Mandatory Intramural Overtime

Happy Canadian Thanksgiving/regular Monday as applicable!

B.L. Zebub continues to be my favourite character to write, because I can do almost anything with him. All I have to do is have him be a dickhead boss and BAM whatever indignities he’s suffered are in the background again and he’s back to being a tyrannical villain. It helps that he has direct power over all of the other characters, so even if he looks like a buffoon, he doesn’t lose any power. He’s just mad about looking like a buffoon and has the power to make your life difficult because he feels bad about himself. I just accidentally explained all of managerial relations in one paragraph, you’re welcome.

EMPLOYEE OF THE WEEK:

We’re back at the top of the rotation with Cait of the North, who really earns Employee of the Week status by running a lot of my social media at this point. It turns out that I like Twitter and stuff a lot better when I don’t actually have to spend time writing promotional posts instead of drawing. If you want to help me spend more time drawing, you too can support Hell, Inc. on Patreon! For as little as $1 you can contribute to the comic’s financial viability!

As always, you can support Hell, Inc. for free by voting for it on Top Webcomics! Click the banner below to vote and help drive new readers to the comic.

Next Week: The practice schedule is revealed, because that’s a normal thing for intramural company softball leagues to have, right? Read it early on Patreon!

Mandatory Intramural Slo-Pitch

The idea for this part of the story originally came from that early episode of The Office where the office plays basketball against the warehouse. The plan for it in the third issue of Hell, Inc. was to be a dodgeball game, because I played in a dodgeball league and thought that would be more fun to draw. During the revamp of the series as a webcomic, I changed it to slo-pitch for two reasons: 1. baseball sucks, so of course that’s what they play in Hell, and 2. when I worked as a teacher, it was mandatory that I help with an outside-of-school activity, and ended up “coaching” softball. I wanted to use that complete lack of interest in something that I was forced to do for something other than arranging all skill demonstrations so I didn’t have to actually throw or catch or bat.

EMPLOYEE OF THE WEEK:

Cindy Gauthier is the Employee of the Week. She also draws things, 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. Incidentally, I am currently posting this from under the mountain of freelance inking that I’ll be doing for the next few weeks. Good thing I have a buffer of strips!

As always, if you’d like to support Hell, Inc. but capitalism has squeezed all of your spare cash out of you, you can vote for Hell, Inc. on Top Webcomics! Top Webcomics has been the best resource for gaining new readers, and more votes = more new readers seeing the comic! Click the banner below to vote!

Next Week: Mandatory Intramural Overtime! Read it first on Patreon!

Summoned

There tend to be gaps in drawing Hell, Inc. strips. Typically I’ll draw 3-5 strips in a week or 10 days, then have to take a break to work on something else – commissions, other comics, boring business stuff, etc. Sometimes those breaks are short. If I’m doing a commission, for example, it might only take a day or two. Other times, those breaks are pretty long, like the two months I spent drawing pages for the new GWAR: The Enormogantic Fail graphic novel. The first strip I draw when I come back from a break is always an interesting experience. Aside from reacquainting myself with storytelling in the horizontal format, how I draw the characters and how I approach the compositions is always a little different. That’s mostly due to art being a skill that evolves over time – when I do a different project, I learn new things and hone skills I already have, so when I come back to something that I’ve worked on over a long period of time, my technique is a bit different. This is all a more-detailed-than-necessary lead-up to saying that starting with a bird’s eye view of the office, where there are many characters and a whole bunch of background objects, was perhaps a more challenging choice than it needed to be.

EMPLOYEE OF THE WEEK:

The Employee of the Week section is back to normal, post-Kickstarter. BUT, we do have a nice segue between the two, as I welcome new patron Barrie Deatcher, who is also a Kickstarter backer. Welcome, Barrie, and also welcome to the new readers that have discovered the comic as a result of the Kickstarter. If you want to be Employee of the Week, support Hell, Inc. on Patreon – it’s how I keep money coming in so I can cut down on the amount of freelance work I need to take on. Given the amount of freelance work I’ve done this year, it is not working haha.

Another great way to support Hell, Inc. is by upvoting it on Top Webcomics. It’s been the largest source of new readers by a pretty substantial margin, and higher rankings = more new readers. Click on the banner to vote, and make a habit of it – you can vote once a day!

