~Updates sporadic due to the author's work on Scarlet Hollow, an episodic horror visual novel~
The Last Halloween, Book 1
It's Halloween night and 10-year-old Mona is stuck inside without so much as a scary movie to watch. She figures this Halloween couldn't get any worse, but a giant monster appears in her living room to prove her very, very wrong. She is chased out into the night where she encounters some odd new friends and finds herself on a quest to save humanity from billions of monsters. Though Mona is the textbook definition of a reluctant hero, she and her friends will do their best to keep this from being... The Last Halloween.
The Last Halloween, Book 2
Is currently underway. This book follows several groups of survivors five years after the events of book 1 as they try to navigate a strange new world full of monsters, humans, and the undead.
The Tale Of The Last Halloween
The Last Halloween had already spent several years being pieced together in Abby Howard's mind before she was tasked with pitching a new comic idea as part of the final round of Strip Search, a reality show for webcartoonists hosted by Penny Arcade. It was not chosen as the winner, but Abby went ahead and started posting it anyway, and thanks to the generosity of her incredible fans, it is going strong to this day.
Abby Howard grew up in North Carolina and has been drawing comics since age 13, spending her summers locked away in her room working on one project or another. She attended McGill University and studied Evolutionary Biology, but after being a contestant on the web reality show Strip Search, was able to follow her dreams of becoming a cartoonist, and ditched all that book learnin'.
She's worked as a full-time cartoonist for nearly a decade, publishing collections of both The Last Halloween and the now-retired Junior Scientist Power Hour webcomics as well as the educational book series, Earth Before Us. Iron Circus Comics has just published her first collection of short horror comics, The Crossroads At Midnight.
Abby recently made her debut in video games, having founded a game studio, Black Tabby Games, with her spouse Tony Howard-Arias. Together, they're working on Scarlet Hollow, an episodic horror game co-written and fully illustrated by Abby Howard. Episode 1 is currently out and free to play through Steam, and Episode 2 is set to debut May of 2021.