High Fantasy, Low Places. Mad Cave Announces When The Blood Has Dried!

When the past is dredged up, grab your sword and try again.

Coming in April 2024 is When The Blood Has Dried, the newest fantasy/action drama series written by Irish creator Gary Moloney (Down Below, Fractured Realm) with art by fan-favorite illustrator and RPG creator Daniel Romero Ulloa, and letters by Becca Carey(Redlands, Buffy The Vampire Slayer); featuring cover A by celebrated Canadian artist Marco Rudy (Bucky Barnes: The Winter Soldier), with cover B by renowned creator Declan Shalvey (Deadpool).

When the journey comes to an end, what’s an adventurer to do? After the mysterious Meabh of Cklonia blows into the the little town of Carraig an Bhun, she eventually finds her place in the town and takes over The Lough Inn… But when her past in The Guild comes knocking at her door, can she protect her peace and learn to accept herself?

Writer: Gary Moloney – Artist: Daniel Romero
Letterer: Becca Carey
Release Date: April 10, 2024

Synopsis: Years ago, a stranger came to Carraig an Bhun, a little town on the edge of the Southern Territories. The locals eventually came to see this “blow-in,” Meabh of Cklonia, as one of their own. Now, Meabh has taken over as proprietor of The Lough Inn, finding a semblance of peace after a lifetime of adventuring… however, the proposed opening of a branch of the Adventurers’ Guild risks dragging her past into the present. What would the townsfolk do if they discovered their beloved barkeep was once part of a ruthless band of rogue sell-swords masquerading as noble heroes?

Meet the Creators!

“This is a story that has been in the works in one shape or another for quite some time and I couldn’t be happier to be bringing WHEN THE BLOOD HAS DRIED to Mad Cave Studios later this year. It’s a book about learning to live with the regret of a life of violence when forgiveness and redemption aren’t on the table. I’ve always been an avid reader of the epic fantasy genre but for this book, I wanted to view epic fantasy through the lens of the spaghetti western and demythologise its archetypal heroes. I also strived to give a uniquely Irish spin on a genre that has a tendency to co-opt the language, folklore, and culture of Ireland as setting dressing. Perhaps more than anything else, I was delighted to be able to work again with Daniel, who was one of my earliest collaborators back in my self-publishing days, on a comic that draws on our shared love of grimdark fantasy and slow-burn, character-led stories.”
-Author, Gary Moloney

“Working on WTBHD has been a dream come true, in which I’ve poured all my concerns, wishes, and will; I haven’t held anything back.

Within the pages are each and every one of my life experiences that I could convey, from the calm of the most ordinary villager to the deepest pain of the main characters. I bet my soul that anyone who reads this story will leave with a piece of it, and that’s all I want.”
-Illustrator, Daniel Romero Ulloa


When The Blood Has Dried #1 is now available for pre-order on the official Mad Cave Studios website, and will be available at your favorite bookstore, local comic shop, and digital comic reader on April 10, 2024!


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