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Roller derby is an incredibly colorful sport. Help make an incredible coloring book!
Roller derby is an incredibly colorful sport. Help make an incredible coloring book!
Roller derby is an incredibly colorful sport. Help make an incredible coloring book!
249 backers pledged $7,413 to help bring this project to life.

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Roller derby is pretty much the best sport ever, so I want to make a coloring book that celebrates the awesome women and girls who play.

Suzy Hotrod skating at the 2014 World Cup
Suzy Hotrod skating at the 2014 World Cup

 

Now with a little less color!
Now with a little less color!

 

The Book

This is a postcard coloring book with 20 original illustrations of some of the most awesome people in the sport of roller derby, including Freight Train, Suzy Hotrod, Demanda Riot, Roxy Dallas, Violet Knockout, and many many more. Each postcard in the book will be perforated so you can easily color it in, get your favorite skater to sign it, and send it home as a unique souvenir. The images are based on action shots and portraits taken by amazing derby photographers.

The book is 6.5 x 4.75 inches. The backs will have lines for addresses and spots for a stamp. The paper is 100# opaque cover stock so the postcards can be colored with colored pencils or markers.

Why make this book?

Roller derby is a space where women can be tough and strong, where they can fall down and learn how to get back up, both physically and metaphorically. It's a place where women can feel positive about their bodies for what those bodies are capable of doing, and not just what they look like. There's a strong DIY culture, since we've had to literally make up the rules and build the sport as we've gone. 

Freight Train jamming, photo courtesy of Jennifer M. Ramos
Freight Train jamming, photo courtesy of Jennifer M. Ramos

Two years ago, I launched a Kickstarter project to fund a book, Derby Life: A Crash Course in the Incredible Sport of Roller Derby. Thanks to the support of the community, I got to spend a year finishing and publishing the book, and another year out in the world sharing it with people and hearing their feedback. The book is a #1 bestseller in its category on Amazon with a 5 star review average, and I sold out my first print run in less than a year. 

My first roller derby book
My first roller derby book

 

I enjoyed it so much that I wanted to do it again, but this time, I wanted to make something really fun.

More Images!

Demanda Riot and Murderyn Monroe block Wild Cherri
Demanda Riot and Murderyn Monroe block Wild Cherri

 

Now colorable!
Now colorable!

 

Lil Fist Fight has the best smile
Lil Fist Fight has the best smile

Process

I've selected the images I want to use as inspiration for the coloring book pages, and the illustrator is working on them as we speak. I'll be revealing more images as the campaign goes on, so check back for updates--or just back the project!

I've teamed up with Pauline Neuwirth of East End Press, who has been designing and producing beautiful books for some of the top publishers in New York for decades. We've worked together in the past, and she always keeps me on time and on budget, so I'm lucky to get to work with her on this project. She has made postcard coloring books for the Hamptons and New York, so she's a total pro at this.

Shinta Ayu Dewi, the talented artist who is creating the illustrations, has worked on lots of other coloring books, including several with Pauline.

We're hoping to have the books printed by the end of 2016 and out to you by January 2017. 

The Goal

$5500 will cover the costs of making this book, including photo permissions, the illustrations, a print run of 1000 copies, shipping, rewards, and Kickstarter fees. 

If we exceed this amount, I've got a few stretch goals to create more illustrations and make the project more awesome, which I'll announce after we hit the goal. 

Stretch Goals

We're so thrilled that we reached our initial goal! To make this project even cooler for everyone, we've got a few stretch goals.

Stretch Goal 1: $6000

When we reach this level, we'll create an additional printable color-in image which we'll send to all the backers. 

Stretch Goal 2: $6500

When we reach this level, we'll create a second additional printable color-in image which we'll send to all the backers.

