Saturday I picked up my reading of Homestuck again. I put it back down again about twelve hours later. It’d been long enough since the last time that I read it, that I basically had to start over again from the beginning to figure out what was going on. I picked up my reading again on Sunday. I’m about four thousand pages in to it.

I’m not really going to talk about the comic though, if you want to know more you’re more than welcome to peruse the TVtropes page, the way I did, or ask a friend who’s read it. Homestuck is one of those things that you might have to either find on your own, or know somebody who has already been there to bring you into the fold.

I kind of got it both ways.

Homestuck is a story told across a variety of different media, which I think partly accounts for its transcendent popularity. It has the comic proper, but also the “Chat” correspondence between the characters throughout the events of the comic. There are also short animated images, and longer flash films. There’s also the music.

There are spin-off stories (if you can call them that), and mysterious connections to other stories that may or may not occur in the same continuity (they do). There are also some flash games, which add to the experience. It is a work of true multimedia fiction, and it uses its mediums in different ways to tell different parts of the story.

The comic is also told similarly to a piece of interactive fiction, which it technically is, but in a slightly unconventional way. Homestuck is interactive in a manner similar to an Alternate Reality Game, where you learn more about the story by delving deeper and consuming more of its media. Look no further than Sweet Bro and Hella Jeff.

It’s like an Alternate Reality Game where The Dev Team Thinks of Everything. Actually, I might have just described the plot, minus the Eldritch Abominations.