*guilty of being a homestruck fan... not ashamed about it either* .... it's hard as hell to get into until you reach when the trolls are getting pulled in...
basically it takes every video game cliche, every internet cliche- rewrites them , makes fun of itself. Offers things like interactive flashes and music- and time travel that makes my head spin trying to think of how it's all kept track of ... but it is ...... it really is ...
It goes from " snert " to aaaangst.
He started with user-input. A form where people could give him ideas on what the characters would do next... Which was the Problem Sleuth era... which is messed up and you can read? but I wouldn't read first. Because that's the earlier part of it. Hussie took that technique and used it to his advantage in Homestruck. Not so random- because he has a direction where he wants it to go. But things like character names and such occasionally are chosen.
I have now said too much .. TOO MUCH .. but yeah . It's a combination of the things we know, and reinventing it to something totally new I think that has boggled people. Let alone keeping in touch with his fanbase. Fanworks sometimes get used for CD covers or posters with the artteam.... with permission of course! it's pretty rad.
I think even if it's not your thing, you have to admire the amount of work and subtle details that go into the making of the story. It's really well written even if it does drag out and go in circles sometimes. The creator is very smart and it's really just a work of art in of itself. I think the multimedia aspects of it are amazing, even though the creator is adapting it to book format, it's not really the same effect.
I found the chat logs to be boring myself, but I enjoyed it as a whole all the same
It's worth a try. I personally love it, it's very creative, and has excellent world-building.
Like Rip said, if you get to Act 4-5 and still don't like it, it's probably just not for you, but all the stuff in Acts 1-3 are building to the very dramatic events in Acts 5 and soon 6.
It's a very daunting task. It took me several days to get through the whole thing, and it's a lot to process. There are hours worth of flash animations and games to walk through, and there are pages and pages and pages worth of text. If you don't have a bit of time and attention to dedicate, I recommend waiting until you can devote some thought to it. The first Act is just familiarizing you with the rules of the game, pretty much, and they are kinda complicated.
I know you're interested in animation and in different storytelling methods, so I do recommend you check out.
It's a long comic about 4 kids and twelve trolls that play a game that after a amount of things happen becomes unbeatable and the kids have to complete tasks in order to redo the game again but lose all memories of the previous game and well have to do everything again. It's really confusing and people hate on it too soon and don't even try to understand things. Also you can google Homestuck wiki and get information from there.
It's a web comic that consists of about 3000+ pages. At the start of the plot there is a large amount of buildup, which takes all about 3 chapters up. There's also interactive strips, and short animations in the comic.
I personally enjoy it but that's just me. If you're going to try to read it again always make sure to read the pesterlog.
To me it seems like it's promoting racism and cyberbullying... at the very least that's my take on it... the way the troll things seem to have a heirachy and all that... I couldn't follow the lack of plot too well and I did skip a lot of it so I may have missed something vital, all I know is I ain't gonna try read it again xD
I tried reading it, to give it a chance, and it reminded me of what happens when high school kids try and be cool by constantly quoting Invader Zim, wearing hot topic, and shouting "SPORK, CHEESE, LOOK HOW RANDOM I AM!"
And maybe I'm an old woman, but I'm done with that shit, and would much rather just buy a good book or read something with more intelligence behind it.
Some people insist you have to read the first 3K pages before it gets good... I really really REALLY question who has that much time to see if something is GOOD? Normally if something isn't good by like... page 5 I'm not into it.
Additionally, I skipped ahead in the archives to see what's up and a LOT of it seemed to be things like reading chat logs. I personally find chat logs some of the most boring things ever Plus... the sporatic pre-teen type animations are like "guh"
IDK, i was going to ask that myself i bit earlier today xD but um I'm not one of those people who's like "OMG IT SUKS CUZ IT'S EVERYWHERE AND ANNOYING ZOMG I HAET IT!!!!" when i haven't even read it lol, i just want to know what all the hullabaloo is about! But from what I can gather it's VERY long and personally, I don't have enough free time to even think about giving it a go...
It's an MSPaint Adventures story that has been going on for a couple years, now; you either like or you don't. In order to completely understand the story, you would have to read pretty much every page.
Andrew Hussie (creator/writer) acknowledges that the story isn't perfect, and he understands why some people aren't fans of the web-comic (some people stopped reading when the troll culture was introduced). But he's finishing what he started for the fans that want to see the story through to the very end.
Seems from reading these comments it's about as controversial as My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, and (when it first debuted) Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt. If you're a fan, then more power to you; if you're not, it's still your opinion, and you are entitled to it. But do respect the opinions of others, and don't go parading around the internet trying to convert others to your way of thinking.
Not an angry rant aimed towards anyone (of course, being as this is the internet, the mindset is everyone is shouting at each other, but I digress), just a basic reminder about common courtesy.
Now, Hussie has sated on his Formspring that he can sympathize with people who aren't fans of Homestuck, but he also believes that people who hate Sweet Bro and Hella Jeff (another web-comic he created) are bonkers. [link] Judge for yourself and see if he's the crazy one.
It's a mock choose your own adventure comic; mock meaning you don't actually get to chose, but it's set up to look like one.
