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.

Seasons in the Abyss

Welcome, new readers met at the Panel One Comic Creator Festival, and welcome back to the OG readers that stopped by to say hi at the show. I’m very tired, because that’s what conventions do to me, but I must summon the energy to go to the pub several times to watch the NBA Finals with a room full of madly cheering Toronto Raptors fans.

EMPLOYEE OF THE WEEK:

Brien Aronov is Employee of the Week, and you can be too by supporting Hell, Inc. on Patreon! Comics take time and effort to make, and our capitalist hellscape requires that I have money so I can have food and shelter, so your support allows me to spend more time on Hell, Inc. instead of freelance stuff.

And of course, if you can’t chip in a few bucks, you CAN chip in a few votes on Top Webcomics, which helps bring in new readers. Just click the banner below. You can vote once per machine per 24 hours, so feel free to artificially juice those numbers. Performance-enhancing votes are legal in webcomics. Votes in the first few days of the month make a HUGE difference in terms of bringing new readers to the site.

Next Week: Does the multi-Hell really exist? What? Patreon. Go there.

After-Afterlife

I’d like to pretend that I do a ton of preparatory design work for when I need to fill out crowd scenes, but all of the background characters are made up as I go along. The little gremlin sitting on the back of the camel-centaur lady, for example, is only there because her body shape left a dead space in the composition. It also wasn’t intended to be a gremlin from Gremlins; that just sort of happened.

EMPLOYEE OF THE WEEK:

Joe Amon is Employee of the Week! Do you like Hell, Inc.? Are you at a computer right now (of course you are, one lives in your pocket)? YOU can become a Patron and be next week’s Employee of the Week! It’s a way to shout out readers that help support the comic, and every bit of support means less having to interact with the absurdity that is the comic book publishing industry, which is ideal. It’s a nightmare of predatory business practices. Kinda like Hell, Inc., but not a fictional satire.

And of course, if you can’t chip in a few bucks, you CAN chip in a few votes on Top Webcomics, which helps bring in new readers. Just click the banner below. You can vote once per machine per 24 hours, so feel free to artificially juice those numbers. Performance-enhancing votes are legal in webcomics.

Next Week: The line becomes… unruly. Read it a week early on Patreon!

Honourable, Horrible Monster

It always seems like a way better idea to set a scene in an elevator when I’m writing than it does when I have to draw it. Like, WAY better. Most of what will become Hell, Inc. book 2 (yes, I’m planning those things already) involves scenes that didn’t need to take as long to draw as they did, but Writer Jeff doesn’t care about Artist Jeff’s sanity AT ALL.

In other news, Hell, Inc. has been getting a lot of new readers coming in through Comic Rocket, which is pretty cool. I don’t know what resulted in Hell, Inc. getting enough traffic to get onto the front page as a Rising Star, but since that happened, it’s been a rich-get-richer scenario as more and more readers discover the comic. And you know what? That’s fucking awesome. If you’re one of those readers who has arrived via Comic Rocket, welcome!

EMPLOYEE OF THE WEEK:

Damian is Employee of the Week! If you want to get a shoutout and help the other employees on the march to free copies of the old Hell, Inc. comic books, toss a couple of bucks into the coffers of the Hell, Inc. Patreon. It’s how I pay for the web hosting and other things like “eating” and “buying art supplies.”

If you want to help support Hell, Inc. without spending any money, you can vote for the comic on Top Webcomics. Like Comic Rocket, it’s been a growing source of new readers for the comic, and more readers is pretty ideal for everyone involved. Click the banner below to vote!

Next Week: The elevator gets to the lobby. EXCITING TIMES AHEAD. Read it early on Patreon!

Comedy

Writing Steve’s dialogue is the best. THE BEST, JERRY, THE BEST.

EMPLOYEE OF THE WEEK:

We’re back at the top of the cycle with Cait, and the hope that more of you spend your corporate slave bucks over at the Hell, Inc. Patreon, where there will be free comics mailed out when we hit the 20 Patron mark. Also, it increases my amount of predictable income, which is kind of useful for the whole “continuing to survive” thing. Do it.

Or vote for Hell, Inc. on Top Webcomics, which has been pretty huge in terms of site traffic. It’s free, and you can do it every 24 hours. More votes = more new readers = good for everyone!

