Hey! As the campaign winds down, you should definitely check out the stretch goals!
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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 every other month with complete, fully-illustrated episodes. I successfully Kickstarted Year One and now I’m back to print Year Two and reprint Year One!
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.
The first volume of Check, Please 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 is the the volume we’re Kickstarting! From moving into the Samwell Hockey Haus at the beginning of the year, to saying goodbye to seniors at graduation, Bitty's life changes a ton during his second year at Samwell.
The goal of this project is to collect the comics from the second volume of Check, Please!—aka, Bitty’s sophomore year—into a full-color printed book. Not only will the finished book compile the main comics, it will also include extra features such as concept pages and a wealth of author notes—all of which are book exclusive! I’ll also be reprinting Year One which is currently sold out.
The last campaign was incredible. It was the largest project I have ever undertaken and I learned a lot from it. I want to make sure that there are as few complications and delays as possible this time around.
Another change for this campaign is that instead of signing books themselves I'll be signing sticker bookplates for any physical editions. For the Year One kickstarter, I had to fly to Austin, TX and sign books for two days straight--this slowed down the shipping process immensely. By doing signed bookplates that are included with your physical copy, you can apply the bookplate yourself or tuck it inside if you prefer!
☆THE BOOKS - You can get Year Two and Year One in digital, softcover, or hardcover formats! Both books come with author notes and extras not seen on the web. You can even get physical editions that come with signed bookplates!
☆ PRINT SETS - A set of FOUR (4) Year Two themed postcard sized (4x6”) prints. The images above are examples, the final prints will be different.
☆ BITTY'S SAMWELL JERSEY - That's right, you can own Bitty's Samwell jersey! I'll be working extensively with a real apparel company to create number 15's white Samwell sweater!
★ ARTIST BOOKPLATE - Custom bookplates are bookplates that I design, print, illustrate on, and glue into a book with PVA bookbinding glue. This is as custom as it gets!
★ DIGITAL COMMISSIONS - A high-res, full-color PG-Rated digital illustration of up to two Check, Please characters with a simple background. Please have your commission idea ready. I'll shoot you a message during the campaign for approval. If I'm not comfortable with the content or rating, you'll be able to lower or cancel your pledge before being charged. Thanks you!
★ BE-A-WELLIE! - Get drawn into the comic as a background character at Samwell University and become part of the Check, Please universe! You send me a photo and I'll send you a message before the comic update in which you appear!
Risks and challenges
Outside of extras, the pages for the books are done, a printer has been locked down, and I've got a designer and production person ready to help me work on the files. I'm working with the same fulfillment center, Amplifier, to ship rewards, and even have some help from the folks at Breadpig to make sure things get managed and seen through to completion.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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