Next Week: Everything that is fun is also mandatory, right? That makes sense. Read it early on Patreon!

Candied Sheep Lung

As I type this update, it’s 1:30 AM on Sunday morning. I got home from the Wonderland Edmonton fka Happy Harbor Comics Edmonton Expo after-party, and I still have another day of the show starting in about 8 hours. I am very tired. When this posts, I will trying to get as much sleep as possible so I’m semi-coherent when I go see Ghost on Monday night.

Also, the Kickstarter is over! It hit the $3000 stretch goal, which is awesome. This will be the last week of Kickstarter backers as Employees of the Week. Next week, it’ll be back to business as usual shouting out Patreon patrons.

EMPLOYEE OF THE WEEK:

The Kickstarter backers from the final week! There’s a lot of them.

Kate McLellan

David Taylor

Paul Spence

Daniel Nester

Sophia

Adam Conway

Craig Hackl

Phil Scott

Rachel Sanders

Joseph Ives

Jana Kanakaratnam

Rob Wrecks

Cam Hayden

Alex Baldwin & Karen Exline

Marco Johanssen

Wencris

Thanks to these fine folks, as well as the others in previous posts who all helped make the Hell, Inc. print books a reality!

Next Week: B.L. Zebub is excited about something, which means nobody else will be. Read it early by supporting Hell, Inc. on Patreon!

Fart Bus

Drawing this strip involved Googling the phrase “fart monster” while students at one of the Drawn to Write camps were working on a project. It turns out there are roughly four hundred thousand children’s books about farting monsters. Who knew? The publishing industry, apparently.

In Kickstarter news, there’s less than 72 hours left! If you’ve been waiting, because you wanted to stress me out, get on it! Time’s almost up. Click the image below to pledge your support to the only corporate overlord who isn’t actively ruining the planet.

EMPLOYEE OF THE WEEK:

Another light week, but I expect next week’s backer list will see a pretty big surge. The first few days and the last few days of a Kickstarter campaign always result in the majority of the backers. Thankfully for my sanity, this campaign has been a lot steadier throughout than the previous campaigns, and the most significant slowdown happened after the funding goal was hit.

Michael Rider

Enrica Jang

Paul McErlean

Shawn Underhill

Starside Comic Team

Matt Johns

Want to get your name in next week’s news post? Back the Hell, Inc. Kickstarter. Really, though, don’t do it just to get your name in the post. Do it because they’re awesome books that are also helping bring in new readers and keep the comic a viable project, financially.

Next Week: The Annual Candied Sheep Riot Clean Up.

Exorcise Exercise

This strip is a slight twist on an actual encounter I had on the bus once. Years ago, I was taking the bus home from an RPG session (Rogue Trader, the Warhammer 40K roleplaying game that Fantasy Flight Games used to publish, if I recall correctly). It was a reasonably full bus, and I was sitting near the front. Two homeless guys sat down on the fold-up seats by the door. One of them started ranting and raving about demons, which nobody was paying attention to. Then he says “there’s demons right here on this bus” and looks right at me. Looks me right in the eye. I am now uncomfortable, but return to reading and ignoring him. Then he starts waving his arms and imploring other bus-riders to join him in exorcising the demons from the bus, which causes both me and about 10 other people to move as far back on the bus as possible. This just causes the guy to start exhorting his fellows to join him in exorcising the demons even more vigorously. At this point, the other homeless guy, who has sat silent the entire time, just grabs the other guy by the shoulder and pulls him back down into his seat, saying only “shut the fuck up about demons.”

The Hell, Inc. Kickstarter has funded! The print books will be on their way to the printer later this month as a result. There are still stretch goals to achieve, though, and over a week left to hit them, so there’s work left to be done. If you’ve been waiting to see if it funds, wait no more! You’ve got less than 10 days to throw your support behind the project and be among the first to get the new books!

EMPLOYEE OF THE WEEK:

We’re continuing with the Kickstarter backers. This week, the ones who pushed the campaign across the goal.

