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Hell, Inc. Merch!

Do you like stickers? Do you drink from cups/mugs? Do you live somewhere that requires you to wear shirts? Well then Hell, Inc.’s new merch, provided by Teepublic, is for you! You can get shirts, mugs, stickers, phone cases, buttons, and more!

Save 35% for the next 24 hours (as of this posting, the sale ends at roughly 9 PM Eastern/7 PM Mountain on Dec 29th)! If this first batch of merch does well, I will be start adding more periodically so you can rep your favourite webcomic.

Click here to shop Hell, Inc. merch!

Vote for Hell, Inc. on Top Webcomics!

It was pointed out to me that I should probably update the blog so that the top post isn’t a sale from two months ago, so let’s talk about Top Webcomics! It’s a site for webcomic readers to discover new comics to read, and is the largest source of new readers for Hell, Inc. The more votes a comic gets, the higher its ranking, and the more easily people will see it. So click on the banner to vote, which you can do daily!

Free Shipping to Canada from my Store in October

That’s right, if you’re in Canada and want to buy some of my books, you can do that AND get free shipping! No code is necessary!

https://gumroad.com/jeffmartinart

The pandemic has highlighted that I’m pretty good at selling books if I’m in-person at events but VERY BAD at selling books via the internet, so help me empty out what has turned into a closet of shame (although it does look much better since I got new shelves and reorganized everything). Click on my well-organized closet to buy some Hell, Inc. books, GWAR books, Hockeypocalypse, or any of my other myriad titles!

Hell, Inc. Volume 3 – Team-Building Exercise

I’ve been at home even more than normal due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and have spent a lot of that time writing and drawing Hell, Inc. strips. So much time, in fact, that the entire third book is done and formatted!

On the down side, the bulk of my income during isolation has been reduced to what’s coming in through Patreon. That’s not ideal. So I decided to combine those two things – during isolation I’ve been offering the digital comics currently available in the $5 as a one time sign-up gift for new Patrons. With the completion of book 3, I’m going to upload the digital edition for patrons. That’s going to be the only way to get early access to book 3 – everyone else will have to wait until it out in print alongside book 4.

So if you think Hell, Inc. is worth a buck (or more), head over to the Patreon and download your copy of Hell, Inc. Vol. 3 – “Team-Building Exercise!”

Sequential Magazine Awards Finalist!

The post title kind of explains the whole story – I’ve been nominated for a Sequential Magazine Award in the Favourite Cartoonist category. While not explicitly an award for Hell, Inc., it was based on my cartooning output from 2019, which was 90% Hell, Inc. and 10% the far more popular 11 pages of GWAR: The Enormogantic Fail that I drew. Sequential Magazine is a digital and physical publication that covers Canadian independent comics (which, realistically, is all of Canadian comics unless you’re working for a major book-market publisher). The awards are sponsored by Strange Adventures Comics & Curiosities in Nova Scotia.

The awards are voted on by YOU, the comic reading audience, so I would appreciate it if you would go vote Jeff Martin as Favourite Cartoonist. There’s a physical award involved, and I want it haha. Click on the picture to vote!

Hell, Inc. is coming to Webtoon

Do you read Hell, Inc.? You’re reading this, so probably. Do you read comics on the Line Webtoon app? If so, you’ll soon be able to do both of those things AT THE SAME TIME.

On Monday, January 6th, Hell, Inc. will be launching on the Webtoon app in their vertical, scrolling format. I’ve restructured the first 25 pages for that format, and if the Webtoon posts pick up decent readership traction, I’ll continue reformatting strips until everything is available both on this site and the Webtoon app. I’ll be posting daily for the first week on Webtoon, then settling into a twice-a-week schedule until the Webtoon posts catch up with this site.

Click here to check out Webtoon, and if it seems like a way you want to read Hell, Inc., download the app (it’s free). Also, uh, let me know, because that’s useful information for me to have.

Vote for Hell, Inc. on Top Webcomics!

Hell, Inc. has been on Top Webcomics for… I dunno, six months or so? In that time, the readership has grown A LOT, and that’s a pretty direct result of people voting for the comic on Top Webcomics. The more votes the comic gets, the higher it’s ranked, and the more webcomic readers will see it, which brings in more new readers.

