Ngozi Ukazu’s Check, Please! series is one of the biggest success stories in recent comics history. The lovable tale of hockey player/pie maker Eric “Bitty” Bittle and his four-year course at Samwell University has been a massively popular webcomic, and then a Kickstarter campaign for the self-published print edition and finally as a series from First Second.
The reason for its popularity is no secret: It’s a sweet story that’s funny, dramatic, exciting and mostly deeply human as Eric explores his feelings for the captain of the hockey team, Jack, and learns about life, just like we all do.
Ukazu wrapped up Eric’s story last year, but the Kickstarter for the crowdfunded edition of Year Four ends today — as we write this it’s at $491,336, but it might just make that last $8k to break the half a million mark.
Each Kickstarter for Check, Please! has been quite successful:
Year One: $74,290
Year Two: $398,520
Year Three: $353,764
Chirpbook (a collection of tweets): $91,299
Year Four brings the story of Bitty and Jack to a satisfying conclusion:
Last but not least: Bitty’s senior year is filled with drama. Not only must Bitty lead his team to a national championship while adjusting to life as an openly queer athlete—he finally has to confront his family about who he is. Eric Bittle has come a LONG way.
And so has Ukazu for sure. The Check, Please! kingdom has grown to include Huddle, a series of saucier 18+ sketchbooks, pins, prints, slipcases, and with Year Four….jerseys.
I already got a proof of the JLZ jerseys and they look like they came RIGHT out of the comic. I can't wait to sign people's backs with my Jack Zimmermann #1 autograph at conventions. #omgcp 💙🏒🏆
— ☆ Ngozi ☆ (@ngoziu) April 27, 2021
There’s still some time to get in on the action – and a special T-shirt stretch goal will only be unlocked is the campaign hits $500,000…so beat the buzzer with a pledge.
Comics are dying…oops, no they aren’t!