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:

GOLD!
11 months ago – Sat, Mar 03, 2018 at 08:08:49 AM

Gold for Team USA

Last night's gold medal game was a whirlwind of emotions. Coming from a 2-1 deficit in the second period, the US sent the game to sudden death overtime with a goal from Monique Lamoureux with under seven minutes left in the game. 

Both Canada and the US remained scoreless in overtime despite a dominate 20 minutes from team USA. Moving to a shootout, each team selected 5 shooters in a best-of-five matchup. With both the US and Canada scoring twice (US goals by Amanda Kessel and Gigi Marvin), the shootout moved to sudden death where a hero emerged for team USA. 

Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson, with one of the most beautifully dirty goals imaginable, sank her shot behind Canadian goaltender Shannon Szabados and brought gold to the US for the first time in 20 years. 

Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson scored a goal in the sixth round of the shootout to win the game.
Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson scored a goal in the sixth round of the shootout to win the game.

The game was a true display of some of the best ice hockey in the world. Congratulations to team USA on their gold medal and to Canada for taking home the silver. Both are truly amazing accomplishments that came as the result of a hard-fought battle on the ice. 

Members of team USA receiving their gold medals after the game.
Members of team USA receiving their gold medals after the game.

 

Kicking Ice Jerseys

We have some awesome announcements coming this weekend. To kick things off, we thought we would show off the sample Kicking Ice jerseys that just arrived! If you backed for a custom Kicking Ice jersey, this is what they are going to look like (minus the cat tails that won't stay out of photos...). 

Front view of custom Kicking Ice jerseys.
Front view of custom Kicking Ice jerseys.

 

Back view of custom Kicking Ice jerseys.
Back view of custom Kicking Ice jerseys.

If you would like to add a jersey to your order, please send us a message via Kickstarter and we will help make that happen. We love how these turned out! 

Thank you all so much for your continued support! 

Friends of Kicking Ice
11 months ago – Fri, Mar 02, 2018 at 03:21:40 AM

The Kicking Ice team is really lucky to know some awesome comic creators helping contribute to this project. We want to give a shoutout to some other amazing projects currently on Kickstarter from creators who have helped support Kicking Ice. 

Boston Metaphysical Society: The Scourge of the Mechanical Men 

A continuation of the six issue mini-series about an ex-Pinkerton detective, a spirit photographer, and a genius scientist who battle supernatural forces in late 1800s Boston. This 34 page standalone story features Granville Woods and Nikola Tesla who are forced to work together when a new menace threatens Boston. Written by Madeleine Holly-Rosing with art by Gwynn Tavares.  

Link: http://kck.st/2rQKFce 

Boston Metaphysical Society cover by Gwynn Tavares
Boston Metaphysical Society cover by Gwynn Tavares

 Xenoglyphs: The Complete Series

Xenoglyphs, by Omar Saphi and PJ Catacutan, follows Steven James and his best friend Dom Jenkins as they try to stop Anubis, the master of evil, from collecting all nine Xenoglyphs. Xenoglyphs are stones that each control a different elemental power, and if a person holds a stone they control that element. The stones have been the world's greatest secret and have managed to stay separated all this time. But, the evil Anubis has resurfaced with one goal: to collect all nine stones and remake the world in his image.

Link: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1907290401/xenoglyphs-the-complete-series?ref=user_menu

Artwork by PJ Catacutan
Artwork by PJ Catacutan

 

Kickstarter Live with Sophia Agostinelli of the NWHL
11 months ago – Fri, Mar 02, 2018 at 03:15:15 AM

We are excited to announce that tomorrow night at 5:00PM ET we will be hosting a special live event with Connecticut Whale forward, Sophia Agostinelli. Sophia will join the Kicking Ice creative team to answer your questions about all things CT Whale and NWHL. 

Sophia, a center with the Whale, was drafted in 2017 following her time playing for the  Hannover Lady Scorpions in Germany. Sophia is also a hockey and lacrosse coach who played Division I lacrosse for the College of the Holy Cross. We are honored to have Sophia joining us live tomorrow night to talk hockey and comics. 

To tune into this event, simply go to the Kicking Ice Kickstarter homepage. The live video will stream from there and you are welcome to participate by posting comments and questions for Sophia and the Kicking Ice team. You are also welcome to send us your questions ahead of time through our Facebook or Twitter pages (@KickingIce). 

We look forward to answering your questions tomorrow night! 

 

Mystery Stretch Goal Revealed
11 months ago – Tue, Feb 27, 2018 at 11:28:39 AM

Thanks to all of your help, we have just hit our second stretch goal! This means that all hardcover copies of Kicking Ice will be upgraded to a fancy spot varnished cover. All physical copies of Kicking Ice will come with an illustrated, numbered, and signed bookplate as well. 

Since we have hit the 25K mark that means we have a mystery stretch goal to reveal! 

Drum roll please! 

Our mystery stretch goal will include an added section to ALL books that features articles and essays about the history of women’s hockey. This section is a collaboration between writers who have been helping put women’s hockey on the map, such as Hannah Bevis, Erica Ayala, Mike Murphy, and more! From the US Women’s National Team, to the National Women’s Hockey League, the Canadian Women’s Hockey League, and college hockey, we plan to give you a look at how the sport has grown. The passionate and talented writers behind many well-known media outlets are working to bring you engaging and informative content. Whether you are new to women’s hockey or a long-time fan, we plan to have something for everyone. 

This bonus content will also come with concept art from Kicking Ice and a sketchbook from our Kicking Ice artist that will show off how a comic page is created from script to final product. We even have some cool guest artists making contributions to the art section, such as Matt Waite and his tribute to the US Women's National Team and their gold medal at the 2018 Olympics. 

Artwork by Matt Waite
Artwork by Matt Waite

 

As we solidify the list of contributing writers, we will keep you all updated! We are so excited to add even more awesome content to each book. Thank you for your continued support. Let’s keep kicking ice to hit this stretch goal!  

500!
11 months ago – Fri, Feb 23, 2018 at 04:28:51 PM

Our community is now over 500 backers strong! That's the most kick ice news I could think of. 

We now have more backers than the number of Dalmatians in that one Disney movie.

More backers than the number of red balloons in that catchy German song.

More backers than the amount of problems JAY-Z has.

More backers than the number of Fast and Furious movies (surprisingly).

More backers than... OK. You get. 500 is a LOT. We are thrilled at how quickly the Kicking Ice community is growing. We can't thank you all enough for your continued support with this project. 

P.S. Team USA faces Canada for the gold medal on Wednesday! Follow us on Twitter at @kickingIce for live game updates and more gifs than you really want.