Jun 2015 15

By Lil Web Riding Hard

It is no secret that I am a proud member and supporter of geek culture. As I wave my nerd flag high, I cannot help but wonder if it was something greater than myself; something divine; some higher power that lead me to become a member of the nerdiest little hub of derby love in the whole derbyverse … Or perhaps I just have outstanding taste. When I first found S2D2 I was feeling a little derby lost, but all of the glitz and glamour of a team full of friendly Star Wars loving people caught my attention … and the incredible athleticism and team work held it.

Right at this moment in life, when every other comic is becoming a movie and geeks all but inheriting the Earth, it is a really good time to be a geek. So imagine my excitement when my two worlds once a mere blip on the pop culture radar collided!!! Pure bliss. For a long time the derbyverse has played with concepts from geek culture inspiring player names (including our own Sailor Doom and Gnarley Quinn to name a few) and bout concepts (like the recent Tri-Wizard Tournament). More recently geek culture has started to salute to derby, and the results are awesome. As cosplay is also an important part of my life the chance to don a costume at a bout and be a derby girl at a convention is something I celebrate.

So with SupaNova nipping at our heels, here are 5 of my personal favourite derby/geek crossovers … enough to inspire anyone to put together a killer derby themed con costume!

1. Harley Quinn gets a Derby makeover.

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Ok so not all Harley Quinn fans are in love with the new Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti series, but this fan was pleased as punch. Sure at times her Derby style gets a little “Whip it”, but we all have to start somewhere. The writers do however manage to include a little bit of derby 101 which is always a bonus.

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2. Ame Comi Flash, what better hobby for The Flash than Roller Derby??

DC’s Ame Comi girls is a short comic series actually based on a popular line of figures. In this Justin Gray and Jimmy Palmiotti universe only females are superheroes or villains. I cannot think of a better universe than this for Roller Derby to exist, and who better than the Flash to be the star player and the “Fastest Girl alive”.

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3. Tom Kurzanski whipped up the GC Rollergirls

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Tom Kurzanski is an incredible artist from the states who decided to whip up a few GC roller girls and when they hit Teefury, nerdy derby lovers everywhere went crazy for them! My newsfeed was alight with these bad boys and I am not ashamed to say – I too joined the buying fury. Recently Kurzanski added some of Marvels bad ass ladies to the roster and let’s hope it doesn’t end there. Check out Kurzanski’s work – www.facebook.com/t.kurzanski

 

4. Danielle Gransaull draws her derby squads

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Not only did artist Danielle Gransaull reimaging some of the best and worst the DC universe has to offer but she made some popular Marvel mutants into a magical team and to top it all off she gave us sugar ,spice and everything nice in her Chemical X derby squad. These interpretations have inspired many a cosplay group and are sure to inspire many more (I myself am dying to bring these to life). You can check our all of Danielle Gransaull’s work here - www.facebook.com/daniellegransaullart

 

5. Heroes of the Storm Roller Derby Skin;

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Not to be outdone Blizzard’s Heroes of the Storm; an online multiplayer battle arena, released a Roller Derby Nova skin. The skin transforms the character November “Nova” Terra, originally of the Starcraft franchise into a truly awesome looking derby girl.

This character has been so popular in the cosplay scene it has drawn girls of all ages as shown in an image from Blizzcon 2014

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Image from Winged Mammal

She would make one hell of a derby diva!

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And if you are stuck for a costume why not try and mix a little derby into your favourite characters for something a little out of the box, and don’t worry you can always grab a skate noose to keep the con happy. Just check out SRDL’s Feisty Cuffs when she rocks her killer Derby Dash!

 

So no matter if you are a geek who is just finding out about derby or a derby girl (or boy) who is only just embracing the culture that is taking over, it seems that there is plenty of love out there for a little crossover (no pun intended). Whilst the convention floor might not be the most welcoming place for a set of skates; find your local derby team and show them some love, derby teams reach out and touch some geeks. Some things were just meant to be!