest one yet.
As of October 16, the series has reached pages of comic strips  out of a total of pages of all four adventure series.
The majority of the comics are created in Photoshop , but several have been created as Flash animations with interactive adventure-game style pages. Newgrounds Crash After being on a hiatus since September 6th, Homestuck was updated with a finale to its fifth act consisting of nine pages and a Flash animation on October 25th, Hussie chose to host the animation on the website Newgrounds , in a attempt to avoid crashing the MS Paint Adventures website.
He spoke with Newgrounds owner Tom Fulp in advance  , who suggested putting the clip on a section of the site meant for higher-volume traffic. However, their line of communication dropped and Hussie went ahead with uploading the animation to the main site during off-peak hours. Within 7 minutes of the update, Newgrounds had crashed   due to the volume of Homestuck fans visiting the site. Hussie later made the animation available as a download on the now defunct site MegaUpload  , which also went down frequently due to the sheer amount of viewers.
The Last Airbender , began reading and occasionally liveblogging Homestuck on the recommendation of his followers. The significance of this is due to Rufio being a running gag and minor character throughout the comic, most famously on a series of pages in which Hussie and a dying Rufio kiss. The popularity of the character and the actor caused much discussion in the fandom about the event, with many jokes and even pieces of fanart created in tribute to it.
Some people even began creating comedic shipping art of Basco and Hussie. Hussie himself responded to the news on Twitter , and even added a small greeting to Basco on the main page header of Homestuck.
Basco in turn thanked Hussie and the Homestuck fandom for being so welcoming on his Twitter account. Dante Basco eventually reached the section of him and Hussie kissing on June 29th, which he later also posted about on his Tumblr blog. The quick success of the Kickstarter was featured in articles on the video game blog Kotaku  , the technology based website Wired  , The Verge's gaming sister site Polygon  , and CNN .
According to Wikipedia , O'Malley described Homestuck as a "massive undertaking of deftly-handled long-term serialized storytelling. It's well-written and thoughtful.
It has things to say. The Year Four Megapause In the days leading up to the fourth anniversary of the webcomic on April 13th, , theories that the comic would be ending  or switching to a new URL  that day began to circle the web.
On April 13th, John Egbert was reunited with his friends in a Flash animation  , placing some of the characters in the same room at the some time. Additionally, many Tumblr users made fan art and text posts about their fandom experiences to commemorate the anniversary on the tag In a corresponding blog post, Hussie announced that the comic would be taking a hiatus, possibly for several months, while he begins work at the game from his Kickstarter campaign which was funded in October Hussie provided a loose timeline of his schedule for the next year, indicating both work on the game and work on the last act of Homestuck would take months of dedication each.
Instead, he will complete the rest of the act, including the full Act 7, concluding the story. He went back on this statement, doing multiple small updates after that point in time.
This animation was soon followed by the release of the final page of Act 6. Conclusion On April 13th, , Hussie published the final issue of the webcomic series as a single-page animation video shown below. That same day, Hussie followed up with a blog post formally announcing the grand conclusion of Homestuck on the seventh anniversary of its online premiere, along with a short closing remark and a postscript note revealing his intention to produce and publish an epilogue chapter in the near future.
What is there to say about this ending? The short and funny answer is, Homestuck has finally completed its long journey over the rainbow, and become the anime it was always meant to be. The longer and less funny answer will need some reflection. Maybe some day I will say some things about it.
For now, I will leave you to draw your own conclusions. These forums originally hosted a submission box feature for users to suggest new commands for upcoming pages, but later evolved into a more community-based site. Fans have also created several dedicated sites  for artwork. Homestuck the Anime Series On April 19th, , Tumblr blogger NeonGenesisEvangaylion  posted a message titled "the homestuck fandom is incredibly talented," which proposed the idea of creating an anime episode based on the webcomic to confuse newcomers regarding its origin.
Within days, the post received more than 3, notes and led to an impromptu discussion about the logistics of creating a Homestuck anime episode. On April 21st, the Tumblr blog Homestuck Anime Project  was launched with a mission to make a fake anime episode based on the webcomic.
However, the fan-made anime project didn't take off until months later on July 1st, , when Andrew Hussie posted an announcement that he will go on a short hiatus to tend to life chores and prepare for the upcoming Comic Con in San Diego , California. The bottom line is, this is all going to add up to a whole lot of "me not updating Homestuck" for a while. It's not really what I want, but there's just no way around it. Some fans of the webcomic reacted to the news by editing or captioning screenshots from various anime series and sharing them on Tumblr with misleading hashtags like homestuck anime.
Throughout that week, the fan-driven scheme of "Homestuck the anime series" continued to branch out into more elaborate forms, including a fake Wikipedia entry  and an entirely made-up episode list of season one through five. The Wikipedia entry was removed shortly after the submission, however, screenshots of the article shown below continued to spread across Tumblr. The spontaneous influx of Homestuck-related manga and anime artworks soon grew out of Tumblr and spread across other sites, most notably on Skaianet Imageboard and DeviantART.
