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 ).
However, there is one thing I did NOT expect with getting this far.
This. Amazing. Community.
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.
(press ctrl+shift+alt+6 to break the site. This site has more functionality than my current one!)
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!
Next up it’s time to look back over this year’s archive and pick my four personal favourite comics!
I used to pick five comics in the previous years, but then I found out Twitter only allows up to four images per tweet.. sooo if I were to pick a fifth, I think I’d pick Cool Move.
Alright now it’s time to visit the Hall of Memes! This is a collection of my favourite memes and things (as well as some fan art) that I’ve saved from our Twitch chat and Discord server over the year:
And if that wasn’t enough inside jokes to potentially confuse and alienate you, there’s also Hall of Memes 2019 (and 2018 (and 2017))!
Finally with this rewind I just want to say.. while I realize 2020 is probably most people’s worst year (yet ), looking back over all the comics that were made and all the memories in the Hall of Memes it was actually a really nice year for me in spite of everything, so thank you very much for being a part of it and for making it so.