Homestuck ends its seven-year run with a nine-minute cartoon

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Andrew Hussie’s Homestuck has been one of the most successful webcomics of the last decade, with thousands of ardent readers, cosplayers and fanatics, and, oh yeah, a $2.4 million Kickstarter for a companion game. The game, called Hivewarp, has been in development since then, however, and has yet to appear.

The webcomic, which is highly interactive, launched in April 2009 and ran to a reported sprawling 800,000 words. Not quite an Alan Moore novel but not bad.

And today it wrapped up with a 9-minute animated Chapter 7. Twitter and tumblr are mourning as we speak.

On the MS Paint Adventures website, Hussie posted:

Today marks exactly seven years from the day Homestuck began. And Act 7’s single-page installment marks the end of the story. Seven acts in seven years, to finish a sprawling “creation myth about kids in houses,” as I would describe it for those who asked what my next project was about before I started it. 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.


He adds that an epilog may come out some day but not for a while. The Hivewarp game is still slated to come out on multiple gaming platforms when it finally appears.

Confession: as a grown up this is not something I ever got into or could understand, but its youthful fanbase was clearly enthralled with it, and it will definitely form a part of ‘Teens nostalgia in 20 years. And you know it’s better to burn than to rust.

Comments

  1. MV says

    I’m kind of surprised at the assertion that this is not something that “grown ups” can get into. I know there’s a pretty big (and vocal) teen fanbase, but most of the fans that I regularly interact with in real life or online are in the 20-30 age range (I’m 25 myself), the subject matter of the comic deals with plenty of adult themes, and most of the references are based on adventure games and early 90’s nostalgia that most teens would have been born too late for. It’s fine if you weren’t able to get into it, but don’t turn it into a condescending age thing.

    Also, the game is called “Hiveswap”.

  2. Matt Jeske says

    MV – I think you read more condescension into Heidi’s comment, then intended. It’s not about not getting into Homestuck – it’s about literally not understanding it. I’m 33 and that’s the way I feel about it. Homestuck is one of those things that makes me feel old. And though there may be plenty of 35 year old Homestuck fans, that doesn’t change the fact the the Homestuck phenomena makes me feel old.

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