I rolled an H, so I’m going to answer only questions submitted by users whose name contain an H, but do not begin with an H. Here we go.
Are you dead in-comic?
Are you really going to publish 16+ Homestuck books? I think it’d be too expensive to buy them all…
It might not be that many. Act 2 looks like it’s going to fit cleanly into book 2, and act 3 + intermission look like they’ll all fit into book 3. They’ll be a bit thicker, but likely will cost the same.
And even if not, I don’t actually think it’s that much to spend when you take into consideration the amount of time between releases. Might take 2-3 years to get it all in print. Spending a couple hundred bucks over that time isn’t much. If you add up all of the money we spend on totally ridiculous shit over the span of years, the figures are always mind boggling.
For the trolls, are there different blood colors besides the ones that the trolls in the comic have, or are those all/most of the blood colors?
All of the troll race’s blood colors are accounted for by characters in the comic, except for one.
The place on the spectrum where Karkat’s slot would be is a shade of green between Nepeta’s and Sollux’s. Lime bloods. We know nothing about them, and the only indication they exist in the story at all, aside from the indirect evidence I just mentioned, is that shade is on the walls of the highblood’s throne room.
But that’s it. Any time there’s a fan troll with like pink sparkly blood or whatever, that is just some prime bullshit right there.
Wait didn’t I make them all canon?? FUCK…………..
Did you know Homestuck was going to have the popularity it has today?
what are all the kid’s favorite baseball teams?
They don’t know shit about the sports.
I know lots of other fans are wondering about this, they’re turning 3 years older now right? So does that mean there’s gunna be more romance stuff in there for the shippers?
If so, it wouldn’t be for the shippers. The shippers are already up to their necks in romantic nonsense. It would be for the non-shippers, who try to avoid that stuff as best they can. If I did as you say, there would be no escaping it anymore.
In the intermission of act 6, it says that they get to talk. Does this mean that their guardians couldn’t talk to them before and that is why they left them notes all around their houses?
The achievement badge only upgraded their ability to speak to each other as presented through the comic. I.e. it permitted them to speak to each other… WHILE WE WATCH! Do you think all the trolls were hanging out together, not talking at all? Or Dave and Jade were doing all that frog hunting without a single peep?? That’s ridiculous.
On the other hand, abstraction weaves itself through the Homestuck reality, and it can be hard to pin down where abstraction is to be taken literally. The truth is, there is not much distinction between the layers of abstraction and the reality they are meant to stand for. John was both literally named on his 13th birthday, and not quite, because that’s silly. The guardians are both literally silent automatons, and not really, as there is indication through allusion they function as normal people too. And the kids went through a huge adventure, achieved immortal god status, and even then had to gain a few more levels just to gain the achievement of simple dialogue as a literal upgrade, as well as not literally, because that makes no sense. The reality is inseparable from the way the story is presented and the way the “game” is played. But those abstractions are also a facade for a more life-like reality beneath it as well.
What’s D??? Strider’s name?
Yes, this was the plan. To hide his name in the story up until now, where I would reveal it in response to your question! You have accurately discerned my cryptic ways.
How long does it usually take you to come up with character designs?
Most of the time I wait until the last minute where I actually need to show them, and then draw them in an hour or less.
I drew all the post-scratch kids in advance though. But that was pretty easy because their baby heads were already on hand.
Do you think you and your comics could have reached the same level of popularity had the internet not existed? Maybe not in the same amount of time, but at some point, been this popular?(I know that if the internet did not exist the entire content of Homestuck and others would be entirely different, but bear with me here. (Irrelevant to my question but I did a speech on you and your work for one of my classes and now I think my teacher wants to read Homestuck… oh no)
I’m having a hard time addressing the question while ignoring the fact that without the internet, HS wouldn’t exist in any shape or form at all. The question is, without the internet, would your story about kids on the internet be as successful? I guess it could be a book about kids doing fantastical things, sans internet. Isn’t that basically the summary for Harry Potter? I don’t think they ever used the internet in that. They read magic newpapers and whooshed around on absurd brooms. Also it was a ton more successful than HS. So I guess the answer is yes??? Yes, success is an achievable thing without the internet.
Why do you like to Kill all the characters everyone loves?You are a heartless man.
To make room for the 48 squiddles I’m about to introduce, and then kill.
What do Heart powers do?
Maybe we’ll find out later??????
For now, let’s say they make you extremely likely to get beaten to death by a rowdy juggalo.
Any chance we can get some Sburb logo stickers? Or MSPA face stickers? for cars and things?
Yes, maybe. There are a lot of ideas filed under “some time next year”.
