Comics | Short Stories

Here’s a collection of miscellaneous, experimental shorts. Some might develop into longer, more in-depth projects, or they might remain as curious little narrative orphans.

Words by Alex Sousa  |  Pictures by Trevor Downs

Aside from notebook doodles and such, I had never drawn what I considered a “real” comic until this two-page story. I’ve known writer Alex Sousa since we were in grade school, and two of the featured players (Mr. Kogan and Mr. Moog) are virtually unchanged from a wacky group of characters we originally invented when we were crime-movie-obsessed 11-year-olds. In their debut story, Sousa delivers a killer punchline that never fails to make me chuckle at its morbidity.

Words and pictures by Trevor Downs

This is the first comic story I ever wrote and drew to completion on my own (in fits and starts over a year or so). Ingrid Aleister is a precocious teenager who is both a master of the dark arts and the ruler of a haunted house filled with misfit ghosts and ghouls.

Words by Alex Sousa | Pictures by Trevor Downs

Here’s a pilot of sorts for a gothic horror anthology called Phantasmagoria, co-created with Alex Sousa. It combines our love of Hammer flicks, film noir, strange folklore, big gooey monsters, and globe-trotting adventure stories. It all started when I asked Alex to write a story that could be told in just twenty panels and he came up with this absolutely cracking Jaws homage. It first appeared in a two-page format as part of a comics anthology I gave away to patrons of Salt Lake Comic Con. I decided to tinker with the layout and panel sizes a bit for this online version, just to try something new.