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''[[http://tinf.nematodeinspace.com/ THIS IS NOT FICTION]]'' is a webcomic chronicling a high-schooler's quest to profess his love to an anonymous romance novelist. It was originally published in 2007 and eventually {{orphaned|Series}}, but one of the creators [[ContinuityReboot rebooted]] the comic at the end of 2010, to the great pleasure of fans.

TINF stars Julian Drees, a diminutive 17-year-old who has developed [[StalkerWithACrush an obsession]] with Sydney Morgan after reading her novel ''This Is Not Fiction''. Witnessing his disappointment at not being able to meet her at a book signing, Julian's [[BlackBestFriend best friend]] Isaiah takes him to the [[KnowledgeBroker Godfather of Highschool]] to ask for help in determining the author's true identity. But to Julian's dismay, the Godfather is none other than his own next-door neighbour and [[FriendlyEnemy arch-enemy]] Landon!

The comic is available in [[http://tinf-es.nematodeinspace.com/ Spanish]] as well, and TINF also has a [[http://www.formspring.me/tinfcomic Formspring]]. What exists of the original comic can still be read [[http://thisisnotfiction.deviantart.com/ on deviantArt]].

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!! This webcomic provides examples of:
* AmbiguousGender: While Julian is positively convinced that Sydney Morgan is a woman, Landon and Isaiah are quick to point out that she could possibly be a man.
* AmbiguouslyGay: Landon makes an [[ShipTease awful lot of passes]] at Julian, but they're generally played off as him trying to get under his skin. But then there was that time when he dressed Julian up as his "wife", complete with a moustache...
* ArtifactTitle: The 2007 incarnation of the comic goes into detail about how ''This Is Not Fiction'' by Sydney Morgan is Julian's favourite book. In the reboot the book is much less important, only serving to make him fall in love with the author, and the title is never given.
* ArtShift: The first chapter is in black-and-white, but the rest of the comic is in colour.
* DudeLooksLikeALady: Landon mistook Julian for a very pretty girl when they first met.
* EmbarrassingNickname: Julie.
* FailedASpotCheck: While stalking her in a restaurant, Julian quickly assumed that the man Sydney Morgan was with was her date, leading to several misadventures in the attempt to deduce whether or not she was married. What he didn't notice was that the man was wearing stereotypical bodyguard attire and that he wasn't actually dining with her, and he doesn't respond to Mitch and Isaiah pointing this out to him.
* {{Fangirl}}: Leslie, for Sydney Morgan. Julian would be too.
* FriendlyEnemy: Julian often declares his distaste for Landon and that he is his "enemy", yet they are on quite good terms.
* FullNameBasis: Sydney Morgan is always Sydney Morgan.
* GenderBlenderName: Sydney Morgan, to fit her AmbiguousGender.
* HappilyAdopted: Landon was adopted, though since his adoptive father is "too old", he refers to him as Grandpa.
* KindHeartedCatLover: Julian is constantly wearing cat-print clothes.
* MediumBlending: The comic itself is drawn digitally in SAI, but the chapter covers are all photographs using paper cut-outs of the characters.
* MythologyGag: [[http://www.deviantart.com/download/66454196/this_is_not_fiction_pg_02_by_thisisnotfiction.jpg The poem]] Landon wrote in the original comic makes a reappearance in the current version as [[http://tinf.nematodeinspace.com/?id=94 the song he writes for Julian]].
* PaperThinDisguise: [[http://tinf.nematodeinspace.com/?id=52 There's nothing suspicious about this family...]]
* ReclusiveArtist: Sydney Morgan, to the point of using a gay bar as her fake address.
* SelectiveObliviousness: Mrs Drees is so excited by the prospect of Julian having a friend that she simply ignores all of Landon's bullying behaviour and Julian's objections.
* ShipperOnDeck: Isaiah for [[HoYay Landon and Julian]].
* StalkerWithACrush: If Julian wasn't this, there wouldn't be much of a plot.
* ThatCameOutWrong: Julian's quite innocent in describing how he feels about waiting around for Landon to finish writing a song ("This is awkward", "He won't go faster"), but his desperate texts are vague enough for Isaiah to assume otherwise ("Just ask him to be gentle").
* TenderTears: Julian is brought to tears quite easily.
* UnsoundEffect: Many. "NAKED", "HACKED", and "CRIMINAL" are among the straight examples, but even the regular sound effects are normally just verbs with letters removed ("SMK" [smack], "WBBLE" [wobble], "GRB" [grab]).
* UnusualEyebrows: Landon has BigOlEyebrows with an eyebrow piercing, and Isaiah's single eyebrow is a family-wide trait.