Next Week: You’re a horrible monster. Patrons aren’t, so they get to find out what that means a week early.

Nom Nom Nom

I write this after spending 10 of the last 11 days on the road doing the Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo and Auroracon up in High Level, AB, and HOLY SHIT I’M SO TIRED. Like, I’m the kind of tired that makes it seem like being this tired is a superpower. Charles Xavier is out there looking for me to join the X-Men as “guy who is so tired he feels like he’s astral projecting into a different reality.”

EMPLOYEE OF THE WEEK:

Me, for still being awake to write this, and for being recruited to join the X-Men. The guinterns are complaining that they haven’t been chosen yet, but there’s still a lot of excess hay in the office that needs dealing with. If they can drive some subscriptions to the Hell, Inc. Patreon, maybe they’ll get that coveted Employee of the Week spot.

Not everyone has disposable income to help guinea pigs achieve their dreams, but you DO have the ability to click the banner below and vote for Hell, Inc. on Top Webcomics, which helps new readers find the comic. You should do that. Frequently.

Next Week: Steve’s got jokes. They’re not funny, but he’s got ’em. Find out what they are a week early by supporting the Hell, Inc. Patreon.

The Line

I spent an obnoxious amount of time drawing cameos into this page. I brainstormed for several days before I sat down to draw, and ended up pulling together a collection of references to other properties that had office and demon stuff involved in them. Can you spot them all? Leave your guesses in the comments!

Calgary Expo 2019 has come and gone, and left Hell, Inc.’s corporate coffers much fuller than they were a few days ago. The rat race never ends, though, and after a day off I’ll be back on the road to Aurora Con in High Level, AB, where I’ll be teaching some comics classes and slinging books.

EMPLOYEE OF THE WEEK:

Me, because I have one day at home in a span of 11 days, and I will probably have lost my mind by the end of that. If you want to help keep me in the office instead of on the road, you can support Hell, Inc. on Patreon. Even just a buck or two adds up pretty fast, and at 20 backers the original black and white Hell, Inc. comics will be mailed to your door!

Not everyone has disposable income to support their corporate overlords, but you DO have the ability to click the banner below and vote for Hell, Inc. on Top Webcomics, which helps new readers find the comic. You should do that. Frequently.

Next Week: The boundaries of personal property are tested. Patreon patrons can read it early!

I Think I Broke It

I’m going to be at Calgary Expo from April 25th-27th, so if you’re also going to be there, come buy stuff. I’m going to be at table P41 in the Big 4 building, which is where all the artists are quarantined now. It’ll be the Canadian convention debut of Advanced Death Saves, which is a really cool anthology about roleplaying games that I contributed a story to. I’ve also got some new prints, and I think it’s also the first Canadian con for Hockeypocalypse Season 4: Cult of Hockey.

EMPLOYEE OF THE WEEK:

Ben Hamlin is Employee (and Dungeon Master) of the Week. Much like me, he is grinding it out in the world of non-famous-before-they-started internet creators, which is a way less great world. Check out his Pathfinder actual-play podcast, Cursed. It’s about pirates. Based on my listening habits, I must assume that all podcasts are either RPG actual-plays, Warhammer-related, or on the How Stuff Works network. If you want help Hell, Inc. reach Critical Role levels of success, but don’t have $11 million, consider kicking a buck or two over to the Hell, Inc. Patreon. I use that money for wild shit like “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: Let’s all go to the lobby, let’s all go to the lobby. Get yourself a treat on Patreon.

Are Glass Chips Not Food?

There’s a silly little callback in this strip that I love and nobody is going to notice, so I’m going to point it out. In the strip Never Stop Screaming, Bridget references Harry having left an entire goat head in the fridge. I don’t know why I remembered that when I went to draw the contents of the fridge, but I did. So now you know that. Also, if you caught that without me pointing it out, I kind of want to hear you point out all the little things you’ve noticed about the comic, because I rarely find out which things people catch and which ones they don’t.

EMPLOYEE OF THE WEEK:

Since his last appearance as Employee of the Week, Robbie Dorman has published a novel! 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: Don’t eat the glass. It’s glass. Read it early on Patreon!