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Ding! Sketchbook is a featured article, which means it showcases an important part of the Homestar Runner body of work and/or highlights the fine work of this wiki. We also might just think it's cool. If you see a way this page can be updated or improved without compromising previous work, feel free to contribute.


Museum Sketchbook

Would it be OK if someone moved the bottom section of this page to something like Sketchbook (Museum)? This page takes far too long to load on a dial-up internet connection. --videlectrix.pngENUSY discussionitem_icon.gif user.gifmail_icon.gif, 06:24, 9th of March 2005

Hmm, I like keeping the museum ones here on the Sketchbook page, and instead moving the weekly sketchbook ones to a Weekly Sketchbook page. This would match our Weekly Fanstuff page. Any one else agree? -- Tom 10:20, 9 Mar 2005 (MST)
Actually, I like that idea, better than my own as well. Weekly Sketchbook matches the rest of the weekly updates, and is probably easier to change the links for. The only reason I suggested Sketchbook (Museum) was because I thought less pages linked/would link to it. But Weekly Sketchbook sounds great. --videlectrix.pngENUSY discussionitem_icon.gif user.gifmail_icon.gif, 18:08, 9 Mar 2005 (GMT)
Done, see Weekly Sketchbook. I fixed all the links as well. -- Tom 12:48, 9 Mar 2005 (MST)

Note: The following is a copy/paste from the old Talk page Just a quick question. Who's gonna keep up with updating stuff like this? I know we're all busy with simply moving crap from there to here, but I dunne wanna lose anything that could be added, ya know? I'd update it myself, but I do most my wikistuff at work, so I can't make screenshots at all. -- AgentSeethroo 15:15, 19 Aug 2004 (MST)

Yeah, I can do that tonight. I think I'll come up with a better format too. -- Tom 15:30, 19 Aug 2004 (MST)
Guh-roovay. The current one is kinda stinky anywho. -- AgentSeethroo 16:00, 19 Aug 2004 (MST)

Fun facts?

Is there room for a fun facts section on this page? The Tetherball'd TTGS death is a possible reference to the first season of South Park, when Kenny died in the exact same way. --Southpaw018 18:46, 11 Nov 2004 (MST)

If there is, I vote Decline -Your Fuzzy God 10:20, 23 Nov 2004 (MST)


I'm glad there's finally a table for this section (as well as the weekly fanstuff.) The images being different sizes before the tables wasn't a necessarily a bad thing, I just thought it detracted from the page slightly. The use of tables did force those images that were on other sites (namely photobucket) to be uploaded to the wiki, which is a plus. I think must of us can agree that it looks better than before. --Teh P. 22:19, 11 Nov 2004 (MST)

Comic-Book Style The Cheat

With the introduction of the tables, I'm glad this image finally surfaced. I almost lost hope in that image ever being recovered, as it was the only image that I thought was never POSTERITY'd!! Due credit to Tom. --Teh P. 22:19, 11 Nov 2004 (MST)

Message to TBC from Jonathan Howe

Be sure to view the XML source of this file: [1]

I learned about this XML file when I was poking through these flash files: [2] & [3] when I found I couldn't view the image or the text when those two preceding files are saved remotely (i.e., on a hard drive.) Jonathan (I assume his last name is Howe, as he is a programmer) has left a message in a comment to the "Chapos" about the placement of certain "character shortcuts." He more or less 'signs' the comment with the words "Love, jonathan." I just found this rather amusing. Does anyone else? --The Paper 20:37, 2 Dec 2004 (MST)
Hmmm... Tricky. I like the base files though. Those can come in handy... [[User:Thunderbird L17|⇔Thunderbird⇔]] 12:12, 30 Dec 2004 (MST)

Halloween Costumes

If anyone can identify some of those halloween costumes from the museum sketchbook, (the last sketch), feel free to enter their names into the rollover title at the appropriate place saver. I can't really think of anything better at the moment, maybe I'll add them to the Halloween Costumes section or something later. Thanks. [[User:Thunderbird L17|⇔Thunderbird⇔]] 12:12, 30 Dec 2004 (MST)

