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!

Antifreeze Vibrations

I don’t remember how, when, or why, but Helen’s personality being informed by middle-aged white women whose personality has never stopped being “drinking” has given me so much more material than I ever expected. Helen is one of a handful of characters who didn’t exist at all in the original black and white Hell, Inc. comics (I haven’t mentioned those in ages, eh?) but who I now actively seek to include in scenes because she adds a specific kind of energy that the other characters don’t bring. An extremely chaotic wine goblin energy.

EMPLOYEE OF THE WEEK:

Shane Lees is Employee of the Week! He has launched a new webcomic, Tales of Abuse, which you can check out at his website. With Hockeypocalypse: Slashers concluded, Patreon patrons are going to be getting a new graphic novel serialized soon, but first, starting in August, you’ll be seeing the remastered for print version of the first Rent-A-Thug story published in over a decade, La Cosa Glasnostra. I drew the entire thing in Webtoon’s vertical scrolling format, so reconstructing it into printable pages has been a challenge.

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Next Week: The opportunity to escape is looming as soon as a certain head/butt-based interaction happens. 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!

Not A Good Time

I look forward to having a Hell, Inc. buffer again, which is creeping toward being a reality. Granted, I still have to write and draw said buffer, but I have less urgent demands from elsewhere to get in the way of that.

EMPLOYEE OF THE WEEK:

Barrie Deatcher is Employee of the Week, and he’s already got a copy of Hockeypocalypse: Slashers coming to him from supporting the creation of the book on Patreon! If you don’t, you need to 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.

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. 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!

The Most Productive

Aaaaand there goes the buffer, gotta get back to the drawing board. Literally. It is one of the 32 parts of “WAY TOO MANY THINGS” I’ve got happening right now, which is… a lot.

EMPLOYEE OF THE WEEK:

Robbie Dorman is Employee of the Week. He is co-host of The Simpsons Show, the only podcast about The Simpsons. You should also follow him on Twitter to learn about his new novel releases. He writes that good good scary shit. You should ALSO check out the Hell, Inc. Patreon, which is currently host to my new graphic novel, Hockeypocalypse: Slashers. I’m posting new pages every week for patrons at the $5/month and up levels. You get to help me have an income while I draw the book AND you’ll get a printed copy in the mail when they’re ready! So go support your favourite cartoonist for the cost of a coffee (which is a terrible point to convince someone of anything, since caffeine is addictive and, unfortunately, my comics are not).

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Next Week: I can’t remember! More Cerberus stuff, I think! Read it early on Patreon!

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.

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My Hero’s Broken Body

Cerberus is very fun to draw but I had to completely relearn how to do it, because his previous appearance (prior to a few strips ago) was drawn nearly 3 years ago. It turns out that the muscle memory for a character that was in four or five panels doesn’t last for several years! Who could have guessed?

EMPLOYEE OF THE WEEK:

Joe Amon 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.

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Next Week: Leash laws apply in the Hell, Inc. lobby. Read it early on Patreon!