Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Dorothy's Derby Chronicles


Meghan Dougherty 




DENVER—October 7, 2009—Wrist guards. Check. Knee Pads. Check. Braces. Double Check.  Roller derby is not just for grown-ups anymore. With more than 200 adult leagues, 16 junior roller derby leagues and Drew Barrymore’s “WhipIt!” re-energizing the sport across the country, real derby girl, Meghan Dougherty, and popular illustrator, Alece Birnbach are rolling out The Dorothy’s Derby Chronicles, www.dorothysderby.comThis new fictional book series follows one girl’s quest to start her own junior roller derby league.  

  The Dorothy’s Derby Chronicles is the first-ever roller derby book series for tweens. With strong graphic novel elements, the series combines humor and teen angst, along with the edge and adventure of roller derby. Even as the book is being completed, nearly 3,000 people have visited the newly launched blog website.  Kids ages 9 – 14 follow the story through Dorothy’s personal blog where she vigorously chats about her crushes, new friends and love of roller derby.

“Roller derby builds strength, confidence, self awareness and self expression in skaters of all ages across the world. Young girls love this sport and wait in long lines to get autographs after bouts. It only makes sense that the junior roller derby leagues are doing the same thing for young girls across the country. Why not share the derby love and spirit with girls too?” said author and co-creator Meghan Dougherty. 

Equal parts Pippy Longstocking, Lucille Ball and Bridget Jones, Dorothy is a firey ball of contradictions leading an odd array of girls who come together through a love for roller skating and roller derby in a journey of self discovery.  The story is being told through the blog while the book is released chapter by chapter on sponsored websites. The first chapter can be downloaded from and the team is meeting with potential future chapter sponsors.  Sponsorship of a The Dorothy’s Derby Chronicles is free at this time.   

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Publishing for the book and licensing of the characters and other book-related images and sayings is being represented by TSBandCo,“We’ve received incredible interest in both the book and licensing in the very short time since we’ve taken on the project,” said Karen Hacker, agent of The Dorothy’s Derby Chronicles.  “The characters Meghan and Alece have developed speak to manufacturers of products for girls who want something more than just pink and princesses.”  

“The sport of roller derby is comprised of skaters of all different personalities, interests and walks of life, which is part of what makes it such a special sport,” added illustrator Alece Birnbach,  “We wanted the boys and girls of our book to represent a unique look and camaraderie.” 

A public relations professional by day and owner of Dougherty Relations, Meghan Dougherty is also known as is the Undertakers Daughter, #DOA, of the Rocky Mountain Rollergirls. Alece Birnbach’s art has been licensed on hundreds of products including wall art, paper products, tabletop, and more. Visit to learn more.

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