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A New Era

The biggest update to the website has just landed. At first glance you might think it looks more-or-less the same (especially if you’re not browsing in dark mode), but actually EVERYTHING has improved in one way or another. Especially behind the scenes.

What’s new?

  • Loads much much MUCH faster :loadWow:
  • Search!
    • Not just by title but also other key words too
  • Dark mode :loadCool:
    • Automatic and based on browser/OS theme
  • Comments via Reddit
    • No more comments being mistakenly flagged for spam
    • No more 100+ spam comments per day
    • Timestamps shown in local timezone
    • Supports spoiler tags :loadSpider:
    • Old comments are saved and archived <3
    • Press ‘C’ to jump to the comments
  • Revamped Archives section
    • Shows a years overview now
    • Separate Comics/Art/Games categories
    • Small comic preview when hovering thumbnail
  • VODs of the Twitch streams linked below comics :loadLurk:
  • Bonus panel links for :patron: patrons and :twitch: Twitch subscribers
    • Free bonus panels are now marked as such
  • Higher resolution comics, art, emotes, and logos
    • Especially noticable on phone screens and high-resolution displays
    • New ‘EXPAND’ button beneath art and game posts
  • Spiders added to ALL comics :loadSpider:
  • Game wallpapers
    • With favourite clips from the streams added below
  • All official social channels linked in footer
  • Full VIP list showing all VIPs (past and present)
    • Accessed by clicking ‘THE VIP LIST’ below comics
  • New FAQ page
  • No longer uses Wordpress

Smaller improvements

  • Faster Twitch LIVE check
    • The LIVE banner no longer flickers when browsing the site while live
  • Additional ‘Random’ button at the bottom of comics (new to desktop)
  • Keyboard navigation on all pages with pagination (comics/archive/news)
  • Swipe for next/previous comics on mobile
  • ‘R’ key for random comics (in addition to ‘?')
  • Cleaned up all broken/missing Twitch clips below comics
  • RSS feed now contains the full comic (instead of a thumbnail)
  • New randomized audience members below comics (on desktop)
  • Better menu links size and spacing
    • Also improved on mobile
  • Bonus clip links are now the :loadSpider: beside the main clip (below comics)
  • Re-exported static VIPs with transparency
    • You’re welcome, Dark mode users
  • Improved default comment avatar for old comments
  • … and a million other improvements behind the scenes

Thank you!

:loadGoldLove: A massive thank you to SuperTux88 for making this possible and special thanks to Jamamp for all the help as well! :loadGoldLove:

And also thank you to the community, for if it wasn’t for them getting together to surprise me with LoadedArtists for my 10th anniversary of doing this comic, SuperTux would never have realised how much better this site could be if it wasn’t using Wordpress. :loadErp:

Here’s a saved highlight from the stream where the new site gets launched and then I talk about all the changes and stuff.


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10 YEARS

It was 10 years ago* when I decided to start a webcomic called Loading Artist. *actually 10 years, 1 month, and 2 weeks ago

When I was thinking about what to write about for this occasion, I was initially considering something about how I didn’t expect to ever get this far and that I never thought I’d still be doing this week in week out etc etc.. but now that I think about it.. I think I’ve always known I’d still be here making these comics. It was my childhood dream after all (although technically my dream was to work for Jim Davis making Garfields, but eh close enough :loadShrug: ).

However, there is one thing I did NOT expect with getting this far.

This. Amazing. Community. :loadLove:

For my birthday last year, the twitch/discord community got together in secret and planned a super extravagant digital birthday cake for me, with each layer being drawn by someone with inside jokes and touching messages. I was blown away.

And now for my 10 year anniversary, the community have once again COMPLETELY BLOWN ME AWAY and surprised me with THIS masterpiece:

LoadedArtists - a meticulously replicated website loaded with inside jokes and my comics REDRAWN BY THE COMMUNITY. :loadJ:

(press ctrl+shift+alt+6 to break the site. This site has more functionality than my current one!)

Even the store was targeted!

Thank you so much to everyone who took part in this. You are all so incredible. :loadWow: <3

And to top it all off, here is the one and only MarcMansfield with another amazing montage! :loadLurk:

Thank you thank you thank you everyone! Here’s to the next 10 years.

<3 Gregor


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Loading Artist Rewind 2020

.. aaaand we made it! Time for another rewind where we look back on the year, pick our favourite comics, and visit the newest Hall of Memes! But FIRST I want to show off the latest incredible video montage made by none other than the legendary MarcMansfield: I can’t even begin to imagine how long that must’ve taken to edit it all together. Thank you so much, Marc!

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