The Empty Cubicle

This week’s Patreon preview talks about the phenomenon where a piece of media advertises a mystery character death, and then it turns out to be a whole lotta nothing. Except in this case, I killed a “character” unadvertised to empty a desk. Real galaxy brain stuff.

EMPLOYEE OF THE WEEK:

Shane Lees is Employee of the Week! He has a webcomic, Tales of Abuse, which you can check out at his website. You should also check out the Hell, Inc. Patreon, which is my predictable form of income. One of these days it will replace the need to freelance! Not a SOON day, but one day!

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Next Week: Have you heard that judgement is mandatory? Read it early on Patreon!

The Bee Tooth Rule

The bee tooth rule is a very good one, I think. If you’re doing anything and your teeth start to feel like they’re full of bees, you should probably stop doing that thing. That line is courtesy the time I forgot that I had already taken my ADHD medication, and the accidental doubling of the dosage made it feel like my teeth were vibrating. I don’t recommend it!

EMPLOYEE OF THE WEEK:

Brien Aronov is Employee of the Week, and you can too! Get Employee of the Week shoutouts, read my next graphic novel as I draw it, or commission digital art! All of those things also help provide a level of predictability to my income that basically doesn’t exist otherwise, because freelancing is chaos.

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Next Week: Ray’s Stay Awake Juice. Read it early on Patreon!

Topics of Conversation

Conversations with my parents during the pandemic made me realize how much “things we have done recently” form the core of most casual conversation. When the answer to “what have you been up to” is “nothing, same as you,” it’s a lot harder to carry on a chat. That was indirectly how I arrived at writing this strip. I wasn’t consciously comparing the gang not having anything to talk about because they’ve all been together for a month straight to not having anything interesting to tell my parents because I’ve been at home for a month straight, but upon reflection it’s pretty clear how I ended up at this week’s joke.

EMPLOYEE OF THE WEEK:

Sebastian is Employee of the Week, and you can, too! It’s how I have predictable money, which is both Cool and Good. If everyone who read the comic in a month chipped in $1, I’d be able to turn down most freelance work and focus on doing Hell, Inc. stuff and my own graphic novels! That would be pretty cool. Speaking of graphic novels, currently Rent-A-Thug: La Cosa Glasnostra is being reformatted as traditional comic pages and posted. Following that, the Rent-A-Thug graphic novel will be starting up (unless some publisher gives me a lot of money before that happens).

Also, the next RPG in my burgeoning empire is going to be launching in February, so sign up for my monthly-ish email newsletter to learn about BURGERPunk.

Diance Party

I don’t know what a table-dancing jam is in Hell, but Diane probably has some insight on that.

EMPLOYEE OF THE WEEK:

Barrie Deatcher is Employee of the Week, and will get to read my new Rent-A-Thug graphic novel as I draw it! Subscribers to my newsletter have already seen the first page, which I think is several orders of magnitude cooler than any previous Rent-A-Thug stuff. Patreon is my predictable source of income, and I would very much like it to grow to the point where I can get into a workflow of webcomic + graphic novel.

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Next Week: Ever look at a group of people and wonder “what would they even talk about?” Sara does. Read it early on Patreon!

Evolution of Dance?

Yes, I DID have to Google what the name of that dance video that was big on YouTube and got referenced on The Office was called. That was probably an unnecessary effort, but that is what we do here at Hell, Inc. It’s very clear that the comic, the corporation in the comic, and sometimes my studio area are all named the same thing.

I’m starting 2023 with a lot more concrete plans than normal, art-wise. The staggering artistic achievement that will be BURGERPUNK, the RPG, will be launching on Kickstarter in February. If you reacted to that with “that title rules,” then congratulations, you’re gonna like it a lot.

EMPLOYEE OF THE WEEK:

Cindy Gauthier is Employee of the Week, and you can read her comic on Webtoon! It’s called Posthumous, and is a comic about two friends (who are cool, weird cyborg-things) exploring space and how the things that are in space are often terrifying. Season 2 is underway!

Patreon! Go there. Do that. It is my most reliable source of income, and that is very helpful when living that freelance life. If everyone who read the comic last week chipped in $1/month, that would be enough to almost completely eliminate the need for freelancing. That would be rad!

Also check out the Newsletter, where I’ll be dropping some art from the Rent-A-Thug graphic novel for the first time!

Next Week: Diane lives a funk-based existence. Read it early on Patreon!

