Comics Workbook Roller Derby League

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.


Please check out the articles, reviews, and comics that have been composed by members of CWRD here on Comics Workbook!

Plese follow us on Instagram – @cwrollerderby

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
Current Roster

Allie Doersch

Alyssa Berg

Amanda Hamilton

Anna Mancini

Audra Stang

Gabriella Tito

Gabby Gamboa

Gloria Rivera

Jackie Huskisson

Jennifer Lisa

Jillian Fleck

Kate Harmon

Laila Milevski

Meghan Turbitt

Sacha Mardou

Sally Ingraham

Shannon Wright

Whitney Taylor


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!

Sally Ingraham

Sally Ingraham

Sally is a cartoonist, educator, and journalist based in Pittsburgh, PA. She makes comics about Pittsburgh and bird watching, and co-writes the "Suzy and Cecil" daily strip (with Gabriella Tito). She facilitates the Comics Workbook Rowhouse Residency, is a managing editor of the CW Daily News, and runs the CW Roller Derby "of the mind" League. She is focused on documenting the current and historic place of women in the comics industry, is working to build the Women's Comics Library, and is developing a comics curriculum by and for girls.
Sally Ingraham

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