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Web comic Showcase: Homestuck, written and drawn by Andrew Hussie

on March 13, 2014

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Web comic Showcase: Homestuck, written and drawn by Andrew Hussie

A good comic book can be a very enjoyable experience, as they uniquely combine literature with a visual medium.  Between superhero comics and newspaper funnies, people having been enjoying comics for centuries.

With the advent of the internet, comic writers have found a new way to host their creations.  And thus, the era of web comics is upon us.

Since literally anyone can post a web comic on the various free hosting sites online, yes, there are some… not so good representations of the medium out there. There are some real gems out there… but they can be very hard to find. That’s why I am starting this series, Web comic Showcase, to share some of my personal favorites, beginning with one that really takes advantage of the online medium: Homestuck.

First of all, it should be said that Homestuck is one of those things that people really love or they really hate (or they get bored and quit way too soon. We’ll get to that).  And truthfully, it is a very odd story, with odd characters, an odd writing style, and a very odd art style.  I can totally understand why there are people who do not like it.

That being said, there are elements to this series that are truly unique and fantastic, which is why I am a huge fan of it. Unfortunately, due to the oddness of it, Homestuck can be  very hard to describe. But hey, I’m going to give it my best shot.

Homestuck is about four friends, (from right to left) John Egbert, a goofy and sometimes simple prankster, Rose Lalonde, a sly and ridiculously smart horror addict, Dave Strider, a kid whose  main passions are his music and his ironic persona, and Jade Harley, a cute and ditzy girl who loves her dog.

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From left to right, John, Rose, Dave, and Jade.

A new and super cool video game has premiered, and the kids are ready to play it. But when John loads the game, things get really weird really fast.

The game starts affecting reality and the kids are sent off to an entirely new set of planets to fight their way to victory.  They also meet other players of the game, the grey skinned and horned alien race called the Trolls, the Trolls deceased ancestors, and teenage versions of the kids guardians.  Worse, every time they think they’ve can finally beat the big bad guy, a bigger, even worse villain shows up.  It is filled with twists and turns, moral arguments, and a whole lot of adventure.

The story can be slow at times, and often a little silly, but I believe the good qualities greatly outweigh any negatives. That being said, the biggest flaw this has is the very slow beginning. The author uses the first act of the comic to introduce the main character, John Egbert, his life at home and his relationship with his online friends.  Which is fine thing to do, but Act One is mostly John checking the mail to see if the game has arrived, chatting with someone online, avoiding his dad, checking online again, etc. Not much actually happens, and because of that, many people quit before the story really starts. And to be honest, I was one of those people.

A few months later, I kept seeing people talking about Homestuck on tumblr, and I thought that surely it gets good at some point. So I went back and made sure to stick it out this time, and I do not regret it at all.

One last thing: Homestuck is in its final stretch of content, and Hussie has decided that he was going to post the rest of the content all at once, so any day now, it could be done.

Now that I think about it, I’m queuing this ahead of time, so it really could finish before this posts. That would be weird.

Yeah, that probably won’t happen. Anyway, Homestuck is great, simply fantastic, one of my favorite web comics of all time. It really took advantage of the medium, adding animation, music, and even allowed the reader to take control of the characters at times to drive the story forward. It really is a lot of fun and I recommend checking it out.

There are printed versions of the comic, but I recommend reading it online first to get the whole experience.

Homestuck is written by Andrew Hussie and drawn on MS Paint.  It can be found here: http://www.mspaintadventures.com/

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One response to “Web comic Showcase: Homestuck, written and drawn by Andrew Hussie

  1. dukebarclay says:

    I almost want to buy one of the printed comics out of a weird fascination. how did he translate some of those things into static form?

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