Everybody has something dark buried inside of them. Some people are born with it, like Original Sin or genetic Juggalo syndrome.
For others, darkness is brought on by some outside force, like having to rely on public transportation or exposure to Here Comes Honey Boo-Boo. The Boston Comics Roundtable (in partnership with River Bird Comics) knows what’s up, using universal darkness as the framework for their new horror anthology, Hellbound III.
Among the many masterminds behind the shadow-spewing third edition of Hellbound is Roho. (Just one name, like Jewel or Liberace.) The mononym originated with “rojo”, a spin on his last name (the Spanish word for red), but the culturally-sensitive artist changed the spelling so it would be easier to pronounce in English.
Born in Uruguay, Roho has been immersed in the Boston comics scene and involved with the Boston Comics Roundtable for the past six years. During that time he has not only contributed to the publishing of Hellbound I, II, and, III, but an anthology series called Inbound, on its fifth volume, and another, called Outbound, which is has seen two. Obviously, the titles of these collections are references to the MBTA: “Since it’s made by local artists, we wanted to make it unique to Boston,” said Roho.
“But they have their own themes. Outbound is based on science fiction and the last Inbound was about people and their relationships with food.”
It’s amazing that Roho was able to bestow so many creative contributions upon Hellbound III: Darkness with such a busy schedule. With stories ranging from the sinister side of baseball to the treachery of high school perfectionism, the variety of graphic influences alone in Darkness is enough to buy a planner for.
“There’s a wide range of styles, from modern illustration to classic cartoon to web comics. Whether you’re interested in reading comic or not there’s a visual aspect to connect to since it’s such a big showcase.”
In addition to overseeing the design process and publishing of Hellbound III, Roho did some major marketing. The publication’s macabre, supernatural poster in the window of Harvard Square’s Million Year Picnic wouldn’t be there if it weren’t for him: “I actually put that on the window,” he said. “I had to stand on a chair and I almost burned my elbows because of the lamps.” Incidentally, artists suffering and struggling for respect is the mantra for Roho’s side project, Darkful. With a title that brings to mind escort ads and the graphic novel visions of Mr. Red himself, it surely won’t disappoint.
Where is Darkful available for purchase, you ask? Or Hellbound III: Darkness for that matter? Why, at the Darkness launch party! The free event will feature original artwork, a signed art edition book, live sketches, and costumes galore. Roho and the rest creators of the anthology will be there too, although his costume choice is still up in the air: “Planning a good costume takes a lot of time,” he said. “I have a standard soldier costume with a helmet and jacket, but I’ve already worn it more than once.”
Oh, the tragic costume-repeat … now that’s darkness.
HELLBOUND III: DARKNESS GALLERY SHOW/HALLOWEEN PARTY