JADE: i wish i could tell you JADE: but im still drawing a blank on everything! JADE: i dont even remember what i was doing when i fell asleep JADE: or even JADE: IF im sleeping JADE: er... JADE: how are you supposed to tell if youre a ghost or not? CALLIOPE: ghosts have spooky blank eyes like me. CALLIOPE: bUt only after they remember they died. CALLIOPE: so Until yoU recall what happened, i am afraid neither of Us will know. JADE: darn CALLIOPE: there is one way to be sUre, i sUppose. JADE: what? CALLIOPE: i coUld Use some of my potent anti-sleeping majyyks on yoU to see if yoU wake Up. JADE: anti sleeping magics? JADE: i mean majyyks? CALLIOPE: yes. CALLIOPE: bUt i mUst admit i am relUctant to do so, for selfish reasons. u_u JADE: what reasons? CALLIOPE: if yoU wake Up, yoU will disappear. CALLIOPE: and i will be alone again. JADE: aw JADE: thats ok im in no hurry to go yet JADE: or for that matter, to remember why im here CALLIOPE: no? JADE: i cant put my finger on it JADE: but i have this awful feeling something bad happened JADE: specifically something that happened because of me CALLIOPE: really? JADE: yeah :( JADE: im worried i may have done some things i wouldnt be proud of JADE: that maybe i could have even... JADE: hurt some people CALLIOPE: that is hard to believe. JADE: i hope its just my imagination JADE: in any case i feel like i could use some rest JADE: and you seem very nice JADE: so id rather relax here with you for a while than jump right back into... JADE: whatever craziness is waiting for me out there CALLIOPE: ^u^ JADE: by the way, i didnt catch your name... CALLIOPE: i did not say it. CALLIOPE: Using my fUll name coUld bring Us Unwanted attention. CALLIOPE: instead yoU coUld refer to me by the name of my trollsona. JADE: your trollsona? CALLIOPE: yes. CALLIOPE: it's callie. CALLIOPE: pleased to meet yoU. :u JADE: nice to meet you too callie :) JADE: but JADE: what is a trollsona? CALLIOPE: it is the profile of a fictional troll which i enjoy pretending to be. CALLIOPE: see? CALLIOPE: do yoU like her? JADE: oh JADE: OH! JADE: i get it... you are not really a troll? CALLIOPE: nope. JADE: omg she is so cute JADE: or i should say JADE: YOU are so cute! CALLIOPE: :U JADE: what a good idea JADE: do you think i could make a trollsona too? CALLIOPE: oh, yes! CALLIOPE: that woUld be so lovely. CALLIOPE: can i help? JADE: sure! CALLIOPE: which blood coloUr woUld yoU choose? JADE: the BEST color obviously JADE: which is green, DUH :p CALLIOPE: that's the coloUr of my blood too! JADE: wow really?? JADE: thats perfect JADE: our trollsonas can be like JADE: blood sisters or such JADE: i dont know enough about troll culture to use proper terminology... JADE: but lets just say thats what we are CALLIOPE: agreed. CALLIOPE: blood sisters it is! JADE: what should my horns look like? JADE: oh and for that matter JADE: should i have horns instead of my dog ears, or in addition to them? CALLIOPE: definitely in addition! CALLIOPE: yoUr pointy ears are splendid. JADE: ok JADE: hmm where would they go though... JADE: jeez i think we might need to do some drawings to make her look right CALLIOPE: oh yes, let's!!!
Usually I do the panoramic denizen illustrations myself, but this time I had some help. Someone who goes by the name Rah-Bop drew this lovely and extra-long Echidna shot. Whew that is some good art!!! I continue my unbroken streak of basically being the luckiest dude that so many incredible artists are attracted to the HS brand and willing to contribute. Thanks Rah!
P.S. Toby Fox made those snake noises and as usual I'm not sure how he did that. Maybe he is actually physically capable of making those sounds??
Paradox Space, Book One! This is an extremely attractive collection of comics. One of my main objectives for the Paradox Space project was to start piling up enough great comic content to put into books like these, because books full of comics are very cool. This book covers roughly half of the year's worth of comics. There'll be another one covering the other half eventually. At some point we'll unpause PXS and fire up the comic-making operation again. I've been leaning toward the idea of making the future of PXS more print-centric, and keeping a lot of content reserved for books only. That way, when you get books, it will be more fun to discover what stories are inside. In the meantime though, I hope that you enjoy this one!!!
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.