timaeusTestified [TT] began pestering tipsyGnostalgic [TG]
TT: Roxy. TT: Awake yet? TT: Guess not. TT: Let me know. TG: whoaa TG: damn TG: hey dirk TG: hada crazy dream TT: There you are. TT: But I see your dream self hasn't returned. TT: You must be tying one the fuck on tight already. TG: mybe i am TG: like a bow of ribbone TG: on a beiuetuifiul ponny TT: Man, how can you be this much drunker than last time we talked? TT: What the hell are you even drinking? TG: ok but 2 b fair TG: *beiuetuifiul TG: was an intentional typo 4 ur benefit TG: cuz i kno you loves tha po's TT: It's a beiuet. TG: so you spyin on me in derse ville again?? TT: Yeah. TG: fuckin perv TG: like what you see there? ;) TT: I see precisely jack shit and a side of fuckall. TT: That's the point. TT: You got too sauced up and went rogue again. You're out there in your weird drifting stupor, independent of your waking self's awareness. TG: you gonna go after me again TG: get on your hornse TG: galloop me home like prince charming back to swoon kingdong TG: *OOOMG blushblushbluh TT: No. TT: In thinking it over, it's sort of a relief. Simplifies things somewhat. TT: It's better you stay out there for a while. TT: There's been a problem. TG: whatd you do now TT: Ok, I fucked up. TT: I kind of made a mess here, and I'm not sure what to do about it yet. TG: ??> TT: No need for you to worry about it for now. I'll figure something out. TT: Until then I'm just going to prepare for our session, while I think it over. TG: zzzzzz TG: what a surprise another mysfery for you to keep to yourself an overly cerebralize TG: snooorre TG: hey lets talk about something cool instead TG: like the dream i had TT: Ok. TG: first i had some ordinary boring dreams that i dont remember TG: but then i dreamed that i woke up from the drema TG: and things got way bright and surreal TG: and i saw someone TG: i think it was supposed to be my daughter TT: Why do you think that? TG: you know those dreams where u just know someones suppose to be someone TT: No. TG: ok well TG: regulgar people have those im pretty sure all the time TT: Are you thinking it was prophetic? Like a glimpse of the future? TG: i dunno TT: Because that's not really how the abyss works. It's not Skaia, and we aren't Prospit dreamers. TT: There's nothing like that out in the abyss. If you drift far enough, there is only horror. TT: Terrible, terrible horror. TG: ok but im not sayin it was a futuredream! TG: it was just a glimple and it felt real and all im saying is it was a cool dream that i wish was real TG: * glimpse TT: Well, maybe it was. TT: Maybe there's no fanciful game-supplied mechanism of prognostication involved here, and you're just an ordinary, run of the mill psychic. TT: I guess that's possible. TG: hey dick TG: *dirk TG: whaaaat do u think TG: it would be like TG: if we had kids TT: What would it be like? TT: Inconvenient, mostly. TG: no i mean TG: what would they be like TG: th kids TG: u ever think about it? TT: Can't really say I have. TG: you know for an eccantric guy you can be boring as fuck sometimes TT: Sorry, Rox. TT: For what it's worth, I'm picturing them now. A boy and a girl. TT: Two perfect little freaks of nature raised by people who've clearly got no business bringin' up anybody. TG: shuuuucks buster its just a fun lil hyphothetical to daydream about TG: why you need to suck the fun out of shit TG: like some turd hungry dracula TG: its not like im lobbyin for you to hook me up with a whole mess of fuckin babbies TG: or thats im holding on to any such delsusion thats even a remote possibility..... TG: le siiiiiign..//// TT: Le sign? TG: yes le sign you heard me TT: Do you mean * le sigh? TG: hmm nup TG: ima stickin with le sign TG: goign down with the shit TG: *shi[p TG: the S.S. LE SIGN, starring cap'n rolal TT: What does le sign actually mean in this context? TG: oh come on TT: Come on what? TG: LE SIGN IS UNIVERSALLY UNDERSTOOT TO MEAN TOO BAD HES GAY YOU DELIBERABLY OBTUSE DUNDERFUCK TT: I mean, yeah, that's what I thought. TT: It would just be cool if you'd refrain from tossing about such antediluvian terms. TG: antediulivan waht TG: me sayin ur gay u mean TT: Yes. TG: ok but terminology aside i dont think im off base! TT: I don't see how it has to be a thing. TG: i rly think its an actual thing bro TT: Once upon a time, sure. TT: But the world has changed a lot. TT: Ever peek in a history book between your wizardly indulgences? This is a nuanced topic. TG: man i know about the histories TG: just TG: believe me TG: its a thig TT: How is it a thing? TG: its a thing beaucase if it wasnt a thing then u wouldnt be all like........... TT: All like what? TG: well wantin nothing to do w me 4 starties TT: Don't be ridiculous. TT: I have more to do with you than any dude could possibly bargain for. TT: And I like it just fine. TG: what a totatly lame + sweet answer simultaneouslay TG: <3 TT: Yeah. TT: Now maybe we should direct our focus on a matter which has nothing at all to do with