Weekly Friday posts are still a thing, probably. My 4/13 project is basically done, aside from the video trailer and some finishing touches. I’m super excited to release it to the world!!!!!
In the countdown to 4/13/2019, the tenth anniversary of Homestuck, a mysterious figure known as “vfromhomestuck”, who took part in the Hiveswap Friendsim and probably its most controversial installment, has been posting a lot about Homestuck on Twitter. Normally the words “Homestuck” and “Twitter” will make me rage if seen together, but this case is way different. V isn’t just doing your usual obnoxious shitposts or fantroll memes. She speaks intelligently about Homestuck and Hiveswap and seems to be a bit reserved about discussing its controversial aspects. V recognizes the dislike fans have for parts of the comic and tends to question their reasoning and motives, or how much they really know at all. The strangest part is that nobody knows who V is outside of her involvement in Homestuck and Hiveswap. It feels strange that she is currently taking the reins of hyping Homestuck material, but it’s also a welcome change of pace from getting info out of Hussie’s more shitposty friends (looking at you, James Roach).
For the past two weeks, V has been hyping up something that must be HUGE, which most people assume is the epilogue. She has posted some mysterious and vague lines that give me a strange form of hope I don’t know if I’ve ever felt before. I’ll go over those tweets in chronological order.
March 13: “homestuck”
This is where the timeline begins; the first thing V tweeted (not replying to others) after over two months of silence. Seeing the word “homestuck” (lowercase is important!) makes me groan in numerous contexts, but perhaps the biggest offender is just seeing it on its own. I can’t place why that is and this annoyance probably makes me sound like an idiot.
At this point in time, I was burnt out on seeing Hussie’s friends or whatever tweet about his comic, rather than the big man himself. But soon after, my views on this mysterious V person would flip on their head.
March 29: Curious Cat AMA
About two weeks ago, V did an AMA on Curious Cat which I went over in this post. All the most important stuff has been gone over in this Reddit thread, so no need to rehash it again. Overall, this AMA made me very intrigued by V, especially compared to the others that would sometimes disclose Homestuck info.
April 7: “Are you guys ready for the most important and earth shattering artistic comeback the world has ever known”
My best guess is that this tweet teases something involving Caliborn. What else could it possibly be? Late Homestuck’s art is rather infamous for being “fast and loose”, as the author had warned us; either that, or fanart compiled into flashes and visual montages, which is also a bit polarizing. I can’t read that tweet as just Hussie making good art again like many readers so desperately crave; I am almost certain that it’s in some way related to Caliborn, which would be awesome because he is the best character in Homestuck.
April 10: “It’s almost here”
I can analyze this tweet in just two words. Here goes:
April 10: “clear your whole week”
This tweet strangely made me happy to read. One of my worries about what’s coming 4/13 was that we’d get a massive dump of stuff all at once, instead of more spread out content like Homestuck had always done. With this tweet, we can tell that it’ll likely be spread out content, with probably BIG but not HUGE content on the exact day and the rest spread across a week or more.
The main reason I hope what comes out on 4/13 isn’t too big is because lots of fanworks are planned for that day and I want them to shine just as much as official material does. Many people, I can tell, have planned large-scale projects of their own to release that day; I most certainly have.
Also worth noting: if this content is enough to get readers hyped and invested for a whole week, then that means I might put my blog posts on a hiatus of sorts again. I can easily see myself next week too busy reading and talking about the new material to work on my next Homestuck posts, but we’ll see what happens.
April 11: “I hope you guys have been rereading Homestuck”
This tweet is easily the most enticing so far! Despite my usual refusal to involve myself in Homestuck Twitter, I immediately retweeted the hell out of it.
One of the prime aspects of my philosophy on Homestuck is that you can’t fully experience it unless you’ve reread it over and over. I most certainly have been rereading Homestuck the past several months, in a somewhat anachronic order, so I’m glad to read that tweet. The /r/homestuck community reread helps matters too, by encouraging many to reread the comic leading up to its anniversary.
I interpret the tweet about rereading Homestuck to mean that the new material we’re getting may be a return to form for the comic; a return to crazy plot threads and astounding revelations, just like the first five acts of Homestuck and early Act 6. V seems to be telling us that if you haven’t reread Homestuck recently, you probably won’t fully understand the upcoming material. What crazy stuff could this material call back to or get answers on??? By calling back I don’t mean those forced callbacks that are thrown in for no real reason; rather, real parallels or revisitations of prior scenes that tell us something new through calling back. And don’t even get me started on all the things fans have badly wanted answers on. Basically everything that happened in Act 7, for one. Or what happened after Caliborn’s Masterpiece. Maybe even a broader cosmic justification for the retcon, or perhaps a return of the pre-retcon characters? The possibilities are endless, I’ve barely scratched the surface.
I am experiencing the strangest form of hype imaginable, but I’m going to go try and keep my calm until the clock strikes.