Dumb Dummy

You may be noticing that this comic has the same title as last week. That’s because I’m an idiot and looked at the wrong file name last week. The last comic has since been renamed to its intended title, Lava Bees. Because it was the one where they talk about Lava Bees. Sometimes you don’t need to think that hard about titles, y’know?

EMPLOYEE OF THE WEEK:

Ben Hamlin, host of Syndicated with Lesley and Ben (among other casted pods), is Employee of the Week. You can check out the two episodes of Syndicated that I guested on to hear my talk with my meat voice about workplace comedies. So it’s kind of like Hell, Inc. except there aren’t any drawings, just me and Lesley making Ben uncomfortable by making a lot of tight butthole jokes.

In other news (if it still counts as news when I’ve been doing it for months) 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.

It’s almost a new month, which means votes count for more on Top Webcomics as the rankings reset. November was surprisingly strong, so keep it up in December. Surely people will need webcomics to read while avoiding their family members during the holidays, right? Click on the banner below to vote daily.

Next Week: Butt schemes – are they tight butthole? Find out 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.

You can help more people find Hell, Inc. by voting for on Top Webcomics! Click the banner below to vote daily, and also just tell some people you think would like it. Know people who read comics? Tell them about Hell, Inc. and send a link. Word of mouth is the only universally effective way to spread the word.

Next Week: There are no bad ideas, except that’s not true at all, there are absolutely bad ideas. 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).

You can also help Hell, Inc. by voting for it on Top Webcomics, where the largest number of new readers come from. The rankings reset at the beginning of the month, which means that votes mean a lot more for determining placement. Vote daily by clicking the banner below!

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

No Fun For You

B.L. Zebub always gets the best lines, as villains often do.

In other news, I have signed on for two new short-term projects that you will be hearing more about in January.

EMPLOYEE OF THE WEEK:

Leonardo is Employee of the Week, and probably not a ninja turtle, despite what 5 year old me would think. He has access to new Hockeypocalypse: Slashers pages as I draw them, and will be getting a physical copy of the book when it’s done! Issue 14 is complete and I’ve begun posting pages from issue 15.

You can help Hell, Inc. reach more readers by voting for it on Top Webcomics (also, y’know, tell your friends about it and send them links and shit)! Click on the banner below to vote daily!

Next Week: Things in the break room are extremely normal. The normalest. Read it early on Patreon!

Secret Misery Weapon

Secret Misery Weapon is my new rap name, I’ll be touring as Cadence Weapon’s much worse sidekick that is there to hype the crowd down so that when they hear something good they lose their goddamn minds in relief. It’s a new, innovative approach to live music. I’m not even high, this is just the kind of road my brain goes down all the time.

EMPLOYEE OF THE WEEK:

Shane Lees is Employee of the Week! He also does a webcomic, called The First Dude, which you can check out at his website. You should also check out the Hell, Inc. Patreon, where for $5/month you can read issue 14 of Hockeypocalypse, and will start getting pages from the absolute unit that is issue 15 next week! You also get Hell, Inc. strips early, or, at higher levels, you can commission original art from me!

You can also help Hell, Inc. by voting for it on Top Webcomics, which helps bring in new readers to check out the comic. Click the banner below to vote daily!

Next Week: A micro-mystery, which are the newest hot genre. 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.

You can also help Hell, Inc. by voting for it on Top Webcomics, which is extremely valuable early in the month, as we are now, because the rankings reset on the 1st and re-level the playing field. Vote daily by clicking the banner below!

Next Week: B.L. Zebub will make no promises, because he’s honest about being a liar. Read it early on Patreon!

Puzzle It Out

I mentioned this on Patreon, but way more people read the stuff I post here. Every time I look at one of the strips involving spreadsheet Tetris I’m struck with the desire for there to be a Hell, Inc. video game. I don’t know how to program a video game, but if anyone else thinks a Hell, Inc. puzzle RPG with spreadsheet Tetris as the core gameplay would be cool and you either know or are a game developer, hit me up.

EMPLOYEE OF THE WEEK:

Bartender of the Apocalypse is Employee of the Week, and you can too by heading over to the Hell, Inc. Patreon and supporting at the $2/month tier or above! At the $5/month tier or above, you get access to Hockeypocalypse: Slashers as I draw it! And you should do that, because that’s my only paying thing right now, and humans need money to live because we haven’t overthrown the rich yet.

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!

Next Week: The Real Break Room/Revolutionary Headquarters. 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!

You can also help Hell, Inc. by voting for it on Top Webcomics! You can do that daily by clicking on the banner below!

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!

Ambient Misery

For the first time since December, 2019, I sold some books at an event. Over a year and a half. I was helping Caitlin sell soap at an event called Wholly Handmade, and brought some books along at her suggestion, as well as promo materials for Hell, Inc. To those of you who discovered the comic by meeting me at the show, welcome!

EMPLOYEE OF THE WEEK:

Jillian Dolan, artist of Kyle the Nihilist Dinosaur, Misha, and other delightful comics, is Employee of the Week! She has access to Hockeypocalypse: Slashers, my new graphic novel, which is being serialized on Patreon as I draw it! We’re up to page 24 as of this post, and they’re some of the best pages I’ve ever drawn. The first 5 pages are available on Patreon for free, and the rest are unlocked by donating at the $5 and up tiers. So go do that.

You can help out Hell, Inc. by voting for it on Top Webcomics, which results in better placement on the rankings and visibility to webcomic readers. Votes early in the month are worth more as the rankings reset, so click on the banner below to vote daily!

Next Week: A puzzling lack of ambient misery. Read it early on Patreon!