Images with Subtitles

Shouldn't the images for the Sketchbook and Fanstuff not have the captions with them? If not, the "Title" column is pretty much useless. --Gafaddict 21:24, 17 Feb 2005 (MST)

It does seem redundant. It is easier to remove the "title" column, but then that text can not be found during a search. - Dr Haggis - Talk 23:14, 17 Feb 2005 (MST)

Since the very beginning, we've always treated the text and image as one. That's how they appear, so that's how we've been reproducing them. And the additional text is for better searching. I do notice, however, that the Sketchbook article lacks the interesting descriptions the Weekly Fanstuff page affords. -- Tom 12:57, 19 Feb 2005 (MST)

Moving the page

Shouldn't this still be under simply a 'Sketchbook' page title? Perhaps it would make more sense to move The Museum Sketchbook to just that, a 'Museum Sketchbook' page or something. I mean, when you roll over the button on the main page, all that pops up under it is just 'Sketchbook'. We're not going to change the name of 'Quote of the Week' to just 'Weekly Quote' are we? (Sorry I missed the discussion on the Sketchbook page) [[User:Thunderbird L17|⇔Thunderbird⇔]] 15:31, 12 Mar 2005 (MST)

Er, good point. So you're thinking we should move Weekly Sketchbook --> Sketchbook and Sketchbook --> Museum Sketchbook. That makes sense to me, but then again so did moving the weekly sketchbook section to this page. What do you think? -- Tom 12:01, 13 Mar 2005 (MST)
I second Tom--flashstorm 12:34, 13 Mar 2005 (MST)
Yup. I appreciate the work you went to fixing all the links, and don't like to ask you to change them back, but it really makes sense to keep the names the website came up with. I third Tom. [[User:Thunderbird L17|⇔Thunderbird⇔]] 14:17, 13 Mar 2005 (MST)
Fourth'd! </tgs> -- nintendorulez 14:51, 28 Mar 2005 (MST)
Okay, then unless anyone else wants to do it, or objects in the next few days, I'm gonna do the move. [[User:Thunderbird L17|⇔Thunderbird⇔]] 19:41, 31 Mar 2005 (MST)
It should be easy, since I went through and made sure all the links were correct for the first move. I would change all the "Sketchbook" links to "Museum Sketchbook" first, then move "Sketchbook" to "Museum Sketchbook". This will create a redirect at "Sketchbook" so you can move "Weekly Sketchbook" to "Sketchbook". Then when you change the "Weekly Sketchbook" links to "Sketchbook", it will be a bit easier. If you need any help, just ask. -- Tom 21:29, 2 Apr 2005 (MST)

Sketch Descriptions?

Should we add descriptions to the sketches, like we did with the Weekly Fanstuff? Some people might have no idea what the sketches are of.--The guy who's name you probably know

It would be nice to have some links on some of the more obscure sketches (like Mashed Potato Jones or the Balding Man). Aurora the Homestar Coder 19:12, 7 Apr 2005 (MDT)

Okay, me, Trogga, and Homestar Coder have begun working on descriptions.--Lord Pikachon

Pawn of a hat?

I don't wat to start an edit war, but I just don't see Strong Sad as a game pawn in this picture. I see it as Strong Sad's head shooting out of a magic hat. E.L. Cool 18:23, 4 Jun 2005 (UTC)

