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.

EMPLOYEE OF THE WEEK:

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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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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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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Azhar Baig is Employee of the Week and would like you to consider supporting (NAME OF CHARITY HERE). You might also consider supporting Hell, Inc. on Patreon, where readers have access to new digital works as soon as they release and new patrons get access to over a thousand pages of digital comics!

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Elaborate Scheme

It’s always deflating when you come up with an elaborate scheme that feels like the peak of your genius and somebody goes ahead and suggests the straightforward, easy solution that you had already written off. Really ideal for writing this specific joke, though!

EMPLOYEE OF THE WEEK:

Christine Bennett, better known as Purple Pony Art, is Employee of the Week! She has early access to Hell, Inc. Volume 4: “Mandatory,” and you can, too! Head over to the Hell, Inc. Patreon and for as little as $1 a month you’ll get access to that book and over 1000 pages of over digital comics! That started as a pandemic thing that I expected to last two or three months, but here we are still doing it!

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Next Week: Mission: Incredibly Possible. Read it early on Patreon!

The Greatest Hits

What are the toady greatest hits, you ask? FIND OUT NEXT WEEK! How’s that for a next episode tease? What? It’s lame? Well who asked you, anyway?

All right, I’m having a conversation with myself now, so I’m gonna stop and move this thing along.

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Sebastian is Employee of the Week, and you can, too! In fact, you can also read Hell, Inc. Volume 4 – “Mandatory” before the general public by donating as little as $1 a month to Hell, Inc. on Patreon! There are also over a thousand pages of other comics available to patrons, so check that out.

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Next Week: Schemes upon schemes upon easily actionable non-schemes. Read it early on Patreon!

A Promotion’s a Promotion

A promotion is a promotion, except when it’s actually kind of a punishment, like when I worked at a Blockbuster and my supervisors made less than a dollar-an-hour more than me but had to do paperwork.

There’s only ONE WEEK left to vote for Hell, Inc. in the Best Webcomic category of the Sequential Magazine Awards for Canadian independent comics. I would really appreciate it if you did that, because validation is good, actually. And even better when I can hang it on my office wall! Seriously, though, please go vote by clicking the image below.

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Employee of the Week returns next week (for real, this time) when I have my shit together and remember to prep the update ahead of time like normal.

Next Week: Promotions are followed by bad decisions. 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!

Anthropomorphized Shapes

And now you’ve got the Tetris theme stuck in your head again. You’re welcome. I continue to grind away on the graphic novel I’ve been hired to draw for one of the book market publishers, so I continue to lack things to say in these news posts.

EMPLOYEE OF THE WEEK:

Cait is Employee of the Week! You can buy her fantasy-themed soaps on her Etsy store, Soaps & Sorcery. We’re also working on a roleplaying game together about failson Space Marines causing massive amounts of carnage through their incompetence. If you want to support Hell, Inc. (of course you do, it’s great), hit up the Hell, Inc. Patreon where you can also get exclusive access to the third Hell, Inc. book, “Team-building Exercise” by donating at any level!

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The Opportunity Cost of Chairs

The opportunity cost of chairs can be very high… or rather, the opportunity cost of doing things that aren’t playing Tetris. I’m not playing Tetris right now, and what am I missing out on? My high score? I’m going to stop before this turns into a weird spiral.

EMPLOYEE OF THE WEEK:

Bartender of the Apocalypse is Employee of the Week! You too can be Employee of the Week by supporting Hell, Inc. on Patreon, because capitalism. Isn’t it wonderful to need to have art projects financed so that things like eating can happen? Sure is. Anyway, new patrons get access to the PDF version of Hell, Inc. Volume 3: “Team-building Exercise,” which is currently exclusive to Patreon! There are also over a thousand pages of other digital comics on there!

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NEXT WEEK: Anthropomorphized shapes! Read it early on Patreon!