TG: !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! TG: ... TG: calliope? TG: that u UU: yes, it is i! TG: holy shit TG: the most pious and reverential of shits TG: turd in a church callie TG: you startled me! UU: sorry! :u TG: but yeah so TG: hey!!! TG: nice 2 finally meet you TG: wow wee ur pretty TG: so when you said you werent good looking it turns out that was a bunch of baloney? UU: no, roxy. i am afraid it was not a helping of yoUr delicioUs earth baloney. TG: aw dont say that TG: also you said you were a cherub TG: but if i am not mistaken you appear to be a troll TG: unless cherubs actually look like trolls? UU: alas, we do not. UU: this is not my trUe appearance. i have taken the form of my trollsona. UU: i wanted to look more presentable for oUr meetUp. UnfortUnately my trUe visage woUld likely repUlse or frighten yoU. UU: that is not the first impression i woUld like to make. TG: girl please TG: trust me theres nothing you could look like that would make me scared of you or grossed out TG: i am your friend and i know youre nice inside no matter what, so TG: could i see the real u? UU: that is so kind of yoU to say. i can believe that a lovely person like yoU woUld be able to stop herself from recoiling at the sight of my monstroUs face. UU: bUt it is oUt of the qUestion. i am mUch more comfortable appearing to yoU this way. UU: really it has more to do with my own dissatisfaction with the way i look than any lack of trUst in yoUr character. UU: yoU Understand, don't yoU? TG: yes TG: its ok callie you can go on keep being a cute troll TG: im just happy to see you UU: likewise! UU: i wish it coUld be Under better circUmstances thoUgh. UU: we may not have mUch time here. TG: wheres here exactly TG: am i still dreamin? UU: yes. i have led yoU to a dream bUbble of my own design. UU: my imagination and thoUghts dictate what yoU see here. UU: as i told yoU earlier, my brother is hUnting for me. so i have created a little sanctUary in space to stay hidden from him. UU: that is why i coUld not speak to yoU earlier. not oUt loUd at least. he is highly sensitive to my presence, so it is very easy for me to get his attention if i'm not carefUl. UU: bUt as long as we stand in the centre of this vortex, we may speak as loUdly as we like! no information can escape this dark pocket, so long as i maintain it. UU: and seeing as yoU are a hero of void, yoU make an ideal gUest to bring home for one who wishes to remain hidden. thoUgh i will say the fact that yoU are my best friend is a lovely bonUs. ^u^ TG: best bonus!!! TG: 4 real though its so nice to finally see you no matter what you make urself look like TG: ive wanted to tell you all about whats been going on with me and my friends since we got together TG: its been so fun hangin with them even in spite of lets be frank, some truly SELECT teen drama TG: mmmm see how im kissin my two pinched fingers here? mwah it was like that TG: the embarrassing teenanigans have been SUMPTUOUS and come highly recommended TG: no but really its been great, and after some time irl with them it started feelin weird to think we were ever even apart TG: yet sadly it was not complete because the moment i met them all was also the moment i totally lost touch with my other cool bffsy from THE WEBS TG: i tried calling and calling your name but you never answered UU: i know. UU: i am sorry. u_u TG: dont be sorry i knew youda answered if you could have TG: i guess maybe you hid yourself so deep in this dream i couldnt wake ya? TG: damn this must have sucked spending all this time here hiding from your asshole brother TG: like i know hes a dick i talked to him enough times to get that but TG: whys he tryin to kill u so bad? UU: he is not trying to kill me. UU: he has already sUcceeded at that.
For this stretch, I don't think I'll be doing the midnight updates anymore. At least not midnight EST. It always seems to keep the kids up too late! The kids of the Americas, I mean, which I'm sure represents the majority of the readership. It's always midnight SOMEWHERE, though. Instead I'll probably be updating around the strike of midnight in some European nation, most days. Which nation will it be? It is a fun surprise.
As you can see, it is a pretty swift horse schedule, with a couple of horseless weeks mixed in there. You may recall my mnemonic device for remembering the previous M/W/F schedule of Monhay, Wedsneigh, and Frihorse. Now we can add two more to help you remember, Tuesnort, and Thursclop. I understand this comic can get confusing sometimes, so you are definitely going to need those to help guide you on the rest of this journey.
All pages for the above horses have already been drawn. I still have a batch of pages to draw to round out A6A6I5, but not as many as I have already done. I hope that you like it when characters in stories talk to one another, because there's an awful lot of that to come. Please stand by patiently and enthusiastically as my fake teens sit around bullshitting to the bitter end. Then a bunch of cool stuff will happen, and that will be that!
1) New trailer for Hiveswap! Creeping ever closer to the release of episode one. In case you weren't aware by now, What Pumpkin Studios is developing it. WP is now a gamedev studio which I happen to think is pretty cool. There have been a bunch of Kickstarter updates recently showing progress too. Here are some more links which will help you keep up with game news: Twitter | Tumblr | FB
2) Homestuck returns on April 13th! That's in just a few days. Are you ready? I doubt it, but when has that ever stopped us before. We start with Caliborn's much anticipated masterpiece, running from the 13th-15th. Then regular updates probably resuming a week after that. I haven't decided on the update schedule yet, but when I do it will almost certainly be communicated to you in the only manner which you will tolerate from me, which is more horse calendars. I am thinking of a fairly swift update schedule. A lot has piled up. Over the last month (not counting his 40 page masterpiece, which was done months ago) I have somehow drawn another 400 pages, which is possibly some sort of MSPA record. Be warned, due to that obscene page rate some of these panels are lookin pretty fast and loose! They nevertheless exist, which is usually what matters most for this website. There's still more to draw beyond that to finish off the rest of A6A6I5, which is the final "normal act". But really not too much. We're getting real close here. I will chip away at the remaining panels as I roll out this batch. Then, it's all animation work after that.
3) Paradox Space! 4/13 is the exact one year anniversary of its launch. And as HS resumes, PXS will be pausing for a good while. We actually paused production back in January, and have just been posting from a comic buffer since. This has much to do with shifting priorities heavily to gamedev needs, but I'll explain more about it and the future of PXS in a little while, on that site. But also, there'll be a PXS book coming out soon! It looks very good. Also, if you haven't checked out PXS in a while, now would be a great time, because it's going into its pause on a very strong note. It's been running an incredibly great 51 page story by Zack, Jon, and Shelby. Kudos to all of them. This has easily been one of my faves.