Andrew Hussie, the creator of Homestuck, has called upon the webcomic's fans to flood the internet with the latest panel from his weird, trippy story about kids trying to save the universe from an apocalyptic video game.
"Take a god damn selfie of yourself, posing next to page 9828 of MS Paint Adventures dot com," Hussie wrote in a recent post. "Choke the internet with your selfies, or with a horse as my witness, I will delete this fucking website."
Homestuck fans, being nothing if not dedicated to the comic, were more than willing to follow Hussie's directions.
In 2009, Hussie sat down at his computer, fired up Microsoft Paint, and began drawing Homestuck, a story about a group of kids who begin playing a pre-release version of Sburb, a videogame that's actually a harbinger of the apocalypse. The kids are immediately plunged into a high-stakes adventure that's undercut with very intense, absurdist undertones.
In the eight years that Homestuck has been on the internet, it's developed a sprawling fandom with an obsessive love of the comic that, to an outsider, can seem incomprehensible. Though Homestuck's drawn in a simplistic, Microsoft Paint-inspired style, the fandom's been inspired to create beautiful works of art, emotionally (and sexually) charged fan fiction, and robust communities dedicated to picking through the story's more esoteric plot lines.
That engagement, odd as it may seem, is what's keeping Homestuck alive.
Hussie, who's notoriously reluctant to speak directly to the press, ghosted out of an interview with Fusion when asked what inspired the odd call to action. Judging from his post, though, it seems as if it all boils down to wanting to rile the fandom up in a collective roar proving that it's here, it's weird, and we've all just got to get used to it.
"[P]ost your selfies early. Post them often," Hussie wrote. "Post them to save the lives of BILLIONS. But most of all, post them because you really want to, and were PROBABLY going to do it anyway even if I didn't say all this bullshit."