Rachel Dukes is a MFA graduate from The Center for Cartoon Studies (2013) who self-publishes on her website Mixtape Comics. Despite attempts to avoid being a cat-lady, her most popular strips always feature her cat. Her first self-published mini-comic of those strips, Frankie Comics #1, was a winner of the 2013 Art Exchange program by Marc Calvary.
Rachel draws comics for Boom Studios (Garfield, Steven Universe), Silver Sprocket (As You Were), and is a regular contributor to anthologies and fanzines by other indie cartoonists. She is secretly working on her first graphic novel, slated for a 2017 release.
For ten years, Rachel ran the small press mini comics and distribution company, Poseur Ink (2003-2013). During that time Poseur Ink published collections of Dukes’ journal comic Intentionally Left Blank and the anthologies Side A: The Music Lover’s Graphic Novel and Side B: The Music Lovers Comic Anthology. Poseur Ink also distributed work by cartoonists Megan Rose Gedris, Colleen Frakes, Box Brown, Josh PM Frees, and Ed Brisson.
During that same decade, Dukes also ran the custom badge/button website Mod Buttons where she created custom merchandise for other artists/companies such as: NIS America, John Fluevog Shoes, Saddle Creek Record, and VampireFreaks.
Rachel is currently settled in Los Angeles where she self-publishes comics and comic anthologies. She is thankful for coffee, gingham, and readers like you. Contact Rachel for work inquiries at dukes.rachel (at) gmail.com
Steven Universe: Too Cool for School OGN (Art), Boom Studios, 2016
Lumberjanes: Beyond Bay Leaf #01 (Variant Cover), Boom Studios, 2015
Over The Garden Wall #01 (Variant Cover), Boom Studios, 2015
Steven Universe: Greg Universe Special #1 (Art. “Pink Elephant in the Room”), Boom Studios, 2015
Garfield #23 (Art. “Malade d’Amour (Lovesick)”), Boom Studios, 2014
Adventure Time with Fionna and Cake (Variant Cover), Boom Studios, 2013
Keenspace Spotlight 2003, Keenspot, 2003
Prophesy of Destiny (Fanart), Moonation, 2002
Fanfare, Poseur Ink, 2001-2003
Frankie Comics #4, Mixtape Comics, 2016
So…Mocha (art), Alchemy Comix, 2015
Frankie Comics #3, Mixtape Comics, 2014
Frankie Comics #2, Mixtape Comics, 2014
Stay With Me, Mixtape Comics, 2013
Frankie Comics #1, Mixtape Comics, 2013
Let Me Walk You Home, Mixtape Comics, 2013
Coffee Cats, Mixtape Comics, 2012
Frankie’s Busy Day, Poseur Ink, 2012
Adventure Story, Poseur Ink, 2012
Recycle Love, Poseur Ink, 2009
Primary #1, Poseur Ink, 2009
Intentionally Left Blank (2009 collection), Poseur Ink, 2010
Intentionally Left Blank (2008 collection), Poseur Ink, 2009
Life’s So Rad Zine #2 (Fanart), Rad Industries, 2002
Power Couple (art), Oath Anthology of New Heroes, Audrey Redpath, 2015
Good Morning, Dracula, As You Were #4, Silver Sprocket Bicycle Club, 2015
So…Bejeweled (art), So Buttons, Alchemy Comix, 2015
Luminosity (art), Beyond, Sfé R. Monster and Taneka Stotts, 2015
Analysis of Multiclassing… (art), SubCultures, Ninth Art Press, 2014
Spiraling, Symbolia Magazine, Symbolia, 2014
Discovering TOS, To Boldly Zine, Dafna Pleban, 2014
Average Handling Time (art), Broken Telephone, The Whole Story, 2014
Shiny, Maple Key Comics #1, Maple Key Comics, 2014
Stay With Me, Andromeda Quartery #5, Little Tired Press, 2013
Ghost Cat, Gulp!, River Bird Comics, 2013
Rabbit Gets Klunked…, As You Were #2, Silver Sprocket Bicycle Club, 2013
4th of July Parade Tips (art), Seven Days: Cartoon Issue, Seven Days, 2013
Workin’ for the Clampdown (art), Irene #1, Irene, 2012
Lucky Dog, The Cartoon Crier, NCN & CCS, 2012
Kitty vs. Kitty, Big Sexy, Offshore Comix, 2009
Rock Band Extravaganza, Side B, Poseur Ink, 2009
M4M: Hot Tub Hottie, I Saw You…Missed Connection Comics, Three Rivers Press, 2009
A Little Bit Country. A Lot Rock and Roll, Side A, Poseur Ink, 2007
Untitled, The Big Ol’ Book of BIZMAR, Young American Comics, 2006
Untitled, Adv.s of Capt. Preposterous & Obsequious Dean, Young Amer. Comics, 2006
Untitled, Unseen on TV, Young American Comics, 2005
Purrmaids, A Mermaid Book!, Rachel Ann Millar, 2016
Cartoonist Mantra, Restless Minds, Uppermind Ink, 2014
Untitled, My Radio Zine, Sleepyhead Press, 2014
Untitled, Food Zine, Lauren Jordan, 2013
Untitled, Queerotica, Queerotica, 2013
Untitled, Color Ink Book Vol. 5, Color Ink Book, 2009
Untitled, Fine Literature Vol. 2, Mason Street Press, 2009
LA Zine Fest Art Show, LA Zine Fest, 2016
The Peanut Gallery, Meltdown Comics. 2016
Post It Show 11, Giant Robot 2. 2015
Dealing With It, Mission: Comics and Art. 2015
Back To The Future: A 2015 Art Tribute, Meltdown Comics. 2015
Celebrating Pete & Pete, Consequence of Sound. 2014
Meatball Head, Meltdown Comics. 2014
Entry Point: Planet Zine!, Portland Zine Symposium. 2014
A Shared Universe: The Art of Comic Books, Strathmore. 2014
Spongebob Fan Shellebration, Universal Studios. 2013
Thesis Exhibition, Center for Cartoon Studies. 2013
CCS Show, Hotel Coolidge. 2013
Alumni Gallery Show, AiCASD. 2009
The 4×6 Show, The Art Wars Club. 2010
The Frame Show, Everybody Get Up. 2010
PANELS / PUBLIC SPEAKING.
LA Zine Fest Pre-Fest Reading – Ave 50 Studio, March 4, 2016.
Cartoon Art Museum: Cartoonist-in-Residence, FLAX – Fort Mason, January 9, 2016.
“Gender in the World of Comics” lecture, Pitzer College – Claremont, November 24, 2015.
“Life As An Independent Cartoonist” lecture, University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, November 6, 2015.
“Enter The Zine Dungeon” panel, Long Beach Comic Con, September 12, 2015.
“Thinking Captions” | SF Zine Fest Reading, Cartoon Art Museum, September 4, 2015.
“Storytelling in Comics” panel, Comic Con International, July 11, 2015.
“Getting Press/Promoting Your Zine” panel, Portland Zine Symposium, July 13, 2015.
“The Perils of Art Theft” panel, TCAF, May 12, 2014.
“Queer Youth and Comics” panel, Wondercon, April 3, 2011.
“Queer Cartoonist Panel” panel, APE, October 23, 2010.