My brother just told me he wants to play Namco High, but doesn’t really like streaming it like we did before. So, we won’t be doing any more let’s plays for it on twitch. Thanks for those few who came to the stream last time, it was fun.

  • what pumpkin: no selling fanart at cons!!!!
  • what pumpkin: no selling buttons plushies hats or any other creative thing
  • what pumpkin: even if its just colored zodiac signs because we totally own those!
  • what pumpkin: no selling tshirt designs!!!!
  • what pumpkin: no selling off old cosplays!!!!
  • what pumpkin: take down that plushie tutorial, people are using it to sell!!!!
  • what pumpkin: hey guys how'd you like your art to be sold by HOT TOPIC and for you to get ZERO PROFITS?

Now I can’t Homestuck without thinking about Hot Topic

From now on I’m going to draw John like this:



Personally, I doubt there was ever a chance to really influence the contest to begin with after it was already running. I’m pretty sure there’s also some contract stuff that prevented them from taking any action, like kicking out HotTopic (and surely the hype from many homestuck fans that like the idea of HS merch on local stores).

Criticism of WhatPumpkin should keep up, of course. But if it’s any consolation, I don’t think this was all for naught. I personally and surely a lot of others learned about HotTopic’s maldoings only through your efforts, so thank you!

Thanks. It just seems really unfair that we didn’t even know about the situation until after it had already started.

So the Homestuck deal with Hot Topic went through last week, and all the efforts raising awareness of HT’s past and current actions of art theft didn’t budge it. I don’t believe there is much we can do at this point to change that.

But you know what’s suspicious about this whole arrangement…

If you notice, not ONCE did What Pumpkin or Hussie ever mention Hot Topic’s involvement in the contest, or even at all.

When What Pumpkin made the tumblr post featuring their winning pick, they neglected to mention the Hussie’s pick or the HT pick; just adds on ‘the winners’ and the Grand Prize winner offhand. The only place that even mentions the Hot Topic Choice winning design was on WeLoveFine’s contest pages.

And when the design contest was first addressed officially on MSPA’s news feed, Andrew Hussie talked a lot about WeLoveFine, and how he had to pick a winner. But didn’t even acknowledge Hot Topic also being a judge for it.

The fact that there is NO mention of Hot Topic at all among the Homestuck/What Pumpkin staff goes beyond pretending there is no issue. They’re pretending there is no Hot Topic.

This isn’t even like business protocol when a company mentions a partner but expresses no negative opinions of them to stay professional. No, this is stranger; they won’t admit any sort of business is taking place with them. I don’t know what that’s about. But I’m getting pretty fed up.

If you stuck your hand in the mud, at least to own up to it!

After the Hot Topic deal went through without any hic-ups whatsoever, I sort of got depressed for like two solid days. (So depressed I actually started browsing my dashboard again) And then I neglected to talk about the outcome of that here, like I wanted to.

I’m sorry for that.

In a few minutes (like 30), we’re going to try to get a chance to play this game for the first time. Hopefully we can finish before it gets taken down from the site.



Link to Homestuck Design Contest Page

E-Mail What Pumpkin Link

What Pumpkin on twitter

Sources: [x] [x] [x] [x] [x] [x] [x] [x] Edit: Changed Panels 2 7 & 9

Edit 2: I am surprised to see that there are even people reblogging this who, themselves or someone they know, have had similar issues with Hot Topic.

Hot Topic is known amongst artist groups as one of the worst offenders of art theft in U.S. retailers. I know artists are important to What Pumpkin, and I’d imagine multiple cases of art theft would be a very big deal. The most well-known of the cases were stolen fan art from independent artists, which is the same demographic the Design Contest was aimed to.  I’m an artist myself and I wouldn’t want to support a store that steals from my peers.

The people running Hot Topic have zero respect to artists and to copyright law. They’ve been ripping-off independent artists’ storefronts, and continue do so. The whole company really should have been shut down long ago.

If you support artists, independent, fan artist, or any kind, you should oppose Hot Topic and MSPA’s association with them!

Tell What Pumpkin to kick Hot Topic out of the Design contest RIGHT NOW.

We have so little time left to stop this please tell them that it is completely unacceptable to do any sort of business with petty art thieves.

Even if you don’t know what to say, or if you think it would compromise the contestants; It won’t. Just please voice your thoughts in anyway you can put them. Don’t let Hot Topic get a dime out of Homestuck.

I was at a renaissance fair this weekend, and I overheard a lady talking about how Hot Topic is a “predator company.” They go to places like fairs and festivals, take pictures of original homemade and hand made items and make an exact replica and don’t give any credit to the owners. DONT SHOP HERE.


I was at a renaissance fair this weekend, and I overheard a lady talking about how Hot Topic is a “predator company.” They go to places like fairs and festivals, take pictures of original homemade and hand made items and make an exact replica and don’t give any credit to the owners. DONT SHOP HERE.

I heard they do this to competitive stores, too.

I went to check the contest page, and it looks like the official announcements have been delayed by a week. Could this be that they’re sorting out the judge issues? Let’s hope so.

Hey, tomorrow’s the day the results to the Homestuck Design Contest are supposedly going to be announced. We haven’t heard a word from anybody about any changes made with the judges, or anything like that. So, I think I should repost that power point again, and give the campaign one more push before it’s over.

Self tip: Don’t send messages to people when you’re sick. You’ll just get a really big headache.

I know I haven’t been around for a wile, last week was spring break for my siblings, and they really kept me busy. So have this joke doodle I had left open in Sai for some reason.