ARQUIUSPRITE: Didn't I mention, master dogg ARQUIUSPRITE: Our mutual bro is here ARQUIUSPRITE: That is, right here ARQUIUSPRITE: With me ARQUIUSPRITE: We are kind of in the process of chilling together at the moment DIRK: No, you didn't mention that actually. DIRK: That would have been a pretty fucking important thing to mention up front, don't you think? DIRK: As opposed to stringing me along with all that atrocious lactation bullshit. ARQUIUSPRITE: Yes ARQUIUSPRITE: I guess I did kind of bury the lede there ARQUIUSPRITE: Maybe I just wanted to talk ARQUIUSPRITE: We never talk, Dirk DIRK: You are without a doubt the shittiest mystical guide anyone has ever had. ARQUIUSPRITE: I am not sure about that ARQUIUSPRITE: Dave says he had a similarly ty guide once ARQUIUSPRITE: Do you remember our puppet, Dirk? DIRK: Cal? ARQUIUSPRITE: Yes DIRK: What kind of stupid question is that. How could I forget the C man? DIRK: He was a true friend. Which is more than I can say for some people. ARQUIUSPRITE: A good friend in the plush, yes, but as a sprite he was apparently insufferable ARQUIUSPRITE: See, you don't realize how lucky you are to have a guide like me DIRK: Cal was his sprite?? ARQUIUSPRITE: Yes, for a while ARQUIUSPRITE: Then Dave went back in time and became one himself ARQUIUSPRITE: Now he is part bird ARQUIUSPRITE: Did I mention he's part bird? DIRK: Uh, no? DIRK: Again, that's the exact kind of information that should be appearing higher up in our conversations. ARQUIUSPRITE: Of course, this means he is not the Real Dave ARQUIUSPRITE: Davesprite served as Real Dave's sprite ARQUIUSPRITE: But he is only the unreal version of Dave insofar as I am the unreal version of you ARQUIUSPRITE: By which I mean, a much improved version DIRK: ARQUIUSPRITE: I must say, while the troll part of me doesn't give a silly figging shoot about any of this, the part of me that splintered from you has found the brotherly reunion to be everything which you and I dared not imagine, and more ARQUIUSPRITE: Bird Dave and I are getting along famously and STRENGTHENING our familial bonds like a sweet pair of mother ARQUIUSPRITE: I feel our kinship goes beyond geneti% though ARQUIUSPRITE: We are misfits, estranged, he from Dave's alpha timeline, I from Dirk's alpha soul ARQUIUSPRITE: A two man menagerie of sideshow frickups, together at last ARQUIUSPRITE: Fle%ing and flapping ARQUIUSPRITE: Fraternally and eternally DIRK: I don't get it. DIRK: Are you trying to rub this in my face or something? ARQUIUSPRITE: Neigh, braj ARQUIUSPRITE: As your buff mystical guide slash personal trainer I am suggesting that if you were willing to contact me as a matter of last resnort, you might want to at least consider reaching out to him as well DIRK: It sounds like you've already cornered the market on this reunion shit. DIRK: Wouldn't I just be a third wheel? ARQUIUSPRITE: I didn't mean Bird Dave ARQUIUSPRITE: I meant Real Dave DIRK: Oh. DIRK: He's there too? ARQUIUSPRITE: Not with us ARQUIUSPRITE: He is here though, somewhere ARQUIUSPRITE: You should message him DIRK: ... ARQUIUSPRITE: It's not like you don't have a few hours to kill ARQUIUSPRITE: What else are you going to do out there ARQUIUSPRITE: Pick at your pantaloon wedgies? DIRK: I dunno. DIRK: Messaging him out of nowhere sounds like it could be... DIRK: Awkward? ARQUIUSPRITE: Yes, I canter magine it won't be ARQUIUSPRITE: At least at first DIRK: This isn't how I thought it would go. DIRK: What would I even talk about? ARQUIUSPRITE: I advise you to talk about your interests ARQUIUSPRITE: Like dairy ARQUIUSPRITE: Livestock ARQUIUSPRITE: Fine art ARQUIUSPRITE: And muscles DIRK: Those are your interests. ARQUIUSPRITE: Good point ARQUIUSPRITE: I advise you to talk about my interests
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.