Mixtape Comics

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RACHEL DUKES is coming to TCAF!

“Rachel Dukes is a MFA graduate from The Center for Cartoon Studies (2013) who self-publishes on her website Mixtape Comics. Despite her attempts to avoid being a cat-lady, her most popular strips always feature her cat…” - Full Bio at TCAF site

Artist’s Website: www.mixtapecomics.com

TCAF is The Toronto Comic Arts Festival, taking place May 9-11, 2014, in Toronto, Canada. More at http://torontocomics.com/

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SLAM DIEGO COMMIE-CON FIELD REPORT We’re putting the finishing touches on THE FRIEND ZONE, your sanctuary and ours from the San Diego ComiCon this weekend, with our dear friends at Mixtape Comics and Irene Comics.  Booth N-03 in Small Press (listed as “Mixtape Comics”)

All weekend we will be slingin’ free haircuts, bad idea potion and a willingness to employ direct action to make up for comic-cons missing harassment policy (WE RIDE TOGETHER! WE DIE TOGETHER! WE HIT CREEPS WITH BIG FOAM SWORDS TOGETHER!) oh and also we will be doing things to help us pay for the table like slinging brand new screen prints, zines, pins and all kinds of other bullshit from the likes of Ben Passmore, Lindsay Watson, Ferin FickAndy Warner, Ben SnakepitMitch Clem and Nation Of Amanda. Not to mention the horse we rode in on of the rootenist tootenist stickers, patches, shirts, As You Were #1, 2 & 3, screen-prints, a fishbowl full of advice/everclear, healing crystals, hammers both large and small, tonka trucks, hoaxs, screams, a mirror that when you look into it it tells you the future, a mirror thats just a real mirror so you can see how pretty you are, whatever chotchkies we think will make doc hammer like us. so on.

If you can’t get down to Slam Diego, peek them graphics above for tiny previews, and we will premiere all this new artwork full-on with mail-order links when we get back starting July 29th.

Oh shit wait we have a crazy-comin-at-ya-straight-up-like-what? awesome and gigantic new screen-print from Liz Suburbia next week that won’t be ready for San Diego, but fuck it, I’m writing about it right now anyway because its about skateboarding and chopping heads off and you’re gonna freak out. 

COME MAKE FRIENDS UNDER THE FRIEND ZONE BANNER IN SMALL PRESS! FREE HAIRCUTS/TATTOOS AND IRRESPONSIBILITY ELIXIRS! NOT JOKING! NOT SORRY! REGRET THIS IN STYLE!

Illustration for Frankie Comics #3

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I meant to upload this a couple weeks ago, but got sidetracked that I could just never make it happen. I’m very easily distracted, I guess.

This was a fan art submission I did for Rachel Dukes’s Frankie Comics. It was definitely a lot of fun to work on! …though looking at it two months later I can’t help but see all the things I could do/wish I did better now… Well, I guess I’ll just have to try harder in the future, huh?

In any case, I’m honored that Rachel included this piece in the third issue of her series, which is out now, by the way! And definitely be sure to check her work out; if you like cats, and you like comics, I’m sure you’ll enjoy her comics about her cat.

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GET TO KNOW YOUR ZINESTER: Mixtape Comics Describe your most recent zine.

My most recent zine is Frankie Comics #1: a collection of comic strips based on interactions with my cat, Frankie. I started the strip as a exercize while I was in grad school. It accidentally gained a following online, so I’ve decided to keep doing it. At least for a little while longer.

Name three of your influences and how they affected your work.

A lot of my recent focus has been on the technical aspects of simple, visual storytelling. Artists who cartoon simply, utilizing the grid when laying out their pages. Over the last few month, I keep going back to Everything We Miss by Luke Pearson, Primates by Maris Wicks, and A User’s Guide to Neglectful Parenting by Guy Delisle. While they’re three very different types of stories, they all successfully utilize simple visual styles to tell a story quickly and without much dialog. Which I appreciate.

Read the rest at the LA Zine Fest blog!

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RACHEL DUKES is coming to TCAF!

“In the first grade, Rachel Dukes drew her first comic strips and proclaimed to her teacher that she would like to draw comics when she grew up. Three years later, she was approached by a local paper to do a syndicated comic strip, but turned their offer down because she was ten and didn’t know any better…” - Full Bio at TCAF site

Artist’s Website: http://www.mixtapecomics.com/

TCAF is The Toronto Comic Arts Festival, taking place May 11-12, 2013, in Toronto, Canada. More at http://torontocomics.com/

Went to APE on Saturday and got the coolest of stuff! I’ll tag everyone when I get off work!

UPDATE: Starting from the left, Buttersafe years 1 and 2 along with a couple of signed prints; a Benign Kingdom Emily Carroll collection; two signed zines by MariNaomi (who recognized my name from the Cartoonists of Color Database!); a signed book one of Tripping Over You; a signed copy of Tomboy by Liz Prince; an awesome Scully sticker by hey monster; a copy of Sub Cultures and a Franky poster from Rachel Dukes; a Brandon Graham sketch collection from CBLDF; and the cutest succulent print from Mai Nguyen.  DAMN, this was a good haul!

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