|Date(s):||April 2009–October 2016; Epilogues: April 2018–December 2018|
|Country of Origin:||U.S.|
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Homestuck is a webcomic by Andrew Hussie. It is the fourth MS Paint Adventure, and by far the largest and most notable, ending with 8,124 pages. It started on the tenth of April, 2009, with Homestuck Beta.  It continued through creator and fan drama, to the chagrin of hotel managers, convention-goers, and parents of teenagers. After Homestuck's end, What Pumpkin Studios created extended works set in the same universes: the video game Hiveswap in 2017, Hiveswap Friendsim in 2018, and the epilogues in 2019.
And finally, a quote unquote from Hussie himself: "I don't actually like the Internet." 
Homestuck is unique in its acknowledgement of its readers. The initial style of the webcomic was developed as an interactive quest, to be advanced by fan contributions and commands, with the fans deciding what actions the characters would take. However, once the fan base had grown significantly by 2010. Hussie moved away from this style because the fan input method had grown "too unwieldy and made it difficult ... to tell a coherent story." While Hussie now controlled the main plot of the story and the characters' actions, he still "visit[ed] fan blogs and forums" to figure out small things to add into Homestuck.
The canon continued to direct both hate and love at its readers, with fan music and art contributions, as well as shoutouts to Tumblr, shipping, and fanon interpretations of characters... as well as the Internet in general: the good, the bad, and the furry. Hussie even went so far as to have the final villain, Caliborn, be a caricature of "bad fans" in contrast to the enthusiastic fan artist Calliope. (Caliborn even has a real Deviantart and commented on a fanartist's work.) The MSPA Reader is now an established character within canon.Homestuck's fandom is said to have developed a unique "update culture" in response to the unpredictable schedule and plot. The comic had no set or consistent update schedule, updating frequently at some points in its run while having long hiatuses at other points. The uncertain pace of the story is given credit for the fandom's booms and lulls in content, as well as the fandom's reaction to story developments. As cancerously put it:
One day could be an update dropped at 5 AM EST that was two kids pelting each other with fruit. 4 hours later we could get a flash that killed 17 people. Then it could be THREE DAYS before another update where haha it was retconned that was a dream none of those people are dead. [...]
The thing with update culture is that most content creators are aware of, and plan content updates around, the idea of what the fans will be feeling and thinking once that content is done being distributed. For TV shows, episodes are released with beginnings, middles, and ends- a narrative arc that allows people to start thinking about media the way the creator wants them to, leading them along with little trails of plot and puzzles to solve. But Homestuck’s updates weren’t planned like that, because they came in chunks of whenever it was done, a carry-over from the original Choose-Your-Own-Adventure format. Because of this, people were theorizing about thing that’d be fixed in the literal next page, but because we didn’t have that information, the weirdest shit started being produced.
Homestuck begins with four children, John Egbert, Rose Lalonde, Dave Strider, and Jade Harley, who play a reality-altering video game that brings about the end of their world. The adventure is characterized by time travel, mystery, copious pop culture references, and numerous gory deaths. The cast later expands to include dozens of aliens, alternate versions of the kids and their guardians, various eldritch horrors and strange beasts, and the author himself. The game is played multiple times, plot threads are tied into gordian knots of confusion and hacked apart, and many incredibly self indulgent tangents are embarked upon.
