Regrettable Pluck

The “I can do it” to “I’ve made a huge mistake” pipeline runs fast at Hell, Inc. And also in making Hell, Inc., where I insist on drawing a library stack of personnel documents that the reader will look at for somewhere between 3 and 10 seconds. This week’s Patreon preview involves thoughts about organizing my own reference material for Hell, Inc., which is not a library stack. It is a stack of folders, about six inches tall, and many many digital folders on a hard drive. This system does not make it nearly as easy to find reference material as I would like. But actually changing that is a lot of effort, so…

EMPLOYEE OF THE WEEK:

New hire Trash the Stampede brings a fantastic Patreon username to the company, and can be found on the internet at The Word Eater. Now all I can think about is that old computer game Number Munchers, but with words. Maybe I should make that? I have made a video game, Space Jerks, and Patreon patrons got to download it well before anyone else! Patreon is also a predictable source of income, which helps calm the increasingly rough waters of freelancing.

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Next Week: Sara vs. The Paperwork. Read it early, and with author commentary, on Patreon!

Delusions of Upward Mobility

It’s busy around the Comics Bunker (aka the corner of the living room where my art desk is) these days. I’m bouncing between a freelance illustration job with Scholastic Canada (exciting!), doing some work on the Rent-A-Thug graphic novel (which has been a very slow process), and working on the story mode for Space Jerks. I just picked up another freelance gig that will start at an undetermined time in the future, and will at some point start drawing Hell, Inc. strips again when the buffer gets thin. I’m very tired. All the time.

This comic’s Patreon preview is largely about my lack of organizational skills in terms of making myself reference materials that would save me a lot of time.

EMPLOYEE OF THE WEEK:

Leonardo is Employee of the Week! They supported the creation of Hockeypocalypse: Slashers, and helped make that book possible!  Supporters at the $5/up tiers get to read my graphic novels as I create them, and get a copy at the end! More backers = faster progress, because I currently spend a lot of time freelancing to make money, which is important for being alive. You can also help me out for as little as $1 a month, because that really adds up when enough people get involved.

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Next Week: Sara asks the hard-hitting questions that make everyone else uncomfortable. Read it early on Patreon!

Important Shame Plans

Important Shame Plans, as opposed to unimportant shame plans. Which is, presumably, whatever B.L. Zebub is doing the rest of the time. This week’s Patreon preview talked about lettering, and the main sources I used for learning that art form.

EMPLOYEE OF THE WEEK:

Brien Aronov is Employee of the Week, and you can too! Hell, Inc. is reader-supported – no ads, no sponsorships, just Patreon and book sales keep this thing afloat. 2023 has not been the best year for comics income, but you can help turn things around in 2024 for as little as $1 a month, which also gets you early Hell, Inc. strips, previews of other stuff I’m working on, and even commissioned art!

You can also help by telling people about Hell, Inc. Word of mouth is by far the best way to get new eyeballs on the comic, and that all starts with you, the reader! Tell your friends, tell your co-workers, or vote on Top Webcomics by clicking the link below!

Next Week: Bridget seeks allies, and an interdimensional council is involved. Read it early on Patreon!

One of THOSE Jobs

You know THOSE jobs. The ones that people hear about and flee so fast that they leave nothing but a dust-ghost in their wake. The ones that are even shittier than the baseline of your normal tasks by incalculable orders of magnitude.

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! 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. Another freelance gig has concluded, which means Patreon money is the only predictable money contributing to this expensive-ass “being alive” thing.

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Next Week: Sara must approach The Other Guys. Read it early on Patreon!

The Perfect Unsaid Plan

It’s a nightmare to get Cerberus pee out of a suit. An absolute nightmare. Also this is later in the day than usual because I’m an idiot and forgot what day of the week it was.

EMPLOYEE OF THE WEEK:

Barrie Deatcher is Employee of the Week for upgrading his Patreon pledge to read the new Hockeypocalypse graphic novel, Slashers, as I draw it! And you can, too, by pledging at the $5/month or higher levels! There are over 50 pages posted, currently, and patrons will be receiving a print copy of the book when those are ready! Very exciting stuff, because it’s a fucking awesome book so far.

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Next Week: Intern is just another word for dog-wrangler, right? 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!

The Good Motor Oil

I don’t know about you, but if I spit out my drink and Beetlejuice is in it, I’m not going to be happy with whoever made it.

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. I’m on the episodes about extremely well-crafted but under-remembered ’90s sitcom NewsRadio and 2010s stoner thing that loosely adheres to its premise, Workaholics.

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.

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Next Week: Sara might actually be a good spy? That doesn’t sound right. Read it early on Patreon!

Work Place Skeleton Face

Work Place Skeleton Face is my new band, and also my office aesthetic in case things go downhill and I need a real job. I shall have a visage that engenders in my co-workers uncertainty and a strong desire to stop interacting with me. That seems ideal.

EMPLOYEE OF THE WEEK:

Cait is Employee of the Week at Hell, Inc. and also at her soap business, Soaps & Sorcery. She’s running a clearance sale to allow new product to cycle in, so get on that and get cleanified. You, too, can support Hell, Inc. on Patreon, which includes access to Hockeypocalypse: Slashers at the $5 or great 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: Longing for the future where you aren’t in the office for eleventy-two hours a day. Read it on Patreon!

The Wrong Focus

I’m almost certain I wrote this strip shortly after saying “you’re focusing on the wrong thing” in real life, which happens semi-regularly. Because I say a lot of things, and most of them don’t matter, but are also weird enough that they draw attention away from the part that did matter. I’m very good at speaking.

In other news, my OTHER webcomic just debuted! I’m working with artist and friend of Hell, Inc. (and me, specifically) Daniel Schneider on Reforged, a Warhammer Age of Sigmar comic on the Warhammer Community website! New episodes will be going up every Friday for the duration of our 10 episode first season.

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: Sara returns to spy mode and Helen gets weird. Read it early on Patreon!

Soul Searching

Why yes, I did realize when I sat down to draw this strip that I was going to have to invent a search engine for Hell. For something made up on the spot, I’m pretty happy with it. B.L. Zebub isn’t, so much, but I am.

In other news, it’s my birthday today! If you want to help me celebrate (and also boost my Etsy rating), buy a book or two from my Etsy store between now and February 7th, 2022! You get great books at a discount, I get money to pay for things like new glasses! Everyone wins.

EMPLOYEE OF THE WEEK:

It’s me, for surviving another year. Next week it could be you, if you support Hell, Inc. on Patreon! At the $5/month or higher tier, you get to read Hockeypocalypse: Slashers as a premium webcomic before it goes to print (at which point you will get a copy in the mail!).

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Next Week: Checking in with the intern spy, who is focusing on the wrong thing. Read it early on Patreon!