Homestuck, Book 1: Act 1 & Act 2
Book 1: Act 1 & Act 2
A young man stands in his bedroom. It just so happens that he’s about to embark on an adventure involving birthday cakes, magic chests, hammers, arms (detachable and otherwise), harlequins, imps, eccentric architecture, movable home furnishings, bunnies, and a video game that will destroy the world.
This massive volume launches the collection of a geek-subculture webcomic phenomenon with a huge and passionate fan base. The sprawling, impossibly convoluted plot follows several groups of characters but initially four net-addicted teenagers in their efforts to master a video game that alters reality and takes them to a bewildering array of planets, timelines, and planes of existence. For the uninitiated, it's likely incomprehensible. But those who get it will revel in the endless absurd tangents, side conversations, and running inside jokes. The art is deliberately simple, pasting pixelated characters into kludged-together backgrounds to create the retro look of an eight-bit video game. The book can't include the online version's animation and interactive elements, but each page includes its original URL. Hussie provides copious footnotes, discussing his influences (games like The Sims and Earthbound), his drawing and coding techniques, and what the heck is supposed to be going on ("The punch disignix required some purple grist, which meant you couldn't deploy it until you killed an imp, meaning..."). This is a sterling opportunity for curious readers to dive deep into one very weird world. (Apr.)
Great Comic, Horrible Formatting
I bought this ebook because I’m a huge fan of the original version, only to be sorely dissatisfied with how poorly formatted it is. I was so excited to find out that Homestuck was finally going to have an ebook, but this is not what I expected. This was clearly not designed with iPhones in mind. The text is painfully tiny, and trying to read it in landscape mode doesn’t help at all because this book is set up in PDF format
Seriously, don’t download this is you don’t have an iPad. You’re better off either reading it directly from the website itself or buying the print version of the book. The e-book will only give you eye strain and headache
I’ve just started reading Homestuck and it’s one of the most amazing comics I’ve read, so seeing it as a book makes me more excited.