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.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.