An Update!

Hey Ryu X Chun-Li fans and followers!

 

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Gomen ne!

Sorry for not posting for a while, but our work on the book ground to a halt for a couple of weeks because the artists on team one took a much needed vacation, and the head artist on team two was very sick. But now both teams are back in action and back to work. Our goal of February 2015 (Valentine’s Day) is still in our sights.

We just wanted to share a little work with you to let you know things are moving along. So, behold some preview panels!!! Sorry for the cut off look of these panels, but we wanted to prevent too many spoilers. And now on with the show.

 

Here’s a little pencil action from team 1. They’re getting all the pencils on their chapters done before going to colour.

 

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And team two is one page away from completing Chapter 3 !

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So, again, sorry about the delay, but we are working as fast as we can with the resources we have. We thank you for your continued patience. If you’d like to help us finish more quickly, contribute work to our art appendix, or just say hello, drop us a line at ryuxchunliproject@gmail.com.

All the best!

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A Better Understanding

Hi Ryu X Chun-Li Project fans and followers,

As we’ve written before, one of the goals of this project, along with producing a Ryu/Chun-Li graphic novel, is to figure out why we love the idea of Ryu and Chun-Li as a couple in the first place. Well, today we get a step closer to this secondary goal.

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Near the beginning of this project we talked about shipping as an affliction and consequence of human nature, something outside sources seemed to confirm…

Of all the obsessions that universally afflict fandom, Shipping is by far the most persistent, widespread and prone to be serious business. It knows no boundaries of age, demographic and gender.* This might raise an eyebrow or two on first inspection, but honestly, shipping is just a consequence of plain old human nature: we are wired to seek a romantic partner in such a powerful, fundamental way that we even get a considerable kick out of doing it by proxy — and fictional characters are plenty, easy to relate to, often in want of someone to make out with, usually get their happy ending and hardly ever fall out of love. We wish we were them. We are drawn to reimagining ourselves in their place like moths to the flame. 

But now thanks to the wonderful people at Extra Credits, we would argue a different reason for why we ship our favourite fictional characters. We do it because we want our favourite characters to grow up with us.
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We don’t want to abandon the fictional characters we loved as children just because we’ve aged, but for the most part that’s what society demands we do. And when society doesn’t ask us to give up the fictional characters of our youth, we often find we do really just grow out of them and leave them behind. As our world view expands with experience and time, the things that our favourite fictional characters touched on start to seem a little trivial, a little silly, in light of our new lives which may include work, raising children, or school, with our new ideas about morality and politics, and society. And so we abandon our childhood fictional characters, leaving them behind like mile markers on the road of life, shedding them as we go.

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But secretly, often in a way not countenanced by our society, we’d rather not let these fictional characters go, we’d rather not put away the joys of our youth. Secretly, or hopefully not so secretly, we still hold a fondness for these characters we loved when life was simpler, smaller. And so we wish they could come with us, grow with us, be something relevant to us even as we change.

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And that’s where shipping comes in. As our generation that continues to love its fictional characters from its childhood ages and matures, the shippers among us want to update these characters, make them more relevant to who we are now, and examine love, sex, and marriage through them. Shippers want to keep imagining in their favourite characters’ universes, but not as they did when they were younger. Shippers want to imagine in these universes as the young or full adults the shippers have become. We start to deal with love, sex, and marriage and we want our favourite characters to deal with these things too. And, as shippers age even more, gain skills, make money, etc., they get to a point in their lives where they can take some creative control and you end up seeing shipping stories and art on the internet and, every so often, a project like ours. Shippers finally have the means and resources to start experimenting with their favourite characters’ universes in their own way.

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Although not in the form of shipping, a lot of movies we’ve seen in these last few years are a product of this desire to mature our favourite characters as well. We’ve taken our heroes like Batman, Superman, Iron Man, Spider-Man, etc. into “dark” movies because this is the fastest easiest way to remove the trivial, silly, childish elements that keep the things we loved as children from being taken seriously by society today.

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The idea of Ryu and Chun-Li as a couple is the same thing, but with a difference. Street Fighter was always dark. Street Fighter, and even more so its darker cousin Mortal Kombat, are always taking hits from society for being too violent and lacking gentleness. And maybe we Ryu/Chun-Li fans appreciate this on some level. So perhaps it makes even more sense that we want to see some love, sex, and marriage between the Street Fighter characters not only to have the characters grow up with us and deal with these things as we are, but also to bring some balance to the darkness and violence we love in Street Fighter as well.

