I Live Here Now

I feel like I could really crush drawing a comic about baseball. I don’t love the sport, but it’s inarguably the best-suited sport to being adapted as stories in other mediums. Speaking of things I don’t love, I haven’t been able to draw the last four pages of Hell, Inc. volume 4 because of the contract work I’m doing. I look forward to mid-December when I get to draw what I want to again.

EMPLOYEE OF THE WEEK:

Jillian Dolan is Employee of the Week! She is also a comic-smith, and you should check out her works, including Misha and Kyle the Nihilist Dinosaur. They’re delightful. If you think Hell, Inc. is delightful and want to support it with your hard-earned money, head over to the Hell, Inc. patreon. As a reward, new sign-ups gain access to a folder of over 1000 pages of comic, including the otherwise unreleased Hell, Inc. Vol. 3: “Team-building Exercise!”

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Next Week: Sara may have misunderstood the context within which this baseball tournament is happening. Read it early on Patreon!

Montageball

Montageball is like Moneyball except it’s not a lauded film, it’s a strip from a somewhat-read comic on the internet. Also it’s actually about baseball instead of… *gasp*… MATH.

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Ben Hamlin is Employee of the Week! You can find listen to Ben’s various podcasting projects on the Infinity Break Network! If you think the entertainment you’ve been getting from Hell, Inc. is worth a dollar, check out the Hell, Inc. Patreon page and contribute to my only reliable source of quarantine income! Patrons have access to the third Hell, Inc. print book, including an exclusive short story, and over 1000 pages of other digital comics!

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Next Week: The pitches continue to be slo, because that is what the sport is. Read it early on Patreon!

Reasonable Practice Schedule

This would definitely be the style of practice scheduling that every football coach would go with if they were allowed to. Football is already cartoonishly militaristic, might as well add the sleep deprivation and hideous overworking, too! I know the demons are playing baseball, not football, but I don’t know any stereotypes about baseball coaches, and the football coach ones are all insane.

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Brien Aronov is Employee of the Week, and you can, too, by supporting Hell, Inc. on Patreon! You’ll also get access to Hell, Inc. book 3, “Team-building Exercise” as well as over a thousand pages of other comics for as little as $1! What else are you gonna do with $1? Nothing, that’s what. So hit up the Hell, Inc. Patreon and continue to allow me to both produce comics AND pay my mortgage! I like to be able to do both of those things.

You can also buy books from my online store, from which there is free shipping to Canada until the end of October! Every book gets a signature and a sketch in it.

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Next Week: TOURNAMENT ARC! The BEST kind of story. Read it early on Patreon!

Anthropomorphized Shapesball

It’s Shapesball Night in Hellmerica! Insert the theme of your favourite sports program here. And then duck if you see shapes flying at your head, because it’s probably the ball.

In other news, the book market graphic novel I’ve been working on continues to grind along toward completion, after which I’ll be wrapping up Hell, Inc. Volume 4.

EMPLOYEE OF THE WEEK:

Joe Amon is Employee of the Week, and has access to over a thousand pages of digital comics for supporting Hell, Inc. on Patreon, including book 3, “Team-building Exercise!” You can, too, by supporting Hell, Inc. for as little as $1 a month! Patreon is my only really predictable income source, so even a dollar is incredibly helpful!

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Next Week:A well designed practice schedule for a well-oiled baseball machine! Read it early on Patreon!

Anthropomorphized Shapes

And now you’ve got the Tetris theme stuck in your head again. You’re welcome. I continue to grind away on the graphic novel I’ve been hired to draw for one of the book market publishers, so I continue to lack things to say in these news posts.

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Cait is Employee of the Week! You can buy her fantasy-themed soaps on her Etsy store, Soaps & Sorcery. We’re also working on a roleplaying game together about failson Space Marines causing massive amounts of carnage through their incompetence. If you want to support Hell, Inc. (of course you do, it’s great), hit up the Hell, Inc. Patreon where you can also get exclusive access to the third Hell, Inc. book, “Team-building Exercise” by donating at any level!

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Next Week: Anthropomorphized Shapesball! Read it early by supporting Hell, Inc. on Patreon!

The Bad Chair Wars

Assume the lightning panel is accompanied by a super sick guitar riff that shreds your soul. I know that’s a thing you can actually embed into comics on, like, Webtoon and stuff, but I don’t want to learn how to do that. I also don’t know how to play sick-ass guitar riffs. Also I hate it when Webtoon comics play music, because I never realize that’s where it’s coming from until I’m halfway through the comic and have paused or muted whatever other media is playing at the time.

