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Hockeypocalypse: Slashers – First 48 Hour Deals

Hockeypocalypse: Slashers has launched on Zoop, and to hopefully lower my stress levels, there are some great deals for the first 48 hours.

Hardcover copies of Slashers will be available for $20 CAD ($16 USD), and a bundle of Slashers and all four previous Hockeypocalypse books for $60 CAD ($48 USD) – that’s over FIVE HUNDRED pages of Hockeypocalypse!

Click the images below to pre-order your copies via Zoop, and also make me significantly less stressed out.

Rent-A-Thug on Webtoon

I’ve entered Webtoon’s Call to Action contest, and did so by going back to a world I haven’t visited in a long time – Rent-A-Thug! I had a blast adapting a style that had originally evolved into a way to hide being bad at drawing. Figuring out how to keep the same visual signatures while modernizing it to my current skill level was challenging, but I’m very happy with the result.

Please check it out, like, and comment. Audience engagement is part of the judging criteria, so I unfortunately cannot rely on having made a rad comic alone. Click the image below to go to the comic!

Coming Soon – Hockeypocalypse: Slashers!

It’s taken a lot of time and effort, but Hockeypocalypse: Slashers is nearly upon us! The crowdfunding campaign to finance the book’s publication will be taking place on new comics-only platform ZOOP beginning on June 21st. You can sign up now to be notified when the campaign goes live – there are some awesome early-bird deals, and the faster it is funded, the faster I can breathe normally again.

Click on the cover image to go to the campaign’s Zoop page, where you can sign up to be notified via email when the campaign launches on June 21st!

Ukrainian Aid Links

I am a cartoonist, and therefore my analysis of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is utterly worthless to anyone who wants actual information. What I DO know is that innocent people have been killed, hurt and displaced from their homes by the hundreds of thousands and this total will only rise in the coming days. If you want to help them, I’ve collected a few links to organizations that are helping people in the region right now. If you, like me, are horrified by what is happening and wish you could do something then that’s as good a place to start as any.

  • Canadian Red Cross: the local wing of an international emergency-relief organization. The federal government says it will match individual donations by Canadians.
  • Médecins sans frontières (Doctors Without Borders): a humanitarian group that’s been supporting Ukraine’s COVID-19 response. According to their website, they have pivoted their mission in the area to assisting with emergency medical care as well as providing training and supplies/help to local health care workers and volunteers. They also have personnel active in neighbouring countries to help people who have fled there.
  • Save the Children: an international NGO delivering emergency aid to Ukrainian families.
  • Voices of Children: offers psychological support to children affected by the conflict in Eastern Ukraine.

Welcome, New Readers

Hello, comically large number of new readers, and welcome to Hell, Inc. Who knew that having a single popular tweet would be more effective than several years of actual promotional effort?

With so many new folks, I thought it would be a good time to reintroduce myself and what I’m up to. I am Jeff Martin, a cartoonist in Edmonton, Alberta. I got my start in 2005 doing a weekly comic called Rent-A-Thug for the U of A Gateway newspaper, which was later put online as a webcomic. After 5 years I moved on to a new comic designed to expand my artistic skills, HEAT: The Space Age of Pro Wrestling. That ran for 7 years before giving way to Hell, Inc., my first full-colour webcomic – sort of. Toward the end of HEAT’s run I wrote and drew a full-colour webcomic for Heavy Metal, Where Is Zog? That led to being hired by metal band GWAR, whose music heavily inspired Where Is Zog? (which took its title from a song on the Lust in Space album). I drew a back-up story in their comic Orgasmageddon, then an entire chapter of the follow-up, The Enormogantic Fail (which you can buy from me!).

I’ve also drawn a bunch of books only available in print, including the Anne Frank: Witness to History volume of the Show Me History series for Simon & Schuster. Most notable is my Hockeypocalypse series, which currently has 4 books available. You can buy all of those on my Etsy store if you’d like!

Speaking of Hockeypocalypse, I’m currently drawing the fifth book in that series, a standalone horror story called Slashers. I’m serializing it on Patreon as I draw it, so please consider heading over to the Patreon to check that out and also support Hell, Inc. (and get to read the strips early!). Patrons at the $5/month and up tier will be getting a printed copy of Slashers when those are ready,

Thanks for checking out Hell, Inc., and I hope you stick around and keep reading! You can subscribe via RSS, or if you prefer to read comics on Webtoon, subscribe there! See you around the office!

Hockeypocalypse: Slashers on Patreon

My next book, Hockeypocalypse: Slashers, is going to be serialized on Patreon!

Slashers is a 96 page young adult horror story about hockey mutants in post-apocalypse Canada. I’m collaborating with cartoonist Lukasz Kowalczuk on the book, and it’s going to melt your faces off. I’m not saying that as a brag – I’m extremely hyped about the art that we’ve produced so far, and I can’t wait for you to read this book.

Patreon is also, as of this writing, my only predictable source of income, so here’s the deal – if you subscribe at the $5/month tier or higher, you get to read the new Hockeypocalypse book as I draw it AND when the print edition is ready, you’ll get one in the mail! You get an awesome book and I get to continue to pay my mortgage while I draw it. Sounds great, right? Click the image or link below to subscribe and join the Hockeypocalypse Hall of Fame.

Click here, or the image below.

Hell, Inc. Volume 5 – Overtime

Hell, Inc. Volume 5 is hot off the presses (or the PDF-creating equivalent) and, like B.L. Zebub on the cover, brings the heat. What is the heat in this context? Uh, it’s the next volume of the demon office comedy that you scrolled past to get to this post. This volume features the exclusive short story “Party Planning Perils,” featuring our favourite demons’ attempts to plan the company Christmas party.

Volume 5 is exclusively available to Patreon patrons until it is released in print, and you can get your digital hands on it for as little as $1 a month. Pretty good deal to support your favourite creator and read great books, eh? Click the image below to head over to the Patreon and download your copy.

Hell, Inc. Volume 4: Mandatory

The digital version of what will become Hell, Inc. Volume 4 is done, and it’s “Mandatory!” As was (and remains) the case with volume 3, the fourth book will be available exclusively to my Patreon patrons as a PDF. Patreon doubles as a relatively predictable income source as well as an incredible source of validation. A single new $1 patron makes my day – it’s a wonderful affirmation that people love and support the comics I’m making. If you want to make my day AND get access to Volume 4 (as well as Volume 3 and over 1000 pages of other digital comics), click on the cover below!

Vote for Hell, Inc. in the Sequential Magazine Awards!

Good news, everyone! Hell, Inc. has been nominated for the Best Webcomic category of the 2020 Sequential Magazine Awards for Canadian independent comics, and YOU, THE READER can cast your vote to determine the winner! So please, dear Hell, Inc. reader, click on the image below to cast your vote! For more information on the other categories, click the second image.

Let’s get an award to go on the office wall, shall we?