THIS IS NOT FICTION is a story about desperation in love--or something like that. Julian Drees is experiencing his first love with the extremely popular, dreamy, wonderful, yet completely anonymous romance novelist Sydney Morgan. In an effort to make Julian's life easier, his best friend Isaiah Holloway hires the strangely all-knowing class troublemaker (and self-proclaimed "Godfather of High School") Landon Addison to help them find the true identity of Sydney Morgan.

Unfortunately, the hired "help" is more the hired "complete-opposite-of-help"... but maybe all the trouble is worth it to meet the author of Julian's dreams.

On the exciting Mission: Identify Sydney Morgan, Julian learns who his true friends are, what love is (the real, not-based-on-obsession kind), and that there are more important things in life than Sydney Morgan (gasp!).

TINF started in December 2011 and is a part of Hiveworks.

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NAME: Julian Drees
AGE: 18 (January 1)
PRONOUNS: he/him
HEIGHT: 5'3" (160 cm)
SEXUALITY: panromantic demisexual
dad (police officer)
mom (housewife)
sister (12 yrs)
LIKES: Sydney Morgan, cats (and other animals)
DISLIKES: unicorns, the dark
GOAL: to become a vet

ABOUT: With intense emotions that trump his shyness, he's the most passionate high school senior you'll ever meet, with an affinity for cute animals, getting good grades, and following the rules. The only thing he hates more than getting in trouble is Landon Addison and the only thing he loves more than Sydney Morgan is the prospect of having an actual conversation with Sydney Morgan.
NAME: Isaiah Holloway
AGE: 17 (September 18)
PRONOUNS: he/him
HEIGHT: 5'8" (173 cm)
SEXUALITY: heterosexual
dad (nurse)
mom (church secretary)
3 brothers (20, 14, 5 yrs)
3 sisters (19, 18, 5 yrs)
LIKES: baseball, video games, taking baths
DISLIKES: dryer lint, rabbits
GOAL: to play professional baseball

ABOUT: Julian's best friend since their first day of high school and the ace of the baseball team. He's humble, loyal, as nice as his smile (which is really, really nice), and knows how to cheer you up, even if you're having the worst day in your whole entire life.
NAME: Landon Addison
AGE: 17
PRONOUNS: he/him
HEIGHT: 6'1" (185 cm)
SEXUALITY: demiromantic pansexual
grandpa (auto mechanic)
LIKES: cooking/baking, music, cute things
DISLIKES: driving, public transportation

ABOUT: An annoying prankster, consistently known as the class troublemaker since before-anyone-could-remember-when. He's the self-proclaimed Godfather of High School, thanks to his strange ability to have connections everywhere and know everything that's going on... Or maybe he just has a lot of time on his hands.
NAME: Selby Montgomery
AGE: 15 (April 29)
PRONOUNS: she/her
HEIGHT: 5'3" (160 cm)
SEXUALITY: bisexual
dad (hairstylist)
mom (neurosurgeon)
LIKES: technology, reading, working hard
DISLIKES: food that's been sitting out too long, being bored
GOAL: to become a successful lawyer

ABOUT: Landon's "intern" (he seriously doesn't need an intern) who looks sweet but happens to know how to hack into every OS put in front of her. She's smart, professional, works hard to get what she wants, and is probably the most capable person Julian's met.
NAME: Sydney Morgan
GENRE: historical romance (historically inaccurate)
lovers/love interests torn apart by some kind of problem (war, family feuds, class difference, etc)
unrequited love
happy endings
4 novels (complete synopses)
a handful of experimental short stories & poems
ABOUT: Sydney Morgan is an anonymous romance novelist. While Sydney's books are widely known, everything about their identity is a mystery.


Hey, did something change in this comic? Yes! As of January 2021, I've edited the first 9 chapters (and some later pages) to get it ready for a printed version. Some edits include:
  • changing all colored pages to greyscale
  • re-drawing all the backgrounds
  • dialogue edits including grammar corrections and adjusting text/jokes I find offensive now
  • changing out a bulk of cameo characters (specifically BFF characters) into new OCs
If you see any names or characters I forgot to edit, please let me know!
I'm confused, I saw Landon/Julian in [other comic series]!? I love sharing my characters with other webcomic artists, so we like to cameo each other's characters! These cameos are not canon for TINF characters.
Is [character] Sydney Morgan? I'm Sydney Morgan
What program do you use to create TINF? I always use Paint Tool SAI except the panel borders/text are Photoshop!
What font do you use? Everything is handwritten up until chapter 23 when I use my own handwriting font, not including older pages I've gone back and edited.