ELVIRA CARRIZAL-DUKES is the author for DUKEScomics. Elvira was born and raised in the Chaparral-El Paso-Juarez borderland region. Elvira wrote the A.W.O.L. graphic novel featuring a Latina soldier on unauthorized leave from the military. She is searching for her kidnapped brother in the El Paso, Texas, Mexico/US border region. Much of Elvira’s work is centered around her hometown and the socio/cultural/historical contexts of the U.S.-Mexico borderland.
Elvira is also the author of a new graphic novel called Dukes of Chuco (DUKEScomics, forthcoming 2020). She is also a published playwright of a dramatic play called Father’s Shadow / Sombra del Padre (Dramatic Publishing, 2001) winner of the Kennedy Center/ American College Theatre Festival Si TV Playwriting Award and Eugene O’Neill National Playwrights Fellowship. Other produced plays written by Elvira include Escaping Juarez, P.I.G. (Pimps, Illegals, Gangsters), Silencio No Mas, and Border Ballad Twinkle Toe Patrol: A Chicanx Musical. Elvira is a filmmaker and the writer, director, and producer of Mariposa (2006) and The Weeping Pimp (2015).
Elvira teaches the Zines, Comic Books + Superheroes workshop with artist Ronnie Dukes at El Paso Museum of Art (EPMA) in El Paso, Texas. She is the selected Community Member for EPMA’s National Medal Award for excellence in museum service. She also teaches Filmmaking Camp at the El Paso Museum of History.
Elvira earned her Master of Fine Arts degree in Film from Columbia University in the City of New York. She earned her bachelors degree in Journalism and Chicano Studies with a minor in Theatre Arts from the University of Minnesota—Twin Cities.
Elvira is a Doctoral Candidate of Rhetoric and Composition at The University of Texas at El Paso where she is an Assistant Professor of Practice and Undergraduate Academic Adviser for Chicano Studies. She teaches Chicana/o Cinema, Chicana/o Theatre, American Cinema of the US-Mexico Border, and The Roots of Latina/o Hip Hop. She has also taught Contemporary Hispanic Theatre and Drama, Technical Communication, Cinematic Genres, Screenwriting, Cinematic Directors, Film Theory and Criticism, and Feature Film Production – a Special Topics course. Previously, she was a Tenured Assistant Professor at El Paso Community College where she taught film, video, and media courses.
RONNIE DUKES is the artist for DUKEScomics. He was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. As a kid, Ronnie began drawing on the floor of the YMCA where he kept his granny company while she worked overnights doing security. His first art apprenticeship was in fashion design through Gallery 37 in Chicago where he learned apparel construction and hat design. Ronnie earned his degree in Computer Animation in Minneapolis which inspired him to paint with a fresh perspective on dimension and techniques learned from animation. It was then that he began exhibiting his painted work in Harlem, NYC.
Ronnie’s first exhibit was a solo show at Columbia University. His other exhibitions include The Manhattan Borough President’s Office, Queens Theatre in The Park, Harlem Arts Alliance, and over a dozen other solo and group exhibitions.
Ronnie started his independent publishing company in order to create original work and to begin building its collection. Ronnie’s background in animation, painting, and mixed media greatly influences his work in comic books. His first major comic book project is called A.W.O.L., an over 100-page full color graphic novel.
Ronnie is the penciler, inker, colorist, letterist, and layout/ graphic artist for A.W.O.L. The book premiered in 2017 at El Paso Comic Con and has been translated into Japanese. He has also been invited to exhibit his work at Tokyo Comic Con, Comic Con Okinawa, SÕL-CON, Cartoon Crossroads Columbus, Latino Artists Now, MexAmeriCon, and FanX. Ronnie’s work is currently available for purchase at Barnes and Noble, Comixology, Kindle, Baker and Taylor(Follett) as well as The El Paso Museum of Art, where Ronnie is a Teaching Artist.