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.

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“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!

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.

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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!

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.

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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.

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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!

Don’t Suggest It

It’s like asking the teacher if there’s homework – just because you know there probably is, don’t mention it and maybe they’ll forget! It’s like Ray never went to Satanic high school.

EMPLOYEE OF THE WEEK:

Cait is Employee of the Week at Hell, Inc. and also at her soap business, Soaps & Sorcery. She’s been adversely affected by the vagaries of the Etsy algorithm, so go buy some excellent soap and get her shop moving in a numbers-appeasing direction. You can also support Hell, Inc. on Patreon, which includes access to Hockeypocalypse: Slashers at the $5 or greater tiers, and original digital art commissions! So do that, because Patreon is the only even slightly predictable income I have!

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Next Week: Everyone’s favourite Hell hound is back to… help? Let’s go with “help.” Read it early on Patreon!

Back Soup

Did the first panel of this strip take longer to draw than the entire rest of the strip? Yes. Yes it did. It wasn’t even close, either.

Completely unrelated, the Edmonton Oilers won a playoff series, and therefore I am high on SPORTS in the fourth or fifth-hand way that the success of others can result in. I assume it’s similar to when any other fandom gets a thing they want in a very satisfying way.

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 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. And you can see every new page as I draw them!

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Next Week: Mo’ manual labour, mo’ problems. Read it early on Patreon!

Probably Not the Worst Job

I think it’s pretty reasonable to consider manual labour less bad than wrangling a giant demon dog who will almost certainly pee on you. Those of you who have read book version of Hell, Inc. Volume 1: Welcome to Hell… Inc. have seen Cerberus before, but the rest of you will be introduced to him soon enough.

Unrelated, but I’m always somewhat amused when a Hell, Inc. update coincides with a major Christian holiday. Even though Hell, Inc.’s version of Hell is far more influenced by depictions of Hell in popular culture than it is the Biblical conception of it, I’m tickled by the idea that someone could be going to an Easter service and reading about demons decorating for Hell’s Christmas party in the same day.

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: The Arrivals department, where every soul passes through and nobody wants to return. Read it early on Patreon!

Jazz Hands!

Jazz hands are a very effective technique when trying to distract your boss from the fact that you don’t actually have all that much usable information to give them. It really JAZZES things up, y’know? I’ll show myself out.

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 has just begun! Want to read my brand new graphic novel Hockeypocalypse: Slashers as I draw it? Support me (and by extension, Hell, Inc.) on Patreon at the $5/month or higher tier! Want me to draw some stuff for you? Only 20 or 30 bucks. Get on board, where we’re going we need comics.

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Next Week: B.L. Zebub has big plans, and he doesn’t need to tell you peasants about them. Read it early on Patreon!