The Love Lives of Gods

 

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As can be seen in the above picture of Zues and Io, the Greek gods were always knocking boots with mortals. It was, and still is, part of their charm. And superheroes, the direct descendants of the Greek gods, do it as well.

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But recently, that’s been changing. DC comics writers have been examining the relationships between their heroes a little more, shall we say, actively.

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Comics aren’t just for kids anymore.

And frankly we at the Ryu X Chun-Li Project find this trend refreshing. In his book SupergodsBatman comic book writer Grant Morrison said that superheroes “are a bright flickering sign of our need to move on, to imagine the better, more just, and more proactive people we can be.” And we would like these things to manifest more often in the form of heroic couples.

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For so long humanity has held high the fact one person alone can make a difference. And like we wrote, it IS a fact! The individual can make a difference! But what comes with this fact are competition and in many cases isolation. One person vs. the world. A foolish view to put in the forefront in a world with over six billion people. Not to mention this view puts all but the individual in a negative light. The rest of humanity becomes an obstacle to be overcome, not teamed up with. It’s impressive when the obstacle is overcome, but so sad too. Those were people you had to step over.

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Now of course there are many super heroic teams out there which celebrate the idea of humanity working together. But what we don’t see enough of is super heroic married couples setting an example. Now we’re not saying the couples have to start out married. Readers need to have their build up, romantic tension, and all that. But we wonder what impact it would have on society if our heroes, for the long term, had partners as formidable as they were at their sides that they were also married to and in love with.

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What if Zues had been absolutely faithful to Hera and treated her as an equal instead? Oh how our comics might be different!

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What a wonderful stronger world it would be?

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From Discord to Harmony

Hey RXCLP fans,

Welcome to our 60th blog post!

We were surfing the internet as we sometimes do when we’re waiting for art to come in to be approved or sent back for edits, and we stumbled upon this article in The Guardian: JK Rowling: Hermione should have married Harry, not Ron.

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Rowling’s admission is a big ol’ piece of proof that no matter how much we humans choose to go against conventions, no matter how more enlightened as a species we become in regards to gender issues, one convention in fiction continues to, when ignored, make us uncomfortable and even willing to admit mistakes in our greatest fictional works, when we do not follow it: the hero gets the girl.

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Even Disney’s greatly loved “Frozen” conforms to the “hero gets girl” story convention. The women are the heroes and they “get” each other. And just to be on the safe side, Disney had Anna and male supporting character Kristoff share a kiss at the end of the movie to show they were on their way to living happily ever after. Frozen, redefining true love? yes. Able to resist the convention of someone getting the girl? No. In fact, in Frozen, the girl is got not once, not twice, but thrice!

And before you get all picky about the definition of “get,” remember…

 

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There are all sorts of ways to “get” someone.

But we digress. The point is, once you identify the hero of a story (usually the male lead) and the story’s female lead, there is an immediate expectation/assumption they will get together.

And when Street Fighter II came out in 1991, this is what millions of people all over the world saw:

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Hero clearly identified by 1P icon start position. One woman in the whole game.

 

Which lead to fans thinking stuff like this:

 

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And ultimately a niche of fans with the hope/expectation of this:

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A  niche of fans that still exists today 23 years later.

 

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Of course, we have discussed why we think CAPCOM has not put Ryu and Chun-li together, and CAPCOM has never given an official reason. But the fact remains, discord has been created. Millions of casual and serious Street Fighter fans must feel it on some level.

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And when discord from a particular source becomes too much for Nature to bear, Nature acts. For example, in response to the discord caused by the less than stellar Street Fighter movies, Nature called upon Joey Ansah and Christian Howard to finally fix the problem. And they have.

And now, there is a Ryu X Chun-Li Project.  Not a Chun-Li X Vega Project. Not a Ryu X Sakura project. Not a Camy/Chun-Li Project. A Ryu X Chun-Li Project! Nature started priming us over a decade ago with Brian Yip’s story. And now after 23 years of discord, Ryu and Chun-Li are finally going to be together in a story for the English speaking world.

Don’t believe us when we say the hero getting the girl is the opposite of discord?  Consider this: Not only has J.K. Rowling said that Ron and Hermione together was a mistake–the only way Nature can be appeased now Potter-wise since she can’t just rewrite the book,–but if you put Harry and Hemione’s name together, you get the word Potter fans use for fans of the pairing, the opposite of discord: Harmony fans.

