The Boot-lickening

One of my favourite ways for people to signal that I should not respect them is when they are shitty to anyone “below” them in whatever hierarchy they are part of, but a sniveling toad to anyone “above” them. I have seen this at comics industry parties and the secondhand embarrassment is STRONG.

EMPLOYEE OF THE WEEK:

“Game Time” Art Middleton is Employee of the Week! Follow him on Twitter or check out his Twitch streams, OR… do both of those things.  Also, head over to the Hell, Inc. Patreon, where you can support the continued existence of your favourite office demons. It turns out that humans, like demons, need money to live! Me, specifically.

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Next Week: Stan and B.L. Zebub have a stirring intellectual debate about the finer points of motor oil. Read it early on Patreon!

Butt-based Stealth

Butt-based stealth usually means “not farting,” so this is a new, dynamic approach to the topic.

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Leonardo is Employee of the Week, and you can, too, by supporting Hell, Inc. on Patreon at the $2/month or higher levels!

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Next Week: Stan is back, and Satan-y-er than ever! I don’t know what that means, either. Read it early on Patreon!

Exhausted

I, too, am exhausted, although it’s the Sara kind and not the B.L. Zebub kind. Running a crowdfunding campaign is a strange thing, as it feels simultaneously like there’s no time and it will never end. It also feels kind of like a sports season, where the long view of the entire thing is what’s important, but it’s impossible to see that and avoid getting caught up in moment. Sometimes you feel unbeatable, and sometimes it feels like you shouldn’t even be in the league.

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.

Hockeypocalypse: Slashers ends on Thursday AND it has passed its funding goal. so head over to Zoop and preorder a copy. 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!

Never (Immediately) Forget

I am a man in my 30s with ADHD, so I Regularly (Immediately) Forget all kinds of stuff. Like, so much stuff. My brain gives me Hell, Inc., but takes things like “what day it is” and “what I meant to do when I sat down and opened the computer.”

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Sebastian is Employee of the Week, and you can, too!

We’re under two weeks left on Hockeypocalypse: Slashers, so head over to Zoop and preorder a copy, which will ALSO help fund the creation of the book. 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!

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.

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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.

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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.

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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).

 

Don’t Suggest It

It’s like asking the teacher if there’s homework – just because you know there probably is, don’t mention it and maybe they’ll forget! It’s like Ray never went to Satanic high school.

EMPLOYEE OF THE WEEK:

Cait is Employee of the Week at Hell, Inc. and also at her soap business, Soaps & Sorcery. She’s been adversely affected by the vagaries of the Etsy algorithm, so go buy some excellent soap and get her shop moving in a numbers-appeasing direction. You can also support Hell, Inc. on Patreon, which includes access to Hockeypocalypse: Slashers at the $5 or greater tiers, and original digital art commissions! So do that, because Patreon is the only even slightly predictable income I have!

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Next Week: Everyone’s favourite Hell hound is back to… help? Let’s go with “help.” Read it early on Patreon!

Back Soup

Did the first panel of this strip take longer to draw than the entire rest of the strip? Yes. Yes it did. It wasn’t even close, either.

Completely unrelated, the Edmonton Oilers won a playoff series, and therefore I am high on SPORTS in the fourth or fifth-hand way that the success of others can result in. I assume it’s similar to when any other fandom gets a thing they want in a very satisfying way.

EMPLOYEE OF THE WEEK:

“Game Time” Art Middleton is Employee of the Week! Follow him on Twitter or check out his Twitch streams, OR… do both of those things.  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. And you can see every new page as I draw them!

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Next Week: Mo’ manual labour, mo’ problems. Read it early on Patreon!

Probably Not the Worst Job

I think it’s pretty reasonable to consider manual labour less bad than wrangling a giant demon dog who will almost certainly pee on you. Those of you who have read book version of Hell, Inc. Volume 1: Welcome to Hell… Inc. have seen Cerberus before, but the rest of you will be introduced to him soon enough.

Unrelated, but I’m always somewhat amused when a Hell, Inc. update coincides with a major Christian holiday. Even though Hell, Inc.’s version of Hell is far more influenced by depictions of Hell in popular culture than it is the Biblical conception of it, I’m tickled by the idea that someone could be going to an Easter service and reading about demons decorating for Hell’s Christmas party in the same day.

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!

As always, you can vote for Hell, Inc. on Top Webcomics to help it get in front of new readers! Click on the banner below to vote daily!

Next Week: The Arrivals department, where every soul passes through and nobody wants to return. Read it early on Patreon!