EMPLOYEE OF THE WEEK:

Joe Amon is Employee of the Week! Thanks for supporting Hell, Inc. Joe! If YOU, dear reader, think Hell, Inc. is worth a buck and want to help support it, you can do that by heading over to the Patreon. New Patrons will be receiving a digital copy of Hell, Inc. Volume 3: “Team-building Exercise,” as well as over 1000 pages of other digital comics from my catalogue, as well as some from guest artist Lukasz Kowalczuk.

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Next Week: The ol’ sinister swappity swap. Read it early by supporting Hell, Inc. on Patreon!

The Bad Chair

Early in working on Hell, Inc. I solicited weird office stories from my friends who work in offices, and the bad chair comes from one of those. Caitlin had her chair swapped at some point while she was out of the office, and realized pretty quickly that the new one was broken and hurting her back. After a week or so of scouting the office for unused chairs, she found one that was unattended and swapped it with the bad chair. And thus I had a very silly subplot that would prove to be totally obnoxious to draw.

EMPLOYEE OF THE WEEK:

Azhar is Employee of the Week, and has come to us via some crossover from the Lions Led by Donkeys podcast, which I’ve done some art for this year. Do you want a drawing of Napoleon as a donkey riding backwards on a confused horse? Well because of LLbD, you can do that. Do you want to help support Hell, Inc.? You can do that, too! If you think what I’m doing here is worth a dollar, you can support Hell, Inc. on Patreon to get early access to each strip and a digital copy of Hell, Inc. Volume 3: “Team-building Exercise!”

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Next Week: The Saga of the Bad Chair continues. Read it early by supporting Hell, Inc. on Patreon!

A Very Normal Face

Sara’s dialogue in the first two panels is, in hindsight, a pretty concise encapsulation of my existence in the direct market comics industry. I have since fallen ass-backwards into the book market, which has been a far greater fit for both my skill set and career goals. In fact, I’m about to get the paperwork done for my first full gig in the book market (I did inking work on a book last year), which I’ll be spending most of the back half of 2020 drawing. Don’t worry, though, I’m like 30 weeks ahead on Hell, Inc., so interruptions to the regular update schedule should be minimal or not present at all.

EMPLOYEE OF THE WEEK:

Sebastian is Employee of the Week, and I forgot to ask him if he wants me to plug anything for him, so, uh… hit me up if you want me to plug anything for you? If you, dear reader, want to be Employee of the Week, or just think Hell, Inc. is worth a dollar and want to help support it, head on over to the Hell, Inc. Patreon. You’ll also receive Hell, Inc. book 3: “Team-building Exercise” and over 1000 pages of other comics!

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Next Week: The Ballad of Ray Trying to Sit Down. Find out what the hell that even means by supporting Hell, Inc. on Patreon!

Failure to Toady

Don’t you just hate it when you’re trying to get some quality brown-nosing in and the boss slams the door right in your face? Just the worst.

EMPLOYEE OF THE WEEK:

Laurel is Employee of the Week, and one of the many new patrons to take advantage of the COVID-related benefits now being offered – new patrons will not only gain access to the digital edition of the third Hell, Inc. book, “Team-building Exercise,” months before it’s released to the general public, they will also have access to over a thousand pages of other digital comics! At the $5 and up tier, you’ll also get new digital comics as they’re released! If you want to get in on that, or just think that Hell, Inc. is worth a buck, head over to the Patreon page and help keep the lights on.

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Next Week: The least alarming face, definitely. Read it early on Patreon!

Drag Me to Hell (from Elsewhere in Hell)

Having just lettered a later page in the series (the as-yet-untitled strip #134) and completely botched the balloon spacing to the point that I had to change font sizes to make things fit, I have no idea how I managed to leave the exact right amount of space in the last panel of this strip. Spacing weird balloons like that is much harder than spacing the normal ones, and somehow I got that one right.

EMPLOYEE OF THE WEEK:

Welcome new Employee of the Week, Christine! Christine is the artist behind Purple Pony Art, and is among the folks to have access to Hell, Inc. Volume 3: Team-Building Excercise well before the general populace! As a special thanks to the Patrons who are supplying my only income during the COVID crisis, the third Hell, Inc. book will be available to all Patrons at every support level. It won’t be made available otherwise until the next Kickstarter (for books 3 and 4). If you want to help support Hell, Inc., head over to the Patreon. Every dollar helps (a lot), and during quarantine/social-distancing all patrons will receive a Dropbox link with over a thousand pages of comics to pass the quarantime.

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Next Week: The floor is lava! Kind of literally! Read it early on Patreon!