Untitled Hell Comic

So I totally thought Doug’s balloon in the last panel would be bigger and cover up most or all of the building’s placard. And that’s how, by overestimating the size of a balloon, I made the name of Doug’s apartment building an Untitled Goose Game reference. It’s canon now.

EMPLOYEE OF THE WEEK:

Joe Amon is Employee of the Week! For the first time in over a month I had to actually look at the rotation to see who was next, since it wasn’t just “who’s new?” Thanks to all of you who have signed up to support Hell, Inc. on Patreon and received Hell, Inc. Vol 3: Team-building Exercise as well as over 1000 pages of digital comics. It’s still my only predictable (and sometimes only, period!) source of income, so if you think the comic is worth a buck, head over to the Hell, Inc. Patreon.

Voting on Top Webcomics is also a great way to help bring new readers to Hell, Inc., and also a great way for me to get tripped out seeing where Hell, Inc. ranks in comparison to some comics that I consider real heavy hitters. Spoiler – Hell, Inc. ranks shockingly well in comparison.

Next Week: Seriously one of my favourite strips. Read it early by supporting Hell, Inc. on Patreon!

It Would Have Been Better to Eat a Person

No seriously though fuck executives. You know that adage that you get more conservative as you get older (presumably because you make money and want to protect it)? I have very much gone the opposite direction. At this rate, by the time I’m 70 I’ll be swinging battle axes at CEOs.

EMPLOYEE OF THE WEEK:

Returning staffer Ben Hamlin is Employee of the Week. Ben is also in the business of keeping us all entertained during quarantine as a podcaster with 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!

It’s early in the month, which means votes over on Top Webcomics are worth even more as the playing field is reset! Click the banner below to help boost Hell, Inc. in the rankings and get it in front of more new readers.

Next Week: The only thing worse than riding the bus is getting off of the bus. Support Hell, Inc. on Patreon to read it early!

The Floor is Lava

“Pissing lava” has a whole different context in Hell, I guess, huh?

EMPLOYEE OF THE WEEK:

Welcome new Employee, Azhar! He comes to us via the Lions Led By Donkeys podcast, who I designed several t-shirts for. I received my Napoleon shirt in the mail last week, check ’em out. And listen to the podcast, it’s great. Especially if you liked my War of 1812 books. If you want to join the growing staff supporting Hell, Inc. on Patreon and keeping my bills paid, head over to the Hell, Inc. Patreon. As a thank you and to provide some much-needed levity during our current pandemic, all patrons will have access to a Dropbox folder with over 1000 pages of digital comics, including Hell, Inc. Volume 3: Team-Building Exercise.

You can also support Hell, Inc. by voting for it on Top Webcomics! It’s the primary source of new readers, and more votes = more visibility = more new people checking out the comic. Click the banner below to vote!

Next Week: The Beelzebus is an improvement over the pee sidewalk, I guess. Read it early 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.

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.

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!

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.

Go Jump in a Lake of Fire

Part 2 of fixing the posting errors. The previous Hell, Inc. strips were all drawn in one month-long batch. This is the first one that was drawn after that initial batch, three months later – and it was like I totally forgot how to draw the comic. This is also the first one I had to scan with my new scanner, which was a bit of an adventure. Scanner settings are the most important thing in combining traditional and digital art, and it seems like they never really carry over from machine to machine. It’s weird.

EMPLOYEE OF THE WEEK:

Tony Esteves draws a webcomic called Legendary Woodsman. His Cigarro & Cerveja comic strip had a year of overlap with my Rent-A-Thug comic at the University of Alberta Gateway newspaper, which is how I originally became aware of his work. He is Employee of the Week. I am writing this in a weeeeeeird cadence. If you want to be Employee of the Week, and get a weirdly-cadenced blurb, hit up the Hell, Inc. Patreon.

Next Week: DemoniCopy – just because you’re in Hell doesn’t mean you don’t need photocopies. read it early by supporting the Hell, Inc. Patreon!