I see Strong Sad's head on a game pawn, and I definately don't see it coming out of a hat. —FireBird|Talk 18:26, 4 Jun 2005 (UTC)
Me as well -- Tony Stony 18:26, 4 Jun 2005 (UTC)
I see what hes talking about. TotalSpaceshipGirl3
I really wish I could find a picture on the internet, but it looks to me like SS is one of those toys that little kids play with. They're basically just comprised of a cylinder and a head. I don't know what they're called though. Trey56 19:01, 24 March 2006 (UTC)
Ooh, I know just the things. I think my grandmother still has 'em. I'll see if I can get a pic. --DorianGray
I found a picture...anyone else think that's what the sketch of SS is? Trey56 19:08, 24 March 2006 (UTC)
Yes, exactly! That's just what I was thinking, and have been since it was put up. --DorianGray
Does anyone know what they're called? (is it "Little People"?) I think we should probably mention this on the page. Trey56 19:18, 24 March 2006 (UTC)
I had those as a kid, and I recall them being called "Little People". Qermaq - (T/C) Image:Qermaqsigpic.png 19:24, 24 March 2006 (UTC)
They're Playschool Little People, I think. --DorianGray
Fisher-Price, actually. And they're no longer in that classic design. Qermaq - (T/C) Image:Qermaqsigpic.png 19:27, 24 March 2006 (UTC)
Add'd. Trey56 19:31, 24 March 2006 (UTC)

Computer Sketch

Can somebody read that floppy to the right of Homestar on the Comp? Thunderbird 23:40, 6 Oct 2005 (UTC)

Or can anybody read Basic? Does the summary mean anything in particular? Thunderbird 17:42, 7 Oct 2005 (UTC)
Or know what brand of computer that is? Thunderbird 17:46, 7 Oct 2005 (UTC)
Just looked up the basic, " 160 vlin 12, 17 at 26". 160 is the line number of the command. It means draw a vertical line from y-coordinate 12 to y-coordinate 17 at x-coordinate 26. That compy looks like an Apple II to me (and I found the "vlin" thing on an Apple II page). Homestar Coderhomestar-coder-sig.gif 17:47, 7 Oct 2005 (UTC)
I've seen that PC before... Isn't that the one from Peasant's Quest Preview? Or is it the one from Puppet Time? --videlectrix.pngENUSY discussionitem_icon.gif user.gifmail_icon.gif, 18:55, 7 October 2005 (BST)
Okay, I updated the page with the info Coder found. And if anybody could zoom in and read that floppy or anything, that would be awsome. And after careful cross-scruiteny, it appears that the computer used in the Sketchbook is indeed the same used by the Videlectrix people, even on the same desk. The one difference is that the logo on the keyboard (I think it was the Apple logo) is strangely absent from the Videlectrix photo. Most likely to avoid any possible legal problems and simplify it up, since they were photoshopping the Peasant's Quest image onto the screen anyways. Thunderbird 18:43, 7 Oct 2005 (UTC)

Consistency in dates

I just noticed that the date abbreviations in this page are not consistent. In general I have seen pages use 3 letter abbreviations. This is the case for most months here except: Sept, June (listed as both June and Jun) and April (also listed as Apr). I suggest that we make them all be 3 character abbreviations no more. Sounds good? --Stux 23:15, 18 November 2005 (UTC)

Well since there was no mention either way i'm gonna go ahead and do it. --Stux 06:45, 21 November 2005 (UTC)

Mixed-up pictures

There's something wrong with my computer or something like that. In the Sketchbook window, I see the words "homestar ice crusher", but from there up it's the old picture of Strong Mad holding his mystical orbs. 1 You guys are pretty computer-savvy, anyone know what's wrong? And if not, please don't blame me. --VolatileChemical 09:00, 24 December 2006 (EST). Well, it's actually 12:05 on January 27, 2006.

A lot of users have been commenting on similar mysterious problems, and it likely surrounds your page cache and what cached version of what your browser is loading. In this case it's loading a recent .xml with an old picture. Try clearning your cache to see if that does the trick. I think that's what the other users recommend, and pretty much the only thing that would solve it. --Stux 06:13, 27 January 2006 (UTC)

none shall pass!

None shall pass! for a minute there i thought it read, YOU SHALL NOT PASS! for lord of the rings: the fellowship of the ring?

Nikolce Kocovski 10:22, 17 February 2006 (UTC)

I actually was thinking Monty Python and the Holy grail when I say that. I R F 13:06, 20 March 2006 (UTC)

Commas vs. Periods

I'll grant that commas and periods are barely distinguishable from each other in the caption font. But you can tell the difference by looking very closely. Commas have the smallest tail imaginable. Compare:

orbs up, yo
nice inking, mike
none shall pass! eww.

