A Very Short Mystery

Truly I am the successor to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle or Agatha Christie with these kinds of mystery writing skills. Or at least the successor to the procedurals where it’s always the first suspect but they chase a bunch of others to pad the episode.

EMPLOYEE OF THE WEEK:

Anthony is Employee of the Week, and has jumped on board to read Hockeypocalypse: Slashers, which you should, too! The first 36 pages (which make up issue 14) are up, with issue 15 starting right away. You’ll be helping support the book’s existence, and also be getting the printed book when it’s ready!

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Next Week: Everything is extremely normal, especially when you have to say it is extremely normal. Read it early on Patreon!

Secret Misery Weapon

Secret Misery Weapon is my new rap name, I’ll be touring as Cadence Weapon’s much worse sidekick that is there to hype the crowd down so that when they hear something good they lose their goddamn minds in relief. It’s a new, innovative approach to live music. I’m not even high, this is just the kind of road my brain goes down all the time.

EMPLOYEE OF THE WEEK:

Shane Lees is Employee of the Week! He also does a webcomic, called The First Dude, which you can check out at his website. You should also check out the Hell, Inc. Patreon, where for $5/month you can read issue 14 of Hockeypocalypse, and will start getting pages from the absolute unit that is issue 15 next week! You also get Hell, Inc. strips early, or, at higher levels, you can commission original art from me!

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Next Week: A micro-mystery, which are the newest hot genre. Read it early on Patreon!

No Plan for Dying Inside

Is there really ever a plan for dying inside? I had a conversation yesterday that was tangentially about that, speculating that because I had been self-employed for so long I would struggle mightily to adjust if I had to go back to working for somebody in the standard, supervised way. I am absolutely certain that would be the case, because I need some level of personal investment in what I’m doing to do my best, and I also don’t like being told what to do. So… yeah, hopefully this “drawing cartoon pictures” biz continues to be viable enough that I don’t get booted out of the house.

EMPLOYEE OF THE WEEK:

Welcome new Employee of the Week “Game Time” Art Middleton! Follow him on Twitter or check out his Twitch streams, OR… do both of those things. Yes. Do that. Also, head over to the Hell, Inc. Patreon, where you can support the continued existence of your favourite office demons and also the creation of my new graphic novel, Hockeypocalypse: Slashers. I can say, without hesitation, it is the best book I have ever drawn.

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Next Week: B.L. Zebub will make no promises, because he’s honest about being a liar. Read it early on Patreon!

Puzzle It Out

I mentioned this on Patreon, but way more people read the stuff I post here. Every time I look at one of the strips involving spreadsheet Tetris I’m struck with the desire for there to be a Hell, Inc. video game. I don’t know how to program a video game, but if anyone else thinks a Hell, Inc. puzzle RPG with spreadsheet Tetris as the core gameplay would be cool and you either know or are a game developer, hit me up.

EMPLOYEE OF THE WEEK:

Bartender of the Apocalypse is Employee of the Week, and you can too by heading over to the Hell, Inc. Patreon and supporting at the $2/month tier or above! At the $5/month tier or above, you get access to Hockeypocalypse: Slashers as I draw it! And you should do that, because that’s my only paying thing right now, and humans need money to live because we haven’t overthrown the rich yet.

EDMONTON EXPO UPDATE: I was going to be doing my first convention appearance in 2 years at Edmonton Expo in October, but that has since been cancelled due to the Alberta provincial government’s complete inability to do anything for the public good unless it benefits the party or its donors. Anyway, in an attempt to both get books to readers and replace some of that convention revenue, I’m running a sale on my Etsy shop until October 3rd for 25% off your order total on any order of $20 or more. If you were planning to stop by at Edmonton Expo, head over to the shop and grab the books you were looking for!

Next Week: The Real Break Room/Revolutionary Headquarters. Read it early on Patreon!

Tetris Must Be Destroyed

Why yes, this strip title (and the line it is referencing) IS a reference to GWAR’s “America Must Be Destroyed.” Those of you who have been around for a while will not be surprised at all that the guy who drew an entire comic based on a GWAR reference which led to him drawing an official GWAR comic would continue to make GWAR references. Have I said GWAR enough? GWAR.

EDMONTON EXPO UPDATE: I was going to be doing my first convention appearance in 2 years at Edmonton Expo in October, but that has since been cancelled due to the Alberta provincial government’s complete inability to do anything for the public good unless it benefits the party or its donors. Anyway, in an attempt to both get books to readers and replace some of that convention revenue, I’m running a sale on my Etsy shop until October 3rd for 25% off your order total on any order of $20 or more. If you were planning to stop by at Edmonton Expo, head over to the shop and grab the books you were looking for!

