Spotlight on: SLAM!



[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][us_separator][vc_column_text]In roller derby you take your hits, get back up, and learn how to be a better jammer, a better blocker, and a better friend—if the competition doesn’t tear you apart! After breaking one of the biggest rules in derby (not to mention an actual collarbone), Knockout and CanCan have a lot of work to do to rehabilitate their bodies and improve their standings in the league.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][us_separator][vc_column_text]Let’s talk about Jennifer Chu and Maisie Huff, AKA Knockout and CanCan. How has derby changed these gals and what challenges await them in The Next Jam?

Ribon: Maise and Knockout are both dealing with the fall-out of their last bout—where Knockout left her team behind in order to hand-deliver her best friend to the hospital. Maisie’s got a busted collarbone, and Knockout’s got an entire league talking about whether or not there should be consequences.[/vc_column_text][us_separator size=”small”][vc_column_text]Pam, you’ve skated with the L.A. Derby Dolls. What does derby mean to you, and what’s it like translating the sport to comics?[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Ribon When I have felt lost and broken, roller derby has built me back up, time and time again. It’s a challenging, all-consuming, heartfelt spectacle of a sport. Translating it into comics has been both an honor and a pleasure. The hardest part is trying to fit it all in! There’s just so much to say about it, so many things I’ve learned about life, friendship, and endurance.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″][us_separator][vc_column_text]Mar, what do you most look forward to drawing in this series? What inspirations are you pulling from?

Julia: I love making work about girls doing cool things and kicking butt, and that’s basically roller derby right? I’m excited to learn a lot (hopefully) about derby through SLAM! I’ve always been a little interested in it, so now I have an excuse to learn more about it. [/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Which characters are your favorites?

Ribon: I love all these beautiful weirdos.

Julia: I like all of them, but especially Knockout and Velvet.

What are your derby names?

Ribon: I proudly skated for the LA Derby Dolls as May Q. Holla. (Shout-out to the Varsity Brawlers. We are One! VB!)

Julia: I’m not sure, but my friend suggested ‘Marimo’ because it’s Mar plus I joke about being like a mossball.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][us_separator][us_image image=”10508″ size=”us_768_0″ align=”center”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][us_separator size=”large” show_line=”1″ line_width=”default”][/vc_column][/vc_row]