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DUKEScomics at MexAmeriCon 2020

Artist & Creator Ronnie Dukes & Elvira Carrizal-Dukes were a part of MexAmeriCon 2020, a virtual con December 12, 2020. Thanks, MexAmeriCon! See you next year.

DUKEScomics at virtual MexAmeriCon 2020

DUKEScomics on Univision Spanish news in El Paso discussing Giving Day on behalf of the Alzheimer’s West Texas Chapter

Writer Elvira advocating for donations on behalf of the Alzheimer’s Association West Texas Chapter, October 15, 2020.

A.W.O.L. author Elvira featured in UTEP Arts Alive series

UTEP Arts Alive is an interdisciplinary collaboration showcasing the diversity and vibrancy of the arts in the face of a global pandemic. The project highlights ongoing artistic activities by UTEP students and faculty from a wide range of departments and provides a virtual connection to iconic campus locations for those who cannot physically be present. UTEP Arts Alive is a collaboration between Rubin Center for the Visual Arts, Centennial Museum and Chihuahuan Desert Gardens, The Center for Arts Entrepreneurship, UTEP Department of Music, and UTEP Department of Art. Produced by UTEP Edgar Picazo-Merino, BA Interdisciplinary Studies and editor of Azul Arena magazine; and Chris Beroes-Haigis, alumnus of UTEP Department of Music graduate program and member of the Center for Arts Entrepreneurship.

Ronnie Dukes interviewed for Black Superheroes Matter Podcast

“Black Superheroes Matter and so do their Creators.” Interview by Steven Christian. To hear the interview, click here: Ronnie Dukes Black Superheroes Matter.

DUKEScomics partners with Alzheimer West TX Chapter and UTEP for Workshops

Ronnie and Elvira along with Sarah Yvonne Jimenez, an instructor in clinical nursing, will help the West Texas Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association offer a few virtual workshops that will encourage journal writing and doodling as ways to self-reflect and lower stress from a health care perspective. To read the news story by UTEP, click here: UTEP News Story

Ronnie Dukes and Elvira Carrizal-Dukes

Elvira interviewed by KTEP State of the Arts

Thank you so much to MARINA MONSISVAIS for having Elvira on her show to talk about the journaling and drawing workshops with the Alzheimer’s Association West Texas Chapter. Click here to listen to the radio interview: Link

Elvira Carrizal-Dukes and Marina Monsisvais, May 2020


Thank you so much to PAM PERRY PR @speakersmagazine for recording our presentation and sharing it and for her expert interviewing skills. We are grateful to Dr. LaJoyce Lawton for inviting us to speak at this event. We feel blessed to have gained a new relationship with colleagues, friends, and professionals who are doing phenomenal work owning and growing their own businesses and shaping their communities in positive and uplifting ways. Saying thank you does not seem like enough, but we hope you feel our passion and are inspired by our story and journey. The entire presentation is available on the DUKEScomics Facebook page at this link.

Our first Zine “Journey to Kohh” now available

Our first Zine is based on our first trip to Japan in 2017. We got the chance to take a bullet train to Nagoya to see Japanese hip hop artist Kohh in concert. Kohh inspired us to travel to Japan. We hope to collaborate with him in the future.

A.W.O.L. featured in “Illuminate” exhibition at El Paso Museum of Art

This exhibit features artworks by EPMA Teaching Artists from July 17, 2019 to the end of March 2020 in the Art School Gallery. We are honored to be featured along with fellow Teaching Artists Ivan Calderon, Dina Edens-Perlasca, Cindy Gutierrez-Krapp, and Phillip John Romero.

Zines, Comic Books + Superheroes Summer Camp 2019

We love being Teaching Artists at the EPMA Art School. By the end of this summer camp, the students wrote and illustrated original comic books and DUKEScomics printed them. Thank you, El Paso Museum of Art and El Paso Museums and Cultural Affairs for providing a fun and safe space for Teaching Artists and these future creators. #makearthappen

DUKEScomics featured at Latino Art Now! (LAN) Artist Alley Houston 2019

Thank you, Inter-University Program for Latino Research and UTEP Chicana/o Studies for welcoming us at LAN! Many thanks to our fantastic artist neighbors Marissa JV and Mira Mayra Art.

Ronnie Dukes’ art featured on Academic Text Cover

Thank you, Drs. Baca, Hinojosa, and Murphy for choosing DUKEScomics to help represent your stellar work “Bordered Writers” available through State University of New York Press.

Tokyo Comic Con 2018 a success

We released our Japanese Edition of A.W.O.L. at #TokyoComicCon. We thank everyone around the country and the world for your immense support! A.W.O.L. #SPANISH EDITION coming soon!

