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Featured Dead Girl – July 2014


Our Featured Dead Girl for July is Zombina!

Name: Zombina
Teams: The Shotgun Sheilas and Gang Green
Number: BRAAAINS
Position(s): Blocker, Jammer, Pivot
Seasons with Dead Girl Derby: 2


How did you discover Dead Girl Derby?
“I had always thought roller derby was an interesting sport, but only had ever seen old videos (those 1960s bombshells going crazy on the banked track). I had yet to experience modernized derby in all its glory. Around the time I was pregnant with my youngest son, my really good friend of almost nine years, 10aciousV, started playing with DGD. The way she talked about the league and what skating did for her made me even more interested. She talked about all the benefits: exercise, girl time, bonding, and her transformation into an ultra-BAMF. So one weekend I took the whole family up to River Roll to watch 10acious skate. Watching her skate her heart out and seeing all the passion in the girls that were skating made me realize that this was something I had to do as soon as I could after my pregnancy. So, six weeks after my son was born, I was at recruitment night, nervous as hell! And even though I couldn’t skate to save my life and fell down constantly, I was in love!”


Explain the origin of your derby name.
“Anyone who has known me for quite some time understands I have a ‘slight’ obsession with horror films, specifically zombie movies. In college I redesigned “The Zombie Survival Guide” by Max Brooks as a pocket guide for on-the-go survival, my house is decked out in tons of Zombie stuff from zombie gnomes outside in our garden to zombie artwork on the walls, I take my children with me to participate in zombie walks, and I have seen almost every zombie film I can get my hands on. After much debate (picking a derby name ranks up there in difficulty with naming your children!) it seemed only natural to have my name tie to the undead flesh eaters and I already had an online handle as z0mbina, so I just went with that!”


Who inspires you on the track?
“Wow…this is super tough… Dead Girl Derby has so many talented and fearless people involved with it… it’s so hard to pick. First off: the not-so-fresh-meat this year have been incredibly inspiring! They are not afraid to push themselves to the limit and keep going, even though their legs are like jello or they may be nervous about a new drill. All of those girls have come so far from when they started. I am so proud of them! Of course, all my Sheilas have been incredibly inspiring for me as well! They will never let me give up when I’m frustrated, are always pushing me to do better than my best, and are so encouraging! Individual skaters outside my team that inspire me are: Red Ripper, 10aciousV, Striking Dervish, Ginger Ninja, Jam-Pa, Leroy Jenkins, and [Suicide] Snowcone.”


How has roller derby changed your life?
“There were plenty of times last season that I was about to give up. I was frustrated that I wasn’t progressing as fast as I wanted to, I was nervous on my skates, I wasn’t fast, etc etc etc… but the best part was that even though I had begun to give up on myself, others in the league wouldn’t let me. The encouragement I have seen from skaters and coaches is just incredibly heartwarming. I have met some really wonderful people because of this sport, and that’s ultra-difficult for me since I have a really hard time opening up and making new friends. I also feel like I am probably in the best shape since high school and more physically strong than I have ever been. Roller derby also have given me a new-found sense of empowerment!”


What is it about roller derby that brings out the best in Zombina?
“I love being able to help the newer skaters. I remember that feeling of downing on the track, not knowing what to do. I don’t want our new skaters feeling like that, so I always make myself available for questions or offering up tweaks to their technique. I think I am at my best when I can contribute to my league mates accomplishments. It’s great to watch a skater fulfill their derby aspirations!”

To see more of Zombina and all the Dead Girls in action, visit our photo albums on Smugmug, like us on Facebook, and check out our newly-launched Pinterest and Instagram pages.

Fountain City Roller Derby

We at KC Derby Digest have gotten quite a few e-mails (and even a few phone calls, which is weird for a web site) from local followers of this great sport asking about the impending name change from Dead Girl Derby to Fountain City Roller Derby, a change which was announced on live television a couple of weeks ago when Coach Kentner, Mel Breakdown, Texas Outlaw, and Slim Karsmashian appeared on KCTV5 News to talk about the league and all the latest. We caught up with Coach Kentner late last week to get the full details, and here’s what he had to say, followed by our own take on this incredible announcement.


