Comics | Short Stories

This is a collection of miscellaneous short comics I’ve drawn. They’re mostly experimental in some fashion— testing out a new style or character concept or storytelling method. Some might develop into longer, more in-depth projects, or they might remain as curious little narrative orphans.

Words and pictures by Trevor Downs

This is the first comic story I ever wrote and drew to completion myself (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 of various kinds. How did she end up in this situation? I have some ideas. I’d like to explore this world some more. For now, enjoy this little four-pager.

Words by Alex Sousa | Pictures by Trevor Downs

This story is meant to test the waters, so to speak, for a gothic horror anthology called Phantasmagoria, co-created with Alex Sousa. The series is meant to combine our love of Hammer flicks, film noir, strange folklore, big gooey monsters, and globe-trotting adventure stories. The Thing Under the Waves features a Peter Cushing-esque investigator named Warren Waits and his salty sea-captain pal Charlie. It all started when I asked Alex to write a story that could be told in only twenty panels and he came up with this absolutely cracking Jaws homage. It first appeared in a two-page format in my digital comics anthology House of Horrors as an exclusive giveaway 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.

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.