Accidental Roller Derby Svengali

The picture that Randy took of me with the Brandywine Roller Girls at my 40th birthday party has taken on a life of its own, first getting picked up as the new team’s temporary Facebook profile photo, and now this:

Accidental Roller Derby Svengali

The picture just got picked up as the cover of the Daily Local’s nightlife supplement, which hits stands today. So I am now accidentally portrayed as some kind of… Roller Derby Svengali? I can live with that. Thanks, Randy!

I am incredibly proud to be portrayed as an unexplained tuxedo-wearing member of the team’s entourage. Though now that I think about it, who’s the one person who wears black tie to a brutal sporting event? We all know the answer to that question:

Accidental Roller Derby Svengali

Michele Melcher sketch for Brandywine Roller Girls

Here’s a candidate logo for the brand-new Brandywine Roller Girls team. The team just picked their name, and are in the middle of selecting a logo. As you already know, I’m really excited about having a hometown roller derby team, so I asked Michele to do a sketch based on Archibald Willard’s Spirit of ’76 painting:

Sketch for a Brandywine Roller Girls logo by Michele Melcher

Mere moments after posting this picture to Facebook, local parade mogul and one-time next-door neighbor Todd Marcoccisaw it and asked if they would be willing to be in a parade. This made me simultaneously ecstatically happy (a logo that immediately snags a parade invitation is a GREAT logo, right?) — and extremely jealous (Todd has never asked me to be in a parade!)

Michele Melcher sketch for Brandywine Roller Girls