- Beta Kids: John Egbert, Rose Lalonde, Dave Strider, and Jade Harley
- Beta Trolls: Karkat Vantas, Aradia Megido, Tavros Nitram, Sollux Captor, Nepeta Leijon, Kanaya Maryam, Terezi Pyrope, Vriska Serket, Equius Zahhak, Gamzee Makara, Eridan Ampora and Feferi Peixes
- Alpha Kids: Jane Crocker, Roxy Lalonde, Dirk Strider and Jake English
- Alpha Trolls: Damara Megido, Rufioh Nitram, Mituna Captor, Kankri Vantas, Meulin Leijon, Porrim Maryam, Latula Pyrope, Aranea Serket, Horuss Zahhak, Kurloz Makara, Cronus Ampora and Meenah Peixes
- Cherubs: Calliope, Caliborn
- Guardians: Nanna Egbert, Dad Egbert, Mom Lalonde and Bro Strider
Homestuck has a reputation for being a difficult fandom to join for several reasons. The beginning of the story is mainly gag-oriented and the plot is slow to start, disappointing many people who attempt to read from the beginning following a recommendation by a friend or fan. The comic is extremely long and the plot convoluted and complicated, with numerous characters, timelines, and universes, making catching up with the story from the beginning a daunting task. Joining the fandom presents an obstacle in and of itself, as there are huge quantities of fandom meta and fanworks spread over multiple sites, as well as years of complicated fandom history, as well as various internal jokes and conflicts.
Because of the canon's complexity and the complicated, often volatile fandom, Homestuck has many passive fans who enjoy the comic but participate little in the fandom. These fans rarely indulge in the same semi-obsessive theorization common on parts of Tumblr and the MSPA forums, where the bizarre plot twists lead to even more bizarre theories.
Almost every imaginable ship exists somewhere in Homestuck fandom. Stories often deal with the interspecies romance between humans and trolls in various ways, however gen fic tend to either wholly ignore or gloss over the potential difficulties of cultural or biological differences.
Some popular pairings include:
- John Egbert/Karkat Vantas
- John Egbert/Dave Strider
- Dave Strider/Karkat Vantas (DaveKat, canon)
- Rose Lalonde/Kanaya Maryam (Rosemary, canon)
- Karkat Vantas/Terezi Pyrope
- Jade Harley/Dave Strider
- Vriska Serket/Terezi Pyrope (moirails in canon)
- Dirk Strider/Jake English - considered a favorite of fujoshis back in the day
Shipping terminology can be found at the List of Homestuck pairings.
See Quadrants to understand the troll romance system and fandom reaction to it.
The early fandom of Homestuck originated on the MSPA Forums, which originally housed the suggestion boxes from which Hussie would take suggestions for the next action in his story. As Hussie began incorporating musical flashes into the story, it also housed the "secret" music forum, and members of the music team were selected from friends and fans who had posted their music to the forums.
Homestuck also has a long-running thread on the Penny Arcade forum, as well as several on both 4chan and plus4chan. Content was mostly created on the forums and reposted nonymously over on the chans. Most of the fanworks were fanart or fan music, though there was a very small fanfiction thread and a growing number of voice actors.
In the early months of 2010, Homestuck began to grow in popularity. On April 13th, 2010, Andrew Hussie posted the end of act 4 comic, "[S] Descend", which was an ambitious four-minute thirteen-second flash movie. It was the second of the flashes to use art elements from the new art team, staffed again by friends of Hussie's and notable artists from the forum. The unusual nature of the flash drew high viewer traffic. Act 5 Part 1, or "Hivebent," which began on June 12, 2010, drew in still more new readers, since it didn't require knowledge of previous canon to enjoy.
On October 25, 2011 Andrew Hussie updated Homestuck with an flash movie, "[S] Cascade", after a hiatus of more than a month. So many fans tried to watch it at the same time that it caused multiple crashes.
The forum's rules strictly forbid any pornography, and in the case of the child characters, anything pairing them with an adult (even in a worksafe fashion) is an infractable offense. In response, someone created MSPAchan, which allowed adult art and fic. Soon afterwards, zombiesauros created Homesmut in July of 2010, as a home for the kink meme and as a hub for people looking for adult fic and art. As these memes could not even be mentioned by forum rules, Sockpuppy also created Captchalogue, the worksafe request meme. While the worksafe meme has little traffic, the kink meme is hugely popular, currently gaining about 300 comments a day.
