The Peanut Gallery: A Charlie Brown Themed Art Show at Meltdown Comics

by Rachel on January 23, 2016, no comments

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Peanuts has been a part of comic & animation history for over 50 years influencing generations of cartoonists and artists. Come check out over 100 artists from all different backgrounds draw these classic characters in a way you’ve never seen before.

Curated by Aristotle Acevedo, Sam Grinberg & Eduardo Cordova.

(Grand Opening) Friday, February 5th 2016Nerdist Showroom at Meltdown Comics | 7522 Sunset Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90046.

Frankie Dolls: On Their Way!

by Rachel on January 19, 2016, no comments

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At long last the Frankie dolls are nearly completed! When the dolls were initially manufactured last July there was a defect in the design that needed to be fixed in all 750 dolls. After nearly 6 months of correspondence with the factory they managed to revise the pre-existing dolls to almost-exactly match the prototype! It’s a 2016 miracle!

I’m happy with the likeness of the dolls and think they capture Frankie’s charm. I can’t wait to see them in person and finally fulfill the Kickstarter orders from way back in June. The full batch of dolls should be here in three weeks and they’ll be shipping out immediately thereafter.

If you missed out on the Kickstarter and would like a Frankie of your very own, they’re available in my shop here: http://shop.mixtapecomics.com

Cartoon Art Museum: Cartoonist-in-Residence

by Rachel on January 2, 2016, no comments

On Saturday, January 9th, from 1-3pm I’ll be the Cartoonist-in-Residence at Cartoon Art Museum‘s new FLAX location. If you’re in the bay area, you should swing by for the chance to look at 100+ pages of original artwork (from titles like Garfield, Steven Universe, and Frankie Comics) and other assorted comics merch.

From the press release:

“Rachel Dukes will be the first Cartoon Art Museum Cartoonist-in-Residence since the museum moved out of their previous gallery space at 655 Mission Street and their first artist in a series of traveling Cartoonist-in-Residence events that will take place throughout San Francisco in 2016 at creative institutions like FLAX, Comix Experience, Mission: Comics & Art, and Two Cats Comic Book Store.

Dukes’ simplified lines and shapes make their work inviting and emotive. They will have completed work to show visitors the process behind their comics. Comic books, prints and original pages from Steven Universe, Garfield, Frankie Comics and more will be available to peruse and purchase. Other assorted and adorable cat merchandise from Frankie Comics, including, but not limited to, stickers, buttons, and belts will also be available for sale.”

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

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Making Comics Gutter Talk Episode 79 – Comic Con Panel

by Rachel on July 24, 2015, no comments

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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/