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Back in April, Homestar Runner got its first content update in over four years. It was the tiniest of updates and the site went quiet again shortly thereafter, but the Internet’s collective 90s kid heart still jumped for joy.

Was this a dry run? Were they playing with the idea of bringing Homestar back from the dead?

Yep!

The site’s co-creator, Matt Chapman, popped into an episode of The Jeff Rubin Jeff Rubin Show to chat about the history of Homestar — but in the last 15 minutes or so, they get to talking about its future.

The too-long-didn’t-listen version: both of the brothers behind the show really really want to bring it back. The traffic they saw from their itty-bitty April update suggests people want it — but they know that may very well be a fluke. So they’re taking it slow.

As for why they let it taper off in the first place? Life just got too busy. Around the time that Homestar stopped seeing updates, the show’s co-creators got pulled into writing for series like Yo Gabba Gabba! and Disney’s Gravity Falls. But they’ve missed it ever since.

Matt: The consensus was that we stopped because we didn’t want to do it, and I hate for people to think that we’ve just been sitting in a pool, with a martini, laughing at the Internet, like “You fools! We’ll never make you a Strongbad email again!”

It’s very much the opposite. My brother and I have lived the last 3 years thinking, in our brains, that we’d make a new cartoon next week.”

Jeff: Would the goal be to return to making this a full time thing?

Matt: I’d just love to be making cartoons with these characters again. If it looks like there’s a possibility of doing this full time again, that’s amazing… I don’t want to set expectations too high, but needless to say, we’re jonesing to do this again.

If they can get the ball rolling again, Matt says the first bit of new content should show up by fall.