Teen Beat

Stuck on Homestuck: How Andrew Hussie Turned a Tumblr Craze Into a Teenage Empire

Homestucks in their element. (Photo: flickr.com/john-spade)

Once you notice them, they’re everywhere: teens dressed in black T-shirts emblazoned with neon zodiac symbols. When they gather together, they’re an unnerving sight, with their gray full-body paint and orange horns, and a faintly evangelical gleam in their eyes.

What’s instigating all this? An obtuse, weirdly drawn little web comic called Homestuck, which follows four adolescents who begin playing a videogame called Sburb, only to discover that it has world-altering implications.

Created by a Western Massachusetts comic artist named Andrew Hussie, Homestuck is as dense as Community, as mythos-laden as Lost and as addictive as FarmVille. The “Homestucks” are so devoted that some 20,000 of them have raised over $2.1 million on Kickstarter, in order to fund a video game based on the comic. Although Mr. Hussie has left details of his plans vague, the campaign zipped past its $700,000 fund-raising goal in just two days. The meter continues to tick upward, as Mr. Hussie continues adding new rewards for stragglers who might consider donating. Read More

Explainers

A Noob’s Guide to Homestuck, the Favorite Webcomic of Internetty Teens Everywhere

(Photo: Know Your Meme)

If you spend a lot of time on the Internet, or have recently been or befriended a teenager, you may have heard of a webcomic named Homestuck. The comic’s illustrator recently began a wildly successful Kickstarter campaign to create an adventure game based on Homestuck. To date, it’s raised almost a million dollars. For an adventure game! Yeah, it’s safe to say people are really into this thing. So what’s the deal? Read More