"Why, with enough belief, you can even cheat death itself!"
Joey Drew is an old friend of Henry's and the owner of Joey Drew Studios in Bendy and the Ink Machine, well known for creating the Bendy cartoons as both a director and writer, such as "Tombstone Picnic" and "Haunted Hijinx". He is mentioned numerous times in Chapter 1 and 2, and his voice recording was first heard in Chapter 3. Initially founding the company with Henry, it is Joey's message to his partner 30 years later that draws Henry back to the old studio.
Though Joey himself has yet to make a physical appearance, he is referenced multiple times in the audio logs scattered throughout the studio by the other employees and even leaves one of himself behind.
The audio log made by Joey himself boasts the personality of a big thinker and dreamer, a man with large aspirations for both himself and his company. Claiming that belief can get everyone from anywhere in the world, Joey's larger than life attitude was most likely a major selling point to Henry when starting the studio.
The other cassettes left behind by other employees, however, paint a difference picture beneath the facade. With numerous references to Joey's harsh work ethic, a mind constantly disregarding old ideas for new ones, and his eccentricities regarding offerings to the gods, Joey's working personality hints at a more obsessive side to his work that slowly began to alienate his staff.
At some point before the events of the beginning of the game, Joey sends Henry a note inviting him to come back the workshop, claiming that something special is waiting for him to find. That something would be the Ink Machine. It isn't long before Henry discovers the corpse of Boris, asking what Joey was doing in order to make a cartoon real and dead.
A diary cassette made by Wally Franks explains more on how the Machine works. Wally claims that Joey commanded the workers of the studio to donate things from their work stations and set them on each pedestals from the break room to help "appease the gods".
According to Sammy's diary cassettes recorded when he was still human, it is revealed that Joey is the one who bought the Ink Machine for the company. Sammy complains that the constant leaking of the pipes is distracting him from his work, hinting that Joey has little care for his employee's feelings about the Machine affecting their working lives. It is also revealed that Joey has some form of sanctuary, just like Sammy has, but it has yet to be discovered.
After observing Sammy's strange behavior regarding the projection booth to access his sanctuary, Norman was debating whether or not to talk with Joey about what Sammy was doing. However, Norman then admits that Joey has his own peculiarities, hinting at strange quirks that are just as bad, if not worse, than Sammy.
Joey is once again mentioned by yet more workers from the studio and even leaves a cassette from himself behind if the player chooses the Path of the Demon.
Shawn Flynn, one of the people responsible for manufacturing the toys based on Bendy, Boris, and Alice, complains that Joey flew into a rage at seeing that some of the Bendy dolls had a slightly crooked smile. Shawn comments that Joey's perfectionism is unhelpful since it is not aiding in the situation of the Alice toys not selling well.
Susie Campbell, the voice actress for Alice Angel, mentions Joey a few times. During a lunch date with him, she comments how Joey is quite the charmer to her, even calling her "Alice" after her character, something she enjoys. However, her brief infatuation with him is cut short when another diary in the "angel path" room reveals she had been replaced as Alice's voice without even being told.
If the player chooses the "demon path" room, the diary from Joey himself can be found amidst the ink. Joey says that he got his career started from nothing but a pencil and a dream, explaining his philosophy that belief can make people do anything, even have the ability to cheat death. As the tape ends, he comments that the thought of cheating death is beautiful, and "positively silly".
The diary cassette from Henry is also not flattering about Joey. Claiming that Joey is a man full of ideas but nothing else, Henry laments about how his business partner is not giving their fair share of work like they agreed when they started the business. He also comments that Joey's high work standards have prevented him from seeing Linda for days. When Henry states he has an idea for a new character, this suggests that Joey is not responsible for the actual creation of the studio's characters.
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- In a Twitter comment about Joey Drew, theMeatly said the best and worst part about Joey is his "unending desire to make the impossible possible".
- Joey Drew is mostly likely inspired by both Walt Disney and Max Fleischer, two animation giants from the same time period of the Bendy cartoons. While the Bendy cartoons themselves have the same animation style as Fleischer's work, Joey's larger than life persona and own name studio is in reference to Disney.
- Joey's surname is a pun that Joey drew cartoons.
- Joey's letter was used for Hot Topic's merchandise announcement.
- When asked about what happened to Joey during the Hot Topic Q&A, Sammy replied that Joey's probably raising his salary somewhere.
- On Twitter, theMeatly posted Joey's quote which is not from the actual game:
- "People don't know what they're aiming for. You've got to have a goal that stretches your imagination. You've got to dream big!"
- One of the puzzle items in Chapter 1, the book entitled "The Illusion of Living", is written by Joey Drew. This is a reference to a real world book by two long-term Disney animators called the "The Illusion of Life".
- In the initial release version of Chapter 1, the lines "Doesn't it" from Joey's letter has a question mark at the end along with the dented Bendy stamp. From the Chapter 1's first remastered update, the question mark was removed for unknown reasons, and the Bendy stamp seems to look whole again.
- Upon Chapter 3's release, the question mark was re-added.
- ↑ "You can bet, I won't be doing any more repair jobs for Mister Joey Drew." - Thomas Connor, Chapter 1
- ↑ "So first Joey installs this Ink Machine over our heads. Then it begins to leak. Three times last month, we couldn't even get out of our department because the ink had flooded the stairwell." - Sammy's second radio speech, Chapter 2
- ↑ "Every artistic person needs a sanctuary. Joey Drew has his and I've got mine." - Sammy's third radio speech, Chapter 2
- ↑ "I have half a mind to talk to Mr. Drew about all this. But then again, I have to admit. Mr. Drew has his own peculiarities." - Norman Polk, Chapter 2
- ↑ "So what if I went and painted some of those Bendy dolls with a crooked smile? That's sure no reason for Mr. Drew to be flyin' off the handle at me. And if he really wants to be so helpful, he could be tellin' me what I'm to be doin' with this warehouse I got full of that angel whatchamacallit. Not a scrap of that mess be a-sellin'!" - Shawn Flynn, Chapter 3
- ↑ "Who would've thought? Me having lunch with Joey Drew! Apparently times are tougher than I thought. For a moment there, I though I'd be stuck with the check. But I gotta say, he wasn't at all what I expected. Quite the charmer. He even called me Alice." - Susie Campbell, Chapter 3
- ↑ "The best and worst part about Joey Drew is his unending desire to make the impossible possible." - theMeatly. July 2, 2017. Twitter.
- ↑ "Knowing Joey.. he's probably raising his salary somewhere." - Hot Topic. July 26, 2017. Twitter.
- ↑ theMeatly. November 13, 2017. Twitter.
|Allison Pendle • Grant Cohen • Henry • Joey Drew • Linda • Norman Polk • Sammy Lawrence • Shawn Flynn • Susie Campbell • Thomas Connor • Wally Franks|
|Alice Angel • Bendy • Boris the Wolf (Clone) • Butcher Gang • Skeleton • "Talking chairs" & "dancing chickens"|
|"Alice" • "Bendy" • Fisher • Piper • Sammy • Searchers • Searcher Boss • Striker • Swollen Searchers • The Projectionist|
|theMeatly • "Wandering" Bendy|