Scrumptiosity

Every time I write a scene in the elevator I think it’s going to be so easy to draw, because it’s just a handful of characters talking to deliver plot and jokes. Then I remember all the faces I have to draw and the cameos I have to put too much effort into (there’s only one that some of you might recognize in this one).

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Ben Hamlin is Employee of the Week! You can find Ben’s podcasts/streams on the Infinity Break Network! You should do that, they’re a lot of fun. 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: Remember that conference room from, like, a hundred and twenty or thirty pages ago? Remember Willis? No? Reacquaint yourselves early on Patreon!

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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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, where Hell, Inc. Volume 4: Mandatory is now available to patrons at any level! Patreon helps me to things like “eat food” and “pay my mortgage.”

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Next Week: Things get weird in the Hellevator. 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.

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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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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!

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Next Week: Volume 5 begins in the Real Break Room! 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!

Actually Try, Now

Ah, yes, it turns out that all-stars don’t need an all-star effort to beat… *checks notes*… a bunch of schlubs in the office slo-pitch league.

EMPLOYEE OF THE WEEK:

Brien Aronov is Employee of the Week, and will be one of the folks getting a digital copy of Hell, Inc. Volume 4: “Mandatory” later today once I’ve put the finishing touches on the file! You can be one of those people, too, by supporting Hell, Inc. on Patreon! New subscribers at any level will receive volume 4 as well as over 1000 pages of other digital comics by me and special guest cartoonist Lukasz Kowalczuk!

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Next Week: B.L. Zebub reacts to adversity in a mature, thoughtful manner. Nah jk. Read it early on Patreon!

Time is a Flat Diamond

Time has felt like a flat diamond to me for most of 2020, so Helen is just catching up to my level.

EMPLOYEE OF THE WEEK:

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 the aforementioned “Team-building Exercise” book (which includes a book-exclusive short story) as well as over 1000 pages of other comics!

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NEXT WEEK: We find out if our favourite ballbasers make it to the finals! Read it early on Patreon!

Champions

Welcome to the 666th (maybe? I dunno, we lost count) Annual Mandatory Intramural Slo-Pitch Tournament. Catchy name, right? I thought so.

EMPLOYEE OF THE WEEK:

Robbie Dorman, host of The Simpsons Show podcast, is Employee of the Week. He’s also one of the co-hosts of new podcast Cartoon Graveyard, on which I was the first guest! We talked about The Mighty Ducks animated series from 1996-7 and discussed whether it should be reincarnated or buried, and it was a lot of fun. If you like fun, you probably also want to be Employee of the Week and help Hell, Inc. continue existing by supporting Hell, Inc. on Patreon. All new patrons are receiving a digital copy of Hell, Inc. Volume 3: Team-building Exercise, as well as access to a Dropbox folder with over 1000 pages of digital comics!

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Next Week: Stan is the Man. Or whatever you would call an incarnation of evil? Read it early on Patreon!

The Bad Chair

Early in working on Hell, Inc. I solicited weird office stories from my friends who work in offices, and the bad chair comes from one of those. Caitlin had her chair swapped at some point while she was out of the office, and realized pretty quickly that the new one was broken and hurting her back. After a week or so of scouting the office for unused chairs, she found one that was unattended and swapped it with the bad chair. And thus I had a very silly subplot that would prove to be totally obnoxious to draw.

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Azhar is Employee of the Week, and has come to us via some crossover from the Lions Led by Donkeys podcast, which I’ve done some art for this year. Do you want a drawing of Napoleon as a donkey riding backwards on a confused horse? Well because of LLbD, you can do that. Do you want to help support Hell, Inc.? You can do that, too! If you think what I’m doing here is worth a dollar, you can support Hell, Inc. on Patreon to get early access to each strip and a digital copy of Hell, Inc. Volume 3: “Team-building Exercise!”

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Next Week: The Saga of the Bad Chair continues. Read it early by supporting Hell, Inc. on Patreon!