Stretch Goal 3: $7500

In honor of this weekend's WFTDA Championship Tournament, if we reach $7500, we'll create a coloring book image representing the winners of the 2016 championship tournament! Every backer at every level (even a dollar!) will get a copy, and every backer who has pledged for a physical reward will get a bonus 2016 Champs printed postcard. 

Please share with your friends and leaguemates to help us reach these goals. Remember, every backer at every level gets the downloadable stretch goal rewards!

Rewards

The ebook is a downloadable, printable version of the book with oversized 8 x 10" illustrations. 

The book is a 4 x 6" postcard coloring book with 20 perforated pages to color in and send to a friend. 

In addition to the book and the ebook, there are a few special rewards. 

$50 -  Derby Fan Special 

A signed copy of Derby Life and a mustache bottle opener keychain as well as a paperback and printable ebook copy of the coloring book. 

Limited-edition Derbylife mustache bottle opener. You know you want one!
Limited-edition Derbylife mustache bottle opener. You know you want one!

$100 - Apex Jump

A custom 4 x 6" coloring book-style illustration of a single person. (Skates are optional!) You'll also get an ebook copy of the coloring book.

$110 - Grand Slam

A custom 4 x 6" coloring book-style illustration of a single person. (Skates are optional!) You'll also get print and ebook copies of the coloring book.

$250 - Team Love 

A custom 8 x 10" coloring book-style illustration of one person or a whole group. (Skates are optional!) You'll also get 10 print and 10 ebook copies of the coloring book.

Risks and challenges

When I don't have my skates on, I've been working in and around the publishing industry for more than 13 years. I made Derby Life and delivered it to my backers on time, and people have loved it.

For this project, I'm partnering with one of the best designers and production managers in the business to ensure that the book is high quality and done on time.

The primary risk is the possibility of delays at the printer or in transit, especially if the weather is crummy this winter. I'll keep you all updated if we run into any snags.

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    FIRST WHISTLE

    Keep it in the cloud! You get a digital copy of the book to print and color at your leisure. Plus we'll keep you in the loop with sneak peeks and behind-the-scenes info.

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    LEAD JAMMER

    A copy of the book, plus we'll keep you in the loop with sneak peeks and behind-the-scenes info.

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    DERBY WIFE SPECIAL

    Two copies of the print book—one for you and one for a friend—plus the printable ebook, and we'll keep you in the loop with sneak peeks and behind-the-scenes info.

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    • Paperback copy of the Roller Derby Postcard Coloring Book
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    DERBY FAN SPECIAL

    An awesome reward for a big derby fan! You get paperback and ebook copies of the coloring book, a signed paperback copy of Derby Life: A Crash Course in the Incredible Sport of Roller Derby, and a sweet mustache bottle opener keychain, guaranteed to make your teammates jealous.

    Includes:
    • Paperback copy of the Roller Derby Postcard Coloring Book
    • Signed paperback copy of Derby Life
    • Printable e-book copy of the Roller Derby Coloring Book
    • Derby Life Mustache Bottle Opener Keychain
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    APEX JUMP

    For the skater or derby fan who has everything, a custom coloring book-style illustration of you or the person of your choice. (Skates are optional!)

    Also includes an ebook copy of the book.

    Includes:
    • Custom 4x6" single-figure coloring-book style illustration
    • Printable e-book copy of the Roller Derby Coloring Book
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    GRAND SLAM

    For the skater or derby fan who has everything, a custom coloring book-style illustration of you or the person of your choice. (Skates are optional!)

    Also includes print and ebook copies of the book.

    Includes:
    • Custom 4x6" single-figure coloring-book style illustration
    • Paperback copy of the Roller Derby Postcard Coloring Book
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    TEAM LOVE PACKAGE

    Express your love for your whole team with an 8x10 custom coloring book-style illustration of your favorite skater or team!

    Also includes 10 print and ebook copies of the book.

    Includes:
    • Custom 8x10 coloring book-style illustration
    • 10× Paperback copy of the Roller Derby Postcard Coloring Book
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