Russian Machine Never Breaks is proud to announce the debut of our new webcomic, Shinny!

Brought to you by writer Peter Hassett and illustrator Rachel Cohen, Shinny! is a weekly comic all about hockey fandom. It’s the story of how hockey breaks and mends hearts, how it brings people together and smashes people together, and how there’s a place for everyone in it. Plus: hockey jokes.

Shinny is a spunky, twenty-something hockey fanatic. Beside her dad (an oldtimey hockey purist) and her boyfriend (a fairweather fan noob), Shinny sees every side of the hockey world and eventually finds her own place in it.

As a comic, Shinny! is both topical and lasting, telling stories about both current events and timeless hockey milestones. It’s about the people as much as the game, but with reverence for neither and jokes on all. Fans of every team (or no team at all) will find something to enjoy in Shinny!

New comics come out every Tuesday right here on You can also follow our tumblr,, for new strips and lots of extras. Stay tuned!



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  • Sweet, but… I wonder why I can’t get “SHINNY” as my vanity tag in Virginia. I’m the proud owner of it in Mass. until sometime in 2013 (see avatar as proof, and yes, with Caps license plate frame). I want to know who has it in the Old Dominion!

  • Livia

    If it’s because you haven’t had hockey to write about and illustrate over the past few months that you have had time to create this webcomic, then this is one good thing to come out of the lockout. Can’t wait to see what you two create!