Stingerless Bees My Butt

Keen-eyed readers may have noticed that Steve is frequently seen eating bees out of a ziplock bag. This is a very dumb joke that I have been setting up since episode FIFTEEN. For those keeping count, this is episode 171. Speaking of episode numbers, I just finished drawing strip 199 about half an hour ago, as if this writing. 200 will be tomorrow!

EMPLOYEE OF THE WEEK:

Brien Aronov is Employee of the Week, and has access to the Patreon-exclusive digital copy of Hell, Inc. Volume 4: “Mandatory.” You can, too, by supporting Hell, Inc. on Patreon! For as little as $1, you can keep the company profitable and also get access to over a thousand pages of digital comics, which are sent to all new patrons.

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Next Week: Stingerless bees are a win/win situation. Find out how on Patreon.

Gloating Doesn’t Have to Make Sense

You know, sometimes B.L. Zebub is right. Gloating doesn’t have to make sense, you just need enough smarm and smugness that everyone around you is deeply irritated in their soul by it. It’s a very B.L. Zebub to be right about, really.

EMPLOYEE OF THE WEEK:

Joe Amon is Employee of the Week, and has access to the digital version of Hell, Inc. Volume 4: “Mandatory.” You can, too, by supporting Hell, Inc. on Patreon for as little as $1 a month! Not only is it a relatively stable source of income, which, as an artist, is a nightmare to obtain, it also does wonders for my self esteem! So much of making a webcomic feels a bit like posting into the void, so one of the most validating feelings is seeing en email introducing a new patron who enjoys what I’m doing enough to give me a dollar for it.

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Next Week: Snacks that bite back. Read it early on Patreon!

Subtlety

It’s important not to be too subtle about your expectations. Also, at some point I got much better at spacing out dialogue so that I can fit all of the balloons in comfortably and easily. BTW, this is page 169. Nice.

EMPLOYEE OF THE WEEK:

Cait is Employee of the Week, and has just relaunched her Etsy shop, Soaps & Sorcery! Go buy soap from it, and also keep an eye out for a Hell, Inc. themed soap collab at some point later this year. She is surprisingly game for my very silly theme ideas. You should also keep an eye out on the Hell, Inc. Patreon, where new patrons receive access to over a thousand pages of digital comics, including the as-yet-unreleased Hell, Inc. Volumes 3 and 4! Also you will know that you made me super-psyched, because the feeling of getting those “you have a new patron” emails is incredibly motivating and validating.

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Next Week: Gloating doesn’t have to make sense! Read it early on Patreon!

 

Re-promoted

And that’s a wrap on volume 4! In fact, I’m already halfway done drawing volume 5, which is zipping along pretty quickly. As of typing this post, I’ve just finished strip 189, and have scripts up to 205. I’m hoping to have the whole volume scripted by the end of the week, then I’ll start figuring out the back-up story for the print book while I draw the rest of the volume.

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Bartender of the Apocalypse is Employee of the Week, and presumably works at O’Hellihan’s pub. They support Hell, Inc. on Patreon, and you can, too! New patrons receive access to Hell, Inc. Volume 4: “Mandatory,” which includes a book-exclusive short story about The Bad Chair, and over a thousand pages of other digital comics!

You can also help Hell, Inc. by voting for it on Top Webcomics, which is where the largest number of new readers come from. Votes early in the month are especially valuable as the rankings reset, and your efforts have been keeping Hell, Inc. in the top 300 for the last several months. Click the banner below to vote daily!

Next Week: Volume 5 begins in the Real Break Room! Read it early on Patreon!

The Greatest Hits

What are the toady greatest hits, you ask? FIND OUT NEXT WEEK! How’s that for a next episode tease? What? It’s lame? Well who asked you, anyway?

All right, I’m having a conversation with myself now, so I’m gonna stop and move this thing along.

