ARANEA: Shello? MEENAH: hey twerket MEENAH: da fuck you think youre doin ARANEA: I have no idea what you're talking a8out. MEENAH: bullship MEENAH: you went after the blue nerds ring MEENAH: you wearin it now aint you ARANEA: I couldn't say, Meenah. ARANEA: I do like to wear jewelry from time to time, just like you. ARANEA: It's certainly possi8le there is a shiny new ring on my finger. ARANEA: So what if there is? MEENAH: aranea so kelp me god MEENAH: you need to take that shit off right now MEENAH: throw it in a volcano or somefin and just come home ARANEA: First, I would appreci8 it if you referred to me as Mindfang. ARANEA: Remem8er how I've 8een trying to make that 8e a thing l8tely? ARANEA: Second, I have no intention of discarding this ring, now or ever. ARANEA: Wheels are already in motion, Meenah. ARANEA: Irons are heating up as we speak! MEENAH: wheels MEENAH: irons MEENAH: aranea what MEENAH: mindfang what are you even planning MEENAH: you gonna meddle? MEENAH: you gonna meddle i just know it UGH ARANEA: I am just taking some initi8tive for a change. ARANEA: Has it occurred to you that it might have 8ecome a little tiresome for me to spend eternity as a 8oring no8ody while so many others got to play important roles in determining the f8 of reality? ARANEA: Heck, you were 8arely dead for two minutes 8efore you started assem8ling an army! ARANEA: Even my altern8 universe self got to lead an amazing life. Which is all well and good for HER........ ARANEA: 8ut what a8out ME, Meenah? ARANEA: Water. 8oat. Me. MEENAH: yo i feel you on that MEENAH: trust me gurl MEENAH: but you do realize youre makin a glubbin mess here MEENAH: i mean you KNOW this shit aint like MEENAH: part a the legit chain of events MEENAH: you arent supposed to be there ARANEA: Of course I know that. ARANEA: Like I said, I have a plan. MEENAH: W)(AT PLAN ARANEA: I'm going to take over this session. ARANEA: And then I am going to make sure it never 8ears fruit. ARANEA: If I can stop this universe from 8eing cre8ted, then the young Lord of Time will never have hatched in the first place. ARANEA: I won't merely 8e defeating an invinci8le foe. I will 8e erasing all the pain he has ever caused. MEENAH: uh MEENAH: serk have you lost it MEENAH: you know all youre doing is making another doomed timeline where everyone dies right ARANEA: Of course I know that. ARANEA: Please, Meenah. Don't insult me. I've given this a lot of thought. ARANEA: If anyone else attempted this, what you said would 8e true. 8ut I am not just anyone. ARANEA: I am a very powerful Sylph of Light. I have had millions of sweeps to hone my a8ilities. ARANEA: As one gifted with the aspect of light, certain outcomes will 8e prone to 8r8king in my favor. ARANEA: And as an ancient, highly experienced sylph, I wield an unprecedented a8ility to heal. ARANEA: A doomed timeline is really just an anatomical feature of a much larger organism. Like a capillary which comes to an end, 8ecause it has withered and died. ARANEA: I 8elieve I will 8e a8le to heal this offshoot. ARANEA: And with enough time and patience, I am confident I can restore its vitality to such a gr8 extent, it will effectively take over as the alpha timeline, thus reducing English to a lost footnote of paradox space. ARANEA: Then the new alpha timeline will flourish under my immortal care. I will watch over it for eternity, assuring peace and harmony everywhere. There will 8e a new progeny of universes, and those universes will 8eget more universes, and each will 8enefit from my good grace. I will personally make sure nothing like the English mishap ever occurs again. ARANEA: I mean, this is mostly theoretical, of course. ARANEA: 8ut the most important thing here is that I am involved now. ARANEA: It is vital to all our interests that I at least TRY. MEENAH: aight MEENAH: so you just totally flipped your think pan is all MEENAH: got it ARANEA: I appreci8 the vote of confidence. ARANEA: Are we a8out done here? MEENAH: no MEENAH: so your timeline healing fantasy aside MEENAH: your plan is to just waltz in there MEENAH: an knock over the whole session MEENAH: you do realize that means youll have to take down my grownup self MEENAH: like MEENAH: not to blow my own conch but she is arguably the greatest deadliest most stylin badass who ever lived ARANEA: I am aware. ARANEA: 8ut there is no one who is in a 8etter position to deal with her than myself. ARANEA: After all, who knows you 8etter than I? ::::) MEENAH: ok yeah but MEENAH: you aint exactly shoppin for her mindfang MEENAH: she got all these sick powers yo ARANEA: It's like I said. ARANEA: I've had quite a long time to refine my a8ilities. ARANEA: I will have a few tricks up my sleeve. MEENAH: man MEENAH: this is gonna go so terribubbly ARANEA: Meenah, I must say your attitude is a little surprising. ARANEA: I thought you were typically gung ho a8out such audacious escapades? MEENAH: yeah well MEENAH: theres audacious and then theres bald faced flipping insmanatee MEENAH: beside MEENAH: did you ever stop and think about me ARANEA: What a8out you? MEENAH: you being alive again MEENAH: all runnin around stirring up trouble while im still a ghost MEENAH: im gonna miss you ARANEA: I'll miss you too, Meenah. MEENAH: will i ever sea you again ARANEA: I really don't know. ARANEA: When you're trying to do the right thing, there is always sacrifice involved. ARANEA: Remem8er? That's why we all died in the first place. MEENAH: i guess ARANEA: 8esides. I'm sure Vriska would approve of my plan. ARANEA: May8e she can explain my reasoning 8etter than I have. MEENAH: um no MEENAH: actually serket deuce isnt down with this at all ARANEA: What? ARANEA: She isn't? MEENAH: nope MEENAH: she thinks you bein dumb as a fuck ARANEA: What did she say, exactly? ARANEA: Were those her exact words? MEENAH: dunno MEENAH: this aint the serket twin message reelay service ARANEA: Is she there with you? MEENAH: yeah ARANEA: Can you put her on? MEENAH: no
MEENAH: call her yourself
MEENAH: NO MEENAH: bitch dont touch my clam ARANEA: Very well. ARANEA: You have 8oth made yourselves a8undantly clear. ARANEA: I will go it alone. 8ut that's what I was signing up for in the first place, I suppose. ARANEA: Good8ye, Meenah. Take care.
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.