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:

All Story Pages Inked!
9 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
9 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!)

Jim Starlin's Art Book and Illustrated Novella
10 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

We encourage you to take a moment to learn more about these project by going to the Kickstarter page: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/11399829/cosmic-master-jim-starlins-art-book-and-illustrate?ref=nav_search&result=project&term=jim%20starlin

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! 

Convention Updates
10 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. 

Jamie Jones, Stephanie Phillips, and Joanna Eberts at Nickel City Con.
Jamie Jones, Stephanie Phillips, and Joanna Eberts at Nickel City Con.
Sabertooth stopped by to get a copy of the book!
Sabertooth stopped by to get a copy of the book!

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. 

Find us at MegaCon booth 3623.
Find us at MegaCon booth 3623.

Free Comic Book Day and Upcoming Events
11 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. 

A future NWHL star stopped by after hockey practice to get a copy of the book.
A future NWHL star stopped by after hockey practice to get a copy of the book.

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? 

Kicking Ice art print by Jamie Jones.
Kicking Ice art print by Jamie Jones.

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!