My name is Ngozi Ukazu and I’m the creator of Check, Please!, an online comic about hockey, college, and the frequent baking of pies. Since the summer of 2013, Check, Please! has followed the story of Eric “Bitty” Bittle with fully-illustrated episodes. I successfully Kickstarted Check Please: Year One and Check Please: Year Two, and now I’m back to Kickstart Year Three!
Check, Please! follows Eric “Bitty” Bittle, a former Georgia junior figure skating champion, vlogger extraordinaire, and master baker who gets a scholarship playing hockey at Samwell University. Not only is Bitty bite-sized for a hockey player, he is not at all a bro and has one great fear: getting checked—or hit—while on the ice.
Check, Please: Year One follows Bitty’s freshman year. Over the course of the school year at Samwell, Bitty manages to befriend his bro-y teammates and find a home, all while dealing with the brooding Jack Zimmermann, captain of the Samwell men’s hockey team and former hockey prodigy.
Bitty’s sophomore year (Check, Please: Year Two) follows Bitty as he moves into the Samwell Hockey Haus at the beginning of the year, to when he says goodbye to seniors at graduation….And Bitty’s life changes a ton.
And now we’re campaigning to get Year Three printed! Junior year is filled with challenges for Bitty and Jack–on and off the ice. As they embark on a new relationship, Bitty and Jack must decide how they want to reveal their relationship to friends, coworkers, and family. Not only that, but Jack and the Falconers are now a big part of the NHL–and Bitty’s life! It’s a hockey season filled with victories and losses.
The goal of this project is to collect the comics from the third volume of Check, Please!—Bitty’s junior year—into a full-color printed book! This book will not only compile the main story, it will also include extra features such as concept pages and a ton of author notes—all of which are book exclusive!