It’s a sad time on the indy scene as our fan favorite hero “The Midnight Tiger” and it’s creator Ray-Anthony Height are separating…. here is what he has to say
So, in regards to Midnight Tiger, unfortunately there will be no more work coming from me with the character. Other than being the creator of the character, my ties to the new series just out from Action Lab Comics is minimal, at best. Loose plots and a variant cover. For over a year I have pretty much moved on from the character since working on the Lion Forge series SUPERB and fill-in gigs at Marvel . I believe that if not for Midnight Tiger and ALE I wouldn’t have had the opportunities I was able to capitalize on and move forward in my career.
Which is why I am more than happy that, with the help of Vito Delsante , the last act of me doing anything Midnight Tiger related is to help Eric Van Elslande to have some exposure as well. I implore you to pick up the new series and give Eric and the new creative team a look. However, my time with the character is over and if this new MT series isn’t successful, I hope the character will be laid to rest. It costs so much money, time, and effort to produce a comic, let alone a series. If a series is DOA, the creative team & publisher should move on.
As for my current work status, seems I’ve found myself between gigs and working on very small design and cover work. Over the course of the last 2 years, unless it’s a large publisher, I have learned to pick work I’m interested in. So, it’s not personal if I pass on an offer. Best to get someone who is genuinely interested than. They are sure to create more inspired work than someone doing it for a quick buck.
That said, I am choosing to use this time to leisurely work on a new creator-owned idea until something I’m interested in comes along. Something I own and control 100% and can take as long as I want to do it. Something that’s purely my own tastes and ideas so that I have the most fun working on it.
Lastly, much love goes out to the Midnight Tiger fans who have supported and loved the character from day one & beyond. He was my first real character that got any traction and also made me learn the Do’s & Don’ts of creator-owned comics. Midnight Tiger will always have a special place in my heart, but it’s way past time to move on. My next C/O project will be MUCH better!
There you have it guys. Ray needs a break from it all. In his defence, though the series lost something once it got a bigger audience. When we broke news on the character back in 2013, we were instantly smitten and the fact that our post went viral suggests that something resonated with our audience. Since then, however, things just felt lukewarm.
We wish for the talented Ray-Anthony Height nothing but success in all his future endeavors, you are talented beyond words and you continue to have our love and support. Be safe and be happy my friend.
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