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What people who dislike shipping need to understand, and perhaps shippers who don’t hold their heads up high in public (or share our posts despite liking our page…lol), is that shipping doesn’t come from a place of shame. It comes from a place of love, and we shouldn’t be ashamed of it. Shipping comes from a desire to take these characters we love and use them as a lens to examine our current lives, the changed reality that we face with time and experience. And if shippers can do this bravely, professionally,  and tastefully, perhaps shippers will produce some amazing love stories that will not only make the companies that own the rights to their favourite characters sit up, take notice, and welcome them, but also help a generation of fans to better understand who they are.

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Happy Birthday, Chun-Li!!!

Greetings Ryu X Chun-Li Project fans and followers.  And….

Happy Birthday Chun-Li!!!

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We’ll get to your birthday gifts in a moment, but first let’s talk a bit about the one thing that hopefully always comes with a birthday: wisdom. There is a Chinese proverb that goes: A single conversation with a wise man is worth a month’s study of books. Well we got to talk, at least indirectly, with a man very wise in the ways of Street Fighter. Our director, Sean Anderson, had the good fortune of having his question answered first in a Q&A with Joey Ansah, directer and producer of the upcoming web series Street Fighter: Assassin’s Fist. You can see the full Q &A video below.

Next, we saw this on UDON Entertainment’s Facebook page:

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It turns out that CAPCOM published all of UDON’s Street Fighter work here in Japan. This is good news for the RXCLP because it means CAPCOM is capable of publishing its own books if it chooses. So, when we finally roll up onto CAPCOM’s door step, who knows, maybe we’ll get to go straight to print! Hey, we can dream can’t we? In all seriousness though, this discovery means we won’t necessarily have to deal with a third party if CAPCOM decides to accept our finished book.

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And speaking of UDON. We used to think their slow Street Fighter book production was because they were doing something wrong as a company. But seeing how long it is taking us to get our own Street Fighter book out, we now appreciate why they are not able to publish and print Street Fighter books on a regular schedule. Not to mention there can’t be a lot of money in Street Fighter comics. If there was, we bet UDON would be releasing a whole lot more. UDON, your work is awesome. Unlike the fans who troll you over your Street Fighter stories and the direction you’ve taken with them, we know what it is like to work on a Street Fighter book. We now understand some of the challenges you must face.  UDON, you will always have our Street Fighter comic love, our patience, and deepest respect.

And now for those presents.  Chun-Li, Happy 45th birthday! Here are our gifts for you this year.

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First, IT IS OFFICIAL!!!! The Ryu X Chun-Li Project has it first photo from a cosplay couple, and the photo will be included in our art appendix! A big thanks to Taiwan-born Michelle Lin (above) and her boyfriend John Chu for participating. Their photo is awesome!!! We hope they are the first of many cosplayers to come who will help us make this project the best tribute to Ryu and Chun-Li ever!

And last but not least, here’s a partial preview of page 46 from our book’s second art team.

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A big thanks to everyone who has helped us so far.  More art, min-comic, and cosplay donations are always welcome.

And If you want this book out faster, you know what we need…

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Head over to the top right corner of our Facebook Page and Donate today!

Or contact us at…

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CAPCOM X PASELA ENTERTAINMENT BAR

Hey Ryu X Chun-Li Project fans and followers. Welcome to our 50th blog entry!

Hope things are awesome with you, because yesterday we were beat.

Since we started this project on January 1st, 2013, we’ve had a lot of ups and downs, so many that yesterday we found ourselves mentally exhausted. So we decided to go to the CAPCOM X PASELA ENTERTAINMENT BAR to recharge our batteries.

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Sometimes it really rocks to live in Japan!

“PASELA” is the name of the karaoke company that owns the building the bar is located in.

The bar, located near Shinjuku city hall, opens early at 11:30 A.M. on Saturday. So we decided to go there for lunch. The place was small and only seated thirty-one people. Fortunately, there were just enough seats left for us when we arrived.

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When we entered (no fee required), we sat along the bar because all the tables were full, and took in the atmosphere. There were game screens all over the place, as well as a plethora of game figures on display. You could play games on the screens if you asked the staff, and there were a couple of Nintendo 3DS at the bar to play while you waited for your order. The game being celebrated inside was Basara, so the bar decor was almost all from Basara, as were almost all the purchasable souvenirs. Fortunately, we didn’t have to look any further than the menu to find the Street Fighter awesomeness were were looking for.

