001978 “Play 52 Card Pickup”. The only reason I’m even including this page is because its arguably the first to introduce the persistent theme of cards and card games. 001980 John leaves the house. So much for HOMESTUCK huh???????? 001981 John checks the mail. Its empty. We already knew it was empty. Why are we even checking the mail? Reader input, that’s why. 001982 The Song that Desolation Plays. This page is fucking iconic of Homestuck.…

001975 John obtains a new captchalogue card. Likely a remnant from when captchaloguing and the sylladex would have actually been a relevant mechanic through the whole comic. 001976 Of course he captchalogues the card because WACKY SHENANIGANS. 001977 is the first instance of music in the comic. This is actually incredibly important. Music came to be one of the defining characteristics of Homestuck and honestly I have to say its one of the few elements…

001966-70 are a lot of panels of mucking about that don’t amount to much. The only thing of note here is that John opens Colonel Sassacre’s monstrous manuscript, which is pretty much just a mishmash of vaguely amusing ‘old timey’ lingo with a dash of racism tucked in there as well. (For extra credit, google “octoroon”.) 001971 finally has John entering his father’s study, which is currently empty. 001972 alerts of of two important things. 1. John…

001965 is a fateful panel. Without it, so many things in the future of the comic just wouldn’t have happened, or would have happened very differently. I wonder if the person who made this command ever thinks about how much it shaped the narrative to come? What happens here is John attaches the fake arms to the previously armless Harlequin. A perfectly harmless and amusing jape, if not for the fact that this is what…

001957 John captchalogues the ashes to clean them up. Its pretty messy but it gets the job done. Overall I think this sort of brings home how pointless and inefficient captchaloguing really is. 001961 John has gone to fetch his fake arms, and now we get an alternate view of John’s room. It doesn’t really reveal anything special but it does give us a nice view of some more of his terrible movie posters. 001963…

(That’s right nook sniffers, I’m back, after a five month hiatus to brain some more Homestuck at you. I haven’t reread my notes so if I repeat stuff that’s TOO BAD.) 001955 contains another one of what will be one of the increasingly familiar devices of the narrative, FATHERLY NOTES. They actually go somewhere, sort of, though their arc doesn’t last til the end of the narrative. John’s dad just loves and supports him SO…