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On the subject of bizarre first dates - I once got asked by a chick to join her for her Sunday mass and then spend the rest of the day together.

I thought it'll just be like a regular Christian mass or something and didn't think more of it.

So I met her on Sunday morning, and she took me to large building, descended 2 flights of stairs, and into a giant televangelist auditorium - complete with overhead screens, professional cameras and a rock band on the side of the stage. In the middle of the stage was a young dude in a smart shirt proclaiming the wonders of God through his microphone.

He was very animated, asking direct questions to members of the audience, and the people responded with equal enthusiasm. I don't even remember what he talked about, but there were a lot of (repeated) invitations for me to join their regular gatherings, help them teach immigrants how to speak English, and that I should purchase their CDs (which contains all their best songs, mine to own for $19.95).

I think that was one of the longest 2-hours I've ever spent in my life.

She asked me afterwards what I thought of it. I remember mumbling something non-specific and made excuse to leave after lunch.
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daaku-no-tenshi Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Try going on a date, waiting an hour at a train station and finding out the girl looks nothing like her photographs, nor does it turn out that the location that we intended to go to FOR the date - at her suggestion - actually exists.

Meeting up with a girl on a date and the first word out of her lips is "Let me explain," is always a bad sign. :I
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ARCHVERMIN Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014
well damn that sounds bad

how did you leave in the end?
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daaku-no-tenshi Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
To be fair, I should have checked up on the location before even setting out. But google maps gave me too much confidence, I tell you!

She explained why she frauded photos and why she just "wanted me out here" to see how I acted with her. Ironically, it was because SHE was apparently dealing with a bunch of online weirdos, and wanted to keep her exact personage a secret, and date in a "neutral" area.

Despite it feeling kindof kidnapper-ish, I wasn't as brave as you and gritted down for the whole date.
Surprisingly, it didn't turn out monstrous. But that was certainly the last she heard of me. :0 Starting something off with elaborate lies isn't the best way to start something.
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ARCHVERMIN Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014
Well, at least now you have a interesting story to tell at parties :)
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daaku-no-tenshi Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
That's hardly my worst dating experience, but yeah, I suppose you're right. XD We'll look on the bright side, lol. 
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Aranthulas Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013
As Christian.... My humble apologies. Evangelism dating is never a great idea >.<
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ARCHVERMIN Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2013
lol I went to a catholic school myself, that's why I was even more bewildered by it. I was seriously hoping I had gone a boring sermon with rows of old ladies instead.
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p3rsh1ng Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013
Its a trap! They can have many different forms :)
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CallMeDoc Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013
:D
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ARCHVERMIN Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013
:)
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Hironemo Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013  Student Filmographer
Draws some of the best yuri.
Writes comedy gold.

You sir, are awesome!
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ARCHVERMIN Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013
Lol I try to share with others what I find hilarious. I'm glad I find resonance with a fair share of them. Thanks mate I'm flattered
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SolusUmbra Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013   Digital Artist
Ive spent my fair share of time in church, but even I would say no to an invitation to anything called "mass". The term is synonymous with long winded and boring ceremonies.
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ARCHVERMIN Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013
In my case she was pretty attractive
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SolusUmbra Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013   Digital Artist
Its still an iffy proposition. Careful consideration is required.
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DarkerEve Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013
LOL
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ARCHVERMIN Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013
:)
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YusakuJon3 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
   That is some spooky stuff.  I commend you for keeping your cool in that situation.  There are just some things that I just don't associate with religion in a positive manner, and the drive to convert everyone is one of them.  Too much Groupthink going on there, and it doesn't solve the problems with human nature a lick (Hell, they sometimes even encourage the worst aspects of it).

   I'm more of a non-committed type myself.  I'm skeptical about someone telling me that God is a loving father type, but is going to let you suffer eternal torments if you don't go all prostrate like he's holding a gun to your head.  Too much history of folks using that to make an excuse to kill people who don't submit for me to believe any of it as being true.

Cute little strip, BTW.
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ARCHVERMIN Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013
I was just creeped out and feeling very alone at that place. She was kinda hot though
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Sexual-Yeti Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
It was not a date, but I was dragged to such a "religious ceremony" by a friend who claimed it was nothing but a young group meeting. Sadly it was not so. Worst of all is that I am not religious. At all. Hell, I am not even spiritual. She knew this, and she wanted to convert me.

I sat for two hours as the idiot pastor and band sang and had epileptic fits, summoning all my mental might not to laugh at them. Afterwards I was then dragged deeper into the community hall (say what you want about traditional Christianity, Islam and other ancient religions, at least they make their places of worship look AWESOME, instead of being something that doubles as a basketball court) where I got into a discussion where my friend told her friends my sad story and how I was in need of saving.

