New post series! (Cookie Fonster Dissects Homestuck Introduction)

One day, I decided to start a blog post series in which I critique the popular story webcomic Homestuck as I read all the way through it for the third time. By critique, I meant that I would mostly review and discuss the stuff in it, but not really negatively, since I’m a pretty big fan of Homestuck. However, as I progressed through my re-read, the posts grew to be in-depth commentary on the comic, to the point where I wish I posted that way the entire time. You can start reading from the beginning, but my early posts kind of don’t have all that much substance; my current posting style started at post 28, the beginning of Act 5 Act 2, which may be a good starting point (see links below). I am currently in the process of fixing this problem by rewriting my first 27 posts. The post series is meant for people who have read Homestuck in its entirety, because the posts will contain spoilers for stuff that happens later.

Before we begin, I’d like to give a shout-out to this blog known only as “Let’s Re-Read Homestuck”, the blog that inspired this post series. It’s a very well-written unfinished Homestuck reread blog that you should check out if you like my posts. Also check out Fletcher Wortmann’s It’s Hard and Nobody Understands, another excellent unfinished Homestuck commentary document that helped inspire this as I went along.

Note about the post series’ title: first it was called Cookie Fonster Critiques Homestuck. Then, when I started Act 5 Act 2 and revamped my posting style, it became Cookie Fonster’s Homestuck Commentary. At post 80, when I got out of a hiatus of a year and ten months, I renamed again to Cookie Fonster Dissects Homestuck, something I had wanted to do for quite a while. Once I reach the really controversial parts of the comic, I’ll probably rename to a post title that indicates somewhat more frustration with the direction the comic goes.

For some details (mostly for archival’s sake): the first time I read Homestuck, I skimmed through almost everything and thus didn’t have much of a reaction to a lot of stuff. Later, when I read the comic a second time, I actually read through most stuff but definitely didn’t catch every detail. Before starting this post series, I frequently reread small portions of it since, not to mention reading the updates as they were posted.

I originally thought of not starting this project until the end of Homestuck, which as of this writing has only partially happened. When I started the post series, the comic was pretty nearly finished and on hiatus, believed to end in 2016. But since I’m not that patient of a guy, I figured, why not start now during the pause?

Originally I decided to make a post on this blog every Wednesday morning and Saturday evening (Eastern Time Zone). OK, this isn’t exactly true; at first I wanted the post series to be weekly, but I immediately found that to be too slow of a posting rate. In each post I go over some portion of the comic—originally, it was generally around 100 pages each post, sometimes fewer, sometimes more. Later, as my post series evolved, the average amount of pages covered per post changed to 50. The post schedule now tends to vary a bit but currently, on average new posts come out every 10 days or so refer to my latest blog announcement for the current posting schedule.

List of posts:

Mini-posts (read first): Mini-Post 1Mini-Post 2Mini-Post 3Mini-Post 4 (about Act 6 Act 1, you don’t have to read that one first)

Section 1 – Cookie Fonster Critiques Homestuck

Rewritten posts: (recommended, WIP)

Act 1: Part 1 / Part 2 / Part 3 -> skipped to the intermission
Act 2: Part 4 / Part 5 / Part 6 / Part 7 / Part 8
Act 3: Part 9 / Part 10 / Part 11 / Part 12.1 / Part 12.2 -> will do [I] recap post, then Act 4 Intermission: Part 13 / Part 14 -> back to Act 2
Act 4: Part 15 / Part 16 / Part 17 / Part 18 / Part 19 / Part 20
Act 5 Act 1: Part 21 / Part 22 / Part 23 / Part 24 / Part 25 / Part 26 / Part 27

Original posts: (for archival’s sake)

Act 1: Part 1 / Part 2 / Part 3
Act 2: Part 4 / Part 5 / Part 6 / Part 7 / Part 8
Act 3: Part 9 / Part 10 / Part 11 / Part 12
Intermission: Part 13 / Part 14
Act 4: Part 15 / Part 16 / Part 17 / Part 18 / Part 19 / Part 20
Act 5 Act 1: Part 21 / Part 22 / Part 23 / Part 24 / Part 25 / Part 26 / Part 27

Section 2 – Cookie Fonster’s Homestuck Commentary

Act 5 Act 2:
Before [S] Jade: Enter: Part 28 / Part 29 / Part 30 / Part 31 / Part 32 / Part 33 
[S] Jade: Enter to [S] Wake: Part 34 / Part 35 / Part 36 / Part 37 / Part 38 / Part 39 / Part 40 (Recap 3) / Part 41 
Murderstuck and whatnot: Part 42 / Part 43 / Part 44 / Part 45 / Part 46 / Part 47 / Part 48 / Part 49 / Part 50 / Part 51 / Part 52
Doc Scratch intermission: Part 53 / Part 54 / Part 55 / Part 56 / Part 57 / Part 58 
Finale (plus Intermission 2): Part 59
–––––––––––
Act 6 Act 1: Part 60 / Part 61 / Part 62 / Part 63
Act 6 Intermission 1: Part 64 / Part 65
Act 6 Act 2: Part 66 / Part 67 / Part 68 / Part 69 / Part 70 / Part 71
Act 6 Intermission 2: Part 72 / Part 73 / Part 74
Act 6 Act 3: Part 75 / Part 76 / Part 77 / Part 78 / Part 79

[hiatus of almost two years]

Section 3 – Cookie Fonster Dissects Homestuck

Act 6 Act 3 (cont’d): Part 80 / Part 81 / Part 82 / Part 83 / Part 84 / Part 85
Act 6 Intermission 3: Part 86 / Part 87 / Part 88 / Part 89 / Part 90 / Part 91
Act 6 Act 4 + Intermission 4: Part 92
Act 6 Act 5: Part 93 / Part 94 / Part 95 / Part 96 / Part 97 / Part 98
Act 6 Intermission 5: Part 99 / Part 100 / Part 101 / Part 102 / Part 103
Act 6 Act 6 Act 1: Part 104
Act 6 Act 6 Int. 1: Part 105 / Part 106 / Part 107 / Part 108 / Part 109
Act 6 Act 6 Act 2: Part 110
Act 6 Act 6 Int. 2: Part 111 / Part 112 / Part 113 / Part 114

Section 4 – ???

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