The Butcher of Black Bottom Brings Slasher Horror to 1920’s Detroit – Comic-Con 2022

A new comic book series imagines a Detroit where racial unrest is inflamed by a violent serial murderer.


Rodney Barnes’ Killadelphia is easily one of the more inventive horror comics to come along in many years, given how the series combines vampire horror with a very grounded look at crime, corruption and murder in a major American metropolis. Fans of that series will definitely want to keep an eye out for Barnes’ next horror epic, a period piece dubbed The Butcher of Black Bottom.


This new slasher horror series pairs Barnes with Argentinian artist Germán Erramouspe. The Butcher of Black Bottom will debut digitally on Barnes’ Substack channel, Dark Apocrypha Presents, and will later be released in print form through his Zombie Love Studios imprint.

Check out the slideshow gallery below for an exclusive first look at The Butcher of Black Bottom:


The Butcher of Black Bottom: Exclusive Preview Art

There are no vampires to be found this time (that we know of), but plenty of blood will be spilled all the same. The Butcher of Black Bottom is set in 1920’s Detroit, a time when the city is seeing a large influx of African American migrants from the South and racial tensions are reaching a boiling point. Adding fuel to that fire is the titular serial killer. Has Detroit attracted its own Jack the Ripper?

“The Butcher of Black Bottom speaks to the struggle to find racial harmony in a post-Civil War America. Where the migration of blacks from the south meets an industrializing north wrestling with its own issues,” said Barnes in a press release. “As one might imagine finding peace was no easy chore.”

This series is one of several new horror projects Barnes is debuting in 2022, alongside previously announced books like Blacula (an adaptation of the 1970’s Blaxploitation film) and Crownsville, a ghost story set in a black insane asylum.


Comic-Con returns to San Diego. And guess who’s going to be there?

For the first time since 2019, Comic-Con is returning to the San Diego Convention Center on July 21 – 24, 2022!

And I will be there!

I will be at the event Friday the 22nd/Saturday the 23rd and I have some fun stuff in store.

Friday July 22nd:

2:30-3:30pm: How the Best Horror Comics Summon Readers’ Worst Nightmares

Join Michael Walsh (The Silver Coin), Joshua Williamson (Nailbiter), Trish Forstner (Stray Dogs), and myself as we discuss the horror genre’s revival over the past decade, what it takes to send chills down your readers’ spines, the nuance of dark storytelling, and why tales that thrill are now more popular than ever.

Click here to learn more about this event.

4pm-5pm: Comic signing at the image booth

I’ll be signing comics at the Image Booth from 4pm-5pm on Friday July 22nd. Bring copies of the Mandalorian issue #1 or any of my comics to get signed.

Saturday July 23rd:

5:30pm-6:30pm: Monsters Are for Everyone Panel

Whether in extreme horror, sci-fi explorations, or fantastical fun for kids, the love for monsters is real. Experts in the field Steve Niles and Shannon Eric Denton (Monster Forge Productions), Rodney Barnes (Killadelphia), Hans Rodionoff (Man-Thing), Brea Grant (Halloween II), Dirk Blackman (Underworld: Rise of the Lycans), Ken Lashley (Black Panther), Kevin Grevioux (Underworld), Tim Seeley (Hack/Slash), and Thomas Healy (Spawn EiC) discuss inspirations and their upcoming film, comics, and toy projects that revolve around this ever-evolving appreciation of the monstrous things that scare and delight us.

I hope that you’re as excited as I am!

Get more excited by checking out an at home panel I did for the 2020 virtual Comic-Con below.

Henry Barajas (author of La Voz de M.A.Y.O.: Tata Rambo), Rodney Barnes (author of Killadelphia), Darcy Van Poelgeest (author of Little Bird: The Fight for Elder’s Hope), and David F. Walker (author of Bitter Root) discuss comic books that tackle real world issues, be it environmental activism, civic engagement, physical and mental health awareness, and more, (including how their work is being used by librarians and educators). Viewers will leave with programming and acquisition ideas designed to inspire their readers to see the world differently and then change it for the better.

To learn more about the upcoming San Diego Comic-Con visit Updates will be made as they come in and there are a lot of great things in store.

I hope to see you there!

Rodney Barnes Writes New James Bond Comic About Sex-Trafficking

Dynamite has announced that American Gods and Killadelphia writer Rodney Barnes is the writer of a new James Bond comic book series launching in October, James Bond: Himeros, drawn by Antonio Fuso and coloured by Adriano Augusto in which “Bond must enter the dangerous and sensitive world of sex trafficking. The new series, titled after the Greek god of sexual desire related to Eros (aka Cupid) and Aphrodite, dives into when that desire goes too far and is used for evil. It will take the legendary super-spy to bring justice to those most vulnerable among us.” “There’s an elegance to James Bond that’s timeless,” said Rodney Barnes. “He has a unique skillset and approaches the tasks at hand with wit and humor, yet underneath there’s a strong ethical sense that drives him.”

