Kicking Ice : A Graphic Novel About Women's Hockey

Created by Stephanie Phillips

Kicking Ice is about two young, female hockey players, Bella and Skye, learning to play hockey and dreaming of one day playing in the National Women’s Hockey League (NWHL). Unfortunately, Bella and Skye deal with bullies who think that playing hockey isn’t for girls. Of course, Bella and Skye prove that kicking ice isn’t just for boys. This project is a celebration of women in sports and the amazing progress of the many pioneers who are helping to make professional women's hockey a reality.

Latest Updates from Our Project:

Kicking Ice Interiors are DONE! Next Up: Production
6 months ago – Mon, Aug 06, 2018 at 10:03:20 PM

We are so excited to let you know that KICKING ICE is complete and in the final stages of editing and production. This means that the interior artwork and bonus content is complete. We are editing to ensure we used all the right words, and designing some pretty interior layouts. Ominous Press is handling printing the book and they are committed to making sure the printing is high quality. We will have physical proofs of the book to show off very soon, and then full printing will begin. 

We will keep everyone updated on the progress of the physical copies. Prior to the physical shipments, you will receive digital copies of the book. 

Don't forget to fill out the backer surveys. If you have any questions about the surveys or anything else happening, don't hesitate to email us at info@kickingice.com. 

Artwork by Jamie Jones and colors by Marissa Louise
Artwork by Jamie Jones and colors by Marissa Louise

Cover Options
6 months ago – Wed, Jul 18, 2018 at 04:06:47 PM

Just a reminder that you have two cover options if you purchased a softcover edition of the book. The first cover is called "Pride/Whale":

Pride/Whale Cover
Pride/Whale Cover

The second cover option is "Riveters/Beauts": 

Riveters/Beauts Cover
Riveters/Beauts Cover

 Both covers feature art from Lee Moder and colors from Marissa Louise. 

If you ordered a hardcover edition, you will get the spot varnish cover featuring Amanda Conner's cover. 

Hardcover by Amanda Conner and Dave Johnson
Hardcover by Amanda Conner and Dave Johnson

Surveys Sent!
6 months ago – Wed, Jul 18, 2018 at 01:25:38 AM

You should all getting notifications about responding to the backer survey for Kicking Ice! The survey will ask you for the address you want your Kickstarter rewards sent to, as well as any information that we need to fulfill your order (shirt sizes, cover of choice, and any items you might want to add to your order). The faster we have all of these responses in, the faster we can fulfill orders. 

The book itself is in the finishing stages. We are working with the printer to receive test copies of the book in the next couple of weeks. Once we approve the samples, the full printing process will take place. We will keep everyone updated on that progress as we go. 

If you have any questions about the survey, please don't hesitate to ask! You can message us directly on Kickstarter, or email us at info@kickingice.com. 

For all of your patience and continued support, here is another sample page! 

Kicking Ice sample page
Kicking Ice sample page

All Story Pages Inked!
7 months ago – Fri, Jun 29, 2018 at 09:23:06 PM

All Kicking Ice pages have been inked!
All Kicking Ice pages have been inked!

 That's right... ALL 58 pages of the Kicking Ice story have been inked. 

What does this mean? 

The interior of the book is almost entirely complete! Marissa Louise has been hard at work providing color to the interior pages, and we are more than halfway through the coloring process. 

Here's a sample of an interior page!

Artwork by Jamie Jones and colors by Marissa Louise
Artwork by Jamie Jones and colors by Marissa Louise

As we are finishing up the book, we will continue to update you on our progress. Backer surveys should be going out soon, so keep an eye out for those! 

Nail Wrap Video
7 months ago – Fri, Jun 22, 2018 at 05:14:59 PM

Our custom Kicking Ice nail wraps arrived at Ominous Press HQ! These awesome wraps were made by Espionage Cosmetics and sport the Thunder logo worn by Bella and Skye in the book. The wraps also glow-in-the dark! 

Right image shows the glow-in-the dark feature of the wraps.
Right image shows the glow-in-the dark feature of the wraps.

The wraps are self-adhesive, meaning there is no heat or other products necessary to apply them. 

You only need a nail file and a clear coat of polish (optional) to apply the wraps.
You only need a nail file and a clear coat of polish (optional) to apply the wraps.

Stephanie decided to make a video to show off how easy it is to apply the wraps and how awesome they look once applied! 

If you want your own pair of wraps, follow the pre-order link on our Kickstarter page: https://kicking-ice-a-graphic-novel-about-womens-hockey.backerkit.com/hosted_preorders

Kicking Ice nail wraps applied. (Sorry, I pick at my nails!)
Kicking Ice nail wraps applied. (Sorry, I pick at my nails!)