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AWESOME!!!!!

There were three pages of Street Fighter drinks and dishes including an alcohol-free drink based on Sakura, and Akuma’s Shungokusatsu with Red Bull in it, but of course we’re on a budget being a non-profit project and all, so we limited ourselves to a single dish and drink.  For our beverage, we ordered “Ryu’s Fire Hadouken” A yogurt, milk, cranberry juice drink based on Ryu’s famous attack. It was sweet and creamy with just a hint of alcohol. And when the waitress served it, we kid you not, she actually did the motion for a hadouken complete with shouting the word at full volume and ending with the repeating Uhwaaaaaah! sound Ryu makes when he is defeated in the game. We cheered!

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And this wouldn’t be the only mini-performance we would witness in the next two hours (the maximum time you can stay in the bar). Every ten minutes or so, the two staff above (occasionally with one other behind the counter) would perform cut scenes (Japanese dialogue only, with the occasional prop) from various CAPCOM games. Basara scenes got the most attention, but a few Pheonix Wright scenes were done as well. Grateful applause from the patrons followed each.

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We ordered food too, of course, but the place was busy, and we had to wait a while for our meal. So we requested a few Street Fighter songs which the staff happily played for us using the bar’s sound system, nursed our Fire Hadoukens, and played some Street Fighter on 3DS until our Chun-Li Ebi-Chilli-Cha-Han (Fried rice with shrimp bathed in a sweet sake sauce) arrived. The dish, garnished with a lovely orchid, was absolutely delicious.

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Ryu and Chun-Li together…

When our time was up, we had had a great time! We said a grateful ごちそうさまでした to the staff and headed out, but not before we got one of the few Street Fighter souvenirs available for purchase.

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HADOUKEN!!!

And then we stopped by a little shop we spotted on our way home and got one more…

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Batteries recharged.

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Ryan Brown

Hey Ryu X Chun-Li Project fans and followers. We hope all is well with you and yours. Today we have the honour of welcoming Ryan Brown. Ryan Brown was one of the Ryu/Chun-Li article writers we referenced and quoted when we wrote our “Soulmates” blog entry. It’s one of our favourite entries on this blog. Click on the link to check it out. Ryan is a avid writer and offers some pretty sweet prices on deviantart if you’re looking for someone to help you find the words you can’t and put them on paper.

Ryan, the blog is yours.

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For as long as I can remember, it’s been my belief that Ryu and Chun-Li are meant to be. Connected, you might say. Seeing them together just feels right. However, a lot of people don’t really see this, usually because they feel that Chun-Li doesn’t “need” a man (kinda true) or that Ryu is emotionally incapable of settling down with anyone (not true). Most people don’t care either way; they just want to rank up online.

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Well, I do. I believe that there’s great story potential to be had in this union…but it has to be done in a believable fashion. If the characters, dialogue or overall tone is too mushy, heavy handed or otherwise out of character, players will be quick to call foul, whether they pay attention to the narrative or not. Nowadays, you only get one chance to tell a tale right, especially if it’s a new concept. I see Ryu and Chun-Li as having an unspoken bond that can’t really be worked on until they’re both ready to do so.

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Ryu must find his own definition of what a “true warrior” is. That won’t be easy; if it were, he’d have found his answer a LONG time ago. You see, every fighter has their own reasons for why they fight. Right now, Ryu’s reason is, well, finding the ultimate reason and growing as strong as he possibly can along the way, until he simply cannot grow anymore. Once all of that happens, then and only then will he be ready to move on to the next phase of his life. He’s not meant to be like his master in every way.

Ryu needs a legitimate reason to fight, something (or someone) to fight for. He’s on the right track at present, since he goes out of his way to stop out evil if and when he encounters it, but even that is a limiting and somewhat self-serving mindset. He needs to look outside of himself and discover an alternate source of strength, one that can enhance and surpass even the strongest ki.

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Chun-Li’s situation isn’t that simple. She has quite a bit on her plate. She has to raise her adopted kids and I believe we can safely assume that she still does her part to keep the peace in China, even if it’s outside of INTERPOL. Plus, with all that’s going on with the Illuminati, I doubt she’s going to have that much time to breathe soon. And on top of that, we still don’t know how Shadoloo finally, finally fell and what she had to do with it. While Chun-Li is a capable woman that can handle her own business, she shouldn’t have to deal with it all alone, and I don’t think she was meant to.

