st peter cross

Upside-down crosses

If there’s one thing I hate about horror movies, it’s the “demons will turn your crosses upside-down!” trope. 

Y’all know what I’m talking about:

Except apparently demons have the same understanding of how Christianity works as the author of My immortal, because guess what? Turning a cross upside-down is not blasphemy. 

It’s called a St. Peter’s cross, and it’s a symbol of Christian humility. That demon just made the room more Catholic.

Also, guess who else doesn’t have a problem with upside-down crosses?

Religion is an issue, and biased like crazy

Here was my main issue: religion is really hard to work into a story, especially a comic. The only author that comes to mind right away as being good at it is Mike Mignola (and the other writers in the Mignolaverse) who did a ton of research on religion, mythology, etc. to weave it into Hellboy, Abe Sapien, Witch Hunter, BPRD, and all the other series they’ve produced (seasoned with a lot of Lovecraft, of course). I find Zoophobia’s portrayal of religion personally offensive and confusing. The references to anything specific are always incorrect, such as when they say the symbol for Satanism is the St. Peter’s Cross [which is an upside down cross that has nothing to do with Satanism]. Also Satan comes across as compassionate, and Christians come across as indiscriminate assholes. Gee, thanks. And all the really compassionate characters are atheists. Every one. Is this like Kevin Smith directing Dogma to work through his issues with Catholicism?

 Is there ever a webcomic that does religion well? 

 The problem is that Vivi brags about how much she knows about religion and goes as far as to criticize other artists (Ava’s Demon) for their use of certain terms, meanwhile she obviously doesn’t know what she’s talking about. I’m agnostic, I don’t give a flying fuck either way, but even I see plenty of glaring issues. And Beth was raised Christian so she knows a lot more than I do. 

 Myself, I would have less of an issue if she didn’t go criticizing OTHER artists and bragging about how much she knows when she obviously doesn’t know very much. There are a lot of characters that feel forced, like she’s trying to make a point but she’s not doing a good job of hiding it. Daphne, Leeson, Black swam, Broadway musical, they’re all inserts of people that Vivi probably grew up not liking and is trying to make a point out of. 

- Jen

Me being haunted
  • Demon: Flips all my crosses upside-down
  • Me: Actually, that's St. Peter's cross, a true satanic cross is really-
  • Demon: Holy shit what a fucking loser

Satanic Nun #1: This…This is so blasphemous!

Satanic Nun #2: I love it!

Satanic Nun #3: So does St. Peter. The inverted cross symbolizes his-

Satanic Nun #1: Shut it, OK? You wanted pentagrams and corpse paint and we compromised on inverted crosses and blurry eyes-

Satanic Nun #3: Blurry eyes? The red eyes from a camera flash are more Satanic than blurry eyes! We look like the blurry eyed St. Peter fan club!

Satanic Nun #1: Are you finished? We all agreed on the blurry eyes, because many of us had concerns about the corpse paint. Sister Candace was worried it might not come off-

Satanic Nun #2: I was.

Satanic Nun #3: Shut up, Candace! I don’t think you’re really a Satanic nun!

Satanic Nun #2: I am too. I have listened to and enjoyed the heavy metal band Darkthrone.

Satanic Nun #3: Name one Darkthrone song.

Satanic Nun #2: Ummm…“This Jesus Must Die”.

Satanic Nun #3: That’s a song from Jesus Christ Superstar!

Satanic Nun #2: Well, it sounded like heavy metal to me!