Basically it's about four kids who play a game that's similar to the sims-- only instead of manipulating virtual people they can mess with each others houses. The game calls the apocalypse via meteors and each of them has a certain amount to time to 'enter' a different universe to avoid death and advance through the session.
You hear most about the trolls (which are aliens in a different universe, but they are connected in that they also played the game) from the fanbase, but they don't show up until mid-way Act 3. You don't get to REALLY see them until Act 5.
To be honest, when I first read it I was bored senseless by the first couple of Acts. Things picked up around Act 3 and after the intermission. Now I'm impossibly hooked, and frankly I'm not even sure how the hell that happened. Like a light just clicked or something; I dunno. It's a very clever story once you get into it, and the writing's tight.
I'm actually in the process of doing a second read through, and all the parts that made me want to kill myself are much more bearable. If you get to Act 4 and still don't like it I'd move onto something else because it just might not appeal to your tastes.
I kinda already commented before but.. Its an amazing webcomic that is almost like a video game in a way. There are animations, mini games, and intense plot twists! Its basically about 4 kids who began playing a video game that destroyed their world and are on a mission to save their universe now. There are also 12 trolls that help the kids, while also trolling them (ohoho the puns), and they also played a different version of that video game that destroyed their world. Oh gosh its pretty much hard to explain beyond that point because it's not even finished yet! Its something you read and once you catch up, you have to wait for updates. Right now we are waiting for the End of Act 5 flash OUO It's going to be really long and intense, and i'm getting ahead of myself. The point is it's fantastic, very literate, and gets super exciting during act 4 and 5. Its very important to read everything and look for random things in what the pesterlogs say or what's in the flashes because you may figure some things out later on! It doesn't take too long to read, depending on how much time you have or how much you get into it. It took me about 4 days to read, but its a blast! And the music is amaziiing~ Sorry i'm bad at explaining and lots of others pretty much summed it up but i hope this helps? :'D
Looks like you've already gotten more than a fair share of answers about it, but Homestuck is hard to describe-its a webcomic yes but there are flashes and even interactive little story bits where you can control the character and explore and such. Not to mention the music and people on the art team are superb (youll see some art team member art in the later flashes) and in my opinion the whole story is really intriguing! Though to be honest the first act is really boring for most people, and also act 2 and sometimes 3 as well. Try to keep pushing onwards though, the plot gets like mindblowing in act 4 and 5! (act 5 especially oh my god)
Theres aliens and kids and superpowers and the end of the world and creating a new world and all sorts of crazy stuff c:
if you ARE reading the webcomic just remember this, the comic act like a video game (the kids have inventories, a weapon, fight menus, commands) but its still a webcomic. which means just keep pressing that '==>' button when your done with the page. SOMETIMES it will have a flash screen where you can press a button or two, but thats it. THE MOST IMPORTANT THING TO DO: is read those chats the kids have with each other.trust me the best part about this comic is the way the kids and trolls all interact with each other. And dont worry about the trolls, that takes a long time to get to and its one of the best parts of the comic but dont expect to get to them anytime soon. Its a high chance that youre gonna quit reading after so much reading and thats okay, many people have to do it a few times before they really get into the comic (it took me 8 tries before i could finally stand to read the whole thing). IF YOU DO WANNA STOP remember that the 'Save Game' button at the bottom will save your place in the comic in case you want to continue reading where you left off. I hope this can help you in any way
Pretty much been explained already haha. I stopped reading after chapter... five or something. No particular reason to it, I didn't get fed up or truly bored, honestly, I think I just forgot about it. Anyway, it's a video game based web comic. As I'm sure you've gathered by now. XD
Interactive web comic, some pages are flash animation and some are games. Just keep clicking the arrow where it says Enter Name. It's how the comic begins, like a little game. It's also really really long at this point with 6000 pages.
it reads like a Webcomic, just keep pressing the next action and if there are two choices and one of them causes you to die just go back and pick the next one. You can't 'lose' because its a story, not a game, though it does take a little time to get into the swing of the story. It is suggested by the author that you start with his other story, Problem Sleuth, which reads the same way and kinda sets you up with his style and personality.
I think most people are obsessed with it because of the troll characters that are introduced in act four (The guys with grey skin, horns and Zodiac symbols that you see everywhere) and all the troll romance.
The first page is here: [link] Or if that does not work you can get to the first page by looking at the adventure map here: [link]
I am under the impression that a book form is currently in the works as well though.
Homestuck is a story with a very unique style in presentation. It's not really a webcomic, it's much more than that.
While reading it you will stumble over normal comic pages representatet as an early graphic adventure, chatlogs (personally for me the worst part of the story) artisticly amazing videos and even small psoydo Action-Jrpgs that represent parts of the story (nothing too convoluted to play and lots of details to find).
What will start easy and a little confusing eventually escalades into an epic story with actually deep (and often deeply broken) characters that partly will still stay confusing in parts (althougth you will have no problem to catch the overall direction and can actually understand what is going in the bigger picture). Most of all the pretty weird but lovely writing will eventually really keep you invested into the characters, despite the overarching and partly way to big cast of characters.
To top it all off it has a deep lore of an alien culture and a soap opera like approach to love storys between near and pretty certainly psychotic characters.
It's weird, fresh, weird, creative and weird. You should really give it a try. ^_^