This page is named after I Was a Teenage Werewolf, I Was a Teenage Frankenstein, and any other horror movies named I Was a Teenage ____ . The original title of this page was “It Conquered the Jackal,” until I found out the movie It Conquered the World is classified as sci-fi, not horror.
Jack – The Dread Pirate Roberts (The Princess Bride)
Jack’s friends – Inigo Montoya and Fezzic (The Princess Bride)
Cass – a Lina Inverse/Draenei hybrid (The Slayers/World of Warcraft)
Flint – Simon (Gurren Lagann)
Noah – Indiana Jones
Morty – Dr. Strangelove
Thirteen – Princess Bubblegum (Adventure Time)
Scurry – Boota (Gurren Lagann)
Haim – Death Lantern (The Underburbs)
Kevin – Goth Mummy (The Underburbs)
Girl with Haim and Kevin – Demonique (The Underburbs)
Mr. and Mrs. Sonar – characters from a Babylon 5-ish tv show
Jackals – Sam Axe (Burn Notice); Waldo (Where’s Waldo?); a burglar
Mother and Child running from Jackals – a witch and a ballerina
Dude Dressed as a Clown – a clown
Police Officers – they aren’t in costume, they actually are police officers
This page is named after An Interview with the Vampire.
I was afraid that some readers might think Thirteen died, so I rewrote the dialogue to make it clear she was okay. There was some confusion among readers at the end of Chapter 6 when I never confirmed that Cynthia survived. (She did. They got her to throw up the aspirin.)
This page is named after The Crawling Hand, The Crawling Eye, and any other horror movies named The Crawling ____ .
Before anyone says anything, Morty DID use “ironic” correctly. I looked it up.
This page is named after The Leech Woman, The Wasp Woman, and any other horror movies named The ____ Woman.
Again, something that didn’t occur to me until very late: Morty wasn’t going to be crying in the final panel, just showing a big frown. When I saw how effective his silhouette was in setting up the reveal of his sad expression, I knew we needed to see something really surprising.
This page is named after A Nightmare on Elm Street.
A lot of things randomly came together to make this chapter better. It’s particularly evident here. When I tried to write Scurry out of the story during the treehouse scene, I realized that I had been going about it wrong. I wanted him gone because I couldn’t find a use for him, and only once I had managed to remove him did I realize that he could be extremely useful later on by bringing “the cavalry”.