If you cannot see a slight dip (just a pixel or two) in the comma images, copy all three of them to MS Paint (or whatever), zoom in, and compare the commas and periods. —BazookaJoe 03:53, 20 February 2006 (UTC)


On the page, it says "poopertrooper" is a reference to Super Troopers. I think it's more likely it's a refernce to pooper scoopers. -Exhibit A 23:39, 16 March 2006 (UTC)

I thought of "pooper scooper" when I first saw it. Super Troopers, to me, seems a lot more unlikely. Has Matt? (talk) 00:06, 17 March 2006 (UTC)

Super Troopers is a movie about state troopers, who's uniform is nowhere near to what the poopsmith wears. In science fiction, stromtroopers dress in a similar way to The Poopsmith. Elcool (talk)(contribs) 14:34, 17 March 2006 (UTC)

There is no way storm troopers has any relevance here. Poopertrooper - pooper scooper is just as good as poopertrooper to super troopers. one has the same root of pooper, the other has same ending of trooper, storm trooper is just not even close and they don't look anything alike. I R F 14:37, 17 March 2006 (UTC)
I thought it sounded like Koopa Troopas. - Volbeat A The Cheat 23:55, 17 March 2006(UTC)
That seems like way too much of a stretch. If they wanted to reference Koopa Troopas, it probably would have said "Poopa Troopas". Exhibit A 02:17, 18 March 2006 (UTC)
Don't get mad, I wasn't the one that edited it into the article. I only said what I thought it was at first, I wasn't like "0MG J00 5UX0R L4M0 L0L I7 I5N7 UB3R P00P3R SC00P3R I7 K00P4 7R00P4!!!!!!!!111111!!!11!!!11!!!!!!!!!!1!!!!!!!!111one" - Volbeat A The Cheat 02:36, 18 March 2006 (UTC)
Chill out, I wasn't mad, I was just commenting that it seemed like too much of a stretch. Exhibit A 20:49, 18 March 2006 (UTC)

Now I'M mad that people keep changing the article cos they think my idea was right, it wasn't even an idea! - Volbeat A The Cheat 00:52, 19 March 2006 (UTC)

I vote Super Troopers. Its about police. The stormtrooper Poopsmith is obviously a form of police. Referencing pooperscoopers makes *no* contextual sense. I'm changing it back. User:Piscez

Here's what bugs me. When you say, "this is a reference to..." you are stating something is fact. In this case, we all have our opinions, and each think ours are correct. The fact is that none of were there when TBC sketched this out and don't have a flippin' clue what they were refering to. Therefore, I propose the following revision:

Pooper Trooper Scooper Dooper Blooper

Sketches of The Poopsmith as a trooper, for disconnected. The caption could be a reference to the device pooper-scoopers, the movie Super Troopers, the Super Mario Brothers' Koopa Troopas, or the George Lucas' stormtroopers.

I R F 12:44, 20 March 2006 (UTC)

In general, users here seem to think "refers to" means "resembles". IRF is right; only TBC know for sure about what's a reference. Some are obvious, but I'm sure there are a lot of references we'll never get. And then there are a lot of things that resemble other things but TBC never were trying to refer to that thing. I think as a knowledge base we need to be a bit more conservative in how we decide references. Qermaq - (T/C) Image:Qermaqsigpic.png 12:50, 20 March 2006 (UTC)

Stormtroopers seems the most obvious reference. Not the George Lucas kind, but rather the Hitler/Orwell kind. (Those of you who are still somewhat whippersnapperesque should be aware that the term predated Star Wars by a great many years.) Most of the other suggested references seem to be simple attempts to match up same or similar sounding words, rather than considering the actual context. — Bill 17:03, 20 March 2006 (UTC)

Storm troopers is what I was saying all along. Elcool (talk)(contribs) 17:32, 20 March 2006 (UTC)

ok then Sketches of The Poopsmith as a trooper, for disconnected. The caption could be a reference to the device pooper-scoopers, the movie Super Troopers, the Super Mario Brothers' Koopa Troopas, or stormtroopers (from WWI).

