JOHN: your mom? JOHN: well, yeah. but i know her as your daughter. JOHN: but i mean, who the hell knows at this point? ROXY: i know rite ROXY: the curious case of the mutual moms ROXY: it is ROXY: the biggest mystery? ROXY: u no ROXY: once i even caught wind of some lore that implied i might even be my OWN mom ROXY: (fefeta hinted that @ me once during a long spiel DAMN that girl could talk) ROXY: how messed up would that be tho JOHN: there is probably something to that actually. JOHN: you were all the first batch of babies, after all. JOHN: i think you were literal copies of yourselves? JOHN: that's what it supposedly means to be a paradox clone. ROXY: babies ROXY: wat JOHN: oh. JOHN: i guess i kind of glossed over this stuff in my story. JOHN: but i was the one who made us all in the first place, with a weird cloning machine. ROXY: no fuckin shit??? ROXY: *is impressed* JOHN: it was no big deal though. i was just messing around with a control panel, and some babies appeared. ROXY: so we already met huh ROXY: and i dont even remember because i was just some idiot bb ROXY: that aint fair! JOHN: come to think of it, we met one other time too. JOHN: but you were asleep. ROXY: ?? JOHN: you were floating around in purple pajamas, and i pushed you out of the way of a flying fork. JOHN: i almost forgot about that. but yep, that was you alright. ROXY: you shoulda woke me up then JOHN: i might have, but the fork stabbed me in the chest, and dream killed my sleep ghost. or something. JOHN: you know how it is with dream logic. ROXY: u mean how it makes lil 2 no sense ever JOHN: yes, exactly. JOHN: i guess i didn't think much about it at the time, but i had a sneaky suspicion that's who you were. JOHN: you really look a lot like rose. JOHN: she is looking for you, by the way. ROXY: yeah????? JOHN: she told me to go find you. and i did. JOHN: so, she says hi. ROXY: o man ROXY: what else did she say JOHN: uh. JOHN: she said... JOHN: she's looking forward to meeting you? ROXY: awwwwww ROXY: well if u see her again before i do tell her i cant wait to meet her too ROXY: though tbh im kinda nervous about it but dont tell her that part haha JOHN: sure! JOHN: there's nothing to be nervous about though. JOHN: she's just a nice nerd who likes to read and knit. ROXY: i shouldnt be surprised to hear that ROXY: me and all my friends are a bunch of silly nerds too ROXY: even dirk who thinks hes 2 cool 4 school ROXY: when in reality he is nowhere close to clearing the coolness threshold which exempts one from attending an educational institution :p JOHN: speaking of which... JOHN: i've been wondering where he is? JOHN: i know jade's grandpa is in jail too, getting badgered by my evil nanna... ROXY: u mean jake n jane JOHN: yes, sorry. JOHN: but i have not seen hide nor hair of dave's bro yet. ROXY: i figured he got thrown in jail too ROXY: although come to think of it i probly would have heard a bloody ruckus by now resulting from his inevitable escape attempt JOHN: hmm. ROXY: im not that worried about him though hes good at takin care of himself ROXY: in fact i feel like all of us will be ok now that you guys are here ROXY: but ROXY: there is still one of my friends im worried about the most JOHN: who? ROXY: shes my best friend ROXY: well ok ROXY: i got a few best friends u know? JOHN: yes. ROXY: but she was always kind of a special best friend ROXY: and last time i saw her she was in big trouble JOHN: oh no. JOHN: where is she? ROXY: in the afterlife ROXY: being dead JOHN: ... ROXY: her bro killed her ROXY: which is bad enough ROXY: but now hes out there ROXY: hunting for her ghost ROXY: shes doing her best to hide ROXY: but her bro is an awful and relentless piece of shit and im afraid ROXY: im afraid she might be already gone :( JOHN: you're right, that is very concerning. JOHN: who is she? would i know of her? ROXY: dunno ROXY: how in the loop are you on cherubs? JOHN: oh! JOHN: surprisingly, i know a LOT about that subject. JOHN: for instance, did you know they turn into gigantic snakes when they have sex? ROXY: :O ROXY: :O ROXY: :O JOHN: i know. weird, right? JOHN: that's probably not very relevant to the topic at hand, though. ROXY: yeah prob not ROXY: anyway u know about lord english right JOHN: uh huh. ROXY: ok well ROXY: shes his sister ROXY: her name is calliope JOHN: ohhh. JOHN: ok, this is starting to make sense. ROXY: yep ROXY: shes supposed to be critical to defeatin him somehow ROXY: shes going on some quest out there to find a deadlier version of herself or whatever ROXY: i dunno that could be all be true... ROXY: and maybe its selfish of me but all i rly care about now is if shes ok?? JOHN: i understand. she is your friend. JOHN: i would feel the same way. ROXY: :) JOHN: wait a minute... JOHN: i've got it! ROXY: got what JOHN: i have such a good idea that would solve your problem. ROXY: ???? JOHN: all you have to do is bring her back to life!
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.