Comics Workbook Roller Derby is the world’s only all-female, cartoonist-operated “roller derby of the mind” league. The league is comprised of strong, diverse, and independent women from the international comics community.
Our derby borrows the dedication, competition, and teamwork we see in professional roller derby and applies these same mental practices to improve our comic and storytelling skills at a whiplash pace!
CWRD is committed to fostering serious artistic growth, developing amateur cartoonists for a competitive profession, and promoting the mental – and physical – strength and independent spirit of female cartoonists.
Members of the team participate in Sunday “derby bouts” which involve anything from drawing challenges, to collaborative comics, to lively debates – whatever will help develop the skill and confidence of the individual comic artists, and further the conversation regarding “women in comics” (in the hope that this topic will eventually becoming irrelevant in the community).
CWRD is dedicated to preserving and celebrating the history of women in the comics industry, and is working to archive and document more of that legacy. Members of the league write articles and reviews for Comics Workbook, and lead workshops at festivals. Participating in these projects is considered “showing up for practice”.
The league as a concept and as a functioning part of the comics community is constantly evolving, drawing it’s strength from the support and affirmation of the women involved. CWRD, like professional roller derby, is being actively created by women for women, and offers it’s members a unique opportunity to collaborate, educate, and navigate the world of comics together.
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Stay tuned for the CWRD “online comics festival”!
Here is CWRD founding member Sally Ingraham riffing on the idea of a “roller derby of the mind”.
Comics Workbook Roller Derby League
CWRD draws direct inspiration from Gotham Girls Roller Derby, channeling their mission and goals into our concept of “roller derby of the mind” – check out this amazing league HERE. Catch their games next time you’re in NYC!