WAIT. WHY DID THAT PLANET GIVE ME TWO ELVES. You're calling them elves now? YES. But they're leprechauns! Or gnomes, according to some baloneyscholars. THEY CAN NOW BE ADDITIONALLY REFERRED TO AS ELVES. I HAVE DECIDED. Whatever. WHY ARE THERE TWO. Because of the two for one deal. You sunk the 7th planet on the break. So when you destroyed the 6th planet, you unlocked both the 6th and 7th elf. Now you're on the 8th planet. This one doesn't give you an elf. IT DOESN'T. No. WHAT ABOUT A GNOME. No. WHAT ABOUT A LEPRECHAUN. No. You get nothing. WHY NOT. Because you're supposed to skip this one and destroy it last. You're just wasting time hanging around here. The clock is ticking. ALRIGHT. BUT FIRST. I WANT TO GET THEIR POWERS STRAIGHT. AM I CORRECT IN ASSUMING. THEIR POWERS KEEP GETTING MORE USELESS? Yes. JUST AS I SUSPECTED. I DON'T EVEN CARE ANYMORE. I JUST WANT TO KNOW. SO ORANGE HAT. WE HAVE ESTABLISHED. JUST WALKS AHEAD OF ME ALL THE TIME. NO MATTER HOW FAR OFF HE WANDERS. AND GETS LOST. I ALWAYS SEEM TO CATCH UP WITH HIM. Yes. AND GREEN HAT. HE JUST HAS A DOLL. WITH PINS IN IT. Yes. WHAT'S UP WITH THAT. He has a doll with pins in it. AND?? Every time you get a new elf, he'll take another pin out. That's all I will tell you. OK. GOT IT. IT'S POINTLESS. MOVING ON. MAROON HAT. I CAN'T TELL WHAT HIS POWER IS. WHAT IS HIS POWER. He doesn't have a power. ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME. No. THAT'S A NEW LOW. EVEN FOR THESE SHIT HEADS. But maroon hat is pretty smart! You can use him as a higher ranking henchman or something. BEING SMART ISN'T A POWER. PLUS. I DOUBT IT. HOW SMART CAN ONE OF THESE IMBECILES BE. You should talk to him and find out. NO. Come on. Just a little friendly chat. FINE. I WILL HAVE A WORD WITH HIM. VERY BRIEFLY. Ok. ... Hey. Are you still talking to him? Wow, you guys are really going at it there. What the fuck could you be talking about for so long? This is getting ridiculous. The timer on the next cueball bomb is ticking away. OK. I'M BACK. And? MAROON HAT IS HIGHLY INTELLIGENT AND PERSONABLE. I HAVE DECIDED HE IS MY FAVORITE GUY SO FAR. See? I told you. I WILL GIVE HIM SOME IMPORTANT RESPONSIBILITIES LATER. BUT I HAVE NOT DECIDED WHAT. Maybe he can hold on to something important for you. GOOD IDEA. LIKE WHAT? OH, I KNOW. MY CALTOP. No not the caltop. That's dumb. MY GUN? No. OH! MY CANDY. No you idiot! FUCK YOU. IF YOU HAVE AN IDEA. THEN JUST TELL ME WHAT IT IS. PUZZLEMAN. Look at the color of his hat. What else do you have that's that color? UHH. Also, what object can you think of that's kinda shaped like a 7? HMM. OH!!! OHHHHHHHHHHH. OF COURSE. A BOOMERANG! Ok, I give up. I WILL MAKE A MENTAL NOTE TO SECURE A BOOMERANG IN THE FUTURE. YES. IT MAKES SO MUCH SENSE. TO BE A BOOMERANG. THEMATICALLY. BECAUSE IT ALWAYS COMES BACK AROUND. IN ONE BIG CIRCLE. LIKE ALL THE TIME SHIT. I'M SUPPOSED TO BE ABOUT! ... OK. LAST QUESTION. WHY IS PURPLE HAT. CONSTANTLY DANCING IN MY PRESENCE? Yeah. I guess in retrospect, purple hat has always been pretty flirtatious, hasn't he? WHAT?! Maybe you should try to be open minded though. Have you ever considered a relationship with someone? Maybe you will discover you have never truly experienced joy until you have been in with a dancing elf.
-- Caliborn has spiked his caltop on the ground in disgust. --
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.