What was the thought process behind the Hero of Rage symbol? It seems to be heavily inspired by Gamzee, whereas all the other symbols don’t seem to show much resemblance to their title bearers.
Yes, for the most part, I kept all designs conceptually distinct from the characters they correspond with. But the Rage symbol was sort of the one exception. Since he’s more of a wildcard, I thought it would be funny to tie that one a little closer to Gamzee in some obvious ways. Both color and theme. It’s the arcane iconography equivalent of an angry clown face, and somewhat mockingly reminiscent of juggalo face paint. Anyone who wears this shirt is either proudly or inadvertently parading around as a faux-juggalo. This is what I wanted.
(You are only allowed to put either Faygo or special stardust in the front pouch.)
How has writing Homestuck changed you personally?
I never change personally.
Is it essentially canon that the released hoodies are the only titles within sburb/sgrub? Are there others besides the ones that have been established?
I keep talking about these 48 squiddles which I am going to slaughter heartlessly, so unless those poor squiddles are doubling up on classes, I would say that the possibility that there are more than 12 is a solid MAYBE.
Wait… your name doesn’t have an H in it. I forgot I was doing that for a second.
Why Trolls? Why not another race?
When was the last time you heard of an internet orc?
So I have been curious for awhile, how is your initial provision for the length of homestuck coming along? You said once Act 6 would be shorter than Act 5, and that act 7 was pretty much the ending, but there seems to be so much plot to get through still. I guess I’m curious as to whether you think that your initial plan is still on tracks in that sense, or if homestuck might end up even longer? (not that i’m hoping or anything :P)
A6 will probably still be shorter than A5. But it could wind up being close.
It all depends on the approach, and generally, how leisurely I am about its construction. As a rule, the more leisurely the pace, the more diversions and detours and experimentation and silly messing around there is, and the more it all expands. If I stuck to a “just the facts” approach, it would be quite a bit shorter than A5. But then, that’s actually harder. Because that’s compressing major story hurdles, major productions like animations and stuff, into a smaller amount of time. It’s let’s conducive to steady consistent output. Economy, for me, for this project, in many ways is MORE difficult. So it’s more likely it’ll stretch out, and be roughly on par with A5.
AUGH I blew the H rule again. Whatever.
Here’s another non H question.
Did you realize that you got time dilation backwards in the intermission(assuming, of course, that paradox space even vaguely resembles special relativity)?
Yeah. That would be stupid if I didn’t realize that.
There are a variety of answers to this, and I’ll save the one I like best for last.
Quick answer A: It’s a fictionalized version of relativity, inverted for [reasons]. Not unlike the fictionalized forms of special and general relativity used in Problem Sleuth for basic reasons of absurdity. (Wait, this silly thing is a better link)
Quick answer B: GAGS AHOY. We just saw robo-me holding a nanosecond stopwatch, with the hand whipping around at about 0.3C, then I ran over and threw a curtain over the walls before time was up. This sure is some ridiculous bullshit in here. If the intent of a “minimally” meddlesome author is, for smarter or dumber, to give these heroes a three year “catch up journey” of quiet downtime, what better place to cram those years than into the space of 3 nanoseconds? Or better yet, what more HILARIOUS place? Q E motherfuckin D.
Answer that is full of questions, a.k.a. PEDANTBUSTER_XXX: Are we really THAT far from the situation being physically reconcilable in some way? How much do we actually know about the situation? What are the scales and magnitudes here? How small are they? Is everything rendered to scale from my vantage, or is that more symbolic? What does shrinking something to do the physics? Are the two frames of reference physically commutable? Are there things about my universe that differ from the one they just exited, and they continue to abide? Jade did just call this a “realm with unusual spatial properties” after all. There is so much we don’t know about the situation, it’s impossible to make a ruling based on hard science alone.
The because AH’s author insert says so answer: AH said he would limit his intervention to the space of one yard and the duration of three nanoseconds, and so far he has lived up to that promise. And bearing in mind that he also at the very least COSPLAYS as a hero of space, it would seem his intervention might include purposefully stretching the amount of space they have to traverse, from their perpective. In other words, while I did promise to influence the story over only 1 yard and 3 ns, I didn’t say it would also be 1 yard and 3 ns IN THEIR RELATIVISTIC FRAME OF REFERENCE! (It’s the oldest gotcha in the book!!!) They are actually getting jerked around to the tune of 3 lightyears and 3 years. Does this seem like outrageous chicanery from an author insert claiming minimal intervention? Yes. But if such divine meddling is inappropriate here, where a towering mechanical avatar of an author-god stands present, then where is it appropriate? Nowhere is where. And maybe… just maybe… nowhere IS where.