After the events of [S] Cascade's release, Homestuck fandom exploded in size and popularity. It gained sizeable presence on deviantArt, Livejournal, Tumblr, the Archive of Our Own, Facebook, and miscellaneous smaller sites. Due to its massive, diffused nature, overlap with English-speaking anime/manga fandoms, 4chan origins and large presence on Tumblr, Homestuck fandom does not have a very strong credit culture. It is common to see art reblogged or reposted without credit, and icons, banners, and mix artwork are frequently unattributed. As a side-effect, Homestuck has fewer BNFs than might be expected from its size, though the members of the art and music teams have become fairly well known. BNFs with no involvement in the canon include voice actor Octopimp, writer urbanAnchorite, writer and fanartist roachpatrol, writer JumpingJackFlash and author of the webcomic Kagerou Luka Delaney, known in Homestuck fandom as VastDerp. Other names that have cropped up from time to time are Radiation, Bowman, Lexxy and SkepticArcher (members of an art and music team), along with voice actor Von Fawn.
Pinpointing BNFs in a fandom sprawling and sectioned as Homestuck is difficult, and coming to consensus by its nature requires discussion among diverse groups. Addition to this list, or discussion of it on the talk page by interested parties would be appreciated.
With the influx of new fans and subsequent flooding of sites with Homestuck related content, Homestuck gained a large anti-fandom. Many anime fans, especially those of the series Hetalia: Axis Powers reacted very negatively to Homestuck fans' presence at conventions and online. People outside the Homestuck fandom have sometimes been known to be annoyed by the frequency and over-enthusiasm of some Homestuck fans (for example, the many people who commented negatively on the fandom in fandomsecrets during spring/summer 2011).
Since the flash videos became longer and more complicated, fans started to record and share reaction videos. Flash videos sometimes inspire a variety of episode tags. Anticipated events (like the Scratch at the end of Act 5) also often lead to much speculating and fic.
For more, see the 2017 meta essay Homestuck fandom, a brief history
Ending to Present Day
Homestuck ended on October 25th, 2016 with the completion of Act 7 and the Credits. Since then, there have been a number of developments with the MSPA and Homestuck properties.
- September 2017
- April 2018
- Homestuck moved from mspaintadventures.com to homestuck.com, in anticipation of the impending demise of Flash that will probably happen someday (Flash support is slated to end at the close of 2020, at which point Adobe will stop distributing and updating the Adobe Flash Player.)
- Hiveswap Friendsims, dating-sim style visual novel games, but with friendship and trolls, were released as an expansion of characters established (or to be established) in Hiveswap. A series of eighteen episodes with two character paths, each with multiple endings, plus and epilogue episode were released from April 13th, 2018 to December 14th, 2018, published by Hussie's inho.
- December 2018
- During the Great Tumblr Migration of December 2018, many fan users relocated either voluntarily out of protest, or out of having their blogs made unviewable due to originally having NSFW content. This somewhat broke up one of the larger collective Homestuck communities on the internet.
- April 2019
- 4/13/2019, Homestuck's 10th anniversary, brought the Homestuck Epilogues, written by Hussie and two co-writers. Due to the influx of new fans unused to upd8 culture, team members faced incessant queries as to when the next update would occur. The Homestuck Epilogues begin in an Archive Of Our Own-style format, written in text without images, and in a decidedly more melancholy tone than the comic proper.
- August 2019
- It was announced that a hardcover version of the Epilogues would be released through Viz.
- It was confirmed that Hiveswap, Act 2 is still in development.
- A sequel Hiveswap Friendsim, a new series of dating-sim style friendship games based on the characters in Homestuck proper called "Pesterquest", was announced and slated to be released for September 4th, 2019.
- 8/8/2019, Andrew Hussie makes his first Instagram post on his new e-boy account, @eboyhussie. Later the account will feature clues that lead to Toblerones that he has hidden around the world.
- October 2019
- 10/25/2019, Homestuck^2: Beyond Canon was suddenly revealed, featuring new writers and artists.
