Milwaukee-based artist Stacey Williams-Ng started skating with the Brew City Bruisers’ Crazy 8s last fall after training with the team for more than a year.
Recently, Willaims-Ng – whose derby name is "Tennessee Killems" – combined her two interests and created a couple of derby-themed coloring books. Williams-Ng originally was inspired to design a roller derby coloring book after a friend ordered a disappointing one from Amazon.
"She was horrified at how bad the art was," says Williams-Ng. "She thrust it at me, uncolored, and said, ‘please make a better one.’"
Williams-Ng created two different coloring books: "Roller Derby and Mermaids" and "Roller Derby and Monsters."
"You'd be surprised where your brain goes when you start imagining two things that have nothing to do with each other," says Williams-Ng. "I ended up having images of undersea roller skating scenes, and strangely, they kind of work."
Each of the books have 12 coloring pages and some of the characters are based on real-life derby women.
"One of my friends in the league is derby-named Medusa, so how could I not make her the snake-haired Medusa for the Monsters book?" says Williams-Ng. "Also, one of the original players in the league is Becky the Butcher, and she's such an icon for the Brew City Bruisers. I made her a dragon-slayer in the Monsters book, too."
Williams-Ng is a painter, chalk artist, organizer – she was the driving force behind the Black Cat Alley mural project – and illustrator.
"The world deserves better roller derby coloring books," says Williams-Ng.
Molly Snyder grew up on Milwaukee's East Side and today, she lives in the Walker's Point neighborhood with her partner and two sons.
As a full time senior writer, editorial manager and self-described experience junkie, Molly has written thousands of articles about Milwaukee (and a few about New Orleans, Detroit, Indianapolis, Boston and various vacation spots in Wisconsin) that range in subject from where to get the best cup of coffee to an in-depth profile on the survivors of the iconic Norman apartment building that burned down in the '90s.
She also once got a colonic just to report on it, but that's enough on that.
Always told she had a "radio voice," Molly found herself as a regular contributor on FM102, 97WMYX and 1130WISN with her childhood radio favorite, Gene Mueller.
Molly's poetry, essays and articles appeared in many publications including USA Today, The Writer, The Sun Magazine and more. She has a collection of poetry, "Topless," and is slowly writing a memoir.
In 2009, Molly won a Milwaukee Press Club Award. She served as the Narrator / writer-in-residence at the Pfister Hotel from 2013-2014. She is also a story slam-winning storyteller who has performed with The Moth, Ex Fabula and Risk!
When she's not writing, interviewing or mom-ing, Molly teaches tarot card classes, gardens, sits in bars drinking Miller products and dreams of being in a punk band again.