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Help bring the first volume of Check, Please! to print!
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My name is Ngozi 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 updated about twice a month with complete, fully-illustrated episodes. Now I want to publish Check, Please! Year One, the first volume of the comic!

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.

During Bitty’s freshman year, Bitty must learn to befriend his bro-y teammates and make sure to avoid butting heads with the brooding Jack Zimmermann, captain of the Samwell men’s hockey team and former hockey prodigy.

You can read it here!

The goal of this project is to collect the comics from the first volume of Check, Please!—aka, Bitty’s freshman year—into a full-color printed book.  Not only will the finished book compile the main comics, but it will also include two re-colored comics, extra features such as character designs and sketches, and a wealth of author notes—all of which are book exclusive!

 THE BOOK - The first volume of Check, Please! available in softcover or in hardcover. All backers who request a book will receive a PDF of the book. Check, Please! Year One includes:

  • The first volume of Check, Please! 
  • The first two comics, originally in black and white, in full color
  • A selection of extra side-comics & illustrations and blog posts
  • Book-exclusive comics & illustrations, behind-the-scenes notes, and a foreword by J. Johnson (?) 

 ☆ SIGNED BOOK + THE PRINT SET - Get your copy of Year One signed by me! Also receive the exclusive Kickstarter print set! The print set will consist of 4 (four!) 4" x 6" postcard-sized prints. They'll look a bit like these examples, but with entirely new content!

 ★ T-SHIRT (Limited!) - Your very own Samwell Hockey T-shirt. 

 ★ BOOKPLATE COMMISSION (Limited!) - A black-and-white ink illustration of any Check, Please! character(s) for your book. 

 ★ DIGITAL COMMISSIONS (Limited!) - A high-res, full-color digital illustration of any Check, Please! character! 

 ★ BE-A-WELLIE! (Limited) - Get drawn into the comic as a background character at Samwell University and become part of the Check, Please! universe! 

 ★ TWITTER SELFIE WITH BITTY (Limited) - @omgcheckplease will tweet a picture featuring you and Bitty on campus at Samwell University! 

If we reach the funding goal, we can make the book and each backer reward even better. Help unlock stretch goals!

Risks and challenges

These comics have all been drawn and are available to read online. Yet, the biggest challenge in bringing this project to fruition will be creating the book. This means reformatting/drawing earlier comic panels to proper resolution and taking time to receive feedback on the final book design.

While this is my first Kickstarter campaign, I am familiar with the process of collecting hundreds of orders and shipping them domestically and internationally.

I will be a part-time student while fulfilling rewards and I will still be drawing the comic. I've made sure to give myself ample time to coordinate book design, quality tests, and shipping!

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    ★★★ PERSONALIZED LIFESIZED CUTOUT OF ANY CHECK PLEASE! CHARACTER
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