Homestuck Reddit, Instagram, and Twitter are active to this day. Writers and composers such as James Roach, Aysha Farah, and V are active on Twitter. (More info on other sites please!) Major ongoing fanworks include fan comic Vast Error and the Perfectly Generic Podcast.
Homestuck has a large community of visual artists, writers, musicians, and voice actors, all of whom have contributed to fandom in their own ways. Fanworks have included digital art, paintings, sketches, mixed media, sculpture, electronically and conventionally produced music, plushes, stories, comics, roleplays, askblogs, stained glass, panels, and uncountable myriad esoteric arts.
Homestuck has a large fanmusic community, due to its large soundtrack and the fact that in the past the Homestuck music team was populated by fans of the comic who had made previous fanmusic. Several of the original members of the Homestuck music team were from OCRemix, and a certain amount of wank followed the early music team as a result. However, it has long since died down, and the main remaining vestige of the OCRemix influence today is the various fanmusicians' use of the term "remix" to denote works that use only the melody of the original, without sampling (usually this is called a cover). The official coloUrs and mayhem albums are made entirely of fanmusic submissions.
Many fanworks imitate the format of the comic, whether through storytelling devices, page formatting, art style, or writing style.  Many of these comics start on the forum and use audience suggestions (see MSPA Forum Adventures.)
Common Themes in Fanwork
Many fans create their own troll or human avatars for RP, known as fantrolls or trollsonas, complete with art and typing quirks. There is a generator available to make them, a wiki specifically for fantrolls, and several forum posts and tumblrs about fantrolls.
Post-Sburb/post-Scratch fic explores how the characters cope with the end of the game and either going back to having normal lives or adapting to strange new universes created at the end of the game.
Dave Strider is popularly headcanoned as transgender, and both fic and art have been produced to this theme. Writers also create stories about many other characters exploring concepts of gender and identity, but Dave has been a particular focus.
Trolls are also commonly headcanoned as being hermaphrodites, and their genitals are referred to as bulges and nooks rather than penises and vaginas. A troll will also spew their genetic material into buckets for the incestuous soup of which young trolls are birthed from.
Homestuck fandom has a lot of Alternate Universe stories. Many stories are titled with a thematic word suffixed with -stuck, examples: (Hemostuck, Adultstuck, HeartStuck, Hoofstuck ...) This extends to AU concepts - Humanstuck, Trollstuck, Horsestuck, Molluscstuck, etc.
Common AU concepts include:
- No-Sburb AU, where the defining video game frame of Homestuck never takes place. The resultant fics take place either in a familiar mundane world, or in one of the alternate histories/alien planets proposed in the story--the main difference is that the characters continue to grow and develop in their original settings without being uprooted and transplanted as in the canon story. There are also No-Sburb variations where the aliens and humans still meet through some other means, such as an interplanetary exchange student program.
- Humanstuck, where all of the characters are humans, often living in a fairly mundane world.
- Bloodswap, trolls switch roles in the hierarchic society that they belong to, which is sorted by blood color, (see Hemospectrum) (for example Red Dead Virgo by adamantApoplectic and (Violetesence) by lucidSeraph.)
- Speciesswap, where the trolls are humans and/or the humans are trolls (for example (>Connect) by biichan, inverts, renachan, and roachpatrol.)
- Stabdads is a type of Homestuck A/U that involves the exiles of the troll session in their mobster personas, with the trolls they served as their children.
Many stories feature both the kids and the trolls, either in a completely different setting or in a canon AU, even though in canon some of them finally meet only at the end of Act 5. It is not uncommon for elaborate AUs to have an accompanying Tumblr blog for answering questions, additional worldbuilding, reblogging of fanart, and announcements.
Notable Fan Activities
- A Lullaby for Gods by Angela Sham. The piece gained the attention of Andrew Hussie which lead to Sham being brought on as an animator at What Pumpkin and working on final animation of Homestuck in 2016.
