Yo Yo Yo, Kick It

Good News, everyone! The fourth Hockeypocalypse book is launching on Kickstarter at 5 PM Mountain Time (4 PM Pacific, 7 PM Eastern) TODAY! Go buy it.

EMPLOYEE OF THE WEEK:

It’s Cait of the North, who is essentially an unpaid marketing intern. If you want to be Employee of the Week (or an unpaid marketing intern), hit up the Hell, Inc. Patreon and help support your corporate overlords.

Next Week: Meanwhile, in the fridge…? Also, more Hockeypocalypse plugs, although hopefully you’ve all helped that get funded by then. Read the comic early by supporting Hell, Inc. on Patreon.

99 Printers and I Forgot Which One

This is definitely the most obnoxiously pleased with myself I’ve been about a strip title so far. As soon as I make several Wu Tang references in the titles, I will reach a very specific kind of nerd apotheosis. B.L. Zebub’s issue with the printer is also something I can identify with recently – I got a new printer, but my computer remembers the old one, and I keep accidentally trying to send things to the old printer. I’m very good at things, you guys. So good.

EMPLOYEE OF THE WEEK:

Congratulations, Ben Hamlin, you’re our Employee of the Week, and our Dungeon Master for the Cursed Seas podcast. Statistically speaking, you, the reader, probably listen to The Adventure Zone – so you should also listen to Cursed Seas. Do you want to be Employee of the Week? Of course you do, everyone wants to please their corporate overlords. You can do it by supporting Hell, Inc. on Patreon!

Next Week: B.L. Zebub gets kicky. Is kicky a word? It is now. Read it early on Patreon!

He’s Right Behind Me, Isn’t He?

This is going up after Edmonton Expo, but being written the day before it starts, so thanks to those readers who may or may not have stopped by to chat and buy some books. It was clearly the best possible idea to follow up three and a half months of sitting at home drawing with two conventions in two weekends. Eventually they won’t be a key revenue stream, and that will be a good time.

EMPLOYEE OF THE WEEK:

Robbie Dorman, host of the Simpsons Show and Serial Fanatacist podcasts, is the Employee of the Week. Did I see him at Edmonton Expo? Maybe! Only the me that can time travel knows, because I’m not going to go back and edit this later. He also has a Patreon, perhaps consider throwing him a few bucks as well, yes? CORPORATE SYNERGY. If you want to get in on the corporate synergy, support the Hell, Inc. Patreon so I can keep using the corporate gold card.

Next Week: The boss might be angry. MAYBE. It’s possible. Find out how possible by supporting Hell, Inc. on Patreon, where patrons get to read each week’s strip early!

The Sticky Notes of Self-Confidence

“Sticky Notes of Self-Confidence” sound like an item in an RPG about an office. Speaking of which, I have a half-written draft of a Hell, Inc. tabletop RPG. Is that something people would be interested in seeing? If that sounds like a thing you might want to play, let me know, and I’ll devote some effort into polishing that up into something more publishable.

Also, welcome new readers that I met at the Saskatoon Entertainment Expo, and also thanks to current readers who stopped by to say hi and pick up some of my other books. I’m writing this newspost on Thursday, so the con hasn’t happened yet. I’m just anticipating that at least one of those things will be accurate by the time it’s over and this post goes up.

EMPLOYEE OF THE WEEK:

Happy Harbor Comics! I did a signing there a few weeks ago, for my new graphic novel Redcoats-ish 2. It went quite well. Thanks to HH for having me, and for their ongoing support! If you’re in Edmonton, go check them out. If YOU want to be Employee of the Week and have me say nice things about you, donate at least $2 to the Hell, Inc. Patreon!

Next Week: Butt fire. Pull the Butt Fire Alarm early by supporting Hell, Inc. on Patreon!

Why Do We Have This Place!?

The Break Room is a really weird concept from a Hell, Inc. short story that barely anybody read. Happy Harbor Comics (who you may have noticed in the Employee of the Week section of previous posts) used to host a 12 hour comic challenge, where you had to make a 12 page comic in 12 hours. I wanted to do a Hell, Inc. story, but also knew that I needed a way to cheat heavily so I didn’t have to draw all the perspective and setting stuff that takes a long time. I came up with the idea that the original break room was a break from reality, and sent people into a white void with stuff floating around in it. That story was teeeeeerrible, and far outclassed by my friend (and Ape Court collaborator) Dan’s story, which was the Mexican bootleg edition of my comic, but I liked the idea of the break room void. The cat wearing a sombrero is an homage to Dan’s bootleg, although I don’t think any cats appeared in that story.

