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:
Jim Starlin's Art Book and Illustrated Novella
7 months ago
– Wed, Jun 13, 2018 at 01:37:24 AM
As you probably know, we have a really awesome publisher. Ominous Press is responsible for helping many great creators make their projects a reality. We just wanted to take a moment to recognize another great Ominous Press project currently on Kickstarter: Jim Starlin's Art Book and Illustrated Novella. The legendary Jim Starlin, creator of Thanos, the Infinity Gauntlet, Drax, Gamora, and many more, is joining with Ominous Press to release Black Book: The Art of Jim Starlin, and an illustrated prose novella called Mindgames.
Thank you so much for taking a moment to consider this great Ominous project. We will have more Kicking Ice updates on the way very, very soon!
8 months ago
– Tue, May 22, 2018 at 07:14:25 PM
What a weekend! The team is back from an awesome time at Nickel City Con in Buffalo, NY. There is a lot to be excited about and thankful for right now. We are grateful to the convention for supporting this project and having us out. Clearly, they put on a great show and we are honored to have been a part of it. We also have to give our publisher, Ominous Press, a huge thank you for taking care of us all weekend. None of this would be possible without them. And, of course, we are overwhelmed by the turnout of hockey and comic fans at the convention. We loved talking to you all. Buffalo is an awesome hockey city! Thanks for making us feel so welcome.
What's next? Well, after the team gets a solid two days of sleep, Jamie and Stephanie are headed to Orlando, FL for MegaCon. Look for Kicking Ice at the Monkeys Fighting Robots booth (3623). We will be there Thursday-Sunday. Thank you so much to Monkeys Fighting Robots for having us as guests at the con.
Free Comic Book Day and Upcoming Events
9 months ago
– Mon, May 07, 2018 at 09:44:59 PM
What an amazing weekend celebrating Free Comic Book Day at Uncanny Heroes in Tampa, FL. Jamie and Stephanie signed preview copies of the book and had a blast talking comics and hockey with everyone in attendance. Getting to interact with readers of all ages and nerd out about our mutual interests makes this project feel very special.
If you weren't able to meet the team in Tampa, you can find us at Nickel City Con in Buffalo, May 18-20.
After Nickel City, the team will be back in Florida for MegaCon Orlando May 24-27. You can meet both Jamie and Stephanie and get preview copies and art prints at the Uncanny Heroes booth. How awesome is this exclusive Jamie Jones print?
Finally, in June the team is headed to Heroes Con in Charlotte, North Carolina with more art and preview copies. Meet Jamie and Stephanie June 15-17 at the Charlotte Convention Center. We are hoping to see some Hurricane fans in attendance!
We look forward to seeing you all in Buffalo, Orlando, and Charlotte!
Preview Books and Custom Bookplates
9 months ago
– Fri, Apr 27, 2018 at 10:12:41 PM
We hope everyone is as excited about Free Comic Book Day as we are! Be sure to celebrate by stopping by your local comic shop on May 5 to check out some awesome free comics. If you happen to be in the Tampa area, Stephanie and Jamie will be at Uncanny Heroes with exclusive preview copies of Kicking Ice. These short preview books will give you a glimpse at some of the artwork and characters in Kicking Ice.
We are also excited to show off the custom bookplates that will come signed with all physical copies of Kicking Ice. Designed by Jamie Jones, each bookplate will also be numbered with the numbers appearing on the jersey back.
Thank you all for continuing to support this project! We look forward to seeing you at comic shops and conventions (maybe even an ice rink or two) throughout the summer.
Convention Schedule and Art Update
10 months ago
– Fri, Mar 30, 2018 at 04:46:42 PM
The team has been hard at work to finish Kicking Ice. We are so thrilled with the progress and can't wait to show you the completed project. As we work towards our print deadline, we have a couple of ways for you to get your hands on some advanced story previews. As we enter a summer filled with amazing conventions around the states, the team will be traveling to show off the book and talk to our awesome community.
First up, if you're in the Tampa Bay area, head to Uncanny Heroes (Tampa) on Free Comic Book Day (May 5) to meet writer Stephanie Phillips and artist Jamie Jones. Stephanie and Jamie will be at the shop signing preview copies of Kicking Ice starting at 11am.
Next, we are headed up north to Buffalo, NY to attend Nickel City Con from May 18-20. Since Buffalo happens to be the home of one of the four NWHL teams, we decided to do something a little special for you Beauts fans:
Local Buffalo artist Joanna Eberts created a stunning cover tribute to the Buffalo Beauts that you can get your hands on at the convention. We will have preview copies of the book with the Buffalo tribute cover, as well as art prints available at the show.
If that isn't cool enough, Joanna will be joining us at the convention to sign this amazing cover. Joanna will be joining Stephanie Phillips, Jamie Jones, and Ominous Press. You can get advanced tickets and learn more about the convention at www.nickelcitycon.com.
Finally, we wanted to officially welcome artist Jamie Jones to the Kicking Ice team. In order to ensure that Kicking Ice arrives to you in a timely fashion, Jamie has joined Lee Moder to work on the interior artwork. Jamie Jones is a Florida born cartoonists who loves his bow ties and has worked on titles such as Lucha Underground (El Rey), Joey Ryan: Big in Japan (Chido Comics), Five Ghosts Special, and A Constant Distraction backup stories for Violent Love (Image), Puerto Rico Strong (Lion Forge) and has self published Dodger: A Western Saga of Mechs and Mayhem, and his ongoing anthology project, The Whisper.
Jamie is Tampa Bay Lightning and Metropolitan Riveters fan. If you look at his work for Kicking Ice, it is obvious that Jamie brings energy and passion to the story.
We look forward to seeing you on our travels and will announce more convention appearances soon.