- Rex Duodecim Angelus is an animated short which billed itself as "an epic tribute to Malcolm Brown's musical masterpiece." It was finished after 3 years of development.
- After Us is an animated music video for the Alternian ancestors–characters.
- Mambostuck is an animated music video.
- 4chords was a popular comic by Emily Hu. Set in a college AU where the trolls where human, the story centered around Gamzee's relationship with Karkat and Tavros. While the comic itself was only 15 pages before it discontinued, it inspired many other fan works.
- Promstuck/Marchingstuck is an AU collaboration between Shelby Cragg, urbanAnchorite, and cephiedVariable. It's a high school AU with prom, and also marching bands, that can be found spread out over tumblr, the Archive of Our Own, and livejournal.
- MS Paint Fan Adventures is a site that hosts many popular and active Homestuck fancomics. These include:
- Vast Error, one of the more popular HS fancomics has gained a following in recent years and is unique in its use of the Homestuck trappings while using completely different mechanics at the base of its "game" to tell an original story.
- Homestuck: Act Omega, a fanmade continuation, picking up the story of Homestuck after the end of Act 7 and attempting to follow the Homestuck style and themes as closely as possible.
- cool and new web comic, a retelling of Homestuck in the Sweet Bro and Hella Jeff presentation style.
- optimisticDuelist, an essayist and analyst who creates Youtube videos explaining and exploring the themes and symbolism in Homestuck.
Conventions and IRL Gatherings
- Homestuck Dances such as Promstucks, Homestuck Homecomings, etc took place across the US and elsewhere mostly during 2012-2013. Some were paid events with rented space, DJ, etc. Participants arrived usually in themed, formal variants of Homestuck cosplay.
- The Unwanted Free Ugly Troll series by coldhope is an AU longfic with additional shorter works based on the petstuck oncept popularized on tumblr. It is by far the most-kudos'd Homestuck fanwork on the Archive of Our Own.
- Real Men Wear Tights is an illustrated John Egbert/Karkat Vantas AU wherein the main characters live in a blended Troll-Human Earth society with some characters as superheroes. It is available on AO3 with additional behind-the-scenes material and status updates on the RMWT tumblr.
- Replay Value AU is an AU based upon incidental roleplaying in the comments of godsgifttogrinds' Sburb Glitch FAQ that eventually spun off into a full-fledged AU (see Replay Value AU AO3 tag).
- Cities in Dust is an alternate universe mixed media story written by cephiedvariable.
- Strider's Edge is a highly AU work mixing Homestuck with Brideshead Revisited written by paraTactician.
- Detective Pony by sonnetstuck - an extensively completed version of the altered version of Detective Pony Dirk gives Jane for her birthday. Now with audiobook by NakedBee on YouTube. Movie to come, also by NakedBee.
- THEATRE OF COOLTY What happens to pre-retcon Dirk, short film by NakedBee on Youtube.
- The entirety of the long-running fan adventure archive MSPFA
- Be the Sea-Dweller Lowblood
- Dave: Accelerate is a fan-made, playable companion piece to the Flash Update '[S] Dave: Accelerate'. The source code was also made available upon it's release.
- Nepetaquest 2011 - fan-made RPG, currently being developed.
- Terezi Pyrope: Ace Attorney, Homestuck-version of Ace Attorney. The first case was released in 2012 and the project was later dropped.
- Homestrife 4⅓ - "fan-community made multiplayer fighting game project based on Homestuck", currently being developed.
- Homestuck Gaiden, a multi-album collaboration project produced by the Homestuck Music Team.
