|Author(s):||urbanAnchorite and schellibie|
|Genre:||AU High School AU|
|External Links:||uA's LiveJournal, Shelby's Tumblr|
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Marchingstuck is a Homestuck fan-created high school AU in which the Beta kids and Alternian trolls are all members of a school marching band. The Alpha kids and Beforan trolls are not featured because the entire AU lived and died prior to their introduction in the webcomic. The AU was created by urbanAnchorite and schellibie on LiveJournal, and then cross-posted and discussed when the creators moved to Tumblr.
Many canonical events are interpreted through the lens of the highschool AU. Marchingstuck was so popular that it went recursive and spawned its own fandom project, a Tumblr-hosted serial fan adventure called Promstuck in the latter half of 2011.
schellibie and I, on a whim, ended up talking about her concept of a Marching Band AU (henceforth referred to as "marchingstuck" because Shelby hasn't given me a better name HURRY UP SHELBY). A couple hours later, this shambled out our mental birth canals as a malformed, partly-illustrated monster, with the most inane and beautiful AU setting of all time. This will only prove appealing to people who have been in marching band or people who have played instruments. (NOTE TO ORCHESTRA KIDS: THERE IS A RUDE LINE ABOUT ORCHESTRAS. WE KNOW IT IS TRUE). Welcome to the world of Marchingstuck, which is like Mr. Holland's Opus if Mr. Holland was Jack Noir and his opus was drinking heavily and making shows about death while Karkat Vantas plays the sousaphone. Warning: this is long, is thankfully mostly depicted visually by Shelb.urbanAnchorite, May 20, 2011