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 at NYCC!
6 months ago – Fri, Sep 28, 2018 at 08:27:39 PM

Headed to NYCC next weekend? Kicking Ice is too! Debuting for the first time, the full 112 page hardcover edition of Kicking Ice will be available for purchase. Writer Stephanie Phillips will be at the Ominous Press/Sleeping Giant booth #1804 on Friday Oct. 5 from 3-5pm signing copies. 

Ominous Press NYCC Location
Ominous Press NYCC Location

Immediately following NYCC, shipping fulfillment for backers will begin. We are excited to get the book in your hands and look forward to seeing you in person at NYCC! 

Printing Update
7 months ago – Thu, Aug 30, 2018 at 06:21:56 PM

I know you are all just as eager as we are to see Kicking Ice printed! The wait is coming to an end! Kicking Ice is with the printer and all pages have been individually reviewed for print. You will all be receiving over 100 pages of content. We are also preparing the digital files so that you will receive your digital copy of the book fairly soon. While the printer may take a few weeks to get the books sent our way due to the large order, we will begin shipping as soon as the books are in our possession. In the meantime, we will be wrapping up getting all of the bonus swag ready to go! 

Our entire team hopes you are as excited as we are to see this book in person! 

Kicking Ice is at the printer!
Kicking Ice is at the printer!
Kicking Ice Content
Kicking Ice Content

Kicking Ice Interiors are DONE! Next Up: Production
8 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
8 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!
8 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