- Broadwaystuck a cast of BNFs in late 2011-early 2012 that made Homestuck themed parodies of musicals, Disney, and popular music. They inspired several subsequent casted parody projects over the next decade as well as dozens-hundreds of unaffiliated individuals producing their own songs. Notable example tracks: Karkalicious, Stop Being A Sucker
- Ke$hastuck in addition to its fanadventure was a music trend inverse of the above. Instead of Homestuck lyrics on pop songs, Ke$hastuck songs put pop lyric tracks over Homestuck official instrumentals. Notable tracks: Primamanthequins, [S: Ke$ha: Enter]
- The Baby Is You: a parody musical made by Radiation & friends, consisting of 11 parts now available for download here (or on Youtube.) Radiation wondered whether the "no pregnant kids" rule on the Art forum extended to songs and created an album that centers around Dave giving birth to John. It was posted on the forum on 14.10.2010, met with shocked disbelief, and deleted a short time later. The mods later declared that "Posting anything from this album is unacceptable.".
- Homestuck: The Musical (Stage) the one onstage and filmed in Vancouver in 2014 with major musical contributions by Goodnight Lumi
- Homestuck The Musical (Animated) the abandoned one animated with talksprites and canon panels on youtube with major musical contributions by OverlordFombax
- Homestuck the Musical (KingSpirals) an ongoing animated production by KingSpirals Productions on Youtube
- SBaHJ the musical a... "musical" album by "alex" released via Tindeck
- Time's Apprentice an upcoming ancestral musical produced by articulatelyComposed
- Pesterchum Radio: Pesterchum Radio is a podcast about MSPA made by several fans. Its first season ran from February to October 2011 and had 26 episodes.
- Perfectly Generic Podcast
- Jax Does Homestuck
- Arm Retrieval Podcast
- Let's Read Homestuck: Similar to let's plays or podfics, Let's Read Homestuck was a project in which a group of voice actors read through the comic, which actor providing unique voices for every character.
- Hivebent: The Radio Play: The voice acting community had become enormous by the summer of 2010, largely due to the popularity of the Hivebent characters. On July 30th, a Hivebent: The Radio Play thread was added to the forums as a centralized location for discussions going on in the voice acting thread. The radio play was a full cast production of Hivebent, and features both adaptations of the comic text and original sections written to fill out gaps in the story. It was originally directed by Von Fawn, who also voices Vriska, and was then being produced and directed by arianadream (who voices Kanaya) and Zigkirby (who voices Karkat). In April 2011, the first episode was released  and met with enthusiasm, but in May 2011 it was announced that the project was shutting down. 
Notable Fan Projects
- Eat Mesa: In March 2011, inspired by an episode of the Pesterchum Radio, fans started to create and collect Homestuck-inspired recipes on the forum. An Eat Mesa Tumblr was created, and in December 2011 a .pdf version of all the recipes collected so far, the The Eat Mesa - An MSPA Fan Cookbook was made available.
- Pesterchum: There were various attempts by fans to create "Pesterchum", the chat program the kids use in the webcomic. (history, different versions etc.) The most recent version is Pesterchum 3.41. (usage?)
- Zingled: Zingled is a website (like Omegle) which allows users to chat anonymously with another random user of the site. In early 2011, Homestuck fans discovered the website, and used it to roleplay anonymously as the characters from the comic. It is now almost entirely taken over by Homestuck RPers. Notable logs are posted as fic in themselves or used as inspiration for new work.
- MSPARP/MXRP an active randomized, chat-style RP site that allows character filtering. Expanding into other fandoms
- Trollmegle/Trollplay a defunct randomized omegle style site that had to change its name for copyright reasons
- CherubPlay a defunct longform RP site that was not randomized and allowed users to post and browse detailed ads and prompts to find suitable partners.
- Whatever that one was that was like Facebook for homestuck roleplay, with profiles and everything??
Homestuck is a popular cosplay fandom, with cosplays of the kids and trolls being especially common. Many of the characters' signature T-shirts are available at the MS Paint Adventures online store, increasing the ease of creation for many of the cosplays.
