Dia joins Kate to discuss troll biology, canon and headcanons. Topics include trolls just being bug furries, comprehensive theories of troll chromosomes and jadeblood roles, unexpected silk, forbidden Vast Error lore, rainbow drinkers, Bronwurd (THEY WERE PITCH, Y’ALL), and Mindfang’s armpit vortex.
Writer Aysha U. Farah and Kate discuss Karkat’s story, character, and relationships. Topics include Eridan, anger, breaking out of societal bounds, what the Blood aspect means, Eridan again(??), and leprechaun romance.
Kate and Paige summarize the events and controversy surrounding the Skaianet Systems website launch. Discussion includes why the content was unacceptable, the posted apology, and laying out how to repair community trust moving forward.
Noted Homestuck literary analyst optimisticDuelist joins Kate for a discussion of the spirituality and foundational metaphors of Homestuck, including reactions to Andrew Hussie’s interview with the Washington Post and further details of post-canon content.
Xtine returns to the podcast for the long-awaited Vriska episode. Topics include luck, societal conditioning, depression, Tavros (oh no), Vriska’s alternate self as an expression of self-loathing, John and Vriska as foils, and Vriska and Terezi’s love story.
James Roach, Music and Sound Effects Lead for Hiveswap and composer for Hiveswap, the Friendsims and Homestuck, joins the podcast for a discussion of music in the work and what it’s like being part of the team. Topics include how to paint a portrait of Alternia in sound, Vriscourse, pronouncing Aradia, the future of Hiveswap, clownf**king, and advice for creative careers.
Zich joins the podcast for a discussion on the Homestuck fandom’s origins, highs and lows, and legacy moving forward. Further topics include transformational fan works, the groundbreaking nature of Homestuck’s format, more on “cringe culture,” and Galekh twink discourse.
Becca joins the podcast for a discussion on Calliope. Topics include epilogue and Hiveswap speculation, Callie as a respectful portrayal of fandom, cherub gender, Homestuck as a superhero story, the Ring of Life, what it means to be a muse, and lime blood.