Rachel Dukes hails from San Diego, California. A graduate from The Center for Cartoon Studies, she works as a cartoonist and illustrator and is the creator of the cat-centric webcomic Frankie Comics.
Her work has also appeared in several anthologies, including Beyond, Oath, Bottoms Up, As You Were, and Tim'rous Beastie.
Clients include Brain Quest, College Humor, BOOM! Studios, Lion Forge Comics, and The Nib, among others.
Rachel lives in Los Angeles. She is thankful for coffee, gingham, and readers like you. Contact Rachel for work inquiries at dukes.rachel (at) gmail.com
See a full CV of Rachel's previous work here.
PRAISE for Frankie Comics:
"[Frankie Comics] is a surefire hit for cat lovers."
"Dukes's Frankie comics are clear, well-drawn, and (most importantly) funny."
"Dukes breathes new life into a genre (cute pet comics) that is quite a tired one. Her sense of design and timing is just outstanding and it serves her well repeatedly."
"Rachel Dukes gets personal in a way that is totally safe for work. Frankie Comics explain that fun is rarely more than a crazy furball away. If you aren't a cat person, you will be by the last page."
PRAISE for Side B: The Music Lover's Comic Anthology:
"When I read about the Side B anthology at [Ryan] Kelly’s blog, I fell in love. I must have this. You must have this too."
"You can check out previews and the full contributors' list for this music-themed comics anthology [online], but what caught my eye were four names that are contributing: Jeffrey Brown, Jim Mahfood, Dave Crosland and Brandon Graham. If the rest of the talent can stand with these guys, this is going to be one hell of a book."
"...I'm a fan of music and a fan of comics so it would only stand to reason that this collection would be EPIC!"
"Flip me over, I'm b-side myself with joy. ... I'm already making space on my shelf."
"What a lovely cover by Lucy Knisley. The insides are chock full of some of my favorite cartoonists drawing about their favorite music. That is a keeper right there."
PRAISE for Side A: The Music Lover's Graphic Novel:
"As a combination music and comic geek, I really liked this independent, lo-fi collection of personal stories about music in individual lives. (I’ve already re-read it!)"
"Side A: The Music Lover's Graphic Novel is often amusing, sometimes surreal, and easily relateable for anyone who still cherishes their first vinyl record. This is coffee table reading for the musically nostalgic."
"Side A: The Music Lovers Graphic Novel is a good mixtape, and you'd do well to get to know the people behind it a little better."
"This nice little anthology is a great read for the music lover out there..."
"Genuine music lovers will probably get a bit more out of this than I did, granted, but good storytelling is good storytelling regardless of the subject... Absolutely a wonderful anthology..."
"Compiling 33 short comic stories by dozens of underground writers and artists, the B&W collection is, by nature, hit-and-miss, but overall does a solid job of turning musical passions into entertaining graphic storytelling."
"Frankie Comics #3" reviewed in Razorcake #87, August 6, 2015
Guest on "Tight Pencils" podcast, August 14, 2015
Interviewed by Guy Thomas for Panel Patter, June 17, 2015
Pussy Strikes Back! Art Show, Titmouse. 2017
PANELS / PUBLIC SPEAKING
“Doing it for Themselves: Self-Publishing and DIY Comics” panel, Queers & Comics conference, April 15, 2017
2016 – Beyond. Lambda Literary Award (LGBT Anthology, Fiction)