EMPLOYEE OF THE WEEK:

Joe Amon is Employee of the Week! Perhaps I’ll run into him again at this year’s Edmonton Expo, where I will be one of the Creator Guests! If you want to be Employee of the Week, check out the Hell, Inc. Patreon, where you can also read each week’s strip several days early and even get some digital comics at a deep discount.

Next Week: The intern’s psyche is going to be mostly PTSD by the time Hell, Inc. is done with her. See how she reacts to the Break Room by supporting Hell, Inc. on Patreon!

Nicknames

Steve is a lot of fun to write, because everything he says elicits groans from Doug. The initial idea for him was to be a more antagonistic rival figure, but the more I wrote his and Doug’s dialogue exchanges, the more I liked him as a benign character who just happened to irritate the living shit out of Doug. He’s substantially less important that way, and has drastically reduced screen time, but I think the interpersonal dynamic is more interesting.

EMPLOYEE OF THE WEEK:

Damion is Employee of the Week this week, and also emailed me this week, because the website for my old comic HEAT broke. I probably wouldn’t have noticed for months without someone telling me, so thanks, Damion! Also, shout out to Hell, Inc.’s IT guy, Greg, who is in charge of fixing that. If you want to be Employee of the Week, finance your corporate overlords’ lavish lifestyle (aka help pay my mortgage) by supporting Hell, Inc. on Patreon!

Next Week: Ever notice that there are two break rooms? Eagle-eyed readers will be rewarded. Check it out early on Patreon!

He Thinks He’s Funny

The greatest terror of all – the boss who thinks he’s funny. Steve Carrell became a zillionaire from that archetype. I’m almost certain that, were I to have employees, I would be the boss who thinks he’s funny. If it went anything like my time as a teacher, that would be the case. Turns out teenagers don’t think really dryly delivered Simpsons jokes are funny, because they’re wrong.

EMPLOYEE OF THE WEEK:

Cait of the North. She Twitters a lot, and also lives in the same house as me. You too can be employee of the week, by donating to Hell, Inc.’s Patreon, and continue to keep the lights on at our favourite corporate overlords’ office.

Next Week: Steve has some things to say, and Doug does not want to hear them. Find out what Steve says on Patreon.

Forgetful

You’ve gotta be a special kind of forgetful to not remember the human being you’re holding up by the face. Also a special kind of strong. A MINOTAUR kind of strong.

In my head, I was hearing that last paragraph like an over-dramatic ad read.

EMPLOYEE OF THE WEEK:

Postmodern Locke joins the company, and is our newest Employee of the Week. They didn’t give me anything to plug, but I thank them for their patronage! If you want to be thanked for your patronage, and get a shoutout in the newspost, hit up the Hell, Inc. Patreon and pay my art-producing ass. That’s right, my ASS produces the art. I should go to bed.

Next Week: Return to the Planet of The Office. I’m not sure what that even means, to be honest. Find out what it means on Patreon!

Femur Harmonica

Femur Harmonica is the name of my new zydeco metal band, we’ll be opening for The Dusty Udders next weekend.

In other news, writing really elaborate threats that may or may not even make sense is really fun.

EMPLOYEE OF THE WEEK:

We’ve got a new Employee of the Week, which is great because I get sick of doing the same ones over and over. Welcome Ben Hamlin to the company, host of the pirate-themed Pathfinder podcast Cursed. If you’re one of the zillion listeners of the Adventure Zone, give it a listen! If you want to be Employee of the Week, hit up the Hell, Inc. patreon and keep the corporate gold card paid off.

Next Week: Taking the intern for a walk. Read it early by supporting Hell, Inc. on Patreon!

Running of the Sheilas

This is a scene that is a good example of how my imagination works while I write – it’s way less visual than you might expect. Until I sit down to do thumbnails, I really only have a vague idea of how the page composition is going to look. There’s a swirl of overlapping images, which actually kind of helps – most of the time, there’s no perfect image in my brain that I’m trying to recreate. I’m just trying to pull something out of that swirl of imagery that suits the scene.Sometimes that imagery is directly inspired by Invader Zim and involves somebody being casually picked up by the face.

EMPLOYEE OF THE WEEK:

Crafty Geeks, makers of various geek-related crafts (shocking, right?) are the Employee of the Week, because businesses being the Employee of the Week is a thing, I guess. If you want to be Employee of the Week, support Hell, Inc. on Patreon.

Next Week: I’m sure having a minotaur pick her up by the face will be good for Sara’s anxiety. Right? Surely. Find out how correct I am on Patreon.