Tight Pencils Ep 15: Rachel Dukes

by Rachel on August 14, 2015, no comments

I had the pleasure of guesting on the Tight Pencils podcast with Kevin and Matt recently. Click through to listen to us ramble about the ups and downs of self-motivation, running a Kickstarter campaign, and why I keep creating comics with a calculated financial loss (spoiler alert: it’s because I love making comics).

Episode 15 (with me) is here.
And you can hear all the Tight Pencils episodes at TightPencils.com


Making Comics Gutter Talk Episode 79 – Comic Con Panel

by Rachel on July 24, 2015, no comments


There is nothing easy about making comics, whether it’s the art or the storytelling. Just flipping through the first few pages of your favorite story can be enough to intimidate even the hardiest of the artists out there. It really does take a fair amount of chutzpah to want to make comics. But fear not, for there are things out there that may not make it easy for you but can, if nothing else, make it easier. And that’s why we at Making Comics were excited to have assembled this group of people ranging from artists to editors, if not both, for the live Gutter Talk panel at this year’s Comic Con in San Diego, because we just had a feeling that they would be the ones to provide both inspiration and very useful knowledge.

Moderated by the Gutter Talk podcast host Adam Greenfield, the panel consisted of Mark Waid, writer of Daredevil and most recently the Archie comics, Christy Blanch, an educator and also writer for The Damnation of Charlie Wormwood, Chris Miskiewicz, the writer for Thomas Alsop, Rachel Dukes, creator of Frankie Comics, and Calista Brill, a senior editor with First Second Books. See what we mean? This panel was destined to be amazing and it certainly lived up to the billing. Download or stream the show and you’ll see what we’re talking about.

The audio from the Gutter Talk panel I was on at Comic Con International is finally online. A huge thanks to Adam and to Making Comics for having me on – it was a blast! You can listen to the episode embedded over at MakingComics.com here: http://www.makingcomics.com/2015/07/24/making-comics-gutter-talk-episode-79-comic-con-panel/

Frankie Comics at Comic Con International

by Rachel on July 6, 2015, no comments

tumblr_nqoxo5D0k81qktg7xo2_r1_1280tumblr_nqoxo5D0k81qktg7xo1_r1_1280 Frankie Comics will be at Comic-Con International July 8-12, 2015. Booth 1135 (under “Mixtape Comics”) between Disney Publishing Worldwide and Alaska Robotics.

I’ll be returning to Comic Con International for my 12th consecutive year and I’m as psyched as ever. (I’ll be joined by my buds from Silver Sprocket for the third year in a row. Can’t wait to see the whole team again!)

It’s my first year out of Small Press in a larger booth and I’m looking forward to stretch my legs a bit. Its not far from Small Press though, so you should be able to find it pretty easily. We’re just on the backside of the Webcomics Pavilion, straight back from lobby B1. (Look for the big Frankie ears!)

We’ll have copies of Garfield #23, the Steven Universe: Greg Universe Special, Frankie Comics #1-3, as well as all sorts of Frankie merchandise. Stickers, posters, a shirt, buttons, the new Frankie dolls from our successful Kickstarter campaign…
We’ll be holding a drawing for attendees to win their very own Frankie doll (to be determined after the show closes on Saturday) for pick-up on Kids Day: Sunday, July 12th. Drawing entrants will be gifted a free Frankie button, poster, and be able to get their hand stamped with a picture of Frankie!

tumblr_inline_nqz4f9zrWP1qblj07_540I’ll also be talking at the Making Comics “Storytelling in Comics” Panel on Saturday July 11th, 5:30-6:30pm, in Room 8. After a great time with Adam on Gutter Talk recently I’m definitely looking forward to that. (Please come out and take part in the Q&A session!)

Adam Greenfield (host of Making Comics Gutter Talk) and an all-star lineup of panelists discuss some of the final stages of storytelling in comics, as well as what’s next once the story has been told. Panelists include Mark Waid (Kingdom Come, Daredevil),Christina Blanch (The Damnation of Charlie Wormwood), Calista Brill (Senior Editor at First Second), Chris Miskiewicz (Thomas Alsop), and Rachel Dukes (Garfield, Steven Universe).

That’s everything off the top of my head. I’m super stoked though and I’ll see you all in San Diego! <3

Making Comics Gutter Talk Episode 78

by Rachel on June 26, 2015, no comments


In 1988, a wildly talented musician named Bobby McFerrin released a song titled “Don’t Worry, Be Happy.” For those of us who remember this song, it was certainly catchy enough to often catch yourself whistling while walking to the bus stop. And yet who knew in the end just how useful those words would be if only we had really taken them to heart? Of course, easier said than done, but it sure would’ve been nice to not worry. That said, we’re artists. Who are we kidding?

And that’s what makes this Gutter Talk episode with Rachel Dukes, artist and creator of Frankie Comics, so great. It’s further confirmation that worrying as a young, budding artist just trying to get their bearing in this ocean of art, let alone in the lake of comics, is actually normal. It’s even proof that yes, you can outgrow the worst of it. Now if only we had time machines….

Download the podcast and listen in as Adam and Rachel discuss why see-through rulers are better than rulers you can’t see through, her Kickstarter project for Frankie Comics, and some of the hurtles she encountered as a kid when opportunities presented themselves.

Listen in to the whole episode at: http://www.makingcomics.com/2015/06/26/making-comics-gutter-talk-episode-78-rachel-dukes/#sthash.3pZNB8At.FBVCOKRs.dpuf

Frankie Comic Kickstarter Now Live!

by Rachel on June 6, 2015, no comments

The Frankie Comics Kickstarter is finally live! Help fund the printing of Frankie Comics (long-awaited) Issue 4 and a run of hand-made plush Frankie dolls.

I’ve wanted to create plush Frankie dolls since I 2009 when Frankie first started appearing in my journal comic Intentionally Left Blank. Now that Frankie stars in her own comic, and with the impending release of Frankie Comics #4, I’m reaching out to readers to make that a reality.

Funding from this campaign will go towards creating a run of 250 plush dolls and printing Frankie Comics #4. If there are more orders than 250 pledges for dolls, we can certainly order more. That way everyone who enjoys the comics can also have a Frankie of their very own to love! (And money saved per piece can go towards stretch goals!)

Head on over to the Kickstarter to check it out: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1306135649/frankie-comics-plush-and-issue-4