what does or doesn't qualify as "a thing", or what our fantasy alt-universe offspring would be like, or anything like that. TT: Such as this game, and whether you're in the best condition to be piloting Jane's connection. TT: Maybe you could use another nap? TG: my condidions just fine TG: and anyway TG: what aint gonna get slept offis the fact that i still dont think we should be touchin this bs witch game w a 20 foot 3dent TG: we both know her plans need us to TT: I know that. But I thought we settled this. TG: its still so frustrating TG: tellin jane about the dangers TG: and even if shes being polite i just know she thinks im fulla crap TG: about EVREYTHING TT: We settled this too. She'll believe everything eventually. TT: Why bother working so hard to convince her? TG: well i dont even do that for the most part TG: but it gets tiring and saddening TG: knowing that TG: even when were not activly talkin bout it TG: that my best friend cant bring herself to believe some really basic things about my life TG: like the shitty things the baroness has done to us TG: or about our upbringin TG: like TG: do u know how misrable it is for your bff to doubt you TG: when you tell her your mom is dead TT: I guess. TT: It just registers for me as a reaction which isn't completely unreasonable from her perspective. TT: She is inundated with media coverage of those whom we've claimed as our parental figures. TT: That they are not presently alive nor ever played that role for us as she understands it is just an extension of a much more elaborate and far reaching explanation, which is much harder for anyone to digest in its entirety. TT: Well, anyone who isn't Jake, I mean. TT: Still say you should cut her some slack. TG: i know TT: And need I remind you, TT: That the potential this game provides for their resurrection is what motivated you to investigate it in the first place?
I've been thinking this over for the last few weeks, and I've decided now is the best time to suspend all regular updates until I've finished the story, rather than pausing just before I start on the final animation. When I'm done, I'll post it all at once. There are a lot of reasons why I think this is the best strategy.
Primarily, it's about efficiency, and being able to work on the remaining (and likely the most difficult parts) of the story without distractions, or the added challenge of having to crank out the next serial update as fast as possible, which means I always have to stay totally linear with the work. This way I can produce the rest of it more comprehensively, prepare animation assets in advance, do more stuff in parallel, etc. It will go faster. And ultimately, I think it'll read better as one thing, rather than as a sequence tortuously spread out over time, as has been the norm for years. I think it's close enough to the end now to safely retire Homestuck as a serial reading experience. There's nothing to be gained from that presentation anymore, in my view. It's just time to bear down and get it done.
I guess we're breaking for a long time on a big cliffhanger, but there's no way around that. Actually, pausing at any point later would probably be even worse, as it keeps pushing into endgame territory. That's why I'm stopping now instead of later. With such a big readership, the reactions will only get crazier, and the demand for new updates will get more intense. Over time, knowing so many people are slamming refresh many times per day starts to be more of an omnipresent distraction than anything. I think there is sort of a perception that I am creatively feeding off the hysteria surrounding the comic, but on a very practical level this is not true. Creating entertainment is not really a lifestyle of madcap shenanigans. It is a very sober, often dull process that requires a huge amount of time and concentration. It will be better to disarm the hype machine while I get the hard stuff done.
So what is the itinerary? Need to finish A663 through A666, and then A7. Keep in mind that these sub acts can be literally any length, even onepage. There's a good bit of ground to cover, but most of the effort will be tied up in animation chores.
I don't really have a time estimate here, and am not sure there's any real advantage in coming up with one. It'll just be a while. I also have to allocate some time to work on the Kickstarter game. That didn't stop being a thing I have to do. It's coming along. I'll probably have a more substantive update on that before the end of the year. There hasn't been much to report yet since it's mostly been in a high level planning and writing phase. And firming up tons of legal minutiae. Stuff like that.
But I will say there is something new to watch out for next month. Kind of a secret project I'm involved with, unrelated to MSPA or the KS game. Well, it's technically not that secret. It's only secret if you don't know about it yet. Meditate on those profound words, and keep an eye out for news on this in coming weeks.