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Sebastian is Employee of the Week, and you can, too! In fact, you can also read Hell, Inc. Volume 4 – “Mandatory” before the general public by donating as little as $1 a month to Hell, Inc. on Patreon! There are also over a thousand pages of other comics available to patrons, so check that out.

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Next Week: Schemes upon schemes upon easily actionable non-schemes. Read it early on Patreon!

Demoted

Less than 10 panels between promotion and demotion has to be some kind of record, right?

EMPLOYEE OF THE WEEK:

Jillian Dolan, artist of Kyle the Nihilist Dinosaur, Misha, and other delightful comics, is Employee of the Week! She is one of the folks with exclusive early access to the digital edition of Hell, Inc. Volume 4: Mandatory and its bonus short comic detailing the only origin story that really matters: the bad chair. Support Hell, Inc. on Patreon for as little as $1 a month and you, too, can find out where that most diabolical of furniture pieces came from.

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Next Week: Back to the greatest hits? Read it early on Patreon!

A Promotion’s a Promotion

A promotion is a promotion, except when it’s actually kind of a punishment, like when I worked at a Blockbuster and my supervisors made less than a dollar-an-hour more than me but had to do paperwork.

There’s only ONE WEEK left to vote for Hell, Inc. in the Best Webcomic category of the Sequential Magazine Awards for Canadian independent comics. I would really appreciate it if you did that, because validation is good, actually. And even better when I can hang it on my office wall! Seriously, though, please go vote by clicking the image below.

If you want to check out the nominees in the other categories, many of whom are friends and acquaintances of mine, check out the full nominee list by clicking here.

Employee of the Week returns next week (for real, this time) when I have my shit together and remember to prep the update ahead of time like normal.

Next Week: Promotions are followed by bad decisions. Read it early on Patreon!

Terrible Step-stool

It turns out that humans are not actually good step-stools, especially when they are much smaller than you are.

You’ve probably seen it on the site or on social media by now, but Hell, Inc. has been nominated for an award! It’s up for Best Webcomic in the Sequential Magazine Awards (which are for Canadian independent comics), which is very cool. The winner is voted for by you, the people, and you can vote by clicking the image below! I would really appreciate it if you did that, because winning things rules and I want an award to put in my office (the last one I won saw the company shut down before they sent me my plaque).

If you want to check out the nominees in the other categories, many of whom are friends and acquaintances of mine, check out the full nominee list by clicking here.

Employee of the Week returns next week when I have my shit together and remember to prep the update ahead of time like normal.

Next Week: Even the good news is bad news. Read it early on Patreon!

The Most Terrible Punishment

The most terrible punishment… is forced festivity!? It is in Hell! And also malls in December.

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Cindy Gauthier is Employee of the Week, and can help fulfill all of your COVID-related mask needs. If you want to get your comics needs handled, support Hell, Inc. on Patreon, where you’ll get a digital copy of Hell, Inc. Volume 4: “Mandatory” (which includes a book-exclusive short story) as well as over 1000 pages of other comics!

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Next Week: Is Sara as sturdy as soap box? Find out on Patreon!

Champions of Unpaid Overtime

It was my birthday yesterday, which feels like more of an achievement in pandemic world than it has in the past. It was a pretty good birthday, all things considered – the Oilers and Raptors both won, I got an awesome piece of art as a gift (which you can see on my Twitter). While being a truly bizarre year of existence, 2020 was actually pretty good for my cartooning career, and you’ll be seeing some of the results of that later this year.

EMPLOYEE OF THE WEEK:

Ben Hamlin is Employee of the Week. You can find Ben’s podcasts/streams on the Infinity Break Network! He also has access to Hell, Inc. Volume 4: Mandatory, and you can too if you head over to the Hell, Inc. Patreon page and chip in as little as $1/month! Patrons have access to both the third and fourth Hell, Inc. print books in their digital form, including exclusive short stories in each, and over 1000 pages of other digital comics!

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Next Week: The most diabolical punishment revealed. Read it early on Patreon!