Clear Eyes, Full of Bees, Can’t Lose

I blame the title of this strip being a Friday Night Lights joke on the Dilettante Ball podcast. It’s delightful, and the kind of podcast that will spend a year clicking “random article” on the Friday Night Lights TV show wiki as a bizarre joke that they definitely regret pretty quickly. Go listen to it.

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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.

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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.

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

Busted

Patreon patrons will be aware that I’ve retitled this strip. The reasons for that are two-fold: 1) the original title on the Patreon preview was long and terrible and 2) I forgot that I had already titled every strip that’s already drawn for alternate reasons I think I’m now supposed to mention yet. In news I can tell you about, I’m almost 20 strips ahead! This one is 167, and I finished 186 on the weekend. Now I need to get back to the script mines to wrap the rest of book 5 (which will end on 210).

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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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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.

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

Somebody Else to Blame

Why be introspective and learn about yourself when you can blame your failures on others? It’s so much easier!

In other news, I just signed some paperwork that will lead to exciting Hell, Inc. developments in THE FUTURE. Dunno how far into the future, that part isn’t really up to me.

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Robbie Dorman is Employee of the Week, and is co-host of a new podcast called Cartoon Graveyard! I was the first guest in the podcast’s history, on the episode about The Mighty Ducks cartoon (it’s really weird!). You should check it out, and also check out his main podcast, The Simpsons Show. You should ALSO check out the Hell, Inc. Patreon, where Hell, Inc. Volume 4: Mandatory is now available to patrons at any level!

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Emotional Growth?

B.L. Zebub having a temper tantrum is always a lot of fun to write and draw. Much more fun than actual bosses having temper tantrums.

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Welcome Shane Lees, our new Employee of the Week! He’s one of the first to have access to Hell, Inc. Volume 4: Mandatory because he supports Hell, Inc. on Patreon, but YOU CAN, TOO! If you want access to digital copies of Hell, Inc. books 3 and 4, plus over a thousand pages of other comics, you can get that for as little as $1 while also helping keep the mortgage paid on the Hell, Inc. offices by supporting Hell, Inc. on Patreon.

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