Not pictured: Coach Kentner.


KC Derby Digest:
What prompted the name change to Fountain City after five seasons?

Coach Kentner:
“With the introduction of our two coed teams this year, we felt the “Girl” in Dead Girl Derby did not really describe us as a league anymore. We also wanted a name that tied us to the city that we love and come from. Kansas City’s nickname is the “City of Fountains,” so we thought Fountain City Roller Derby was a perfect fit for us.”


KC Derby Digest:
And who designed that brilliant new logo?

Coach Kentner:
“Our very own skater, Zombina, was the one who designed the logo and did an amazing job.”


KC Derby Digest:
When is the name change official?

Coach Kentner:
“The plan right now is to transition at the end of season on September 8th, the day after the last Coed/Zombie League bout. However, at the new recruitment nights on August 10th and 18th, the potential new league members will only know the league as Fountain City Roller Derby from the time they start.”


KC Derby Digest:
Will Dead Girl Derby merchandise still be available? Also, is the full line of FCRD merch already available, or will that take time to roll out?

Coach Kentner:
Dead Girl Derby merchandise is still available for purchase, but in limited quantities. We plan on selling it until it runs out. If we have a demand for what would now be considered “vintage” DGD gear, we will certainly look into printing more DGD merchandise. We do have some Fountain City Roller Derby [shirts] for sale, but it will take some time to get everything [else] designed and ordered. No team names will change, so team merchandise is still available for purchase. We are trying to make the transition for all our fans as easy as possible so no one gets lost in what is going on.”


Our Take on the New Name

Errrbody’s been wanting to know what KC Derby Digest thinks of the name change. Traditionally, we tend to be… well, traditionalists, so to speak. We don’t love change, and typically, we figure things are the way they are for a reason.

Having said that, we think the new league name is brilliant.

And that’s not “as opposed” to the old name, either; we’ve spoken with several people in the last couple of weeks who say they’ve always disliked the name Dead Girl Derby, and although we are not among them, we are in full agreement that the name change will benefit the league in just about every way imaginable.

Coach Kentner was exactly right: it does better reflect the league’s roots in Kansas City, and that’s important. “Fountain City” is clever, it’s culturally referential, and if you know what’s what, it does tell you where we’re from without actually naming the city. To add to the appeal, it will be vague enough for non-Kansas Citians to wonder aloud about the name, which is a form of free marketing/advertising unto itself. But perhaps most importantly, it is the latest indication that this amazing league has absolutely, positively grown into adulthood after five fantastically successful seasons.

The name Dead Girl Derby has its roots in the zombie theme the league’s bouts used to feature. In those days, Gang Green and Black Plague were the only two teams in existence, in keeping with the theme. The original logo was on board with that too:


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It was fun, whimsical, and perfectly appropriate for an up-and-coming flat track league in its infancy. But I have to say, the chuckles I often heard when telling newbies about something called “Dead Girl Derby” were getting really old. Legitimacy in the eyes of the public is something roller derby may always struggle with, and this name change will be the latest nail in the coffin of the perception that this great sport is just pro rasslin’ on wheels.

At this point, they’ve outgrown the name, the logo, and the zombie theme. House games are held at Hale Arena — not exactly small potatoes. The league itself is now comprised of eight teams, and as a result, their membership has surpassed that of all other Kansas City leagues, male or female, making them “Kansas City’s largest roller derby league,” according to their still-under construction web site. A new name was simply the next logical step in the evolution of this unparalleled league, and they’ve certainly made the most of the opportunity.

In keeping with their origins, the new Fountain City logo retains at least one element of the old Dead Girl Derby design, and the Zombie League bouts held at B&D Skate Center are the perfect throwback to days gone by. From there, however, it is clearly onward and upward for this unstoppable league, and we at KC Derby Digest couldn’t be more thrilled about their continued growth and success. As these ladies and gents bring their Dead Girl days to an end and enter a new era of flat track excellence, we look forward to seeing what these incredible athletes have in store for us in future seasons.

Featured Dead Girl – June 2014


Our Featured Dead Girl for June 2014 is Miki Malicious!

