Essay Mod wrote:
And Andrew Hussie puts in LGBT characters because tumblrbux.
Oh, most definitely. I think we are pretty much in the same camp on why Homestuck went off the rails, but I go a step further and take issue with all the sexual crap he did beyond what people even consider normal for the LGBT crowd.
EDIT: Also, while you're here, am I wrong for thinking he changed the rules on how sprites worked in Act 6? I really don't remember them being able to just endlessly absorb everything like that.
He kind of veers between mockery and pandering, I'd say. Like, the leprechaun shit was obviously a joke.
The sprites aren't "technically" changed, since things getting prototyped by accident happened as early as Act 1, but it sure seemed to get a lot easier suddenly. Like Art Major said, John touched a sprite harmlessly early on. But normally when Hussie made a change to the rules, there was at least a handwave (like how Jade's dreamself works differently from all the others, eventually handwaved as "Vriska did it", which doesn't really make much sense but it's something).
Also, he is venturing out of his comfort zone and trying his new webcomic Alice Grove. While there are problems, at least he is trying something different and I hope for the best for him.
Yeah, I never cared too much for anything Jeph makes, but he's making some effort to mix it up, both with Alice Grove and QC going from "Why does no one care about all the robots" into sci-fi (which helped it get out of the "like Octopus Pie, but bad" box I'd put it in). Once I started writing comics myself, I gained a lot more sympathy for Jacques.
A good example is the moment where he defined the kids as aracial, but then decided to change the comic when early bits didn't fit.
That was a total clusterfuck of bad PR, which is a recurring issue with Hussie (try his new game, Hiveswap, which may or may not come out this week who knows). I don't think anyone with any opinion on anything thought that was a good move. Jacques wouldn't have tried to pull something like that; even Willis wouldn't. And he didn't just change it, he replaced "white" with garbage characters, like he was trying to make a joke of it and it just annoyed everyone.
Act 5 Act 2 contains a lot of character development and results in an ending that lived up to the hype
Honestly, [S] Cascade is simply a better ending to Homestuck than the one we actually got. Act 6 resolved exactly zero of the plot threads that weren't answered by Cascade, and introduced a shitload of new
dangling threads. (Cascade is also significantly longer than Act 7, while also being a lot more visually dense with information).
The idea of the Guardians being the heroes in the new timeline seemed neat, but it's the single decision from which Homestuck's collapse springs. The shipping may have been uninteresting half-assed fandom pandering, but what the hell else were they going to do?
Given that he makes it up as he goes along, I think Hussie got as far as starting to write Act 6 before realizing that the Alpha kids slowly uncovering mysteries that were new to them but that the audience already knew would be boring, and either panicked or stopped giving a shit (Act 6 is also when Homestuck's famous 5-a-day schedule became multiple months-long hiatuses). Act 6 should've been like Act 5 Act 1, a highly abbreviated game that established characters and skipped over parts the audience already knew would happen. Two months of getting to know the new team, then the old kids show up and we're done by 4/13/12 check out my kickstarter for a game, and here's Paradox Space a comic about all this random lore stuff that I totally didn't jam into the main comic because that'd take years and kill all the placing lol.
Paradox Space 100% should have been where all the Dancestors were introduced, and then it could've been hype material for Hiveswap. Instead it's a bunch of random mostly bad Nickelodian Magazine-style comics and also comics by Zack Morrison, who seemed to be the only name artist hired who made any effort to understand the characters and make something good instead of just taking a rejected Gunshow strip idea and drawing Homestuck characters in it. You're a hack, KC Green!