Controversy over cosplay is common in the fandom, with numerous arguments taking place over body type and race in relation to cosplay, quality of cosplay, perceived cosplay elitism, the preponderance of Homestuck cosplay at anime conventions, and the huge number of non-canon cosplays among fans.
Possibly the most notorious wank/meme about Homestuck cosplay would be Joey The Cosplay Elitist. Knowyourmeme doesn't think it was notable, but Joey's comment was unavoidable within the fandom in 2013. Cancerously's 2014 explanation of the event basically covers it. User gets notoriety for clean execution of a default homestuck sprite cosplay, makes disparaging comments about others that dramatically overstate the weight of this achievement, becomes meme immortal.
Before horns were available for purchase at various official and unofficial websites online, it was a right of passage for a Homestuck cosplayer to make their own horns.
Communities & Resources
- MSPAChan, the dedicated chan for Homestuck art and fiction.
- Captchalogue, the worksafe Homestuck request meme.
- Homesmut, the Homestuck kink meme.
- Omegaupdate, the bodged-together replacement for the MSPA forums.
- MSPAbooru, an imageboard for fanart.
Wank and Conflicts
Like all large fandoms, Homestuck has its share of controversy.
- Suggestion Boxes: Probably the first issue in Homestuck fandom was the closure of the suggestion boxes. Though Hussie had hinted many times that he was phasing out direct audience contribution, the suggestion boxes only closed for good in March of 2010. In the ensuing months, threads were posted regularly to the MSPA Forum complaining about the lack of interactivity and the fact that the story was now going downhill. 
- Music Team:In April of 2010, Bill Bolin made a post to the MSPA Forum announcing that he was quitting the music team, giving a several-page-long explanation of his reasons, and culminating in a picture of himself flipping off the camera. Even with the explanation, Bolin's reasons were almost totally opaque without access to the discussions that had preceded his departure in the private music team forum. The confusion over Bolin's exit caused a number of forumgoers to create new threads asking for any clear explanation, which were quickly spammed by those who thought the whole thing was hilarious. Bolin's middle finger enjoyed a brief spate of popularity as a meme before the mods made it clear that stirring up wank over his exit would not be considered acceptable. When his songs were removed from the flash pages in which they were featured at his request, further conflict arose. Fans complained about the replacement songs so often that in November of 2010 the explanation was the second question in the Simple Questions, Simple Answers thread FAQ.
From 15.1.2010 until 2.9.2010 Hussie posted "The Intermission", a chapter that was, at that time, not directly connected with the rest of the storyline. It included many new characters and time travel shenanigans, making it difficult to follow. Many fans who started to read Homestuck later admit (or, in many cases, don't admit) to skipping the Intermission, which is completely accepted in some parts of the fandom (most places on LJ), but led to mockery and dismissal in other parts.
When "Hivebent", act 5, became very popular, several new readers started reading directly at the beginning of act 5. When the focus shifted back to the kids there were heated arguments about which group, the kids or the trolls, were more interesting.
In January 2012 the discussion about whether the four original kids are white or racially ambiguous was fueled by two posts by Andrew Hussie and resulted in a lot of discussion and some wank.
Andrew Hussie is clearly aware of his fans, but it is unclear to which extent and whether he is influenced by them. Especially after surprising updates, some fans regularly accuse him of "trolling" the fans fanon. In May 2011, Hussie made a post on Formspring asking his fans not to sell fanart or any other fan march without his explicit permission. See Andrew Hussie for more.
Points of discussion and conflict have included:
- Tension between Hussie and the fandom
- Treatment of characters with disabilities in canon and fandom, esp. Vriska toward Tavros
- fan trolls?
- Dave (and others) as transgender in fanon
- Issues of sexual identity
- John is not a homosexual (canon statement) vs. slash fandom
- Kanaya as lesbian character vs. no homosexuals in troll society (she was confirmed to be attracted only to women in a post on Hussie's formspring)
- Shipping of gay characters (Kanaya, Dirk) in het relationships
- Fanon characterization:
- Eridan as woobie
- John as "lovable derp"
- Dave as "coolkid" vs. Dave as utter dork
- Gamzee as mentally ill, as junkie, as evil, etc.
