Andrew Hussie

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Andrew Hussie
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Hussie at a fan convention in 2010
Born (1979-08-25) August 25, 1979 (age 39)
Residence Western Massachusetts,
United States
OccupationAuthor and artist
Known for MS Paint Adventures

Andrew Hussie (born August 25, 1979) [1] [2] is an American author and artist and the creator of MS Paint Adventures, a collection of webcomics that includes Homestuck as well as of several other webcomics, books, and videos.

MS Paint Adventures, abbreviated MSPAdventures or MSPA, was a collection of webcomics written and illustrated by Andrew Hussie. According to some estimates, MS Paint Adventures was the longest collection of comics on the Internet, containing over 10,000 pages as of April 2016 among its four series thanks to its frequent updates.

Webcomics are comics published on a website or mobile app. While many are published exclusively on the web, others are also published in magazines, newspapers or in comic books.

<i>Homestuck</i> Multimedia webcomic by Andrew Hussie

Homestuck is a webcomic written, illustrated, and animated by American author and artist Andrew Hussie, and is the fourth overall webcomic published on MS Paint Adventures (MSPA). The webcomic centers on a group of teenagers who unwittingly bring about the end of the world through the installation of a beta copy of an upcoming computer game.



In 2007, Hussie launched the website MS Paint Adventures to host comics he had created as forum games. The most popular of Hussie's works is the webcomic Homestuck , which ran from 2009 to 2016. It tells the story of a group of four kids who play a computer game called Sburb and inadvertently cause the end of the world.

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Homestuck was on the reading list of Nick Mathewson, creator of Tor, and one of Foreign Policy magazine's top 100 global thinkers of 2012. [3] Homestuck was also cited as evidence that the "recent rejuvenation of adventure games has legs". [4]

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Interactive fiction, often abbreviated IF, is software simulating environments in which players use text commands to control characters and influence the environment. Works in this form can be understood as literary narratives, either in the form of Interactive narratives or Interactive narrations. These works can also be understood as a form of video game, either in the form of an adventure game or role-playing game. In common usage, the term refers to text adventures, a type of adventure game where the entire interface can be "text-only", however, graphical text adventure games, where the text is accompanied by graphics still fall under the text adventure category if the main way to interact with the game is by typing text. Some users of the term distinguish between interactive fiction, known as "Puzzle-free", that focuses on narrative, and "text adventures" that focus on puzzles.

Homestuck has been compared to Ulysses because of the complex and densely worded storytelling the series often utilizes. [5] [6]

<i>Ulysses</i> (novel) novel by the Irish author James Joyce

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Personal life

Despite his popularity, Hussie has managed to maintain quite a bit of secrecy regarding his personal life. He currently lives in western Massachusetts. [7]

Massachusetts State of the United States of America

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He graduated from Temple University [8] with a degree in computer science. [9] [10] He is a managing member of the company What Pumpkin, LLC. [11]

Temple University public research university in Philadelphia, United States

Temple University is a state-related research university located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It was founded in 1884 by the Baptist minister Russell Conwell. In 1882, Conwell came to Pennsylvania to lead the Grace Baptist Church while he began tutoring working-class citizens late at night to accommodate their work schedules. These students, later dubbed "night owls", were taught in the basement of Conwell's Baptist Temple, hence the origin of the university's name and mascot. By 1907, the institution revised its institutional status and was incorporated as a university.

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  1. Hussie, Andrew (August 26, 2007). "Y-Day was my B-Day". Andrew's Blog. Archived from the original on September 2, 2007.
  2. Hussie, Andrew (21 February 2009). "Andrew's Blog: If you drew a comic called Super Frog at age 11".
  3. "100 Top Global Thinkers of 2012". Foreign Policy . 197 (197): 29–53, 57–62, 64, 66–78, 80–84, 86–88, 90–96, 98–100, 102–111. December 2012. ISSN   0015-7228. JSTOR   41726927.
  4. Martens, Todd (January 22, 2013), "Adventure's back in the game plan; 'The Cave' by Ron Gilbert shows there's more thought going into gaming beyond blasts of action.", The Los Angeles Times , p. D.1
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  6. Lauren Rae Orsini (September 6, 2012), Is Homestuck the Ulysses of the Internet?, The Daily Dot
  7. Andrew Hussie [@andrewhussie] (30 September 2010). "Moving announcement" (Tweet). Retrieved 2014-10-25 via Twitter.
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