Webcomic Worth Supporting: The Creepy Casefiles of Margo Maloo
Webcomics are one of those things that we tend to take for granted. Great ones sometimes go unnoticed and relatively unappreciated and their creators labor away in relative solitude, posting regularly to the Internet. Some of them have little to no artistic training, learning on the job and some seem like they’ve always known exactly what they’re doing. Drew Weing is the latter group.
Don’t get me wrong, there is a definite evolution to Drew’s work and you can see it, but with his newest webcomic, The Creepy Casefiles of Margo Maloo, everything is as polished as you would expect from a long-time veteran of comics, from the brushstrokes and linework down to the lettering and coloring in each panel. The story is intriguing, even though it’s clearly an all-ages kind of story with child protagonists who deal with a world that adults don’t realize is there. While the threats seem frightening and threatening, so far they proved to be more misunderstood than malicious.
The title character doesn’t show up until about twenty strips in, while the lead character of Charles Thompson serves as our proxy in this world, and is skeptical of Maloo’s “expertise,” and being an aspiring journalist, begins to shadow her for stories. With the latest chapter, Weing expands the world outside of Thompson’s “back yard,” which shows that the world of Margo Maloo is not a small one. Too many webcomics keep rooted in an apartment and/or a workplace ad never show how broad of a world the characters actually inhabit.
Drew Weing has also launched a Patreon campaign for this strip to keep it as regular as possible. Milestone goals make the strip publish twice a week (ambitious for any webcomic, especially one as detailed as this one, and to eliminate the intermissions between chapters. I recommend that you check out this comic and if you like it, then please contribute to keeping it as regular as possible.