The Armory

Live Sketch Artists for In the Heights

September 12, 2019

We invited local comic artists to bring their sketchbooks to the dress rehearsal for In the Heights and draw whatever inspired them about the experience. Take a look at the results below, along with a little info about each artist!

Barry Deutsch

Barry is an award-winning children's graphic novelist and political cartoonist - and a huge nerd for musical theater. He lives in Portland, Oregon, in a bright blue house with pink trim and many housemates. Check out his cartoons at leftycartoons.com.


Becky Hawkins

Becky makes comics about life in Portland with her tiny cartoon sidekick, Shoulder Angel. Her ongoing projects are a watercolor comic diary on postcard paper and the 1940s lesbian superhero noir history webcomic SuperButch, co-created with cartoonist Barry Deutsch.


Steve Hawkins, Architect


David Hohn

David received his degree in illustration from the Maryland Institute College of Art. Over the years his work has focused on the juvenile markets, ranging from picture books, children’s theater posters, video games, toys and apparel graphics. davidhohn.com


Ron Randall

Ron's work has appeared in all the major comics publishers in the United States, including Marvel Comics, DC Comics, Image, Dark Horse and IDW on properties as varied as FutureQuest, Spider-man, Supergirl, Predator and Star Wars. His own science fiction series Trekker is his signature project. Funded through a series of successful Kickstarters, it tells the on-going adventures of 23rd century bounty hunter Mercy St. Clair. ronrandall.com


Naomi Rubin

Naomi makes comics and illustrations in Portland, OR. She’s currently creating Moonsprout Station, a queer fantasy comic about identity and relationships in a sweeping, natural setting. She’s also an artist for Ododon Games' forthcoming feminist video game “Rise of the Eagle Princess.” For the past four years, she’s been doing panels and talks about transgender representation in comics and media. Before all of that, she translated and designed books for Manga University, like the Kanji de Manga language learning series and the ALA Top 10 The Manga Cookbook.

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