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* BirdsOfAFeather: In some cases there are obvious similarities between characters which make close friendship and even romance plausible.
** Emma and Josh share a love of puns; Emma is more compulsive about it, but Josh clearly finds her puns funny and sometimes puns right back at her; Josh also gives his animals punny names. Emma and Josh are also both very fond of animals; Emma keeps multiple cats in her house, and other pets in her room; Josh makes pets out of many of his farm's livestock.
** Chelle, Emma and Josh are highly-intelligent: Chelle excels at verbal/reading/writing skills; Emma at mathematical and probably spatial reasoning; Josh at social skills and animal handling.
** Devin and Gabe are both natural detectives, possessing significant deductive and research skills.
** Cailin and Gabe share a love of fantasy, which Cailin expresses as an obsession with ghosts and Gabe of anime/manga (they are both fans of Japanese series about the supernatural).

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** Most of the parents of the Journalism Club are either okay with or not too opposed to their kids' choice of friends. A big exception is Josh's mom, who basically thinks they're a bunch of perverts, corrupting and weakening her son. (She ''may'' suspect Devin's attraction to Josh).

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* HeelFaceDoorSlam: A minor and subtle one, involving Josh's AmbiguouslyEvil mother. When introduced she kicks her front door open and leaps out, shotgun in hand, to deal with the trespassers on her farm. When she realizes it's just Josh sneaking out at night with the Journalism Club, her expression looks relieved -- only for her heart to harden when Devin throws TP and flips her the bird. NiceJobBreakingItHero.


-->Chelle: Yeah. (*beat*) Wait, what?!

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-->Chelle: Yeah. (*beat*) Wait, what?!what!?

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* DoubleTake: Chelle, in response to ''this'' revelation when riding in the van under discussion.
-->Cailin: Y'know, you're taking this whole stolen van thing much better than I thought you would.
-->Chelle: Yeah. (*beat*) Wait, what?!


** The person in black with long dark hair who is shown observing the AV Van pulling out of Chelle's neighborhood after picking her up.

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** The hat-wearing man (?) who watches the AV van pulling into Chelle's front drive to pick her up. (This might be her father).
** The person in black with long dark hair who is shown observing the AV Van pulling out ''out'' of Chelle's neighborhood after picking her up.


** The person in black with long dark hair who is shown observing the AV Van pulling into Chelle's neighborhood to pick her up in Chapter One, who seems to be watching from an upper story of the Segal house.

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** The person in black with long dark hair who is shown observing the AV Van pulling into out of Chelle's neighborhood to pick after picking her up in Chapter One, who seems to be watching from an upper story of the Segal house.up.


* [[MysteriousWatcher Mysterious Watchers]]: Several in-story, who may be related:
** The person in black with long dark hair who is shown observing the AV Van pulling into Chelle's neighborhood to pick her up in Chapter One, who seems to be watching from an upper story of the Segal house.
** The redheaded girl who reports on them by cellphone to another person from school.
** And, of course, the black-robed cultists, seen mostly in dreams.



** Cailin's angry "Fuck!" is quite unlike her normal cheerful manner. It shows just how badly the loss of her athletic dreams has scarred her.

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** Cailin's angry "Fuck!" is quite unlike her normal n ormal cheerful manner. It shows just how badly the loss of her athletic dreams has scarred her.

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* EarlyBirdCameo: A number of secondary characters are first shown as apparently-unimportant background characters, often in crowd scenes, with or without speaking lines, sometimes ''chapters'' before they are introduced in more important capacities.


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-->Eric: I dunno. I mean, [[SlipperySlopeFallacy I didn't realize this was what you were posting. Who knows what else you might be into]].

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-->Eric: I dunno. I mean, [[SlipperySlopeFallacy I didn't realize this was what you were posting. Who Whmero knows what else you might be into]].


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* StealthPun: Numerous ones, mostly background [[WritingAroundTrademarks product names]].
** [[http://dear-children.com/comic/page_0633/ Here]], Devin is eating cereal. The brand name? "[[PlugNPlayTechnology Universal Serial Bus]]." The shape of the bus in the cover art is even a little reminiscent of a USB.

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* DisapprovingLook: A common reaction from background characters to the members of the Journalism Club, most especially to [[CloudCuckoolander Cailin]].

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** Numerous secondary characters, some who prove to be of major importance later in the comic, are introduced or shown doing things in the background in earlier scenes.


** On his first day at school[[HormoneAddledTeen Gabe]] thinks "There are a lot of cute girls at this school ..." He's looking right at Whitney and Sabrina, both of whom he will soon come to know better (and not through any romantic efforts of his own), when he says this.

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** On his first day at school[[HormoneAddledTeen school, [[HormoneAddledTeenager Gabe]] thinks "There are a lot of cute girls at this school ..." He's looking right at Whitney and Sabrina, both of whom he will soon come to know better (and not through any romantic efforts of his own), when he says this.

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