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And we’ll be bringing harmony to Street Fighter too. Pun totally intended.

Until next time!

 

 

 

 

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Act II Complete!!!

Today is July 21st here in Japan, Ryu’s 27th or 50th birthday depending on who you talk to. But either way it is definitely a reason for celebration. And boy! Do we have a gift for him!

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We at the Ryu X Chun-Li Project are pleased to announce that ACT II of the three Act Ryu/Chun-Li book we are producing is COMPLETE. All pages are coloured! All text is edited! The section is 100% done: 31 pages of pure Ryu/Chun-Li awesomeness!!! Why are we using the term “act” instead of “chapter?” Well, it goes with what we said in our newest attraction video. We think Street Fighter is the Shakespeare of fighting games and we wanted to echo that in our book.

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We would like to give a huge RXCLP thank you to the Team Rotaner Team 2 artists whose names will be revealed on the credits page of our book when it is released next year. Their art, the swiftness with which they delivered it, and their amazing understanding and flexibility when it came to correcting art and text was an endless source of strength for the entire project. They are very hard workers who understand what it takes to be a successful art team and make a client’s dreams come true!

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Art Team 2, you are truly AWESOME!!!

THANK YOU!!!

Take a well deserved rest!

And don’t worry, Art team 1 and Art team 3 are working hard to cross the finish line with their sections as well. And they sincerely want to finish the book this year.

The RXCLP book is currently 160 pages and rising. And we are welcoming art and monetary donations to make it better until the last page is done.

If you want to help, especially in the “donate a piece of Ryu/Chun-Li art” department, contact us at ryuxchunliproject@gmail.com

Make sure you “like” our Facebook Page for the latest updates.

And check out our newest video too.

Until next time!

 

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Tanabata

 

Orihime (織姫 Weaving Princess), daughter of the Tentei (天帝 Sky King, or the universe itself), wove beautiful clothes by the bank of the Amanogawa (天の川 Milky Way, lit. “heavenly river”). Her father loved the cloth that she wove and so she worked very hard every day to weave it. However, Orihime was sad that because of her hard work she could never meet and fall in love with anyone.

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Concerned about his daughter, Tentei arranged for her to meet Hikoboshi (彦星 Cow Herder Star) (also referred to as Kengyuu (牽牛)) who lived and worked on the other side of the Amanogawa. When the two met, they fell instantly in love with each other and married shortly thereafter. However, once married, Orihime no longer would weave cloth for Tentei and Hikoboshi allowed his cows to stray all over Heaven. In anger, Tentei separated the two lovers across the Amanogawa and forbade them to meet.

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Orihime became despondent at the loss of her husband and asked her father to let them meet again. Tentei was moved by his daughter’s tears and allowed the two to meet on the 7th day of the 7th month if she worked hard and finished her weaving.

The first time they tried to meet, however, they found that they could not cross the river because there was no bridge. Orihime cried so much that a flock of magpies came and promised to make a bridge with their wings so that she could cross the river.

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It is said that if it rains on Tanabata, the magpies cannot come and the two lovers must wait until another year to meet.

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Happy Tanabata, everyone!!!

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Let it go!

Hi Ryu X Chun-Li Fans!

It’s been a while, but we’re back on the blog! Now, let’s talk Transformers.

We have new respect for movie director and producer Michael Bay. Is it because his latest movie “Transformers: Age of Extinction” has already made more than $100 million worldwide in only its second day of release in the U.S.? No. We have new respect for Michael Bay because in a recent interview with MTV, Michael Bay called the bluff of all the haters of his Transformers work:

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They love to hate, and I don’t care; let them hate. They’re still going to see the movie!

Michael Bay has his idea of what the Transformers universe is, and he’s sticking to it. It’s the story he wants to tell, and he doesn’t care what any of the haters say.  Critics universally panned his latest Transformers work, saying it’s worse than “Revenge of the Fallen”. But the movie is still here and people are going to see it (100 million dollars already earned remember?). Even more crazy is most haters have to go see the movie if they want to hate in an informed manner, which helps the movies box office even more. Oh the irony!

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Meanwhile, Hasbro hasn’t stepped up to stop the movies from being made. In fact, a Hasbro presentation from Vilsco Textiles revealed that a fifth Transformers film is in development and has a planned 2017 release. Paramount Pictures’ Rob Moore stated that there have been talks for a fifth and sixth instalment.

