[Side A // Bill Cipher]
1. Hi (Psapp) "[With] every page I turn I want more/’cause you excite me like a locked door does."
2. Location (Freelance Whales) "I am starting to sense your location: you are somewhere in the attic/I’m floating on the stairwell…"
3. I Want You (Summer Camp) "[I’d] write your name in blood on every wall, it would make the evening news."
4. Slip Into Your Skin (Patrick Watson) "Slipped into your skin and spent the night."
5. Daredevil (Fiona Apple) "I guess I must just be a daredevil/I don’t feel anything until I smash it up/Give me what you got in your mind."
6. Laughing With a Mouth of Blood (St. Vincent) "Laughing with a mouth of blood from a little spill I took/And I can’t see the future but I know it’s got big plans for me…"
—Interlude // 7. Meeting in the Moors—
[Side B // Dipper Pines]
8. Canto I (Le Loup) "I wasn’t fully like… able to experience the world at all…And that’s probably what made it feel more like hell."
9. Devils (Say Hi) "Well the devil got my number and the devil got my size/And the devil got my head and the devil got my eyes."
10. Every Night My Teeth Are Falling Out (The Antlers) "You and I divide but not devout/Every night my teeth are falling out."
11. Numb (Barcelona) "This morning found me out of action and alone/I’d lost command of all I thought I owned."
12. I Signed the Line (A Camp) "I signed the line that was dotted/I like to end what I started/I signed the line and I realize a lot of lies were written…"
13. Dread in My Heart (Mother Mother) "And whenever I begin to feel like I might be deranged/I remember there’s a little shitty devil in my brain."
I’m not really sure why, but I’m really feeling medicham!
A cool physic type that can KICK ASS :-D
I’d tell you to just google “Homestuck inversion theory” but considering the top results are all BKE, it’d be cruel to make you wade through all of that.
The rough and uncharitable version is that some people believe that particular character development in the kids is due to them ‘inverting’ their classes/aspects and instead acting like other classes/aspects. Because characters can be boiled down to a few major traits that they never, ever deviate from, apparently.
(Someone who cares more should give a better summary, probably.)
The gist of it is that each class and aspect is fundamentally opposed to another class or aspect, and that, since classes and aspects are inherently connected to a character’s actions and personalities and the ideal self they’re earmarked to become, a sufficiently dramatic upheaval in a characters mind could make them go opposite their nature and, therefore, channel an opposite aspect.
The ur-example is usually Rose’s grimdarkness: she is supposed to be a Seer of Light (a passive strategist who clarifies things), and her aggressive planet-combing went against her stated purpose, leading her down a path of inverted purpose and therefore self. When she learned of her mother’s death and looked into the cueball, it broke something fundamental in her that caused her to finally hurtle down the slippery slope that led opposite her true nature and into a sort of mirror-self (an active warrior who obscures things).
Except that the paragraph above is entirely comprised of bullshit interpretations.
To begin with, people are not their goddamn purposes. The comic is about fate versus choice, and the characters choose to be who they are. Rose was never a “passive strategist” who “clarified things”. She was a goddamn asskicker who wanted I CANNOT STRESS THIS ENOUGH SHE WANTED to turn the game upside down and shake it until it gave her answers. She made the choice to look for answers, and, as you can see, a Looker for Answers is just as valid a rewording of Seer of Light as a Strategist of Knowledge. I’m not saying it’s more; I’m saying it’s just as much. However, she never once went against her “nature” by breaking temples apart to bypass traps and stairways in order to find the secrets they hid. She was merely Looking for Answers in the most efficient way she had access to. The implication otherwise was merely a nasty mind-game Doc Scratch was playing to make her doubt herself and her own decisions and weaken her resolve; he asked her a question to which the answer was no, while making it sound like a statement of fact with a question mark at the end, thus neatly bypassing his self-imposed no-lying rule.
Secondly, she wasn’t broken in any fundamental way. She was rightly upset by her mother’s death and it shook her, and then was doc-scratched at and it shook her, then she looked into the cueball and asked whether the horrorterrors, who are creatures of and inherently belonging to the void, were evil, and the answer caused her to start channeling their powers, which are of and inherently belonging to the void. Then she went after Jack Noir, and hung out very nicely with John on the way.
I supposed the blackout could be explained by her having inverted her powers from light to void. Ooooooor it could just as easily be explained by what we actually saw, which was her channeling the powers of the horrorterrors. Throughout the exercise she seemed perfect sound of mind, if pissed off and coldly, calculatingly murderous; she just happened to be exuding a black miasma and speaking in the broodfester tongues. I assume that she was simply satisfied with the cueball’s answer.
The second most common example of Inversion Theory is John and Karkat’s Breath and Blood.
The theory goes that John and Karkat, as the main characters of their respective tales and the leaders of their respective sessions, are deliberately structured as narrative mirrors of each other, and thus by conventional narrative rules their aspects should follow this pattern and mirror each other. After all, John and Karkat’s selves and circumstances are full of parallels such as their mediocre suburban introductions (for a given value of Alternian Suburbia), their love of shitty movies nobody else likes, their unfailing friendship and support of their companions, and… uuuuuh… their custodians being kind of… well I’m sure Crabdad would leave Karkat lovingly supportive messages if it could hold a pencil in its pincers.
Right there you can see the problem with this aspect pair. Let’s also point out that conventional narrative rules state that John should marry Rose and Dave should marry Jade and all homosexual relationships should end in ashes and tragedy, but no one seems to have a problem pointing that out as bullshit.
The second problem is that we still don’t know jack fuckall about Blood and what it does. We know Alternia!Kankri hallucinated Beforus somehow and screamed “fuck” before he died a very angry dude, and that Karkat screams fuck a lot and is uptight and neurotic and angry, while John and Tavros and later Rufioh are generally not. So, since aspects follow certain patterns, anger and neurosis and shouting were drafted as somehow exclusive purview of Blood the aspect, and it makes sense because being laid back was apparently a Breath Thing!
Therefore, when John becomes hysterical on the anniversary of his father’s death, after two years of cabin fever, and lies down screaming at Dave’s watermarks until he faints, he’s going against his nature in such a fundamental way that he’s channeling characteristics that are solely the purview of Karkat and his ilk. Same for when Tavros kept somehow totally unexplainably displaying constant dissatisfaction and orneriness and dare I say it GASP sarcasm until finally unloading his grievances and taking what appears to be a very impulsive and angry measure: leaving Vriska in an angry outburst also goes fundamentally against the passive, laid-back nature that are part and parcel of being what his Perfect Self is supposed to be, which is Breath, and invades territory exclusive to its diametrically opposed humour, Blood.
Or maybe they were both fucking angry, u no? Occam’s fucking razor.
Where is this?
I don’t know, but I want to go there.
It’s the Galerie de Paléontologie et d’anatomie comparée in Paris, France.
Definitely on my list of places to visit someday!
Wow, I sure have missed the emotional whiplash we get from reading a funny update one day only for it to turn to horror and foreboding with the next update. OTL
John, you had better teleport out of there before something /really/ bad happens to you.
A late birthday present for my really good friend Ferris
She wanted Rose comforting Dave
I’m sorry it took so long!
A Redraw of a page of this comic
I just really like it, I can’t even qnq
I might color this too
The johnkat team appreciates ur redraw ^u^