Websites: Primary: A Love Story, Intentionally Left Blank, Me and My Jane, Poseur Ink, Mod Buttons
Bio: Born three months premature on June 6th 1985, Rachel Dukes came into the world full of curiosity and determination. From the age of three, she showed interest and talent in the fields of the arts. (Her preferred mediums at the time were wax-based crayons and washable marker.) In the first grade, she drew her first comic strips and proudly proclaimed to her teacher that she would like to do comics when she grew up. At the age of ten she was approached by the LA Times to do a syndicated comic strip, but turned their offer down because she was ten and didn’t know any better.
Rachel started doing her first online comic, Fanfare, in her Junior year of High School, and started a strict regimen of drawing for four hours a day. Her art improved in leaps and bounds over the two years she created the comic.
Still intent on doing comics, but needing to stay on the West coast for studies, Rachel enrolled at The Art Institute of California San Diego in January 2004. In Fall 2006, Rachel interned at Top Cow for three months as a production intern. She graduated in December 2006 with her Bachelors of Science in Media Arts and Animation.
In October 2006, Rachel was one of four recipient of the first annual Women Webcomickers Grant NAN, presented by comic veteran Lea Hernandez.
In 2007, Rachel orchestrated and edited a comic anthology about music's influence on art and the creative process entitled Side A: The Music Lover's Graphic Novel. Over the course of the next year, it was featured in The Comics Journal, Razorcake, and Alternative Press Magazine.
Rachel currently lives in San Diego with her fiance, Mike; attempting to draw comics and press buttons for a living. She does some freelance illustration and web design work in her spare time, and does her best to attend several comic conventions each year. Rachel is currently working on three online comics: Primary, a coming of age romance set in the late 1980’s; Intentionally Left Blank, a journal comic; and Me and My Jane, a young adult dramedy - all hosted on her website Poseur Ink.
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