This week I got introduced to a new webcomic called Creepy Casefiles of Margo Maloo by Drew Weing. It has not been going for very long, it has completed Chapter 1 and has recently started Chapter 2 and updates twice a week on Tuesday and Thursday, so it is easy to catch up at this point. The story itself is incredibly creative. It presents the idea of monsters and other scary creatures as things that are living their own lives with their own motivations. Not inherently evil, but trying to live in this world as much as any of the kids. Margo Maloo is a monster mediator for kids. She gets a call from a kid and shows up to help mediate between the kid and the monster. Now we get to see this through the eyes of a kid who recently moved to the neighborhood and surprisingly discovers a monster in his closet. He ends up calling Margo and the first story that plays out is such a fun adventure.
Some of what I really like about this web comic is how it plays into our fears as a child of a monster under the bed or in the closet, but shows this young girl handling them as easily as you would handle another person. There are rules that they need to abide by and it is not just the monsters that have rules, but there are times that the fault might be with the human. I am looking forward to seeing what monsters we get to meet and where they will be found. (Spoilers for Creepy Casefiles of Margo Maloo)
The two main characters are Margo Maloo and Charles. Charles is the kid who takes the place of the audience. He is new to the town and has no idea what he is about to get himself into moving into this new building. Charles ends up with a monster in his closet and actually stealing one of his toys. One of the neighbor kids gives him the card for Margo Maloo.
Margo Maloo is amazing and mysterious. No one seems to know how she got involved in monster mediation, but the monsters seem to listen to her. The kids want her help, but are also a bit terrified of her because if she gets the monster to go away, than what does that mean about her.
The story seems to be going in Chapters based on the cases that Margo catches. The first case we are introduced to her is through Charles. He definitely feels like the replacement for the audience and just like us he wants to know more about Margo and about the monsters around this town. Charles also happens to be an aspiring journalist who strives to uncover the truth. So we follow Charles as he tries to sleuth his way to discovering more monsters and to find out what Margo Maloo is doing. At the same time the rule of Margo Maloo’s help is that you are not supposed to tell anyone about what is happening, another thing we do not get an explanation about. Of course for any good journalist that just makes them want to look harder and Charles is one of those. So in Chapter 2 we get Charles following Margo along on a different call, which seems like it is going to be the direction of the series.
We have heard about quite a few types of monsters mentioned already. Trolls, ogres, goblins, ghosts, and vampires, but that is by no means the limit to the monsters that might show up. The great thing so far is that the monsters have names, that of course Margo knows. They are not just mindless creatures they have personalities and reasons that they do things. There is a great moment in the first chapter when Charles starts totally geeking out over a collection of toys that the Troll (named Marcus) has. For a moment it seems he almost forgets that he is dealing with a monster.
So it is still early, but I am really enjoying the story so far. I think it is creative and I really like the drawing style of the artist. It is a fun adventure with a mystery that will be revealed over time.