One should not have to shoulder heavy burdens alone, and Chun-Li’s been doing that for a long time. Sue, she’s had Guile, Cammy and her other allies to lean on, but she’s still carrying the pain, anger and sadness that Bison constricted around her heart. Yes, it can be used as a tool, but what do you do with it when you don’t “need” it anymore? It’s not going to just go away. It’ll still be there, keeping you from true inner peace, and that’s not really something you can get rid of all by yourself. As far as I’m concerned, it’s physically and emotionally weakening her, and the “Strongest Woman in the World” can’t afford such a handicap.

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Many people are content with being by themselves, and that’s fine, but to me, that’s no way for anyone to live. No matter how self-assure you think you are, no one is truly an island unless they set out to one of their own volition. We all need other people to help us grow and better one another as human beings. Heck, even negative people need others to torture. What are they gonna do, troll themselves?

Ryu and Chun-Li have it in them to grow stronger and reach their full potential, as warriors and as individuals, but more importantly, I feel that they can do so together. To go into further specifics would give away my own approach to such a narrative endeavor, but I can say, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that it is possible.

 

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Could it be that simple???

Normally we don’t write another blog entry so soon, but we just realised something perhaps very important, and we wanted to share it with all of you.
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But first, a reminder for all you writers out there. We’ve been dealing with a lot of awesome artists lately here at the RXCLP, but we know there are a lot of Ryu/Chun-Li fans that are writers out there too. So, we would like to offer you the following opportunities:
1. The Blog.
People reading this blog are always welcome to submit a guest entry for it. If there is something about Ryu/Chun-Li you would like to share with our followers, we’d love to have you put fingers to keyboard and send it our way.
2. A poem. 
We would like the first page of our book after the cover to contain a short poem about Ryu/Chun-Li and what it means for them to be together and/or why they should be together. This could take the shape of a Japanese Haiku (which would be pretty good match for this book considering its origins) or some other form of short poetry. If anyone out there has a good idea for a poem, write it up and send it our way.
3. A comic strip.
We have an artist lined up who has offered to do a two possibly three panel comic strip for us about Ryu and Chun-Li, so we’ve decided to hand this opportunity over to the fans. If you think you’ve got a good idea for a RXCLP strip–one that celebrates the idea of Ryu and Chun-Li as a couple–send your script our way and we’ll make the best script of the bunch a full colour reality.
Got all that? Great! Now let’s get to the meat of this blog entry.
We were busy looking over the second page of the marvellous Alex/Ibuki comic that edmonddantes23 will be adding to our book, and suddenly it occurred to us why perhaps CAPCOM has put none of the main Street Fighter characters in relationships with each other. Could it be as simple as…
You shouldn’t be executing a 10 hit combo on someone you love.
Consider this piece of art:
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It’s funny sure, and even if Ryu and Chun-Li were married, we might still consider this funny because a little wife hitting husband slapstick is something we’ve seen before growing up.
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Wilma Flintstone used to lay the smack down on Fred the odd time, though it usually happened off camera with a lot of noise. Remember when Betty and Wilma were learning judo?
But he never hit her…ever.
Well, there was that one Loyal Order of Water Buffallo’s initiation episode where Betty and Wilma snuck into the men’s club to see what it was like, but she was in disguise and…well…we digress.
The point is, what if that Ryu and Chun-Li picture above was reversed and it was Ryu who was punching Chun-Li in the face? And let’s take that a step further. What if they were married in such a picture?  What if Ryu and Chun-Li had been married since the end of Street Fighter II? Could you imagine how many spouse-beating jokes would have been made by now just by the fighting game community alone?
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Now we are aware there may be fighting games where characters are married (not the above couple…not yet anyway), but you have to admit it makes it morally easier for Ryu and Chun-Li players to put the smack down on each other when the characters’ relationship status is “friends” and not  “lovers” or “married.” As a similar example, we know after watching the Fatal Fury Movie, we had a hard time pitting Andy Bogard against Mai Shiranui.
We talked with a friend once who said Ryu and Chun-Li being married would alter the Street Fighter game experience. At first, we didn’t understand what he meant, but now we do. And frankly we’re surprised it took us this long to figure it out. I guess it’s true what they say: love, even for a project, can be blind.
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So, does this mean we’re going to give up on this book and the idea of Ryu and Chun-Li together? No.  And we’re pretty confident with all the awesomeness our book has to offer from all over the world, we can convince CAPCOM to let their guard down for us for one book at least, but we think now we truly understand why CAPCOM has had none of the main characters in Street Fighter hook up with one another. It may be as simple as no one likes to hear about or see boyfriends, girlfriends, spouses, people who are supposed to care very deeply for each other, punching each other as hard as they can in the face.
More next time.
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The state of the book

