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Dr. E.C.-Dukes and Ronnie Dukes

Dr. E.C.-Dukes and Ronnie Dukes are the creative force behind DUKEScomics, an independent comic books publisher. E.C. is a writer. Ronnie is an artist. The duo met in Minneapolis, Minnesota. E.C. is from southern New Mexico and Ronnie from Chicago. They've been married for 18 years. E.C. took on the Dukes surname. Their first graphic novel A.W.O.L. was published in English in 2016 and premiered at El Paso Comic Con. The Japanese edition of A.W.O.L. was published in 2018 and premiered the same year at Tokyo Comic Con in Japan. The Spanish edition of A.W.O.L. came out in 2020 and premiered at virtual MexAmeriCon. Elvira and Ronnie have just released their second graphic novel, Daizee and the Dukes of Chuco: Chuco-Juárez World Rally and have launched into a world tour to promote their new epic adventure.


Dr. E.C.-Dukes (a.k.a. Dr. Elvira Carrizal-Dukes) is a Xicana writer from southern New Mexico. She earned a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Rhetoric and Composition from the University of Texas at El Paso, a Master of Fine Arts degree in Film from Columbia University in the City of New York, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities in Journalism and Chicano Studies and a minor in Theatre Arts. Dr. Dukes writes comics, graphic novels, screenplays, plays for theatre production, and academic scholarship. She is a writer, independent scholar, and CEO of DUKEScomics. To learn more about Dr. Dukes’ work, visit her online portfolio at:

Ronnie Dukes is a Black artist from the south side of Chicago. His first professional artist experience began at Gallery 37 while in high school. Ronnie earned a degree in computer animation in Minneapolis before relocating to Harlem in New York City where he began to paint and exhibit work. Ronnie created his publishing company DUKEScomics with his wife, partner Elvira Carrizal-Dukes, featuring their first major print project A.W.O.L.: CRUZ OCHOA, a full -color graphic novel available in English, Japanese and Spanish. Ronnie's second graphic novel as the artist is Daizee & the DUKES of Chuco: Chuco- Juárez World Rally available in English, German, and soon Spanish and Japanese. Ronnie is the Chief Creative Officer of DUKEScomics.


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