You can vote once per day, and votes early in the month are particularly impactful, so vote early and often! Click the image below to vote!

LAST DAY for Hell, Inc. on Kickstarter!

It’s the last day of the Hell, Inc. Kickstarter! It ends at 3 PM Mountain time (5 Eastern, 2 Pacific), so if you haven’t got your pledge in yet, there’s no time to waste! It’s rapidly approaching the $3K stretch goal, which will unlock the black and white Hell, Inc. comics for all backers. That’s FOUR books for $20 Canadian plus shipping. If you’re reading this, you already like the comic, so click the image below to pledge and get your name in the book!

Kickstarter Week 4 – Less Than 72 Hours Left!

WHOA! The Hell, Inc. Kickstarter campaign is very close to wrapping up. As of the time of writing, there’s less than 72 hours left. By the time you read it, there’s probably much less than that. Do you want to get the awesome new Hell, Inc. books before everyone else, and also get the original black and white Hell, Inc. comics (if we hit the stretch goal)? Of course you do. If you’ve been reading the comic, and like it (which, if you’re reading it… you probably do?), pledging toward the Kickstarter is the absolute best way to support it. Click the image to go to the Kickstarter page!

Reviews:

We’ve got some more media to shout out this week. Thanks to the folks at The Comic Book Yeti (reviewer Wells Thompson, specifically) for reviewing the new Hell, Inc. books and joining the ranks of people other than me who are telling you that these books are great.

Wells Thompson, The Comic Book Yeti – https://www.comicbookyeti.com/post/hell-inc
@WellsAFP @ComicBookYeti

I’m going to keep things short this week, as the final Kickstarter wrap-up next week will probably be a bit lengthy. In the meantime, if you’ve considered supporting the campaign, GO DO IT NOW.

Hell, Inc. Kickstarter Week 3

In this, the third Hell, Inc. Kickstarter update, I have the best possible update – the campaign has successfully funded! It has hit the funding goal with 10 days remaining (at time of writing), which also makes it the most monetarily successful Kickstarter that I’ve run so far. So that’s pretty awesome. Thanks to all the readers who have supported it so far, and for those of you who will jump on board in the next week-and-a-bit.

The usual format for these update posts has been to include some pictures and then link to the week’s press, but there weren’t any new articles/podcasts/etc. this week. In what I imagine is a related development, it was also the slowest week so far in terms of new backers. Instead, this week I’m going to take a moment to talk about the stretch goals and our new chinchilla intern friends.

First, the stretch goals. There are three currently planned – at $3000, backers will receive physical or digital copies (or both) of the original black and white Hell, Inc. comics along with their shiny new full colour books. I think it’ll be something a bit unique, because the current iteration of Hell, Inc. is essentially a do-over. Backers will be able to read the original comics and the new books and see a side-by-side comparison of how my art, writing, and storytelling has changed over the decade between releases. Also, due to a printing error when I ordered the first issue, I ended up with 300 copies instead 100, so I have like 150 copies in my closet that I need to do SOMETHING with. They might as well go to readers!

The other stretch goals are related to a side project that started alongside those early issues, but has recently been revived and polished up – the Hell, Inc. roleplaying game. It’s a tabletop roleplaying game based on the core mechanics from a game called InSpectres, which is a heavily player-driven game that isn’t reliant on mechanics-heavy combat. At the $4000 mark, I’ll take the rules that are already written and do a full PDF with art and design. At the $5000 mark, that PDF will be printed as a physical book! I’ll likely write a much more detailed post about the game and how it works in the next few days. Click the images to check out the Kickstarter and begin the push toward unlocking the stretch goals!

I’d also like to officially welcome the two newest members of this operation. The rodent intern program has expanded, as we welcome a pair of chinchillas that have been dubbed the chinterns! They’ve been brought on board to help handle fulfillment of the Kickstarter, and then I’ll be figuring out what their ongoing role around here will be. So far it’s kicking poops out of their habitat at a prodigious rate and being impossibly soft.

This is Chinzilla. She is a force for destruction, and also has a big ol’ butt.

This is Rodant. She is very curious, and as a result tries to make a break for it and run around the kitchen on a regular basis.

They will be working alongside the guinterns to help me continue to provide the comics you have come to love (or at least like enough that you’re reading this).