Billionaire British financier Richard Wilhelm finds himself behind bars, after being charged with trafficking minors to his secluded private island in the South Pacific. Now in custody, his political, personal, and criminal connections to others in high society across the world are in danger of being exposed. Elite arms developer Anton Banes is one of these parties, and he won’t stop at anything to cover his tracks. Including hiring a mysterious assassin with the codename Kino to take out Wilhelm and any evidence. Which leads to 007 being brought in to figure things out, and even to protect Wilhelm’s right-hand woman Sarah Richmond, with a head full of secrets that everyone on all sides is after. A “Bond girl” like no other, can Sarah be trusted by Bond, and does she have blood on her own hands..?


James Bond Himeros issues 1-5 are available now on 

Coming soon:

Dynamite has also recently announced that they will dropping a hardcover James Bond Himeros which will go on sale August 17th, 2022. You can see more information about that here.


Mandalorian #1 Launch Signing with Rodney Barnes in Annapolis

Come visit Rodney Barnes at Third Eye Comics in Annapolis and get issue #1 of The Mandalorian signed by Rodney.

The Mandalorian comes to comics and you don’t have to visit a galaxy far far away to enjoy this one! Join us at Third Eye Annapolis on 7/9 to meet writer RODNEY BARNES for the launch of his new book THE MANDALORIAN #1! This is the way to get some epic signed comics, meet an awesome creator, and hang out with your Third Eye Fam!

About the Signing!







Rodney Barnes’ Killadelphia Spinoff Series Offers Fans Plenty More Monster Mayhem

CBR has exclusive previews and full chapters of writer Rodney Barnes’ Killadelphia two spinoff series, Johnny Gatlin and Elysium Gardens.


CBR has an exclusive look at Rodney Barnes’ two Killadelphia spinoff series, Johnny Gatlin and Elysium Gardens.

CBR has an exclusive preview of Barnes’ Johnny Gatlin #6, as well as the full chapter of Johnny Gatlin #5. The series is illustrated by Szymon Kudranski. Spinning out of Killadelphia, the series follows a gunslinger from the Wild West who has died but lives on as a vengeful spirit. “In the last place that can be truly described as a place, where demons of all power levels torment the souls of humans condemned for all eternity, there’s a war brewing,” Barnes previously wrote about the series on his Substack. “Corson, the master demon is making a play for control of Hell. He’s assembling an army of the most vile amongst his lot to wage war against Lucifer—Lord of the Dark Realm! As Corson is aware, this will be no simple task, so he’s sent his minister of mayhem on a very special mission. Who might that be? Johnny Gatlin!”

CBR also has an exclusive preview of Elysium Garden #6 and the full chapter of Elysium Garden #5. With this being the second season of the series, Elysium Garden is illustrated by Jonathan Marks Barravecchia and others. “The Elysium Garden Werewolves of Killadelphia can now be found on Substack!” Barnes previously wrote of the series. “When Zubiya landed on the beaches of Santa Monica, she thought her name was Angela. Wonder why? Well, fortunately, all will be revealed when the story of Elysium Gardens continues right here on Substack!”

Killadelphia is a series written by Barnes that launched from Image Comics in 2019. The series follows a small-town cop named James Sangster who finds himself thrown into a city overrun by undead vampires and other threats. Killadelphia #23, which is illustrated by Jason Shawn Alexander, releases July 6 from Image. The plot synopsis reads, “After two and a half centuries, the greatest hero in American history has returned as its greatest threat! George Washington: Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army, Founding Father, first president of the United States…and undead Vampire King! Now James Sangster and company must fight for the survival of every man, woman, and child in the country. But what can they do against the very leader who won the battle for America the first time around?!”


Barnes has also released a handful of other Killadelphia spinoffs in addition to Johnny Gatlin and Elysium GardenNita Hawes’ Nightmare Blog launched in 2021 and follows Sangster as he deals with demons running amok in Baltimore. 20 Degrees Past Rigor followed in 2022 and deals with a massive zombie outbreak in the city of Flint, Michigan.

Full issues of Johnny Gatlin #6 and Elysium Garden #6 are available to read on Barnes’ Substack.


Snoop Dogg and Rodney Barnes team up for Tales From the Crip horror graphic novel


Zombie Love Studios in partnership with Snoopadelic Films have announced the upcoming release of Tales From The Crip, a horror anthology graphic novel from legendary rapper Snoop Dogg and Eisner Award nominated creator and award-winning television writer-producer Rodney Barnes (The Boondocks).

Tales From the Crip is described as a horror anthology in the tradition of the classic EC Comics of old and featuring urban themed horror stories penned by Barnes and introduced by Snoop Dogg.

The graphic novel joins a growing line-up of upcoming titles from Barnes’ Zombie Love Studios which includes Blaculaa graphic novel adaptation of MGM’s classic 1970s film; Crownsville, a ghost story set in the first black insane asylum in America; and Florence and Normandie, a science fiction epic set in South Los Angeles from Barnes and rapper Xzibit.

Tales From the Crip is set for release in Fall 2022.