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A list of cultural references found in the comic.

Chapter Title References
Chapter Description
Chapter 7: Found out about you A reference to the song "Found Out About You" by Gin Blossoms. Gin Blossom is one of Shawn's favorite band.
Chapter 9: For Once, Then, Something Comes from the Robert Frost poem, "For Once, Then, Something." The poem is about looking down into a well and trying to see beyond one's reflection.
Chapter 10: Something Precious to This Earth Comes from a line in Mary Oliver's poem "When Death Comes." The line is "something precious to the earth."
Chapter 11: Of something beautiful, but annihilating Comes from a poem by Sylvia Plath called "The Rival." Though the poem itself does not apply to the context of the chapter, the particular line worked for what Shawn wanted to convey.
Cultural References
Reference Description Found on
AC/DC Vincent owns a shirt that says AT/CG. This is a reference to the band AC/DC and the nucleobases Adenine, Thymine, Cytosine, and Guanine, which are found in DNA.
Alf Marisa is seen holding a t-shirt of a character named Ralf, bearing resemblance to the muppet Alf.
Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure Vincent's comment on Elias's outfit, "Strange things are afoot at the Circle-K." Shawn thought his outfit looked like Bill from the movie, hence the quote.
Eine Kleine Nachtmusik Title of Page 220. Reference to Mozart's serenade, Eine kleine Nachtmusik.
KWYJIBO A word made up by Bart Simpson during a game of scrabble in the episode "Bart the Genius". Malaya ends up with KWYJIBO in a game of scrabble with her family.
Let's Go to the Mall Title of Page 220. Reference to the song written by Craig Thomas and Carter Bays for the series How I Met Your Mother.
Livin' on a Prayer Elias sings an "altered" versions of the lyrics to "Livin' on a Prayer," by Bon Jovi.
The Empire Strikes Back Title of Page 632: "Luke, I am your father..." Quote from the Star Wars movie The Empire Strikes Back.
Man Killing Giant Clam Charlene spots a billboard for a "Man Killing 500lb Clam." It is located in Cheboygan, Michigan.
The Mannheim Rocket Name of one of the drinks at the Red Moon Coffee Shop. Named after the musical technique the Mannheim Rocket, a swiftly ascending passage typically having a rising arpeggiated melodic line together with a crescendo
Mr. Miyagi Malaya's "Wow, thanks, Mr. Miyagi."
National Cherry Festival Referred to as the "Traverse City Cherry Festival" by Tracy, a witch who grows cherries for said festival. As the name implies, it is held in Traverse City, Michigan.
Scandal (TV series) Malaya and Vincent are watching Scandal, an American political thriller series.
Sport Teams: New Orleans Saints and the Detroit Red Wings Brought up during Charlene first meeting with Eileen and Terry. "Who dat?" is the slogan of the Saints and the whole chant is "Who dat? Who dat? Who dat say dey gonna beat dem Saints?" Terry is also mentioned to be a fan of the Detroit Red Wings Hockey Team, wearing a t-shirt with an off-brand version of the logo.
Solomon Grundy Made reference to at the mall during Marisa and Marin's discussion of who should change their last name. Marin's last name, Grundy, was chosen because needed a last name she kind of hated, so she has one last thing to finally shed.
Star Trek, Spock Elias describes Vincent as "hot like burning, but in a kind of Vulcan way," in reference to the character Spock. Another reference was made again, with Vincent's Star Trek pajamas.
Three Wolf Moon The Three Wolf Moon t-shirt is seen being worn by Marisa in the shopping montage. The outfit design, specifically the Three Moon Wolf t-shirt and a red flannel, was a winner from the Fashion Design Contest by hoothootmotherf-ckers.
You're in a Cult, Call Your Dad You're in a Cult, Call Your Dad is a catchphrase from the true-crime comedy podcast My Favorite Murder. The title of Chapter 11 Page 604, "Charlene, you've joined a cult. Call your dad." is a reference to this.