Operation: Flee In Terror

I don’t know about you, but I find loudspeaker announcements of impending doom and possible trampling death VERY reassuring. Very reassuring.

In other news, here’s a big announcement:

The first two print collections of Hell, Inc. will be crowdfunding on Kickstarter starting next Monday, August 19th! Book 1, Welcome to Hell… Inc. is a 60 page collection containing strips 1-42 of the webcomic and a short story called “Sara’s Morning.” Book 2, Candied Sheep Day, is also 60 pages and collects strips 43-84 and “The Missing Ingredient,” another short that will be exclusive to the book. You can get them both for $20 CAD, or pick up a sketch of you as a Hell, Inc. demon or even original art for one of the strips!

EMPLOYEE OF THE WEEK:

Robbie Dorman is Employee of the Week! Check out his novelatory debut, Conquest, available in ebook or paperback format from Amazon. He’s also got many podcasts, including the Simpsons Show and Serial Fanatacist, which you should go listen to. Being deeply influenced by the Simpsons as well, I support his taste in podcast topics.┬áIf you want me to tell readers to buy your book or listen to your podcast, support the Hell, Inc. Patreon and finance things like “paying my mortgage” and “eating.”

As always, supporting Hell, Inc. for free is also appreciated – go upvote Hell, Inc. on Top Webcomics to bring in new readers.

Next Week: Traffic safety in Hell is… well, the term exists, so that’s a start. Read it early on Patreon!

I Don’t Make The Rules

There’s a clause that all panicking must be accompanied by Kermit arms, but that dialogue was too clunky.

Sometimes I look at Hell, Inc. strips that I drew a long time ago (this one was probably drawn about three months ago) and am pleased with myself that the page layouts are much more ambitious than most strip-style comics. Doing more than just three to four same-sized panels every strip is something that I really enjoy the challenge of, and strips like this one are fun to see after I’ve forgotten what they look like. This one in particular uses some solid formal techniques to lead the eye. Sorry, I just read Scott McCloud’s graphic novel The Sculptor and now all I’m thinking about are the formal structures of comic storytelling.

EMPLOYEE OF THE WEEK:

Sylvia Douglas is the Employee of the Week, and has a new company, Dougie Creative. It’s the online hub for her various creative projects, most of which are film-related, lately. She wrote and directed an excellent short film called The Brink which you should check out, because it’s excellent. She became Employee of the Week by supporting Hell, Inc. on Patreon, and you can do it, too! For as little as $1 per month you can help keep the lights on at the office, and also in my home.

As always, supporting Hell, Inc. for free is also appreciated – go upvote Hell, Inc. on Top Webcomics to bring in new readers.

Next Week: The weirdest PA announcement? Possibly. Decide for yourself a week early by supporting Hell, Inc. on Patreon!

Ghost Butts

Sometimes I get to do really stupid things in a comic, and those are almost always my favourite things. For example, using the phrase “ghost butts” in a dramatic context. I also sometimes forget to update the comic on Monday morning because I forget what day it is, which is what happened today. It turns out going to an outdoor concert for like 8 hours on a Friday really screws up my sense of what day it is. On the plus side, I got to see GWAR, Slayer, and Disturbed from the VIP section, so that ruled.

Speaking of music, I’m putting together a Spotify playlist for Hell, Inc. If you’ve got music suggestions for it that fit with the theme of the comic, leave a comment here or hit me up on Twitter.

EMPLOYEE OF THE WEEK:

This week’s Employee of the Week is Brien Aronov! He, along with the other Patreon patrons, will be getting access to a cool piece of Hell, Inc. short fiction written by my partner Caitlin. I’m continuing my efforts to figure out how to overhaul the Patreon to make it more appealing and provide more content without taking away from time spent on the actual comic. You can support those efforts by chipping in a few bucks to the Hell, Inc. Patreon, which keeps the lights on over here (sort of literally, the Patreon money tends to go directly to bills).

As always, supporting Hell, Inc. for free is also appreciated – go upvote Hell, Inc. on Top Webcomics to bring in new readers.

Next Week: How to make a riot riot-ier. That’s a word now, shut up. Check it out early on Patreon.

Satan Give Me Health Insurance

I feel like Satan Give Me Health Insurance merch might do really well. Thoughts? Is that something you’d be interested in? I’ve been kicking around a bunch of ideas for Hell, Inc. merch, but I haven’t been able to get a good handle on what I think people would actually want. In art-related news, the third panel was a nightmare to colour. There are at least three layers of different shades of green creating the miasma of horrors that is B.L. Zebub’s computer usage.

EMPLOYEE OF THE WEEK:

Joe Amon is Employee of the Week! Please make good use of the Employee of the Week parking spot. If you want to be Employee of the Week, or just help add some stability to my financial health, which allows me to do the comic, donate to the Hell, Inc. Patreon page.

As always, supporting Hell, Inc. for free is also appreciated – go upvote Hell, Inc. on Top Webcomics. Readership has expanded substantially since the comic has been on Top Webcomics, and that all comes from your votes boosting it up the rankings for better visibility.

Next Week: Gas leak. Read it early by supporting Hell, Inc. on Patreon!

Panic Rules

The panic rules are very clear. And they say that I love drawing Adventure Time/Kermit arms when someone is panicking. Or excited. Or I otherwise have an excuse to draw someone flailing. In other news, Hockeypocalypse Season 4: Cult of Hockey was nominated for the Gene Day Award for Self-Publishing. I think it’s the best book I’ve ever made, so I’m pretty excited about that.