Name: Miki Malicious
Teams: Lovely Lethals and Public Enemies
Number: HANG10
Position(s): Blocker, Jammer
Seasons with Dead Girl Derby: 1


How did you discover Dead Girl Derby?
“A flyer saying ‘are you derby strong’ caught my eye at my local music and video store. Went to the very first orientation and bought my derby skate kit from B&D that night.”

Explain the origin of your derby name.
“My grandmother. She played roller derby in high school and then went pro. Her nickname is Miki and I wanted to pay homage to her. Funny part is, I didn’t know she was a derby girl until after I joined DGD. I guess you can say roller derby runs in my family. Then, Malicious just clicked, because it’s the opposite of my persona.”

Who inspires you on the track?
“I’d like to add ‘encouraging,’ ‘supportive,’ and ‘constructive.’ Red Ripper, Crash AnialIateHer, Foxxi Brown, Mel Breakdown, Striking Dervish, Pippi Strongblocking, Lunatic Lola, ChocaZilla, Joey Lethal, and Leroy Jenkins. Of course, last but not least, my husband, my son, and my grandmother Cora ‘Miki’ Richie.”

How has roller derby changed your life?
“I fell in love with roller derby the very first day. Surprisingly and unexpectedly, it got inside my heart, resulting in more strength in mind, my health in all aspects, has never been better. Roller derby is exactly what I was missing in my life.”

What is it about roller derby that brings out the best in Miki Malicious?
“Definitely have to say more confidence, patience, self control, dedication, and strive. But seeing the proud look on my son’s face is priceless. I would like to take this opportunity to thank my husband and son for their support by letting me use them as practice dummies for hitting, blocking, hip checks, etc. I love you guys!”

Featured Blacksnake Rollergirl – June 2014


Our featured Blacksnake Rollergirl for June 2014 is Rainbow Frite!

Name: Rainbow Frite
Team: The Rushin' Rollettes, BRG All-Stars
Number: 5 Stars
Position(s): Blocker
Seasons with the Blacksnake Rollergirls: 3


How did you discover the Blacksnake Rollergirls?
“I was actually recruited by a couple of players that have since retired, Kitty Chaos and Victoria’s Secret Weapon. I work with them and they thought I would be a good fit for BRG. So I showed up to a practice and actually got really busy with work and didn’t go back for a couple of months. Once I returned, I was drafted to the Venomous Vixens and only had a few practices before I played my first game! After that first game, I was addicted.”

Explain the origin of your derby name.
“I had kicked around several names, one being Abbey Rogue to appease my obsession with the Beatles. My husband, Coach Sk8 O’Masochist, and I were sitting around trying to come up with ideas. He came up with a lot of names… but Rainbow Frite, taken from Rainbow Brite, stuck with me. I am an 80s child, and who doesn’t love Rainbow Brite? The name stuck and I couldn’t imagine having any other name!”

Who inspires you on the track?
“There are so many people that inspire me. I have to give a shout-out to the original Venomous Vixens. Without the OVV, I wouldn’t be where I am today. Coach Chadillac, Coach I for an Eye, Coach Jon, Coach Daddy Rampage, and all the ladies on the team taught me what derby was all about. All of the ladies on that team pushed me, but I have to give a special shout-out to Hott-ness Monster. She continuously pushed me in practices, sometimes literally, which enabled me to push my body to limits I didn’t know I could reach. She taught me a lot of what I know when it comes to blocking and I can’t thank her enough for taking the time to help me out. Coach Sk8 O’Masochist is someone who inspires me every day. He pushes me and he pushes our team to be the best we can be. He has turned into such an amazing coach and I couldn’t imagine derby without him. Des’Amator, my derby wife and partner in crime, continues to inspire me to work harder in practice as well as outside of practice. She is an amazing derby player and I am so lucky to have her on my team. I’m am also obsessed with DGD! There are way too many skaters and coaches to list, but they are amazing people and anytime I get to spend with them on and off the track is a privilege. To all the ladies and gentlemen in BRG, you are my family and I am so glad to have you in my life!”

