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  • Ad of Win: Via Jeph's Tumblr. Oh, Yelling Bird. You always know exactly what to say.
  • Artist Disillusionment: Jeph generally likes his fans, but he hates his discussion forum due to its tendencies towards Serious Business and Shipping (ironic, considering the shift in focus of the comic towards relationships and the frequent shipping by character of each other and fictional characters from other media). At one point it got so bad that he openly threatened to delete the whole forum should people keep posting that kind of stuff. He has considerably softened up since then, realizing that the phrase "You can't please all of the people all of the time." is quite accurate.
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  • Creator Breakdown: It turns out that if you combine quitting smoking with an apocalyptic hurricane and some truly spectacular Tumblr bullshit Jeph will snap. Or stab.
  • Creator's Favorite: Jeph rotates through a lot of them. Dora, Hanners, Marigold, Emily, Claire and Bubbles have been the main ones so far.
  • Defictionalization:
    • Most of the T-shirts sold in the store were first worn by members of the cast.
    • Jeph has released quite a bit of music under the Deathmøle name, enough for several albums, in fact. It's quite good — wholly instrumental post-metal composed entirely by Jeph.
  • Demand Overload: The first page of Jeph Jacques' new comic killed the servers for his original comic, Questionable Content, and the new one.
  • Fan Nickname: The line often gets blurred between a fan nickname being adopted in-universe by the characters and in-universe nicknames being picked up as second nature by the fans. "Hanners" is probably the most commonly-used one both in and out of the comic.
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  • Lying Creator: Jeph once claimed that he was "trolling" readers by repeatedly Ship Teasing Marten and Claire. Not 400 strips later, they're in a relationship.
  • The Merch: Characters will sport a new funny slogan or t-shirt in a few strips, then Jeph will talk about it in his Info post, then it will show up in the Merchandise section. Doing a massive Archive Crawl, you could see this six or seven times in a short span. It ain't called the "Questionable T-Shirt Factory" for nothing.
  • Mutually Fictional: A really subtle one with Questionable Content and xkcd. Marigold wears an xkcd shirt here (and fangirls over someone who looks like Randall Munroe here), and this xkcd comic shows one of Hannelore's Twitter posts.
  • Shrug of God: When asked at a convention if Jeph will ever reveal if Penelope is actually Pizza Girl or not, his response was "I will... when I decide if she is Pizza Girl or not."
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  • Teasing Creator: After being asked one too many times about where Steve has been, Jeph gives us this.
  • Trolling Creator: Long story short, Jeph Jacques has fun with shippers - so much, it was a tradition in the past to have "surprise kisses on Friday", because there wouldn't be update between Fridays and Mondays. When asked about one Story Arc designed to piss off shippers in particular, his response was "See my entire comic". Ship Sinking is a common occurrence in the comic, but in Jacques' defense, breakups for real-life twenty-somethings can be just as sudden, so this trait makes the comic actually kind of realistic. That said, as mentioned elsewhere in other subpages, Ship Tease can truly reach ridiculous proportions, the epitome of which would be the early 2013 Story Arc where Marten, right after Claire revealed herself to be transgender, started to share a lot of screentime with her all of a sudden, going as far as asking her to accompany him to his father's wedding. The commentary for this strip outright says "I am trolling you guys pretty hard".
    • Although the trolling seems to have finally stopped with strip 2408, according to the commentary. Still, it's been four strips in a row being nothing but fan-trolling (at the expense of storytelling).
    • Starting with here, the strip leaned heavily on the implication that Clinton and Elliot were finally going to make good on all the hints that been dropped in the past about the possibility that they're bi and fancy each other, but Jacques stamped on all that two strips later.
      Jeph Jacques: what, you thought you were gonna get CLOSURE???
  • Word of God: According to Jacques, Sara, a girl with a crush on Marten who worked at Coffee of Doom, got eaten by an allosaurus, which was why she disappeared from the comic.
  • Write What You Know: A webcomic about a bunch of indie music fans, musicians and heavy drinkers with mental problems. Jacques has (or had) all four.


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