It’s the little web comic that could, and things just keep getting better and better for Check, Please!, the LGBT+ comic about a small southern baker and former figure skater navigating life and love on his college hockey team.
I discovered Check, Please! the way I discover everything else – via my Tumblr dashboard. If you haven’t checked it out yet, I highly recommend it. It’s an adorable and heartwarming story about Eric “Bitty” Bittle, a student at Samwell University who plays on the hockey team and bakes – a lot. I quickly became obsessed. They’re just so cute, you guys, I don’t know how to deal with my emotions.
Creator Ngozi Ukazu has launched a couple successful Kickstarter campaigns to publish the first two volumes of the comic – Bitty’s freshman and sophomore years. If by “successful”, you mean absolutely shattering goals by an insane amount. Ukazu’s second Kickstarter campaign made approximately ten times the original goal of $32,500 and gave backers like me extra bang for our buck by constantly adding stretch goals.
For those who missed the Kickstarter, or who couldn’t afford the donation level that gave them a copy of the books, or who just got into the comic recently, there is fantastic news. Entertainment Weekly revealed today that First Second Books has struck a deal with Ukazu to publish the entire comic in a two-volume set! The first book, due out in Fall 2018, will combine Bitty’s freshman and sophomore years, while volume two (out in Fall 2019) will finish the series with Bitty’s junior and senior years. The best news? Both books will feature art that wasn’t in the Kickstarter editions.
What do you guys think of this news? Are you excited? For those of you who may have bought the Kickstarter volumes, do you plan on buying the “officially” published ones as well?
Author: Jamie Sugah
Jamie has a BA in English with a focus in creative writing from The Ohio State University. She self-published her first novel, The Perils of Long Hair on a Windy Day, which is available through Amazon. She is currently an archivist and lives in New York City with her demon ninja vampire cat. She covers television, books, movies, anime, and conventions in the NYC area.
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