001922 formally introduces John’s calendar, which has been hanging around in the background of panels until now, just begging to be looked at. There are two dates marked on the calendar, John’s birthday, and three days prior, the suposed launch of Sburb beta, which is late arriving (much to john’s annoyance). Here the comic links to the actual beta, which I mentioned earlier, as in the beta of the comic Homestuck, its first few panels…

001917 Introduces yet another sylladex mechanic, in the form of merging sylladex cards. He merges the hammer card, and the nail card, to get hammer and nails (and a free card). Does this come back? Other than with punchcard alchemy? 001919 John nails his shitty poster up. Its for Little Monsters with Howie Mandel. I could be nitpicky here. Why the hell would you nail up a poster instead of taping it? But this is…

001914 Captchalogue cards are full. Prepare for incoming SHENANIGANS, as John tries to captchalogue nails with which to hang the poster. 001915 John takes the nails into his already full sylladex and we are shown more of how it works as a game mechanic. If he fills up all of his ‘sylladex cards’ whatever item is stored in the last card is expelled violently from it, in this case, the fake arms. This feature of…

001911 gives us a nice self referential MSPA merchandise plug. As of 4/16, the link still works. 001912, besides being an obvious example of a reused page (page 001905), also sets up one of Homestuck’s early running gags that is original to itself, rather than being a larger MSPA joke. And that joke is FATHERLY NOTES.  I don’t know exactly how long these persist in the comic but my feeling is they get referenced and…

001909 gives us a taste of more knowledge  of how John Egbert’s sylladex functions, and that’s about it. John captchalogues some smoke pellets for later use, and they shunt the fake arms back a ‘slot’ in his sylladex. In 001910 we get the lovely Hussieism: “You aren’t totally sure if “EQUIP” is a verb copasetic with the abstract behavioral medium in which you dwell, but you give it a try anyway.” To John that sort…

001908 The contents of John’s chest, when he investigates it are, to use a MSPAism “incredibly silly” which is a given at this point in the narrative as at the moment it hasn’t outgrown from mere referential and randomness humor. “Among the ARTIFACTS are: TWO (2) FAKE ARMS [CURRENTLY CAPTCHALOGUED IN YOUR SYLLADEX], ONE (1) PAIR OF TRICK HANDCUFFS, ONE (1) STUNT SWORD, ONE (1) MAGICIAN’S HAT, ONE (1) PAIR OF BEAGLE PUSS GLASSES, SEVERAL…

Paradoxes

HOOBOY. 001907 introduces us to two concepts, captchaloguing and sylladexes. Two funny words that would be the basis of a lot of the humor and antics of the early comic, and then fade out into obscurity and uselessness as the comic went on. Did sylladexes come up even once in act 6? I really doubt it. They were a modus that the comic very much left behind as it evolved. MSPA always used video game…

001906 Introduces us to what one could consider the very first ‘dropped element/dropped plot point’ of Homestuck, and that’s ‘you’ and ‘your’ interaction with the comic. The text reads “>>Remove CAKE from MAGIC CHEST.”“Out of sympathy for John’s perceived lack of arms, you pick up the CAKE for him and put it on his BED.” The page depicts a computer style cursor appearing from nowhere, and moving the cake off of the chest, and on…

001905 ‘Retrieve arms’ is a recurring gag from earlier MSPAs that fans liked to call back to. I can’t really emphasize this enough that at this stage of the game, Hussie was very much in a literal dialogue with his fans where each page was a response to their input. Callbacks and retread jokes come up again and again as much because the readers brought them up as Hussie did. The panel of course refers…

001902 is the same kind of joke that MSPA initially relied on, making fun of dopey fan input. Somebody actually suggested the name Zoosmell Pooplord, and Hussie made a panel rejecting it. This is a joke that I believe gets recycled repeatedly through the comic as callbacks. Its pretty funny, honestly. I feel like a lot of the humor of MSPA was lost when it stopped taking direct fan input. John Egbert’s actual dumb name…

001901: The first page. It’s been altered since its original inception. First of all the date 2009 was added. Other than that I THINK it’s the same. Although who knows? Actually this isn’t technically the first page of homestuck. There was a beta version that exists as a flash experiment. Hussie was originally gonna do the whole thing in goddamn flash. Like a real game hybrid. Then he learned how fucking hard flash is. In…