What started as a conversion attempt devolved into a shouting match as I calmly stated my beliefs and why I held them as the evangelists kept shouting louder and louder their religion, hoping that maybe being louder than me made me less right, or maybe so that God would hear their troubles and strike me down. But alas, alak my convictions could not be broken by loud voices and shouting of the words "THE EARTH IS NOT BILLIONS OF YEARS OLD AND THE STORY OF THE GARDEN OF EDEN IS NOT A METAPHOR ABOUT FARMING! IT REALLY HAPPENED"

Sigh. Good times.
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ARCHVERMIN Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013
Was your friend hot?
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YusakuJon3 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
   My father would be one of those who'd join the shouting match.  Happily, he isn't so fanatical as to force me to become part of the congregation where he worships.  It's the whole "You can lead a horse to water, but..." thing.  I chose not to be religious because of the whole Groupthink aspect of it, and the fact that 2,000 years of Christianity did nothing to cure the ills of human nature, however much it influenced the traditions and laws we live under.

   What really gets on my goat are the Parking Lot Preachers™ who will try to grab your attention when you're minding your own business, and proceed to wax enthusiastic about why your soul needs saving.  No "No thank you" discourages them.  You just have to walk away.
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Sexual-Yeti Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Tell me about it. Can't take one trip on the bus or the train without having biblical quotes angrily thrown at me.

Want some fun? Throw Deuteronomy at them. Especially the parts that say that if a son is being disobedient, you should take him to the village elders and have him stoned (though in this day and age, if he is disobedient he is probably already stoned hurr hurr) or that if a girl is raped, she should marry her rapist.

Religion. It's fun!
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YusakuJon3 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
   We still have people who'll do just that, although they'd also stone the rape victim.  It's just that most Christians and Jews no longer do that.  However, the evangelicals will still try scaring you into joining their congregation.  Me, I'm not sure that God thinks that running around with a guilty conscience and slamming your head into a pew every Sunday is the way to go.
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Miss-Picc Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013
Ba ha ha ha ha ha ha ha! That's so awkward it's hilarious.
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ARCHVERMIN Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013
thank you :)
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Tikigod784 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013
Your story hits too close to home (not the comic, but the description). That exact thing happened to me!
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ARCHVERMIN Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013
I also went out a chick only to spend four awkward hours that you're rather forget?
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Tikigod784 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013
Yep, and by the look of things, I still haven't forgotten....
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Rofl8copter Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013
You know for a sight that promotes tolerance, the people sure are intolerable. I'm not promoting this crap but hypocrisy gets played by everyone I guess.
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ARCHVERMIN Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013
I beg to differ, considering that an artist like me hasn't been banned yet, this web"sight" is more tolerant than Mardi Gras
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TheNekoStar Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Haha! Your first date with that chick sounds like one I've had. X3

(Also this redhead in the comic looks cuter with her hair down. v.v JUST SAYIN.)
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ARCHVERMIN Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013
Do tell. Which intimidating and loud group gathering did you get dragged to?
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TheNekoStar Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ahh, it was a church-related event (Sunday mass?) like your date. ^^; (Am athiest, but she was cute, so decided to go. Then I somehow managed to choke on the 'body of Christ,' which wasn't my fault, that cracker was very dry!)

One thing led to another, I asked questions the priest couldn't answer that made the whole church stare at me, including the cute girl/her family. Needless to say, I didn't see her much after that. XD
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CsNsAi Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013
:'I .... I think I would have gone all satanic-heavy metal just for the shits of it xD
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ARCHVERMIN Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013
haha :D
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Uglymuffintop Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013
I'm almost tempted to dub this with my voice, though with your permission of course. It's quite the fun comic.
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ARCHVERMIN Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013
go get'em tiger
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Uglymuffintop Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013
All right then. I'll post the link to it once I'm done. I'll also give you proper credit as well.
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Wild-Aegis Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013
Yeah, it's even worse when it's your mum constantly dragging you to these evangelical things. It freaks me out because of the overbearing, overly enthusiastic, aggressive manner that they try to convert you. Sure, they're super sweet about it, but every conversation be it inside or outside of church always comes back to talking about how great God is and why you should fall down on your knees and kiss His divine butt. I'm not a fan of the church in general, but at least when I used to have to go to Sunday mass at Catholic church I didn't have to worry about being put on the spot like a first year law student being asked to summarize a case about a Joesph, Jacob, Mary, or Jo Bob in front of the entire class and a maniacally zealous prof sticking a mic in my face while periodically shouting "AMEN!" I don't want to make-out like they're bad people, but sometimes their eagerness to share "God's love" can make for some very uncomfortable experiences. And yes, it does seem to go on forever!
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Satsu-Kururugi Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013
God, i'm so sorry. D:
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ARCHVERMIN Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013
I know I'm not going back to that building again lol
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Satsu-Kururugi Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013
Avoid it at all costs. lol
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Brother-Tico Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013  Professional Artist
Now that is a strange first date.
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ARCHVERMIN Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013
I have been through some weird stuff in my short life :)
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