On July 6th, The Escapist Magazine reported on the fan-drive phenomenon, in which Homestuck's fandom is compared to the online popularity of Touhou Project on the Japanese web. Shipping One of the largest and most significant parts of the Homestuck fandom is that of the shippers , people who like to pair characters romantically and create fanwork based on them.
Due to the large number of main characters in Homestuck, the fact that the trolls have no understanding of gender-specific sexuality, and the fact that close friendships and hating each other are canonical forms of relationships, fan pairings became frequent and popular. With this however, comes controversy, as arguments about shippings are some of the most frequent and controversial in the fandom. The above charts are just examples of shipping, and are not actually canon.
Related Memes Sweet Bro and Hella Jeff A side project of Andrew Hussie, Sweet Bro and Hella Jeff is an intentionally terrible webcomic about the two titular characters and the surreal and nonsensical adventures they have. Full of spelling mistakes, copy and paste graphics complete with intentional JPEG artifacts left over, and bizarre settings and punchlines, the comic qualifies as an example of intentional so bad it's good.
Despite originating one month before the start of Homestuck, Sweet Bro and Hella Jeff has since been worked into the comic as the creation of Dave Strider, as an intentionally "ironically" bad comic. The comic and it's catchphrases , such as "I Told You About Stairs" , get referenced within Homestuck from time to time.
For example, the Exiles story takes place years after the main events. The number is also frequently mentioned, and references the date June 12th, the day Act 5 Act 1 titled "Hivebent" was published. Any time a bucket is mentioned, trolls become embarrassed as if they had been exposed to pornographic material.
Buckets and pails have become synonymous with sex in the Homestuck fan lexicon, and has inspired fan art referencing buckets as sex objects. Fat Vriska After responding to a question on his Formspring  account asking if the character Feferi was chubby, Andrew Hussie has been inundated with questions regarding the size of his characters. He has responded sarcastically by describing his hatred and lust for fat people. This inspired jokes and fanart referencing "Fat Vriska".
Got Tiger Got Tiger started after a fan misspelled the rank "God Tier", a powerful status held by a number of characters in the series, as "got tiger" on Hussie's Formspring account. Hussie ran with the joke, and the phrase "got tiger" became a fan-nickname for the God Tier. The phrase "getting the tiger" is used to indicate someone has reached the God Tier, and the phrase "tiger being too fast to get" means that a God Tier is unreachable.
Let Me Tell You About Homestuck "Let me tell you about Homestuck" is a catchphrase often used in image macros where Homestuck cosplayers appear next to an unrelated stranger that is making an expression of surprise or contempt. It is sometimes used as a preface when introducing newcomers to the series.
A large number of fanmade alternate universe versions of the comic have been created, showing both the characters in different artistic styles and settings, such as "Four Chords"  image on the left. These settings are often given titles with the suffix "-stuck", such as "Marchingstuck"  image on the right which is set in a high school marching band setting.
Hussieruya The Homestuck and Hetalia fandoms have been engaged in a feud since Homestuck's inception. The two sides have a largely unexplained hatred of the other, and in late July of several artists on Tumblr attempted to unite the two sides by creating comedic homoerotic fanart about the two fandom's creators.
The trend was started by two artists, both of whom are fans of each series. Shortly after this pic was created, the two creators were united once again with an Ooh Mister Darcy derivative. Numerous fanarts have since been created including a fanfiction  and the single topic blog OTP 4 Lyfe.
The original gif was later used in a Youtube video by ScipioTH  which depicted Terezi dancing to a looped section of the song Fancy Footwork by dance duo Chromeo. This video has been parodied and recreated in a number of ways, including live action recreations and versions using other characters. Popular Lexicon There are several popular phrased originally from Homestuck which are frequently referenced.
The three most notable of these are: It is actually quite rare to see a Homestuck character, whether in fanart or canon works, using the correct spelling. Commonly considered by the fandom to be either a dead meme or just annoying.
It is, as suggested, used to demonstrate that a specific person or group is in possession of the entirety of any specific thing. Acrobatic F cking Pirouette, originating with the character Dave Strider, is used frequently by fans to describe their imminent loss of control. Andrew Hussie Andrew Hussie  is the creator of Homestuck. Throughout the course of the webcomic, Hussie has self-inserted himself multiple times into the story. In the beginning, it was just for story recaps, but later his narrating character played a role in the story.
Within the Homestuck fanbase, Hussie is known for his trolling , often doing things in the webcomic that causes confusion or frustration with the readers. The most commonly used examples of this are the deaths of multiple main characters, which has gained Hussie a reputation of having a liking towards killing off characters.
Hussie has become a common subject in Homestuck fanart as well, which often make use of his actions and reputation within the fanbase. Several fans even have cosplayed as Hussie, in which the most common features are big lips, the outfits he wore during the self-insertions and wielding a broom. Hussie also often interacts with the fans on his Twitter  and Tumblr .