Sometimes you come across a webcomic that could really only work as a webcomic — a comic that uses the infinite canvas to suggest motion or emotion in a way print comics never could. The creepy Margot's Room does just that, telling the violent, supernatural end of a dying marriage.
Last year, Emily Carroll posted the eerie fratricidal comic His Face All Red, which made use of the infinite canvas to replicate the unnerving sensation of descending down a deep hole without knowing what you might find at the bottom, and used the "next" button to control the pacing of the unearthly climax. In Margot's Room, she employs a different, if related, set of online tricks to build tension and, eventually, create a sense of motion and chaos.
Margot's Room opens on a scene of an abandoned room where a violent scene has just occurred. To read the story, you'll need to follow the clues in the poem on the front page and click on the items mentioned in the poem. In five parts, Carroll tells the story of the start of a doomed marriage and its gradual decline. In the final installment, we learn just what happened in Margot's room.
Beyond Carroll's placement of panels on the page, and her wonderfully manipulative use of the scrollbar, her cartooning goes a long way to contributing the comic's atmosphere. Faces are rarely shown in their entirety, instead shown in hints and clips. Even the comic's final actions are presented so that we get a sense of their violence without fully seeing what happens. And, of course, after each of the five installments, we are necessarily returned to the empty, bloody room, always there to remind us that the story won't have a happy ending.