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Most angry fans just blow air.

And fans have done nothing. We’re in our fourth Transformers movie now, years of opportunity for fans to get organised, and no hater or critic has done anything save vent their frustration in reviews and rants.

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These fans and critics could do what we do. We love Generation One animated Transformers. Do we wish there was a movie more faithful to it? Yes. But at the same time we accept Bay’s work as an alternate universe. A “What if…?” We hated “Revenge of the Fallen.” We can’t even bring ourselves to own it on DVD. But we don’t take it out on Michael Bay or anyone else via the internet because, in truth, we can’t be bothered to do anything to change the situation. Transformers doesn’t matter enough to us to do something significant to stop the current run of Transformers movies and force a reboot, or even make our own fan work about it.

Ryu and Chun-Li on the other hand… There’s where we take action!

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Of course, we  are producing our book not because we are unhappy with the current status quo in the Street Fighter story universe. We love CAPCOM. We love UDON. We simply want a Ryu/Chun-Li story of quality to exist: a story fans of the pairing can go to and get their Ryu/Chun-li fix and be satisfied, or better yet be inspired to produce a work better than ours.

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We are not criticising. We are doing something! We are being productive! Meanwhile, what have all the amateur and professional critics done to stop Bayformers? Four movies and nothing’s changed. In fact if you go by the critics, things have gotten worse.

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So if all this criticism and hate hasn’t changed anything, and no Transformers fan or united group of Transformers fans has done anything to change the situation since Michael Bay started his work in 2007, then Michael Bay is right: Haters love to hate. Why else do it when it is completely ineffective?

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Haters of Bayformers, as seven years of history has clearly shown us, can’t be bothered to do anything significant to change Michael Bay’s course.  And if Michael Bay’s Transformers have taught us anything, it’s that even the most professional critics with their “universal panning” cannot stop Michael Bay from doing what he wants with the Transformers franchise. Therefore, the only reason for a person to hang onto hate for Bay’s work  is because the person makes money doing it, loves the attention he gets from producing the hate, or takes some other weird pleasure from criticizing. And if for someone it is the latter, we recommend…

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More next time!

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Full Disclosure…

Hello Ryu X Chun-Li Fans and Followers! Project director Sean Anderson here. I have news.  So… here…were…go. Note this page will constantly be updated with new information!

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Main Book Act 2 Back up Comic: Pages 59a-59d (Pencils for all pages complete and inking has begun)

Sergio Briseno is an amazing artist who puts an incredible amount of detail in his work. He says his comic will be ready by August!

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Act 3: Pages 60-103 (60-63 Pencils complete, Page 60 coloured)   Team 3  has said they will have all pages complete by August 10th, 2014

Main Book Art Appendix:

 

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40 single Ryu/Chun-Li Art pieces, 37 pages of Back Up comics from artists, and  3 pages of Ryu/Chun-Li Cosplay photos from all over the world! (with more to come! Donations still welcome!)

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New Developments:

 

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Joey Ansah, Producer and Director of the upcoming web series Street Fighter: Assassin’s Fist, impressed by the quality of our work, will help share our book across the internet!

 

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1. If you’ve been thinking about donating cash to our project, cash we can use to improve the quality of our book, now’s the time to act. Head over to our Facebook Page and hit the donate button, or contact us at ryuxchunliproject@gmail.com and we’ll assist you.

2. If you are an artist and can produce and donate an A4 size full colour picture or a short comic celebrating the idea of Ryu and Chun-Li together, contact us at ryuxchunliproject@gmail.com and let’s get you started. Every artist is welcome! I repeat: EVERY artist is welcome!

3. If you are a cosplayer or pair of cosplayers and would like to donate a  Ryu/Chun-Li photo, we’d love to include you! Note: Any art or photo donation must be kept CONFIDENTIAL (not shared online, etc.) until our book’s release.

4. If you wish to help us some other way, we’re eager to listen. Contact us at ryuxchunliproject@gmail.com The time for mere words has passed Ryu/Chun-Li fans.  We need you to step up and help us push this book over the top! We must all become more than fans, Ryu/Chun-Li lovers. Like our beloved Street Fighter characters, we must become World Warriors!!!

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Looking forward to your participation!

Sean Anderson

ryuxchunliproject@gmail.com

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