VRISKA: Anyway, I have no idea what to do now. VRISKA: Her ill-advised power play has ruined everything. MEENAH: well MEENAH: we still have this treasure here MEENAH: why dont we just do the shit without her MEENAH: you could whip up another ghost army MEENAH: march it strait to english and start beatin him down VRISKA: I don't think so. MEENAH: why not VRISKA: If you want to know the truth........ VRISKA: When we were manipul8ting all those ghosts, Aranea was doing most of the work. VRISKA: Her a8ilities are a lot more advanced than mine. I guess 8ecause she's 8een around for so long? VRISKA: I was kind of riding her coattails, making it seem like it was a true colla8oration 8etween us. VRISKA: It was actually very nice of her to allow people to get that impression. She didn't have to. VRISKA: I should have just told every8ody that. I guess I wanted to 8elieve it too. Like we were equal partners in crime. Ancestor and descendant united at last, and working gr8 together. VRISKA: I hope you don't think that makes me a huge phony. MEENAH: why would i give a fish about that VRISKA: Yeah. VRISKA: You're right, you wouldn't. VRISKA: I shouldn't 8e saying needy shit like that. VRISKA: I'm just a 8it depressed, 8ecause it feels like I'm running out of friends all over again. MEENAH: i hear you MEENAH: she ditched me too MEENAH: cant blame her i guess MEENAH: what can i say girl loves her piratesona MEENAH: she wanna be dat pirate chick so bad MEENAH: who am i to fault ambition MEENAH: she cast her lure into the lake of cute but dumbass dreams MEENAH: i think her mindfang ideal is ridic to be lochness with you MEENAH: that journal man MEENAH: tales from the pirate who wont shut up MEENAH: but then MEENAH: im not one to talk about hero worship MEENAH: i think my adult self happens to be the best best greatest most perfect beautiful woman -----EV-----ER an if you axed me if i wanted a crack at her job id be like glub yes put me down for T)(AT MEENAH: so i legit hope it works out for her MEENAH: but yeah MEENAH: that dont mean i didnt get ditched MEENAH: and that just MEENAH: 38( MEENAH: makes me reel sad VRISKA: Same. MEENAH: you sure we cant salvage the plan without her VRISKA: I don't know. VRISKA: Possi8ly? VRISKA: The way I was picturing it, a major feature of the original three pronged approach was to use the army to lead a first wave assault against him. VRISKA: Then while he was preoccupied 8y all those ghosts swamping him, I would go in for the kill with the secret weapon. VRISKA: So without an army, I guess we'd need to get close enough to him to use it 8efore he killed us. MEENAH: like uh MEENAH: sneak up on him? VRISKA: I guess. VRISKA: 8ut I get the feeling Lord English is not the kind of guy you can just sneak up on. MEENAH: kay what if MEENAH: i found some way to teleport over to him MEENAH: and i beat the shit out of him with my wrestling moves MEENAH: then you bust out the weapon VRISKA: Hahahaha. VRISKA: That would 8e awesome, if somewhat implausi8le. VRISKA: I guess we can think it over. VRISKA: 8ut if we're getting real here, this has all made me feel pretty lukewarm on the plan. VRISKA: Aranea checking the fuck out. And me recoiling at her hu8ris, which is o8viously just........ VRISKA: My OWN 8ullshit, getting thrown 8ack in my face? VRISKA: It's a 8it much. VRISKA: You have to 8e a8le to trust your own judgment to make good plans, right? VRISKA: I don't know if I do anymore. VRISKA: I certainly don't right now. VRISKA: Remem8er when our crew started re8elling against me in that cave, and I was kind of lashing out? VRISKA: I think I might have 8een forcing it a little? VRISKA: Like that whole dramatic speech I gave when I jumped into the flaming pit. VRISKA: Was that really a genuine thing, or like, a desper8te last attempt to 8e who I think I should 8e? MEENAH: that was badass though MEENAH: i mean yeah you were chewin the scenery an being hammy as fuck but i thought it was cool and kinda funny VRISKA: It wasn't supposed to 8e funny though!!!!!!!! MEENAH: oh VRISKA: Ah man. VRISKA: I really don't know what to do. VRISKA: I'm too depressed to think proactively a8out any of this. VRISKA: May8e the truth is I don't even care all that much if anyone stops Lord English. VRISKA: I think all I really cared a8out was getting to do it myself. MEENAH: thats a good enough reason if you ask me MEENAH: but hey if you aint feelin it you aint feelin it VRISKA: What if we just........ VRISKA: Gave up on the mission? MEENAH: gave up VRISKA: Yeah. VRISKA: What do you think. MEENAH: um MEENAH: sure VRISKA: Sure? VRISKA: You don't think that would 8e a wussy move? MEENAH: well yeah MEENAH: it would be MEENAH: if a couple of cowards did it MEENAH: but that aint us MEENAH: so we cool to do whatev VRISKA: That's a very good point. MEENAH: nofin wrong with stickin a fork in a shit idea that just makes you miserable MEENAH: hell the best choice i ever made involved givin up MEENAH: one day i said MEENAH: fuck da throne MEENAH: ran off to the moon MEENAH: thats how this whole crazy mess kicked off MEENAH: and if i didnt do that MEENAH: i wouldnt of met you 38) VRISKA: VRISKA: ::::)
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.