either way, its still spec at best, and in response to Bill, the usage of pooper cannot be ignored why else would TBC go from The Poopsmith to pooper if not trying to make a ryhme such as Super Trooper or refer to the legendary pooper scooper. I R F 17:48, 20 March 2006 (UTC)

For the rhyme, perhaps. Just because the rhyme is funny. Doesn't have to be a reference to pooper or super. Qermaq - (T/C) Image:Qermaqsigpic.png 17:54, 20 March 2006 (UTC)

My two cents: Pooper Scooper and Stormtrooper are both meaningful enough to be included. "Super Trooper" and "Koopa Troopa" are both based on "Stormtrooper" and, thus, unnecessary. --Jay o'Lantern (Haunt) 18:05, 20 March 2006 (UTC)

Ahem. I would Like to add at this point that the Koopa Troopas were the second most common enemies (next to goombas) in the original Super Mario Bros., which came out BEFORE Star Wars: A New Hope. So if anything, Stormtroopers are based off of Koopa Troopas. (Very, very unlikely.) --User:The very strongest 12:35, 19 March 2006 (UTC)

See my retraction above, storm troopers is a term that refers to certain soldiers at the end of WWI, which is pre-television. I R F 21:28, 20 March 2006 (UTC)

I like your idea, I R F, I vote that we go with that one. - Volbeat A The Cheat 04:36, 21 March 2006 (UTC)

Ok, the opinions are vast so I think a good'ol vote is in order

version 1 current version
Sketches of The Poopsmith as a trooper, for disconnected. The caption is a reference to pooper-scoopers.

version 2 the loaded version
Sketches of The Poopsmith as a trooper, for disconnected. The caption could be a reference to the device pooper-scoopers, the movie Super Troopers, the Super Mario Brothers' Koopa Troopas, or stormtroopers (from WWI).

version 3 the bare version
Sketches of The Poopsmith as a trooper, for disconnected.

version 4 combination (please specify which items qualify as a reference)

Super Suudsu Me

Feels like the 5-month-old suudsu is a reference to the French fry aging experiment in Super Size Me. But I haven't seen the film, so I don't know how direct the connection is. Anyone want to do a little fact-checking here? --TheNicestGuy 17:54, 24 March 2006 (UTC)

I haven't seen it either, but the fact that this was posted five months to the day after bedtime story was released says to me that nobody actually drank the suudsu or dumped it out, and it's just been sitting there. It actually reminds me of the old clichè of the guy with the extremely dirty bedroom finally trying to clean it up and pulling out a half-eaten sandwich or burrito from under the bed and exclaiming "So that's what happened to my sandwich [burrito]." And by then it's covered with mold and he's got to shoo a roach or two away from it before he touches it. The only specific example I can think of right now is from Wikipedia:Even Stevens (the episode where a haz mat team is needed to clean Louis's room and he has to sleep in Donnie's room. No, I don't watch the Disney channel anymore, but my younger sbblings frequently leave the TV on when they're not watching it and my ADD brain will be distracted by ut. — User:ACupOfCoffee@ 20:40, 24 March 2006 (UTC)

suudsu sketch?

Is it noteworthy that this is only the 2nd time that the sketch isn't a sketch but a photograph? I R F 18:46, 24 March 2006 (UTC)

Th' last photo was sort of a sketch. Just a computer-generated one. --DorianGray
This would be the first Sketchbook item which cannot really be called a sketch. Qermaq - (T/C) Image:Qermaqsigpic.png 18:58, 24 March 2006 (UTC)
Sketch:, Wikitionary, Wikipedia Beep 22:20, 24 March 2006 (UTC)

Missy's The Cheat

Hmm... an upcoming Marzipan-drawn episode?? Probably not, but if it happens, you read it here first! Qermaq - (T/C) Image:Qermaqsigpic.png 23:00, 6 April 2006 (UTC)

  • It looks like a Dr. Seuss character. Like it's got a lion head and tail, but with a penguin body. I think it's kinda cute though! -Compdude
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