A.W.O.L. included in Scholarly Work

DUKEScomics is grateful to be included in the academic text of Dr. Joseph Rodriguez of California State University, Fresno. The book Teaching Culturally Sustaining and Inclusive Young Adult Literature-Critical Perspectives and Conversations uses theories of critical literacy and culturally responsive teaching to argue that our schools, and our culture, need sustaining and inclusive Young Adult (YA) literature/s to meet the needs of culturally and linguistically diverse readers and all students.

Our Glyph Comic Award nominated graphic novel A.W.O.L. is featured and pictured in a discussion about our characters pondering options for a future. Thank you, Dr. Rodriguez for honoring us with such an inclusion. Click on this link to buy the book:

Teaching Culturally Sustaining and Inclusive Young Adult Literature-Critical Perspectives and Conversations

A.W.O.L.- Japanese Edition

Thank you, Angelina Nunez-Arellanes, for introducing us to Ryoko from Japan. Our collaboration resulted in the Japanese language version of A.W.O.L. Now available! Click on this link to access it. DUKEScomics is proud to announce our upcoming invitation to Tokyo Comic Con 2018!

A.W.O.L.- Black Label Anniversary Edition Premiere/Tour 2018

For the first Anniversary of A.W.O.L., we did a Fall tour of fun and transformative comic-cons. We introduced our new English Edition featuring enhanced art and lettering as well as a bold new cover. Thank you to MexAmeriCon, FanX Salt Lake, Sol-Con and CXC.


DUKEScomics would like to thank our class of young creators who attended our Summer Art Camp “COMIC BOOKS + SUPERHEROES” at the El Paso Museum of Art Maker Space. It was an intensive and inspirational week. Our appreciation also goes out to @elpasomuseumofart and Art Bridges Foundation for making it all happen. – CONSTANTER

Photo credit: Edgar Picazo. Post effects: DUKEScomics

Meeting Dr. Angela Davis

We are very honored to have had an A.W.O.L. book exchange with the, incomparable professor Angela Davis. This was a truly educational evening at UTEP and her passionate words along with experience and examples resonated like a crashing WAVE.


This is an interview with an inspiring family done during EPCC SOUL NIGHT in El Paso, Texas during 2018 Black History Month. Our Gratitude goes out to EPCC Diversity Programs, McCall Neighborhood Center, The Divine Nine, and Clocking In: My Life After Retirement.

DUKEScomics’ A.W.O.L. 2018 Glyph Award Nominations!

We are grateful that our first graphic novel A.W.O.L. was nominated for (3) 2018 GLYPH COMICS AWARDS by The East Coast Black Age of Comics Convention: STORY OF THE YEAR A.W.O.L.; BEST FEMALE CHARACTER Cruz Ochoa; FAN AWARD FOR BEST WORK A.W.O.L. – Elvira Carrizal-Dukes, writer, Ronnie Dukes, artist.

DUKEScomics’ EPCC TV Interview

Thank you to professor Blevins and the EPCC TV crew for such a great experience. If you’ve wanted to learn about the DUKEScomics philosophy, work and origin, this interview covers it. We hope to teach and demystify the process of creation and make it accessible to all to tell their own stories.

Elvira and Ronnie of DUKEScomics on KCOS 13 El Paso.

A.W.O.L. available at Barnes & Noble

Thanks to our friends at Barnes & Noble Sunland Park, A.W.O.L. is now available upon request at a Barnes & Noble near you! Tell your favorite Barnes that you want A.W.O.L. for YOUR local shelves. They also have the Japanese edition.

A.W.O.L. now available at Barnes & Noble.

UTEP Library Special Collections Induction

Our graphic novel A.W.O.L. is officially part of the UTEP Library Latino Comics Special Collections, which celebrated its 50-year anniversary (click on this link to read the story). Thank you, UTEP Library and Chicana/o Studies for this wonderful opportunity to be a part of an amazing collection of artifacts.

A.W.O.L. on special exhibit at the University of Texas at El Paso.

A.W.O.L. now a curated e-book reading experience on Comixology

We’re happy to announce that our graphic novel A.W.O.L. is now available on Comixology, which is the worlds largest online collection of comic books. Click here for the link.

Chicago Libraries embrace A.W.O.L.

A.W.O.L. is currently in several libraries in the Chicago area including Steger, Matheson, Calumet City, Richton Park, Park Forest, Crete, and Chicago Heights. We’re working to make our graphic novel available to more libraries everywhere.

ISBN: 978-1540551511


Age rating: 12yr+

Publisher: DUKEScomics

Publication date: April 10, 2017

Print length: 108 pages

The first libraries to have A.W.O.L in their collections. Chicagoland love.

Women in Film and as Superheroes Interview

Elvira and Ronnie Dukes participated on a panel hosted by the El Paso Times at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in El Paso, Texas, for the upcoming premiere of the feature film Wonder Woman.

EPCON Promotional Update

A.W.O.L. received a very nice mention at the beginning of this video update for El Paso Comic Con 2017. Thank you, Zia Comics!