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July 9, 2014 8:13 PM   Subscribe

"Homestar Runner" creator says he's bringing his internet cartoon back soon
posted by DoctorFedora (51 comments total) 21 users marked this as a favorite

The Cheat is not dead? No, the Cheat is Not Dead!
posted by muddgirl at 8:21 PM on July 9 [10 favorites]

I used to know someone who would be very excited by this.
posted by Pogo_Fuzzybutt at 8:26 PM on July 9 [6 favorites]

Dear Strongbad, how do you use the tablet with boxing gloves on?
posted by stevis23 at 8:26 PM on July 9 [8 favorites]

Money on the table Chapses!
posted by 1adam12 at 8:32 PM on July 9

I would for sure be very excited if there were actual new cartoons, but just "we will probably make something again sometime" is not enough to really get my enthusiasm roiling.
posted by aubilenon at 8:52 PM on July 9 [1 favorite]

I wondered if they were surprised by the reaction they received for the April Fool's Day cartoon.

I have a plush The Cheat in my closet that used to routinely scare the crap out of me when I'd accidentally bump into him and he'd start chattering away. The battery finally died, I think, but I'm so glad The Cheat is not dead.
posted by fifteen schnitzengruben is my limit at 9:01 PM on July 9 [2 favorites]

So Strong Bad would have a tablet now, right? A Tappy? An iTap? A Tapoid?
posted by droplet at 9:06 PM on July 9 [1 favorite]

I look forward to watching the Kickstarter video.
posted by furtive at 9:07 PM on July 9 [1 favorite]

I am inordinately happy about this.
posted by Rock Steady at 9:18 PM on July 9 [1 favorite]

Strong Bad would definitely not be using a tablet. I'm thinking Palm Pilot or Newton instead.
posted by zsazsa at 9:48 PM on July 9 [8 favorites]

yeah, Newton sounds about right
posted by DoctorFedora at 10:01 PM on July 9 [1 favorite]

Sure, sure! And I hear Achewood's going to start updating again soon, too!
posted by jsnlxndrlv at 10:09 PM on July 9 [6 favorites]

Newton's too old. Strong Bad is going to be using a Windows XP lappy and posting to a Livejournal.
posted by mightygodking at 10:09 PM on July 9 [1 favorite]

Nah, lj is Strong Sad's thing, not Strong Bad's.
posted by aubilenon at 10:12 PM on July 9 [1 favorite]

I would do literally anything to see more Teen Girl Squad episodes produced. Maybe I'm easily amused (maybe? Just maybe??), but that's the single most brilliant series of non sequitur popular culture skewerfest I have ever watched. like cloth? FULL BARS!

IT'S NOT OVER! I hope.
posted by ostranenie at 10:20 PM on July 9 [8 favorites]

Wave of babies!
posted by Lyn Never at 10:30 PM on July 9 [4 favorites]

Strong Bad would definitely not be using a tablet. I'm thinking Palm Pilot or Newton instead.

I was just thinking he'd have a Palm Pilot. That would be haunted by Bad Graphics Ghost, of course.
posted by JHarris at 10:43 PM on July 9

Anyway, any Homestar Runner is better than none. I'd be perfectly happy with a slower update schedule, especially since the Chaps are working on Real Life TV Programs (Yo! Gabba Gabba and Aquabats) now.
posted by JHarris at 10:44 PM on July 9 [1 favorite]

Everything is fine. Nothing is ruined.
posted by yellowbinder at 10:47 PM on July 9 [4 favorites]

Everybody! Everybody!
posted by PenDevil at 2:34 AM on July 10 [1 favorite]

How do you type on a touchscreen keyboard with boxing gloves on your hands?
posted by ignignokt at 3:58 AM on July 10 [1 favorite]

So Strong Bad would have a tablet now, right? A Tappy? An iTap? A Tapoid?

My money's on a Blackberry.
posted by the painkiller at 4:03 AM on July 10 [2 favorites]

Sweet cuppin' cakes!
posted by EndsOfInvention at 4:46 AM on July 10

If we get new videos, they will come IN THE NIIIIIIIIIIIIGHT
posted by Halloween Jack at 5:06 AM on July 10 [4 favorites]

Though I adore the Homestar universe, and though my first reaction is to celebrate with a pizza, or trophy, or pizza trophy, I wouldn't mind if they decided to wrap up Homestar Runner for good. They had such a good run, and if the Brothers Chaps no longer have the time or the desire to go back to regular updates or any updates at all, I'm okay with that. All good things either end or slowly lose what made them good, and although I believe there's potential for plenty more brilliant Homestar cartoons, I tend to be skeptical of attempts to revive long-dormant series.

don't look now, I'm just a friendly remiiiinderrrr
posted by Metroid Baby at 5:08 AM on July 10 [1 favorite]

Back in grad school the senior grads and I started referring to two younger students and two techs as "Teen Girl Squad", because there were four of them, they hung out together all the time, and the generation gap between us was noticeable.

It worked fine right up until the day they realized we called them that, and the cleverest of the bunch stared at me and said "so... Which one of us is 'the ugly one'?"

(I told her that we didn't have an ugly one - she, being from South America, was simply 'the foreign one' instead. Sometime last year I got a photo in my email. It was a picture of all four of them together at a conference, and was titled "Teen Girl Squad Reunion" ... )
posted by caution live frogs at 5:18 AM on July 10 [14 favorites]

I'd pay to have the old shows converted from Flash to HTML5
posted by furtive at 5:48 AM on July 10 [3 favorites]

Given SB's propensity for adopting outdated technology, I think it's obvious that he'd get a microscopically tiny, borderline-unusable netbook next. He won't move on to a tablet until we're all using holographic neural interfaces.
posted by Strange Interlude at 5:49 AM on July 10 [2 favorites]

Teen Girl Squad references STILL a thing in our house. TSG forever!
posted by at 5:54 AM on July 10 [2 favorites]

The Valentimes Episode is a yearly must-watch in my house.

