The wildest shit that happened in homestuck’s fanbase
|Title:||please tell me the wildest shit that happened in homestuck’s fanbase|
|Creator:||bawlgoblin and commenters|
|External Links:||reblog, Archived version|
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It originally began with a post by bawlgoblin:
please tell me the wildest shit that happened in homestuck’s fanbase, its like listening to old tales that can’t be true but are.
The original post was deleted, but as of April 2019, had over 85,400 notes.
Some Topics Discussed
- Homestuck cosplay
- fan events and conventions
- how the update schedule (or lack thereof) affected the fandom
- fan interaction with creators
- How Homestuck differentiated from most fandoms and its lasting impact
Well there was the girl who nearly killed herself by soaking in a bathtub full of vodka and grey sharpies to try and dye her skin for her troll cosplay. And the fact that a bunch of fans sent the creator a MASSIVE horse dildo that later ended up in the comic. And the two people who spent $10,000 dollars a piece to have their OC’s appear for one frame and be immediately killed. And the one time a homestuck flash update ended up DDoSing newgrounds by accident. And the totally irregular update schedule made it so there was an application developed to tell you when the comic updated. The culture around homestuck is really surreal to look back on just for the sheer volume of alternate universes and fans works and in jokes and subcultures that developed within one fandom. It really makes me wonder if anyone will be able to capture that level of obsessive enthusiasm again. Like people joke about Steven universe being the new homestuck and I can see some parallels but that fandom still seems way smaller and way less messed up than homestuck at it’s peak.
As I am still Homestuck garbage and probably will be till I die, I gotta echo a lot of Ash’s sentiments here. Homestuck has literally changed the bedrock of how FANDOM IS DONE. That’s crazy. The art/fic exchange models that Homestuck started are being echoed and used down the line, as well as large-scale fandom events like Promstucks. Now that most of the fandom has scattered, they’re still using HS meets to band together, through Draw-Party events at cons and local meetups. The thing I’ve noticed is, even the largest scale fandom hasn’t been able to match the physical tenacity of Homestuck. I’ve seen a handful of other local events try to pop up for other fandoms, but they don’t hold up. Next month we’re still having a 4/13 meetup.
What’s also cool is that the visual symbols have gone ahead of Homestuck, too. Years later, I still see people use the spade symbol to represent a hate pairing with characters that have NOTHING to do with Homestuck. (Most recently I see them floating over Kylux’s heads.) Whited out eyes to represent a dead character were used for everything from SNK to Dangan Ronpa and are still being used now. Even LANGUAGE has changed. There are tons of Homestuck phrases that have infiltrated our vernacular enough people who have no idea what Homestuck is can be heard saying things like “Being a kid is hard and no one understands” or “you’re the star, it’s you.” It brought back the second-person writing style. Before Homestuck, I had never seen second-person as an accepted writing style, but now I see it everywhere, in tons of mediums.
It had its dark sides, too, I won’t lie. The kind of fandom indignation that could literally brew WITHIN AN HOUR is partial to Homestuck. And I think a bit of the entitled nature of current fandoms comes from having a fairly accessible content creator (not entirely, but Hussie still kept tabs on fandom) who would respond openly to fandom’s demands, which can be sort of unhealthy, especially for content creators in the future.
I’ve participated in other fandoms, but still, nothing holds my heart like the Homestuck fandom. It’s like home, and even though a bunch of my kids have flown the nest, it’s nice to know that they took some of the good parts with them. C:
remember broadway karkat
i’ve brought it up before but there were even sites dedicated to the fans. the messaging system in Homestuck (Pesterchum) was actually created and you better believe i had one. then there were sites like gigapause where you could rank up and talk to other fans and it was just so amazing to be a part of something so huge and so fun. i made some of my greatest friends through this web comic and it makes me genuinely sad, even now, that those sites eventually died out and shut down. homestuck was my first time seeing so many people being so passionate about something and i’m glad that i could be a part of that.
oh good theres more. its three am but
- zombiestuck and the thousands of cosplays
- fandomstuck and the fact that the hetalia fandom was the homestuck fandom’s best friend
- that time the hetalia fandom and the homestuck fandom were at fucking war for whatever reason
- MAKE ME COME ALIVE CMON AND TURN ME ON
- Sugoi Quest for Kokoro fanime
- When Hussie tried to stop people from spoiling Calliope and provided a fake troll image of her for people to post and people followed it for like a day
- That tumblr post that had no indication that it was homestuck other than the troll blood colors and follower counts next to them
- The fights/arguments between different regional fangroups
- Fat Vriska
- LET ME TELL YOU ABOUT HOMESTUCK
- Someone literally made a post explaining that you shouldn’t cosplay a character “above your blood caste” so a Leo couldn’t cosplay as Gamzee (I know.) (I KNOW.)
- The first big hiatus
- Fangroups getting big enough to actually hold events like dances and prom
- PEOPLE GOING TO THE MALL IN GREY PAINT I FUCKING STILL CAN’T GET OVER THAT SHIT
- Four different shipping quadrants. I’m not even kidding it was terrible
- That Bucket that everyone passed around at a restaurant and like spat in
- Buckets in general being a huge “”””taboo”””
- At San Diego Comic Con 2012 Hussie was doing signings at the Topatco booth but the line got so out of hand that SDCC had to move Hussie and the line to a signing table
- Hussie’s adventure at Olive Garden
- Tumblr post, Archived version March 11, 2016
- 16.03.14 (archived)
- Tumblr post, Archived version 14 March 2016 reply from cancerously
- Tumblr post, Archived version March 15, 2016
- Tumblr post, Archived version 14 MAR 2016
- Tumblr post, Archived version Jan 9th, 2019
- Tumblr post, Archived version March 14th, 2016
- Tumblr post, Archived version March 14th, 2016