A comic/text-adventure hybrid with a large community.
Homestuck is a popular on-going comic, which is often described as a mixture of both webcomic and text-adventure. It was created by Andrew Hussie, as the fourth series of comic-adventures on his MS Paint Adventures website. Homestruck is often described as a "text-adventure" mainly because fans would send "commands" to the creator on what the character should do next in the next webcomic, much like a "text-adventure". But, as all the commands are from a bunch of NERDS, the comic evolved into a nearly unreadable mess about time-travel, alternate dimensions, and aliens.
TL;DR: As a main story emerges later in Homestuck, it largely follows teenagers playing a reality-altering video game that can end the world.
Homestuck is comprised of four main human characters, all at the age of 13, John Egbert, Dave Strider, Rose Lalonde, and Jade Harley.
12 lesser alien characters known as "Trolls" each at the age of 6 "solar sweeps" (13 Earth years) were introduced at the 5th act of the series.
The Homestuck fanbase was mostly benign and unoffensive. Until the the introduction of the Troll race, of course. The Troll race, in the comic, are very easy to make, very colorful, and "not mainstream". This had lead to an influx of fans to create their own trolls. Since then the fan's original characters (DO NOT STEAL) have been slowly leaking into the usual suspects (deviantART, FurAffinity, SheezyArt, and so forth.) This has caused the fandom to be infected with largely intolerable fanboys and fangirls gushing over pairings, original characters, bad cosplay, and dumb behavior usually centered around buckets.
The prefix "[S]" in the title of a page indicates when a page has sound (typically via a flash video and/or game). The tracks are contributed by various fans, or otherwise commissioned.
As a result of this, there are a total of 12 albums available for purchase from the site's store.
The comic began on April 13th, 2009. However there was a "beta" version of the comic that featured fully vectorized characters entirely animated in flash a few days prior, this idea was scrapped, and linked to what was then described as the "stable release."
The comic is a continuation/pseudo-sequel to Hussie's popular series Problem Sleuth. Initially it worked like a much more traditional forum-adventure comic, wherein users would submit commands to the protagonist through a suggestion box, upon which the author (Hussie) would react to. This format was later used less and less, until it outright stopped in early 2010.
The comic is due to end in 2013, though the fans will probably make sure that it will go on forever. An actual video game is in the works, as well.
- The name "Homestuck" is a refrence to Earthbound, as is the term "Hive-bent" used for a later act.
Justin Bieber was a troll all along.