I hope they make more 4 Gregs cartoons.
posted by Dr-Baa at 6:36 AM on July 10

My daughter (who submitted this SB email, which I link to every time the topic comes up, because I'm a mom) still has a TGS bumper sticker on her bedroom door. She is very excited.
posted by Sweetie Darling at 7:08 AM on July 10 [4 favorites]

I still sing Fhqwhgads (everybody to the limit) all the time because it is one of the shining accomplishments of our species. That and lightswitch raves.

the system is down
the system is down

posted by winna at 7:51 AM on July 10 [3 favorites]

My "Crazy Go Nuts University" t-shirt is in regular rotation on weekends. My kids, ever confused by the CGNU mascot of the Dumple, always ask me what it is.

This triggers the CGNU fight song in my head.

And Sometimes striving,
Wondering what the Dumple is..."

They prefer to call it a ravioli in a hat. Which is also true.
posted by Harvey Jerkwater at 8:12 AM on July 10 [1 favorite]

So Strong Bad would have a tablet now, right? A Tappy? An iTap? A Tapoid?

How would Strong Bad use a tablet with those boxing gloves?

Hey, waiiiiit a minute... ಠ╭╮ಠ
posted by Drexen at 9:13 AM on July 10

It still happens to this day, but like some sort of Godwin's law for my friends:

As my friends hang out, the odds of the Homestarrunner rave scene being acted out approaches 1.

Typically, someone makes rave sounds. Then someone starts in with "the system has failed" then someone starts flipping the light switch, then more dubstep sounds. Then someone imitates the cheat.

It's like magic.
posted by Twain Device at 9:32 AM on July 10 [2 favorites]

Anyone else notice that, on the typical Men in Blazer video, when they do the "Paul Carr Blows Your Mind" chant, it's the same rhythm and tempo as "Come on, Fhqwhgads?"

posted by grubi at 9:50 AM on July 10

*sigh* It just won't be the same because it's not wrapped in an XP window any more.
posted by Twang at 10:17 AM on July 10

Having to put up with no HSR is like having to put up with garbage! I dunno where you get off, but it's definitely not at the Homestar station anymore... Looks like I'm riding the 7:30 alone train to Aloneville, makin' stops at Ex-Girlfriend Junction and West Breakinupwithyou!!
posted by the painkiller at 12:13 PM on July 10 [1 favorite]




posted by Rev. Syung Myung Me at 2:19 PM on July 10

I can't wait 'til the next light-switch rave.
posted by limeonaire at 4:43 PM on July 10

posted by the painkiller at 7:11 PM on July 10

My thoughts:

The fact the interview happened kind of blew my mind. The Brothers Chaps have always struck me as being somewhat Wattersonian in their privacy.

If they did a Kickstarter and threatened to never do Homestar Runner ever ever again if it failed, it would make seven digits day one (although beating Reading Rainbow's 11-hour record is a tall order). Then again, Don't Hug Me I'm Scared did exactly the same thing and they might not have made it without TomSka's help.

Lastly, my message to everyone who said that the Brothers Chaps not longer want to do Homestar or otherwise that Homestar will never ever ever ever under any circumstances ever times a bajillion ever come back (I'm looking at you with a big ol' stinkeye, LogicalDash), a paraphrasing of the words of the great Strong Bad: punch yourselves in the face.
posted by BiggerJ at 10:34 PM on July 10

So to whom do I make out this trophy full of Steak-umms?
posted by Spatch at 12:05 AM on July 11

Another thought: I wonder if any fans literally died waiting for Homestar Runner to come back. The Brother Chaps should do something nice for their families.

Speaking of massive hiatuses, I wonder if the Brothers Chaps will play up Crack Stuntman's similarity to the legendarily opposite-of-fashionably late Duke Nukem. ALWAYS BET ON 2 MANY KNIVES.
posted by BiggerJ at 12:17 AM on July 11

Dear Strongbad: Please fuck off and stay dead.
posted by DarlingBri at 12:33 AM on July 11

The Chaps bros don't hold a candle to Bill Watterson, re: privacy. I think they've actually engaged with a bit of outreach with other people in fact. They got DaVinci's Notebook to do a song for them, and have done a few things with They Might Be Giants.

In the spirit of celebrating our favorite bits of Homestar lore, how about:
- The puppets?
- The puppets in Everybody Knows It?
- The animated adventures of puppet Homestar? "He goed and goed until he finally went!"
- The puppets-in-the-office videos, Bis Cas Fri?
- Dangeresque: Puppet Squad!
posted by JHarris at 12:51 AM on July 11

Wow DarlingBri, wha chu got against Strong Bad?
posted by JHarris at 12:59 AM on July 11

JHarris: - The puppets?

I still say "That sounds like funny, but it's not" on a weekly basis.
posted by Rock Steady at 5:44 AM on July 11 [1 favorite]

Hey, DarlingBri. What're you, trying to get banished?
posted by 1adam12 at 9:53 AM on July 11

Suffice to say, I didn't link to nearly all of the puppet stuff. I figure I should leave some (most) of it for other people to discover on their own.

I think even if the Chaps never make another Flash cartoon (and really, wasn't Flash on websites supposed to be on its way out?) the puppets could have a long and hilarious life.

Hilarious. H-I-L, A-R(gets hit with a shoe)
posted by JHarris at 12:50 PM on July 11 [1 favorite]

The Doubleclicks recently covered Trogdor for their Weekly Song Wednesday project. As if one needed another reason to be a fan of their work...
posted by fifteen schnitzengruben is my limit at 2:07 PM on July 11 [1 favorite]

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