Lava Bees

I’m also annoyed when people shoot down my brilliant ideas because they’re “impractical” and “dangerous” and “will absolutely cause more harm than good.” Solidarity, Steve.

EMPLOYEE OF THE WEEK:

Robbie Dorman is Employee of the Week, and 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. You should ALSO check out the Hell, Inc. Patreon, which is currently host to my new graphic novel, Hockeypocalypse: Slashers. I’m posting 3-4 pages per 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: There are dumb dummies all over this office, apparently. Read it early on Patreon!

Solid Sara

The third panel was really easy to write and quite a challenge to draw, which is generally the case whenever something is hard to draw.

EMPLOYEE OF THE WEEK:

Brien Aronov is Employee of the Week, and is reading Hockeypocalypse: Slashers as I write it! Will it be the best book I’ve ever produced? Probably! And by supporting me on Patreon at the $5/month and up levels you’ll get a print copy when it’s done. Supporting my art on Patreon means I can keep doing stuff like that instead of hunting for freelance jobs and trying to develop graphic novel pitches that agents/publishers will like (I have no idea what either of those groups like). Capitalism, it is a huge pain in the ass for someone like me who likes to make stuff but whose creative niche does not result in making hits.

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Next Week: There are no bad ideas, except that’s not true at all, there are absolutely bad ideas. Read it early on Patreon!

That Good Misery

I lovelovelove doing layouts that push what a comic strip can look like, and since this is strip number 200, I wanted to make it stand out. Also, this is strip number 200, which is kinda wild to me. That’s a lot of comic strips, and I want to thank all of you for being why so many strips exist. Whether you’ve been reading since the start or just discovering the comic now, Hell, Inc. doesn’t get to 200 strips if people aren’t reading it. Of course, MORE people reading it is always great, so please share the comic with your friends.

EMPLOYEE OF THE WEEK:

Joe Amon is Employee of the Week, and is reading Hockeypocalypse: Slashers as I draw it! And you can, too, by supporting me on Patreon at the $5/month or higher tier, which will help me gain financial independence from freelancing, which is a real grind. So, y’know, you should do that if you can.

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Next Week: The closest I will come to making a Metal Gear Solid comic, perhaps? Read it early on Patreon!

The Normalest

What, you don’t just stand around like that it in the kitchen? That’s NOT the normalest thing to do? Neither is saying “normalest?” Well now I just don’t know what to think about the world.

EMPLOYEE OF THE WEEK:

Cait is Employee of the Week at Hell, Inc. and also at her soap business, Soaps & Sorcery. You should go buy soap from her right now. I’ll wait here. Okay, you’re back? Cool, we’ll resume the newspost then. Have you thought about supporting Hell, Inc. on Patreon? You should, because that’s how I have financial security outside of freelancing (incidentally, I have very little financial security outside of freelancing).

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Next Week: Hell, Inc. #200! That’s so many comics! I need a nap. 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!

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!

Very Different Problems

It took me the longest time to grasp what magical realism meant, only to learn that I do it ALL THE TIME in my comics. Like, constantly. Like, this entire strip. So that’s fun.

EMPLOYEE OF THE WEEK:

In some pretty ideal CORPORATE SYNERGY, Ben Hamlin, host of Syndicated with Lesley and Ben (among other casted pods), is Employee of the Week just days after my SECOND appearance on his podcast! First, I joined Lesley and Ben to talk about underrated sitcom gem NewsRadio, where we dunk on Joe Rogan and Andy Dick for human garbage, but mostly discuss the clear line of progression that can be drawn from NewsRadio to later hit NBC workplace sitcoms The Office, 30 Rock, and Parks and Rec. Then, because of some scheduling weirdness, I returned for the very next episode to discuss the episode of Workaholics where they try to network at the Gathering of the Juggalos. They’re both great fun, and an opportunity to actually hear me talk and confirm that I am a real human and not just a robot that generates comics.

Speaking of comics, I’m serializing my new graphic novel, Hockeypocalypse: Slashers on Patreon at the $5/month and up tier, which gets you 10-15 pages of the book as I draw them! It’s the best book I’ve made so far, so you should absolutely check it out, because patrons at the $5/month and up tiers will ALSO be getting a print copy of the book when that’s ready.

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Next Week: It’s very important to be clear that you are using office supplies for work purposes. Especially when you aren’t. Read it early on Patreon!

Hell, Inc. and the Deathly Silence

Hell, Inc. and the Deathly Silence will also be adapted into two movies, but the creator won’t use their Twitter account to be a gigantic piece of shit. Why, you ask? Because if I get two movies worth of Hollywood money, my Twitter account will entirely consist of me posting art and weird thoughts that make me sound high but I’m not, my brain is just like that. So like it is now except without the parts where I have to promote things like a chump.

EMPLOYEE OF THE WEEK:

Robbie Dorman is Employee of the Week, and 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. You should ALSO check out the Hell, Inc. Patreon, which is currently host to my new graphic novel, Hockeypocalypse: Slashers. I’m posting 3-4 pages per 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.

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Next Week: Look, sometimes going outside leads to some exciting opportunities to conspire. Read it early on Patreon!