Hey Ryu X Chun-Li fans and followers,
Let’s talk a little bit about this book we’re putting together…
We’re working faster than before…
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As you know we have two art teams working on the book. This makes for two different art styles appearing in the book separated by chapters, but both teams bring some amazing talent and stye to the table, so we hope you’ll be pleased.
Layout has begun…
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We have enough pages now to start some of the layout for the book.  We still have quite aways to go with the main book pages, but if the book were released right now, complete, we would have almost 150 pages of content, but I’m pleased to say we still have more single art pieces and mini-comics being produced as we speak. And of course, we continue to seek out and welcome more contributions from artists who wish to help us celebrate the idea of Ryu and Chun-Li together. Feel free to get in the game and let your favourite artist know about us and have them contact us at the address at the end of this blog entry.
Things are about to get real…we hope!
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As you may have seen from our recent Facebook posts, our call for cosplayers to volunteer photos to the project has been heard, and we’ve had a few of these wonderfully talented people express interest. Of course, nothing is for sure until their Ryu/Chun-Li photo is in our hands, but word is getting around. Let’s hope a few of them come on board. If you have a Chun-Li or Ryu cosplayer you are fond of, feel free to contact them and let them know we’re here.
Unspoiled…
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One of the best movies we ever saw was The Matrix. Not because it is the best movie in the world, but rather because when we saw it we knew almost nothing about it. We went into it with no spoilers at all. So, we experienced all the movie had to offer inside the theatre without any expectations. Love or hate the RXCLP book when it comes out, this is the effect we want the book to have on you. We want to give you as few spoilers as possible, so that when the book comes out, you have not already seen most of it and are able to enjoy the book as much as possible in its completed form. That said, each of our page reveals has coincided with a significant cash donation, so if you desperately want to see more pages, you know what you have to do. :-) Besides, donations are a pretty sweet deal now. A bunch of fan art wallpapers and the official Ryu X Chun-Li Project music are here for anyone willing to throw some financial help our way. And of course there is the matter of the main book content we have on the cutting room floor. We could bring some of that back in too…
The book is starting to look…beautiful.
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For much of this project we’ve been looking at the main book pages in smaller sizes as we work with them on our computers. But for the first time, we saw a bunch of them together at A4 size, and it was beautiful. Our director looked like he was going to shed a tear. Laugh at that if you wish, but he’s been carrying this dream around for over ten years and to see it finally taking shape and to see how many wonderful people have stepped up to make it possible is an emotional experience. This book has become more than a project. It has become a responsibility.
And finally, something for the writers…
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We’ve been dealing with a lot of artists lately, but we know there are a lot of Ryu/Chun-Li fans that are writers out there too. So, we would like to offer you the following opportunities:
1. The Blog.
People reading this blog are always welcome to submit a guest entry for it. If there is something about Ryu/Chun-Li you would like to share with our followers, we’d love to have you put fingers to keyboard and send it our way.
2. A poem. 
We would like the first page of our book after the cover to contain a short poem about Ryu/Chun-Li and what it means for them to be together and/or why they should be together. This could take the shape of a Japanese Haiku (which would be pretty good match for this book considering its origins) or some other form of short poetry. If anyone out there has a good idea for a poem, write it up and send it our way.
3. A comic strip.
We have an artist lined up who has offered to do a two possibly three panel comic strip for us about Ryu and Chun-Li, so we’ve decided to hand this opportunity over to the fans. If you think you’ve got a good idea for a RXCLP strip–one that celebrates the idea of Ryu and Chun-Li as a couple–send your script our way and we’ll make the best script of the bunch a full colour reality.
There, that should keep you all busy for a while… Stay awesome!
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Please send all entries for the above to the e-mail address below.
ryuxchunliproject@gmail.com
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