Regardless, if you accept that answer, all that’s left to explain is the author’s motivation for doing so, which brings me to my final answer and also
The real answer: Homestuck-time and real-time have always been married in a strange way. I started it on 4/13/09, and by my own rule, that became locked in as the date in the story too. And then it became stuck there, for one day of Homestuck-time, while real-time flowed normally for two and a half years. When they scratched the game and reset the universe, it was time for me to start over too. So again by my own rule, I put up the first pages of the new story and grafted the story date to the real date, 11/11/11. The new kids, in a way, have been waiting almost 3 years since the beginning of Homestuck to take their place in the story, and have aged accordingly. They have done their time in the shadows, living uneventfully. And now the stated objective of the original kids is to join the new game. It is apparently John and Jade’s turn to wait, in sort of a prolonged narrative hybernation, while we spend time expanding on the new kids and their Very Long Day. If they are to eventually meet, it will be as approximate equals in age, and no, not so that everybody can get busy kissin’ or whatever. For more fundamental reasons, that have to do with the way HS-time relates to real-time, and essentially repairing the schism between these two clocks which resulted from the fact that about 24 hours of story took nearly three years to make.
And understanding that, I think the explanation that works best is not necessarily a physical, relativistic one, but more of a metaphysical idea. That when they crashed through the wall, they have presumably entered the real world, albeit for only 1 yard from our vantage. They have gone from HS-time to real-time. Given the schism between clocks, you could say they are faced with a rush of lost time, all at once. Like massive temporal wind resistance. So in crossing the yellow yard, they are forced to live every second that passed here in the real world which they did not experience in their fictional adventure. It’s the toll they have to pay before breaking through the other side and joining the others.
As I said, this is the explanation I prefer. But there are a bunch of ways to approach the issue.
Back to H questions.
Do you dare to give an estimate to how much more homestuck we have left?
If A6 is as long as A5, then an upper bound of 1.5 more years.
If A7 is ___ then an upper bound of ___.
Was that helpful?
LORD ENGLISH = FIDUSPAWN?? (THE SIMILARITIES ARE NOT IGNORABLE!)
LE is from a proud race of horsaronies.
Wait this would be so much funnier if we didn’t already know LE wasn’t horsaroni in a big coat SHIT
Since you released all the god tier symbols, that means more of the characters will go god tier right? It’d be super awesome to see all their designs c:
If I miraculously squeezed three years into a yard of lightspeed travel, I think I can squeeze 12 god tiers into an entire slaughterhouse of brutally murdered, narratively irrelevant trolls.
JUST WATCH ME WORK MY MAGIC
How do you pronounce the trolls’ names? For instance, some people say “A-ray-dee-uh” and others say “a-rad-ee-uh” for Aradia’s name.
Pretty sure I answered this question before.
And even then I think I STILL fucked up some of the pronunciations by mistyping a few. So I’m not sure if even I can be trusted.
When I was naming them all, people kept suggesting the name Rocket Papaya over and over for some stunningly idiotic reason.
So you can pronounce them all that if you want.
Do all the ancestors have names? Like actual names other than titles? Like Mindfang she had a name. If it’s not a spoiler would you mind telling us?
They all have names.
But it seems culturally that trolls graduate to formal 8 letter titles which supercede their given names.
Now you want to know how they’re given names?
Simple. The lusus gurgles some incomprehensible monster noise, and the closest pair of 6 letter words matching the sound is the name.
are you done with the troll dildos yet?
Who said anything about dildos? I just said they were sex toys.
You are presuming a LOT about troll anatomy.
To answer your question no way I’m just getting warmed up.
So, let’s talk about Karkat’s dick. Is it like, an actual dick? Do both genders of trolls (as we’ve guessed) have them same gentalia? Are they like humans, only.. grayer? Tentacles?
I literally typed like a 6 paragraph response to this, going into tons of graphic detail. But then I noticed your name doesn’t have an H in it, so I deleted it all. Sorry.
Can you draw fat Vriska? Or can she simply not fit on paper? (Or computer screen.)
I don’t understand the phrase “fat Vriska”. It seems criminally redundTHIS IS NOT AN H QUESTION
I know this will be “disregarded”, :P but I did want to just say thank you so much for your hard work, Hussie. Homestuck is incredible and you’re such a sweetheart to all your fans. I immensely enjoy your writing style, and it’s always a pleasure to see anything from you. :) Thank you. <3
The fact that your name doesn’t have an H and the fact that this isn’t a question canceled each other out.
I totally regarded it.
I scrolled down some more and couldn’t find another good trollboner question so I guess that’s it.
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