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Talking with Comic Book Artist Ray-Anthony Height

Updated: Jan 24, 2020

You know as much as I feel I get sucked into social media too much, there are times it can be really helpful. I love finding new creators that I've never heard of before. Well that's how Ray-Anthony Height was brought to my attention. I immediately saw his art and wanted to see more.

To my surprise he's worked on quite a few books I'm familiar with like "X-Men: Blue", "Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur", and "Scarlet Spider". What really intrigued me was a character he created himself for Action Lab, "Midnight Tiger". I haven't picked it up yet, but from the reviews I've read I definitely want to pick it up.

He's also currently working on a new creator owned book, "Sky King Horus", and you can bet I'm gonna be picking that up too. Look forward to meeting him this year at LACC.

Comic Lounge: For those that may not be familiar with your work, can you tell us all a little bit more about yourself?

Ray-Anthony Height: My name is Ray-Anthony Height and I have been working comics professional since 2007. I grew up in Compton California. To say that my love for art and comics probably saved my life would be an understatement.

Comic Lounge: How long have you been drawing? 

Ray-Anthony: I've been drawing ever since I was about 5 yrs old, but I don't think I was interested in comics until I was around 11 or 12. By the time I was 19 a group of my friends and I were publishing our own mini-comics and designing RPG games. I guess I've been pretty creative for a long time. 

Comic Lounge: What do you love most about comics?

Ray-Anthony: The wonder, escapism, and world building of comics blew me away as a kid and I have been hooked ever since. The fact that I could immerse myself in entire worlds and and even create my own truly opened up the possibilities of what I could grow up to be. Comics opened my eyes and expanded my world view. Now, as a creator, I want to give that gift of wonder and infinite possibilities to the generations behind me.

Comic Lounge: What character would you like to work on the most and why?

Ray-Anthony: There are so many, but the characters I create myself will always be my go to answer. That being said, any character in the Spider-Man family because of their agility, rich supporting cast, and the fact that I haven't spent anywhere near enough time working on characters within that universe.

Comic Lounge: I know you've worked on books for Marvel and Action Lab, can you talk a little bit about the books you worked on for those publishers?

Ray-Anthony: I did a creator-owned series called Midnight Tiger at Action Lab. The character is currently being licensed by the publisher and can be purchased now. For Marvel, I've worked on X-Men: Wakanda Forever, X-Men Blue, Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur, Scarlet Spider, and a couple others I can't remember at the moment. My favorites have been X-Men Blue, where I co-created the mutant Madripoor team called the Raksha with writer Cullen Bunn, and Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur.

Comic Lounge: What books are you currently reading?

Ray-Anthony: Hmmm. Good question! I used to read Invincible from Robert Kirkman, Cory Walker, and Ryan Ottley pretty religiously, but since the series ended...I would say Noble and Superb from Lion Forge, Amazing Spider-Man, and Magic Order from Mark Millar and Olivier Coipel. That's off the top of my head.

Comic Lounge: Are there any books you're working on that you can talk about?

Ray-Anthony: I'm currently developing a new creator-owned book called Sky King Horus and there are a couple of things on my schedule that haven't solidified, yet. Other than that, I'm doing covers.

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