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Reasons To Read Homestuck

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So, I really, really, really love Homestuck. (Which, if you have never heard of it, is a currently-running webcomic by Andrew Hussie, hosted at mspaintadventures.com. Go! The first page is the first panel! Enjoy!) It has brought hours of joy to my life. As I recently told c'est_what, “People only wish the things they invested their time in were this cool.”

Yes. It is that cool. I know. You are already convinced.

The thing is, Homestuck, in addition to being really, really great, is notoriously difficult to describe. There are too many great things about it! Too many characters! Too many plot twists! Too many motherfucking universes. I tried to write about five different versions of a fandom safari for slashreport, but I failed out each time, because I couldn’t get it to fit to vaguely one minute. Perhaps someone stronger than myself will manage it. I decided, really, what I wanted was slashreport to let me give a short but engaging lecture-discussion on Homestuck, but that’s never going to happen (thank god). It did mean I spent a lot of braintime trying to figure out how to explain it.

This primer is partly the result of that. The other part is that I think you should read the goddamn comic because it is motherfucking excellent and you won’t regret it.

I’m going to break up this persuasion primer into six different reasons to read Homestuck, and each of them will be a different chapter. I do this because a. I like lists, and b. it serves for shorter, actually readable posts. Get ready.

  1. The Plot
  2. The Format
  3. The Characters
  4. The Laughs
  5. The Art
  6. The Fandom