I’m also back to work teaching another Drawn To Write Camp this week, so I, like you, will be working 8-4, and not PM to AM.

EMPLOYEE OF THE WEEK:

We’ve got a new Employee of the Week! Cindy Gauthier is joining us, and there will be cake in the break room. It may or may not be made out of toenails. She also draws the arts, so you should check out her work, including her debut comic Posthumous. If you want to be Employee of the Week and get a shout-out in an upcoming comic post, Check out the Hell, Inc. Patreon. It helps keep me drawing Hell, Inc. strips instead of being buried in freelance work, which is a win-win for everybody.

As always, supporting Hell, Inc. for free is also appreciated – go upvote Hell, Inc. on Top Webcomics to bring in new readers.

Next Week: For whom do the arms Kermit? The arms Kermit for thee. Patreon. Do that.

Doug Flutie

Go deep! Go sheep? Go upvote Hell, Inc. on Top Webcomics?

EMPLOYEE OF THE WEEK:

Cait is back at the top of the list, and is the creator of the Guintern Newsletter, which documents the adventures of my guinea pig office interns. The Patreon has become a bit of a struggle, lately. Efforts to increase the number of patrons haven’t been met with nearly the success as growing readership has, and I’m a bit stumped as to what people want to see from the Patreon. It’s stuck in a cycle where it doesn’t do well enough to merit more investment of effort, which takes away from effort on the actual comic, but maybe more effort would make it do better if it was put in the right place. I don’t know. Thoughts?

As always, supporting Hell, Inc. for free is also appreciated – go upvote Hell, Inc. on Top Webcomics to bring in new readers.

Next Week: PANIC!!! Panic early on Patreon.

No Plan

Happy Canada Day! Living in Canada is actually a pretty significant factor in me being able to make comics, so it’s nice to take a moment to reflect on that.

EMPLOYEE OF THE WEEK:

CANADA! If YOU want to be Employee of the Week, and help me focus on Hell, Inc. instead of freelance work, you can support Hell, Inc. on Patreon! I really love drawing Hell, Inc., but will be spending most of the rest of the year putting most of my time into a pair of work-for-hire books. I’d like to flip that work schedule around, and Patreon is a reliable way for me to do that while also giving you some neat rewards.

If you want to support Hell, Inc. for free, vote for it on Top Webcomics. More readers = more potential patrons, which = more Hell, Inc.

Next Week: I love it when a plan comes together. Patreon. Do that.

Problem Solving

Well THIS page took a long time to draw. Specifically, the first three panels. I’m sure you’re shocked to learn that the ones packed with characters took a long time to draw. It even, somehow, took a long time to colour, despite just being shades of red. Making them all different enough that they didn’t just blend together into one big blob turned out to be a bit of an effort.

EMPLOYEE OF THE WEEK:

Ben Hamlin is Employee of the Week, and you can check out his podcast, Cursed. It’s a Pathfinder actual-play podcast about pirates. You should listen to it. IT HAS BEEN DECREED. Also, support Hell, Inc. on Patreon, because being a freelancer blows, but drawing comics rules.

If you want to support Hell, Inc. for free, vote for it on Top Webcomics. The comic has only been on there for a month or so, but the daily average readership has increased by like 10x. It’s ridiculous. So let’s see how high we can get that number.

Next Week: Solutions? Maybe? Find out early on Patreon.

The Annual Candied Sheep Riot

This is the 75th Hell, Inc. strip, which I only know because of how I name the files. Strip 100 will be dropping in December, assuming the current weekly schedule remains and isn’t ramped up.

In other news, I’m trying to figure out ways to make the Hell, Inc. Patreon more attractive to new Patrons. What kind of stuff would you want to see out of the Patreon that would make you kick in a few bucks? Hit up the comments or one of the myriad ways to contact me (Twitter, FB page, my email, whatever).

EMPLOYEE OF THE WEEK:

Robbie Dorman has published a novel, and is Employee of the Week! Check out his novelatory debut, Conquest, available in ebook or paperback format from Amazon. The employees at Hell, Inc. are a creative bunch, I tell ya. If you want me to tell readers to buy your book, support the Hell, Inc. Patreon and finance things like “paying my mortgage” and “eating.”

If you want to support Hell, Inc. for free, vote for it on Top Webcomics. The comic has only been on there for a month or so, but the daily average readership has increased by like 10x. It’s ridiculous. So let’s see how high we can get that number.

Next Week: RIIIIIIIOOOOOOOOOT! Riot early on Patreon.

The Sellout

This strip has my favourite cameo so far, I think. Patrons already know what it is, but call it out in the comments if you know.

EMPLOYEE OF THE WEEK:

Sylvia Douglas is Employee of the Week! Please help out her partner Been’s efforts on behalf of Sober Saturdayz, a group focused on providing a safe, inclusive party space that isn’t centred around alcohol. Normally I would tell you to give money to the Hell, Inc. Patreon, but this week, support Sober Saturdayz instead. Tell them Hell, Inc. sent you. Or don’t, whatever, I’m not your mom.

If you still want to help Hell, Inc., do it by voting on Top Webcomics. It’s been a steady supplier of new readers, and new readers = more readers, which means more comic for everyone. It’s free, and you can vote daily to help boost the rankings.

Next Week: The annual tradition begins. I’m hearing the Mortal Kombat music in my head right now. Patreon. Support Hell, Inc. there, I want to buy the new Mortal Kombat.