Oh yeah. Almost forgot, I'll have to take some time to port the site to a new server. Obviously it hasn't been cutting it the last couple months. So we'll work on that soon. Hopefully the new service will be able to handle the massive heart attack the next batch up updates will represent.
During the gigapause, there should still be plenty to see here in the news section. Whether it's about the aforementioned projects, or new product releases, there'll be a lot going on. Trust me, the coolest stuff at What Pumpkin this season has yet to be released.
2014 What Pumpkin Convention Schedule ... over there! ->
The What Pumpkin crew will be quite active on the con circuit this year. 11 cons by my count (for now). Take a look at the schedule, and make your plans accordingly!
What Pumpkin will be setting up a booth in all these cons where you can buy stuff and meet some friendly WP folk. I personally will only be attending two or three of these. I'm not sure which ones yet. I don't think I can lock myself into anything definite yet, since all that traveling is incredibly time consuming and tends to derail work. That's sort of what happened last year. I traveled way too much, and it really messed me up! So work schedule permitting, I'll probably pick a couple of these later and make some "surprise appearances". That way, if you happen to see me at a convention, you can be 100% certain that our encounter will be a result of PURE DESTINY.
It's almost over, right? Um, no, sorry. I still have no time estimate, or specific date I am shooting for. 4/13 would be the COOLEST date to shoot for, right? I doubt that's realistic though. Because in spite of my most religious wishes every single day, magic keeps on being fake. THANKS, "god".
What is the status, then? The status is this. Since pausing, basically all I have been doing is writing. No drawing or animation yet. Writing, writing, writing. Writing for Homestuck, and writing for the adventure game. More time has been allocated to the latter. The game is a big, big project. Let's not kid ourselves here. It's like this whole new major story and everything, fueled by millions of dollars. That's a very different situation from Homestuck, which is usually fueled by approximately zero dollars.
Homestuck probably needs another month of writing before I can start making panels. Not even to speak of Flash work. And of course, game development looms over everything as well. This feels totally different from the usual routine of write-draw-post, write-draw-post, write-draw-post, ad infinitum. Writing everything out beforehand is peculiar. And by peculiar I mean "totally conventional", in most other creative contexts. Let's see how that approach pans out. (You go out on a limb and guess it will result in the same silly bullshit as always.)
WHAT ELSE IS GOING ON?
Kickstarter - Speaking of the game, I sent out a backer update just before the newd year. The same update just went out to paypal backers too (it took a while to set up a system for that). If you backed the project but didn't notice an update, you might want to check your email. If you didn't back it, sorry these updates are <shhhh>secret</shhhh>. I mean, not really. The info gets "leaked" everywhere, if you know where to look. The point is, *I'M* technically not supposed to be the one tell you. Get it? Oh. You don't? Me neither.
One question I feel like I should answer out in the open even though I kinda thought it was obvious (there is no such thing as obvious) since I see it come up so much: yes, you will be able to purchase the game, even if you did not back the Kickstarter!
Contest - In the near future, I'm going to be putting out some neat things through We Love Fine. WLF is a cool company that makes a lot of nice stuff, that you will find particularly interesting if you are into "the fandoms". Do you like fandoms? When I was a kid we didn't even have those. All we had were shitty Atari games, and spankings.
But before they formally launch any Homestuck stuff, they're running a fun shirt design contest. There are sweet cash prizes. Hey, only participate if you think is sounds fun though. Most people won't win, because that's what a contest is, according to the way that common word is classically defined. I ain't out to waste anyone's time! I do hope plenty of people submit designs though. There's some nutty stuff rolling in. People will laugh at me if I pick the naked Gamzee shirt. DON'T MAKE ME PICK THE NAKED GAMZEE SHIRT!
Another Secret Project - Remember a while ago, I mysteriously mumbled something about a secret project? And then it came along, and it turned out to be Namco High? This is like that again. Except it's not a dating sim. Or a game, or anything like that. Also, it doesn't involve video game characters you've never heard of. It is a much more Homestuck-focused thing. That's all I'm gonna say! Ok, I lied, I will say one more thing: it's going to be really cool, and you will wonder where it has been all your life.
Vinyl Figures - These are up in the store now! For actual sale. Hehe... look at em!
Homestuck book 3 and Problem Sleuth book 5 are here! The Homestuck book contains Act 3. The Problem Sleuth book is the final volume of the series.
(The cover of PS5 glows in the dark by the way.)
And now that the Problem Sleuth series is wrapped up, you can get the full set. Dedicating this much paper to three cartoon detectives trying to leave an office should be illegal. But it isn't, and we are exploiting that fact to our advantage here.