How has roller derby changed your life?
“Before derby, I didn’t really know a lot of people in town. We had moved to St. Joseph in the fall of 2009 and didn’t really get out much. As soon as I joined BRG, I started making friends. Those friends have turned into my sisters and brothers. I am amazed everyday by the community feeling we have in our league. If someone is in need, our league is right there making sure everyone is taken care of. I have never seen so many selfless people in one spot. I feel that is the case with other leagues as well, such as Dead Girl Derby and Benton County Derby. I love this league and am very thankful to have such an amazing support system!”

What is it about roller derby that brings out the best in Rainbow Frite?
“My team brings out the best in me. It is such an honor to skate with the Rushin’ Rollettes. Everyone gives their all every single game and in every single practice. My teammates push me to keep getting better and to keep showing up to every single practice so I can better myself for my team and the league. Plus, hitting people is pretty fun too.”

Featured Dead Girl – May 2014


Our Featured Dead Girl for May 2014 is Crafty McNasty of Gang Green!

Name: Crafty McNasty
Team: Gang Green
Number: 22
Position(s): Blocker
Seasons with Dead Girl Derby: 1


How did you discover Dead Girl Derby?
“This is all Anya Neezenbeg‘s fault! And there are not enough words to thank her for that.”

Explain the origin of your derby name.
“My mom is an artist and I have been blessed enough to follow in her footsteps. I make anything and everything! Without fail, every time I come bounding out of my art studio to show off my latest creation, my husband always responds, “Well, look at you, Crafty McNasty!”. Add to the equation that I do in fact have a ‘McNasty’ side… the name maths.”

Who inspires you on the track?
“For their willingness to teach, motivate, support and their general bad-assery, Crash AnnihilateHer, Ensane Gwen, Zombina, Fire Wyer, Red Ripper, Sam-I-Automatic, and ChocaZilla have all won a piece of my heart. I treasure all of the time and knowledge these ladies have shared.”

How has roller derby changed your life?
“What hasn’t changed?! I have learned to appreciate the accomplishment of learning a new skill, that my mind and body are WAY stronger than I thought they were, my new comrades and how fun it is to knock them over… life will never be the same.”

What is it about roller derby that brings out the best in Crafty McNasty?
“I call roller derby my ‘stretching lessons.’ It puts me further out of my comfort zone than I’ve ever been, giving me a courage and strength like nothing else ever has. Not even whiskey.”

Featured Blacksnake Rollergirl – May 2014


Our featured Blacksnake Rollergirl for May 2014 is Poisonberry of the Venomous Vixens!

Name: Poisonberry
Team: The Venomous Vixens
Number: U2
Seasons with the Blacksnake Rollergirls: 1


How did you discover the Blacksnake Rollergirls?
“A few seasons ago, I contacted Notorious L.I.Z. and she game me practice information. I chickened out, though, because I didn’t know if I could ‘survive’ with my small size! Around January 2014, I happened to hear L.I.Z. on the radio announcing open enrollment and they were looking for girls. I had also ran into G.I. Dang, a fellow Maysville student back in the day, and she encouraged me to try it. My interest was also fueled by my competitive nature and participation in several sports since I was young. I thought, why not try roller derby, you only live once!”

Explain the origin of your derby name.
“My friends and family had several ideas from BlackNBlue Berry to BonyMony. I posted on Facebook asking for ideas, and my cousin, Vance, came up with Poisonberry.”

Who inspires you on the track?
“Between watching the Blacksnake Rollergirls and Dead Girl Derby, each has their own style and I try to learn from everyone. My teammates and coaches on the Venomous Vixens inspire me to keep working hard and have fun while I am doing it.”

How has roller derby changed your life?
“Definitely, I have met some wonderful people. From the skaters, fans, and people on the sidelines, everyone is helpful, encouraging, and fun to be around. Physically, surely I will end up a tougher gal. Right now I mop the floor up, but I just try to get right back up and keep rollin’.”

What is it about roller derby that brings out the best in Poisonberry?
“How long do they consider a new roller derby girl fresh meat? Either way, I still consider myself a newbie and I am still learning skate techniques and the strategies of the game. My coach says it can take a whole season to really get it. Fans may have to be patient and catch future bouts, the best of Poisonberry is yet to come!”