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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. Chapter 9 Page 457
Alexis Rose (Schitt's Creek) The woman ordering the latte with too many specific instructions is based on Alexis from Schitt's Creek, as "that's what popped into my head when I was writing the page, and I kind of love her lol" according to Shawn. Chapter 12 Page 699
Alf Marisa is seen holding a t-shirt of a character named Ralf, bearing a resemblance to the muppet Alf. Chapter 7 Page 275
Are You Tired of Being Nice? The title of page 673, could be a reference to the meme, "Are You Tired of Being Nice?" Chapter 11 Page 648
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. The quote is used again for the title of Page 507. Chapter 7 Page 277
Chapter 10 Page 507
The Cheese Stands Alone The title of page 673, "The cheese stands alone," comes from an idiom that originates from a German folk song, The Farmer in the Dell. The phrase itself means "someone is alone," in reference to Thomas. Chapter 11 Page 673
Eine Kleine Nachtmusik Title of Page 220. Reference to Mozart's serenade, Eine kleine Nachtmusik. Chapter 9 Page 387
The Empire Strikes Back Title of Page 632: "Luke, I am your father..." Quote from the Star Wars movie The Empire Strikes Back. Chapter 11 Page 632
Ferris Bueller's Day Off A panel of Malaya, Vincent, and Elias lined up standing in front of mannequins is a reference to the movie Ferris Bueller's Day Off. Chapter 7 Page 247
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. Chapter 2 Page 23
Lassie Title of Page 849. Chapter 13 Page 849
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. Chapter 7 Page 220
Livin' on a Prayer Elias sings an "altered" versions of the lyrics to "Livin' on a Prayer," by Bon Jovi. Chapter 10 Page 485
Lonely Island's I'm on a Boat In the notes section of Page 428, Shawn reference part of the lyrics of Lonely Island's I'm on a Boat, "doing flips and shit." Chapter 9 Page 428
Man Killing Giant Clam Charlene spots a billboard for a "Man Killing 500lb Clam." It is located in Cheboygan, Michigan. Chapter 11 Page 581
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 Chapter 7 Page 220
Mr. Miyagi Malaya's "Wow, thanks, Mr. Miyagi." Chapter 3 Page 36
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. Chapter 11 Page 588
Oh no, he's hot! Title of Page 28 and 842. A quote from the Spongebob episode, Squilliam Returns. Chapter 2 Page 28
Chapter 13 Page 842
Pączki Day Title of Page 689. Chapter 12 Page 689
Scandal (TV series) Malaya and Vincent are watching Scandal, an American political thriller series. Chapter 5 Page 124
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. Chapter 11 Page 587
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 she needed a last name she kind of hated, so she has one last thing to finally shed. Chapter 7 Page 274
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. Chapter 2 Page 32

Chapter 6 Page 210

Take a Chance on Me by ABBA Title of Page 378. Chapter 8 Page 378
This Land Is Your Land Title of Page 670, This land is my land, this land is my land, this land was made for me and me, is a reference to the lyrics of the American folk song, "This Land Is Your Land." Chapter 11 Page 670
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. Chapter 7 Page 249
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. Chapter 11 Page 604