Mixtape Comics: Comics & Art by Rachel Dukes


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

SOCIAL MEDIA: Instagram | Tumblr | Twitter | Facebook

SUPPORT: Patreon | Kofi


PRAISE for Frankie Comics:

"[Frankie Comics] is a surefire hit for cat lovers."
– Tricia, Razorcake

"Dukes's Frankie comics are clear, well-drawn, and (most importantly) funny."
– Rob Clough, High-Low

"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."
– Brian Cronin, Comics Should Be Good

"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."
– Rachel Ann Millar, Paperlinks Press

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."
- Sarah Jaffe, Newsarama

"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."
- Randy, Inside Joke Theater

"...I'm a fan of music and a fan of comics so it would only stand to reason that this collection would be EPIC!"
- Sarah, A Dangerous State of Mind

"Flip me over, I'm b-side myself with joy. ... I'm already making space on my shelf."
- Craig Johnson, Comics Village

"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."
- Jess Fink, JessFink@Livejournal

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!)"
- Syndicate Product Covert HQ

"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."
- Adrian Villagomez, Absolute Punk

"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."
- Trusty Plinko Stick

"This nice little anthology is a great read for the music lover out there..."
- Comixtreme

"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..."
- Optical Sloth

"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."
- Superblast!


"Frankie Comics #3" reviewed in Razorcake #87, August 6, 2015
"Frankie Comics #1" reviewed by Rob McMonigal for Panel Patter, February 16, 2015
"Frankie Comics #3" reviewed at High-Low, November 26, 2014
"Side A: The Music Lover's Graphic Novel" reviewed at The Two Page Spread, September 24, 2014
"Frankie Comics #2" reviewed at High Low, November 10, 2014
"Frankie Comics #1 & #2" reviewed at Yay for Comics, October 29, 2014
"Gulp" reviewed by The Maine Edge, May 6, 2014
"Frankie Comics #1" reviewed at Comics Should be Good, April 1, 2014
"Gulp" reviewed at Printed Matters, October 10, 2013
"Irene #1" reviewed by Broken Pencil, February 26, 2013
"Irene #1" reviewed at High-Low, December 28, 2012

Alternative Press Issue 232
- Alternative Press, Issue 232

Razorcake Issue 41
- Razorcake, Issue 41


Guest on "Tight Pencils" podcast, August 14, 2015
Guest on "First Appearances" podcast, June 28, 2015
Guest on "Gutter Talk" podcast, June 26, 2015
Guest on "Two Geeks Talking" podcast, January 26, 2014
Guest on "The Webcomic Beacon" podcast, December 12, 2013


Interviewed by Guy Thomas for Panel Patter, June 17, 2015
Interviewed by Brian Cronin at Comics Should Be Good, June 15, 2015
Interviewed by Cameron Hatheway for Bleeding Cool, June 11, 2015
Interviewed by Janelle Asselin for Hire This Woman, April 15, 2015
'Luminosity'; (from "Beyond") featured on The Huffington Post, March 25, 2015
"Frankie Comics #1" featured at Comics Should Be Good, January 2, 2015
Interviewed by Guy Thomas for Panel Patter at SPX, October 20, 2014
Interviewed by "The Comics Alternative" podcast at SPX, September 15, 2014
Interviewed by Guy Thomas for Panel Patter, September 5, 2014
Interviewed by NatoSoup at APE, October 10, 2014
Interviewed by Rachel Ann Millar at Paperlinks Press, June 16, 2014
Interviewed by Shaenon Garrity for The Comic Journal, December 12, 2013
Featured on SLOG at The Stranger, December 3, 2013
Featured on Comics Alliance, December 6, 2013


Pussy Strikes Back! Art Show, Titmouse. 2017
Post It Show 12, Giant Robot 2. 2016
Line Attack 5, Hive Gallery & Studios, 2016
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


“Doing it for Themselves: Self-Publishing and DIY Comics” panel, Queers & Comics conference, April 15, 2017
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


2016 – Beyond. Lambda Literary Award (LGBT Anthology, Fiction)
2013 – Frankie Comics #1. Art Exchange Program Grant winner
2006 – Primary #1. Women Webcomikers Grant NAN