Ursula Vernon makes waves, ruffles feathers at NJ libraries
Ursula Vernon's mythological representation of Capricorn as a sea-goat was commissioned as the poster-beast of the New Jersey Summer Reading Program, and featured in libraries and promotional material across the state.
In addition to the main poster, I did a bunch of little spot art that went into various T-shirts and bookmarks and tote bags and stuff. […] I found myself doing a shark covered in tribal tattoos, about which my feelings were…well, damnit, if anything in the fish world would get tribal tattoos, it would be a mako shark, and did I mention they were paying REALLY well?
The shark became a bookmark. I thought no more about it. And then the very good-natured librarian wrote me, eyes rolling audibly–and I shall not mention name or location to protect the innocent–to say that one of her patrons had become concerned because those squiggles! They looked like Arabic! And the patron had used the bookmark in her Bible!
You know, not a single person has said “By the way, your poster is a GIANT GOAT GOD RISING FROM THE SEA! Repent, sinner!” and thrown holy water. I was kinda braced for that. […] Tribal shark tattoos resembling Arabic…that was not something I was expecting.
The artist's preparation was not entirely unjustified, judging by posts on The Watchman's Cry, a end-times Christian forum:
I just get very upset at the loss of normal and innocent things, like being able to take your child to the library without an occult assault.
A foul and wicked generation has risen up, and is truly beginning to take over. May they repent before God's swift hand of righteousness blots them out.