Check, Please!: # Hockey by Ngozi UkazuCheck, Please!: # Hockey by Ngozi Ukazu

Check, Please!: # Hockey

byNgozi Ukazu

Paper over Board | September 18, 2018

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Eric Bittle may be a former junior figure skating champion, vlogger extraordinaire, and very talented amateur pâtissier, but being a freshman on the Samwell University hockey team is a whole new challenge. It is nothing like co-ed club hockey back in Georgia! First of all? There's checking (anything that hinders the player with possession of the puck, ranging from a stick check all the way to a physical sweep). And then, there is Jack-his very attractive but moody captain.

A collection of the first half, freshmen and sophomore year, of the megapopular webcomic series of the same name, Check, Please!: #Hockey is the first book of a hilarious and stirring two-volume coming-of-age story about hockey, bros, and trying to find yourself during the best four years of your life. This book includes updated art and a hilarious, curated selection of Bitty's beloved tweets.

Ngozi Ukazu is the creator of Check, Please!, a massively popular online graphic novel. She graduated from Yale University in 2013 and received a master's in sequential art in 2015 from the Savannah College of Art and Design. While she used her intensive knowledge of ice hockey to launch Check, Please! in 2013, Ngozi has a deep interes...
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Title:Check, Please!: # HockeyFormat:Paper over BoardDimensions:288 pages, 8.83 × 6.39 × 0.89 inPublished:September 18, 2018Publisher:first secondLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1250177952

ISBN - 13:9781250177957

Reviews

Rated 5 out of 5 by from I'm a proud mom I've been following this webcomic for about 2 years, and I cannot express how much I love it. Not only is it hilarious and heartwarming, Ngozi manages to perfectly encompass Canadian slang ("bud!") and the honest truth of hockey players (being a veteran hockey player myself, it's super refreshing that she's somehow managed to make it unbelievably realistic despite never playing hockey herself!). I'd be lying if I said I don't feel like a proud mom that this amazing comic is finally published, and getting all the recognition it deserves. So if you like hockey, supportive friends, healthy LGBTQ relationships, and overall hilarity, definitely give this a read!! You won't be disappointed.
Date published: 2018-09-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love, love, love I absolutely adore this web series. Eric 'Bitty' Bittle is the most adorably written character. Not to mention I love how much he loves to bake. I'm so excited for this to finally be in print.
Date published: 2018-05-26

Editorial Reviews

"Check, Please! is very much a thing of our time in its approach to gay identity and romance... There's no big coming-out scene, no 'convert the lone homophobe' drama, no storyline cooked up just to educate the reader about the gay experience. Bitty doesn't need any of that, and Ukazu gives the reader credit for not needing it either." -NPR"Check, Please - an endlessly delightful web comic about hockey, baking, and bros." -Den of Geek "Check Please! is the perfect reminder of the growth in queer narratives we've gotten in the past few years...filled with cute romance, zero toxic masculinity, and a really great sense of male comradery that's refreshing to read." - The Mary Sue"Ukazu, who began Bitty's story as an uberpopular webcomic, folds in plenty of hockey terms and highlights team camaraderie while skillfully dismantling themes of toxic masculinity.A slow-burn same-sex romance is just the icing on the cake (sorry-pie) in this irresistibly fun and utterly charming sports story. Volume two can't come fast enough" -Booklist, starred review"This is a warm story with an irresistible protagonist, a clever supporting cast, and lively and plentiful game and practice scenes... A fun and deeply satisfying read for teens." -Kirkus Reviews, starred review"The art relies on thick linework and facial shots to tell the story, playing to Ukazu's knack for pithy, personality-showing dialogue. Ukazu blends a series of tropes (coming-of-age, coming out, an outsider finding acceptance) into one coherent, amusing tale." -Publishers Weekly