EMPLOYEE OF THE WEEK:

Azhar Baig is Employee of the Week, and has a podcast called The Wisdom of Love that you should check out. It’s a comedic recounting of the Great Western Philosophers. You, too, can support Hell, Inc. on Patreon, and also read my new graphic novel, Hockeypocalypse: Slashers, as I draw it!

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Next Week: B.L. Zebub’s anti-Tetris rampage. Read it early on Patreon!

Nothing to See Here

Sometimes I re-read old pages and am pleased that a page I forgot about has storytelling that I think really holds up. This is the kind of strip that isn’t attempting to replicate film but is using the storytelling elements that are unique to comics, like the sequence of thought balloons following Sara’s thought process. This has been another installment of “the creator forgot what he drew, but it turns out he likes the stuff he makes. Funny, that.”

EMPLOYEE OF THE WEEK:

Christine Bennett, better known as Purple Pony Art, is Employee of the Week! Perhaps I will see them at Edmonton Expo in October, and perhaps I will see YOU there. If not, perhaps I will see you on the Hell, Inc. Patreon, where I’m serializing Hockeypocalypse: Slashers to pay bills while I draw it. It’s how I get money so that I don’t need to take freelance jobs and do conventions (which I am simultaneously looking forward to and terrified of).

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Next Week: I don’t understand her level of passion for the topic, but you love to see it! See it early on Patreon!

Puzzled

Happy Labour Day, workers of the Hell, Inc. audience. As always, I support using Hell, Inc. to steal company time like they’re stealing your time, so make sure to use your “settling back in” time on Tuesday morning for some catch-up or an archive binge.

EMPLOYEE OF THE WEEK:

Sebastian is Employee of the Week, and was also Employee of the Week last time I posted a comic on a holiday Monday, which is a strange bit of chance. I don’t know how to transition from that to Patreon stuff, but you can get Hockeypocalypse: Slashers as I draw it AND access to over a thousand pages of other comics, including the previous Hockeypocalypse books, for $5 a month on Patreon and ALSO help support me, the creator of said comics, because apparently humans need money to live. It’s a real bummer, that need for money to live.

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Next Week: Suspicions are… whatever suspicion as a verb is. Read it early on Patreon!

Ambient Misery

For the first time since December, 2019, I sold some books at an event. Over a year and a half. I was helping Caitlin sell soap at an event called Wholly Handmade, and brought some books along at her suggestion, as well as promo materials for Hell, Inc. To those of you who discovered the comic by meeting me at the show, welcome!

EMPLOYEE OF THE WEEK:

Jillian Dolan, artist of Kyle the Nihilist Dinosaur, Misha, and other delightful comics, is Employee of the Week! She has access to Hockeypocalypse: Slashers, my new graphic novel, which is being serialized on Patreon as I draw it! We’re up to page 24 as of this post, and they’re some of the best pages I’ve ever drawn. The first 5 pages are available on Patreon for free, and the rest are unlocked by donating at the $5 and up tiers. So go do that.

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Next Week: A puzzling lack of ambient misery. Read it early on Patreon!

I.T. to the Rescue

The title kind of makes me wish I knew how to make the hang-up click icon in the bottom right panel into a spinning sound effect thing like the Batman ’66 scene transitions. The first panel reminds me that this is the most “The I.T. Crowd” that Hell, Inc. has gotten. Sometimes I think about how Slava kind of exists in a totally separate sitcom that occasionally crosses over with Hell, Inc.’s office comedy.

EMPLOYEE OF THE WEEK:

Barrie Deatcher is Employee of the Week for upgrading his Patreon pledge to read the new Hockeypocalypse graphic novel, Slashers, as I draw it! And you can, too, by pledging at the $5/month or higher levels! For the cost of a cup of coffee, you can help finance my next book so I can draw awesome stuff AND pay my mortgage! Because drawing comics is what I love, and paying my mortgage is how I get to continue being alive. The arts! They’re a nightmare because capitalism.

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Next Week: The I.T. imp makes his triumphant return to the office, gas mask in tow. You wouldn’t think the I.T. department would need those so often. Read it early on Patreon!

Work Purposes

You know when someone tells you that what they’re doing is for work purposes, they are always telling the truth. It is impossible to lie about Work Purposes.That’s just a fact.

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. Other things that are terrifying include having Patreon being my primary source of income at the moment! Do you like Hell, Inc.? Kick in a buck a month! Want to be Employee of the Week? Chip in 2 bucks a month. Want to read my brand new graphic novel Hockeypocalypse: Slashers as I draw it? 5 bucks. Want me to draw some stuff for you? Only 20 or 30 bucks. Get on board, where we’re going we need comics.

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Next Week: Where do you turn when you need hope? The I.T. department… that sounds wrong. Read it early on Patreon.