Michael Kingston

Lee Ditsworth

Shauna Forrister

Loren Albrecht

Chris Burris

Jennifer Bisaillon

Christine Stewart

Want to be in next week’s list, and responsible for helping unlock free copies of the original black and white Hell, Inc. comics? Back the Hell, Inc. Kickstarter by clicking the image above!

Next Week: The Beelzebus vis a vis Earth buses.

Abandon All Hope

I’m imagining that Hell has turned “abandon all hope, ye who enter here” into a “New York, New York” kind of jingle, which is why I knew immediately that I needed to draw Doug making “your name up in lights” arm gestures.

In Kickstarter news, things are going pretty well. As of writing this post, it’s just under 75% funded with more than two weeks remaining. If you’ve been meaning to get in on it and haven’t yet… what are you waiting for? All pledges will be charged when the campaign ends on September 18th, so there’s no reason to wait! Click the image below to head to the Kickstarter page!

EMPLOYEE OF THE WEEK:

As I mentioned last week, the next few Employee of the Week sections will be dedicated to all of the readers pledging their support to the Hell, Inc. Kickstarter campaign. They have my eternal gratitude and also a place on this list (the list is the exciting part, I’m sure!). The week two backers are… (pretend I put a drumroll sound effect here)

Jenny Reynolds

Al Welch

Elias Rosner

Demelza Carlton

Jay Bardyla

Matt Lui

John MacLeod

Trevor Sieben

Sierra Jackson

Vincent Rhoyall

Want to be shouted out in next week’s newspost? Just click the image above and preorder your copies of the Hell, Inc. print books. It’s that easy!

Next Week: Exorcise exercise, take the Beelzebus.

Couch Spiders

I’m not entirely sure why Sara sleeping on floors and Doug tripping over her became a running joke, but it has, and I fully intend to continue calling back to it in the future. Fun fact: this will be the first strip in the 3rd Hell, Inc. print collection (as of now untitled). The first two are on Kickstarter right now – this is your opportunity to make up for missing out on the ground floor of Apple or Google or Amazon, and get in on the ground floor of Hell, Inc.*

*Not actually a real corporation with shares, because nobody would let an artist run that.

Click the image below to check out the Hell, Inc. Kickstarter campaign and help support the first two books!

EMPLOYEE OF THE WEEK:

The Employee of the Week honours are going to be changed up a little bit for the next month as the Kickstarter runs. I’m going to be shouting out all of the Kickstarter backers from the previous week. I’m eternally grateful to everyone who is willing to spend their entertainment dollar on my work, and chooses to spend their time in the worlds I create. Is list form the best way to express that? Probably not, but it’s the form I’m going with. So without further adieu, the week one list.

Sean Tonelli

Sylvia Douglas

Gail de Vos

Caitlin Fortier

Joey Gruszecki

Robbie Dorman

Melissa Hooper

Matthew Smith

Cindy Gauthier

Mike Harrington

Gayle & Gary Martin

GMarkC

Paul D Jarman

Elaine Cassell

Daniel Schneider

Jaroslaw Ejsymont

Heather Rusk

Tayson Martindale

Chase Kantor

Brent Jans

Barrie Deatcher

DBDH

Mountain Barber

Brent Finnestad

Kelly Tindall

Serah Blunt

Chad Colpitts

Variant Edition Comics & Culture

Mark Allard-Will

Chris Anderson

Matt Kund

Tardulv

Ian Mondrick

Jay Lofstead

Nicole Daenzer

Dan Collins

Whew. That’s a hell of a list (pun very intended). A heartfelt thank you to every person on that list, and for everyone who will be in future iterations of the list. Do you want to be at the top of next week’s list? Pledge your support to the Hell, Inc. Kickstarter.

Next Week: Abandon all hope, ye who enter here. Hopefully not the bathroom.

Muster Point Massacre

I didn’t realize my office comedy was going to have vehicle stunts in it, but here we are.

You know what else is here? The Hell, Inc. Kickstarter! It’s going live at 3 PM today (Monday, August 19th). It’s your first chance to get your hands on the Hell, Inc. print books, and also to help them exist.

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.

Like always, you can support Hell, Inc. for free by upvoting it on Top Webcomics. Click the banner below!

Next Week: Roommates! Read it early on Patreon!

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!