The Secret Technique

Last week was obnoxiously busy, with Hockeypocalypse: Slashers launching on Zoop (go preorder a copy, by the way, and greatly reduce my stress levels), two podcast recordings, launching the quickplay rules for the RPG Cait and I have been making, Fail Marines. I’m very tired.

EMPLOYEE OF THE WEEK:

Cindy Gauthier is Employee of the Week, and you can read her comic on Webtoon! It’s called Posthumous, and is a comic about two friends exploring space and how the things that are in space are often terrifying. Season 2 is underway!

I like a good Patreon plug as much as anyone, but the real business here is Hockeypocalypse: Slashers on Zoop. It is my favourite comic I’ve ever written/drawn, and I think you’ll agree. Preorder your copy to help fund the book’s existence! Get it for yourself, get it for a friend or family member, or do all of the above! Not interested in Hockeypocalypse (you should be, are you okay?)? Donate your copy to your local library when you get it!

Totally Under Control

Do I identify too much with Sara in this comic, but where the giant three-headed dog is life? MAYBE, WHATEVER, YOU’RE NOT MY THERAPIST.

EMPLOYEE OF THE WEEK:

Ben Hamlin, host of Syndicated with Lesley and Ben (among other casted pods), is Employee of the Week. You can check out the two episodes of Syndicated that I guested on to hear my talk with my meat voice about workplace comedies. I’m on the episodes about extremely well-crafted but under-remembered ’90s sitcom NewsRadio and 2010s stoner thing that loosely adheres to its premise, Workaholics. You can also hear me on it at some point in the near future talking about Hell, Inc. adjacent cartoon Ugly Americans! I’ll let you know when that happens.

In other news, Webtoon is running a contest called Call to Action, and I entered with the first Rent-A-Thug comic published since 2010! Please go check it out and like and comment, because audience interaction is part of the criteria (which I both understand fully and dislike tremendously). Click on the banner below to check it out!

All Jobs Involve Cerberus Pee

Does YOUR job involve Cerberus pee? I hope not, for your sake, but it would really help prove the bold theory proposed by this strip title.

EMPLOYEE OF THE WEEK:

Brien Aronov is Employee of the Week, and you can too! Get Employee of the Week shoutouts, read Hockeypocalypse: Slashers as I draw it, or commission digital art! All of those things also help provide a level of predictability to my income that basically doesn’t exist otherwise, because freelancing is chaos.

In other news… letter. I have a newsletter now. I haven’t started sending them out yet, but once the mailing list has some signups I’ll be sending out newsletters highlighting the stuff I’m working on, things I think are cool, and pet pictures. I don’t know how often those will be going out, but I’m thinking monthly unless I’m running a crowdfunding situation for a new book. You can sign up by entering your email address in the space below (it will not given to anyone else, and only used for newsletter purposes).

 

Cerberus

The first appearance of Cerberus! He starred in the short story included in the first Hell, Inc. print book, but this is the first time he’s appeared outside of it. Did I completely forget how to draw him in the interim? ABSOLUTELY.

EMPLOYEE OF THE WEEK:

Leonardo is Employee of the Week, and jumped on board to read Hockeypocalypse: Slashers as I draw it! You can, too, and patrons at the $5/month and greater levels will be getting print copies when those are ready! It’s definitely the best book I’ve done so far, and the first five pages can be read for free! Also, Patreon is a helpfully consistent source of income, so support at any amount is much appreciated!

You can also help Hell, Inc. gain more visibility by voting for it on Top Webcomics! You can vote daily by clicking on the banner!

Next Week: Super Manual Labour Funtimes! Read it early on Patreon!

The Client Yeeting Department

I wish my jobs had client yeeting departments. Throwing customers into the sun when they annoy me? Hell yeah.

EMPLOYEE OF THE WEEK:

Shane Lees is Employee of the Week! He has launched a new webcomic, Tales of Abuse, which you can check out at his website. You should also check out the Hell, Inc. Patreon, where for $5/month you can read Hockeypocalypse: Slashers as I draw it! I’m in the midst of the absolutely massive issue 15 (which is 60 pages long!) You also get Hell, Inc. strips early, or, at higher levels, you can commission original art from me!

You can also vote for Hell, Inc. on Top Webcomics! It’s the beginning of the month, so the rankings have reset and votes are worth more upward mobility in the standings. Click on the banner below to vote daily!

Next Week: The three-headed hound of Hell! Read it early on Patreon!