- Feferi as hateful bitch
- Vriska as hateful bitch
- Nepeta as hateful bitch
- Shipping of young characters ("pedophiles!")
- Porn of young characters
- Mockery of bad art, cosplay, fic, etc.
- Ubiquity of the fandom
- Kids as racially ambiguous
- Headcanon races
- Perceived fetishization of homosexuality
2016 MSPA Forums outage
In late March 2016, the MSPA Forums went down with no notice to the community (including the moderators). As of August 8, 2016 it is still down. See here for what people know so far.
- homestuck fandom, a brief history (posted in June, 2017)
- saccharineSylph: Homestuck History, Archived version
- The wildest shit that happened in homestuck’s fanbase (March 2016)
- The Complicated History of the Homestuck Fandom - The Fandom Files (a video by The RPG Monger, October 5 2018),
- Homestuck MSPA Wiki (Accessed August 8, 2016)
- What Homestuck Was on Kotaku.com, by Gita Jackson, 2017-09-13, accessed 2017-09-15
- Complete Bullshit on MSPA Wiki (Accessed December 30, 2019)
- Stuck on Homestuck: How Andrew Hussie Turned a Tumblr Craze Into a Teenage Empire archive-date=October 5, 2012
- 14 March 2016 reply from cancerously to the wildest shit that happened in homestuck’s fanbase
- "Created on 2010-07-06 18:41:06". homesmut - Community Profile. (Accessed March 26, 2011)
- The current meme had 4496 comments as of March 26th and was posted on March 8th.
- example: 22.10.2011, Reaction Videos Obviously Deserve Their Own Thread. after [S] Cascade, on the forum
- Hiveswap Review on Polygon, by Victoria Rose, 2017-09-14, accessed 2017-09-14
- What Pumpkin announces Pesterquest - "New planet, new friends: Pesterquest begins Sept. 4th", 2019-08-25, accessed 2019-08-27
- For example Nepetaquest (link) by aceofspudz and Be the Sea Dweller Lowblood (link) by ckret2.
- Examples: Fantroll Evaluations, F-yeah Fantrollreviews, fuck yeah awesome fantrolls, and fuck yeah awful fantrolls
- 14.10.2010, THE BABY IS YOU - a new album by toby "radiation" fox w/ art by astroliner by Radiation, accessed 10.12.2011
- 24.12.2011, Im having baby and the baby is you by anonymousbaby, accessed 10.12.2011
- 11.4.2011, Hivebent: The Radio Play - Episode 0 on Youtube, accessed 13.11.2011
- 10.5.2011, comment by Zigkirby on the MSPA Forum thread, accessed 13.11.2011
- 4.3.2011, The Eat Mesa - An MSPA Cookbook by Katt, accessed 9.12.2011
- 4.12.2011, comment by ShivaShekaria, accessed 9.12.2011
- Suggestion Boxes are locked until further notice. (Accessed March 26, 2011)
- Q: What happened to the music on <page>? A:Music by artist Bill Bolin was replaced after he caused serious drama/problems with the music team. It was decided all his ties to the project should be cut and thus was the music removed for sale and replaced in the flashes. It will NOT be coming back ever. It's inarguable. You can find links for the old flashes with creative Search powers, but PLEASE do not start on how the animations "don't fit" the new music. Concede your hindsight bias and have faith in Andrew and the music team. HEY! HAVE A QUESTION? Simple MSPA Questions, Simple Answers Thread!. (Accessed March 28, 2011)
- 28.5.2011, ANNOUNCEMENT: REGARDING THE SELLING OF MSPA STUFF by Lexxy, post explaining the new rules with quotes from Andrew, accessed 3.11.2011.
- archived (original post on Hussie's formspring no longer exists)