96% Complete

As I sit here four pages away from completing the story I promised almost two years ago that my teams and I would complete, I’ve had a moment of clarity and I think I finally understand why I love this pairing so much. To me, they are…

 

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Why? Because, to me, each character represents half of an ideal.

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Ryu is the perfect man in my mind. He is strong and thoughtful in a way all men should be. Smart and wise enough to value learning, but naive enough to be surprised. He treats his body like a temple, putting nothing but good into it and keeping it in excellent shape. He lives outside the rat race and outside society’s expectations without hurting society. He embraces humanity’s penchant for violence, and he fights not to hurt, but to learn and better himself. He can also be a hero and fight evil and/or protect others when the situation demands it, but he isn’t a hero to the point where he can’t live his own life and do the things he wants to do. Trouble that only he can stop tends to find him, he never has to go out and look for it like other heroes.

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Chun-Li is the perfect woman in my mind. She is strong and thoughtful in a way all women should be. Smart and wise enough to value learning, but naive enough to be surprised. She treats her body like a temple, putting nothing but good into it and keeping it in excellent shape. She lives outside the rat race and outside society’s expectations without hurting society. She embraces humanity’s penchant for violence, and she fights not to hurt but to protect. And, from my very male perspective, she encompasses everything beautiful about women.

I see glimpses of what Ryu and Chun-Li mean to me when I see…

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A man and woman figure skate together…

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A man and woman play mixed doubles tennis

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When a man and a woman work on a project together…

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And so on.

I’m tired of this world where we keep saying men a women are not or should be equal. Quit wasting time. We aren’t meant to be equal. We are meant to COMPLIMENT each other, to form the ultimate team!  To form a team where we both lead, and we both follow. To form a team where we are both strong and both gentle.  A team that when we work so hard at being together, we transcend what it means to be two and become the true one.

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1+1 equals 1.

We just haven’t figured it out yet.

 

More next time!

 

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You Win!

Hey Ryu X Chun-Li Project Blog Readers!

A big thanks to Jeff Mangini for commenting on our previous blog entry and inspiring this one! It’s great to see some Ryu/Chun-Li fans bring their words to the blog and help us see things more clearly!

Jeff wrote:

Dude, there’s nothing wrong with making Ryu and Chun-Li a couple in the SF games. That’s ridiculous. Have you played Star Gladiator? You remember Hayato and June? Those two are a couple. They even had a child together. And look at the game they’re in. Players can make them cut each other up with plasma-based weapons like two bitter enemies in a Star Wars movie. Where were all the wife-killing jokes? Or the abortion jokes? Where were all the insecure men and women complaining about spousal abuse? Gamers never had a problem with it, and apparently neither did Capcom. You know why? Because we’re smart enough to know that gameplay is meaningless. Would you rather see Chun-Li hook up with a wimpy civilian who can’t kick her ass? Because for any strong woman, I think that’s even more offensive. Ryu and Chun-Li beating the crap out of each other is not a big deal. If you think it is, you might as well say it’s wrong for Ryu to have friends like Ken and Sakura in SF because he can pulverize them with Shin Shoryukens too. Why stop at limiting the violence between couples, right?

 

As I read Jeff’s comment, I found myself remembering this scene from the Addams family:

Watched it? Good.

In it, Wednesday (tries to?/succeeds in her attempt to?) kill Pugsley, and with mom’s permission!

Did we have any problem with this? Strangely…no. Why? because we know Pugsley will be ok.

And if that’s the case, then why were we so upset in our last blog entry about this:

 

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In reality if you and your girlfriend/wife decided to have a full force street fight with each other, there is a high possibility for a trip to the police station, a trip to the hospital, and even death. And any children involved would have to do without their mother and/or father for a few days, a few years, or indefinitely. But this is not the case for fictional characters. Like the Addams siblings above, one of the advantages a fictional couple like Ryu and Chun-Li have is that if they go full force on each other, even with Chun-Li’s kids in the equation, if the author of the story or game says they are ok afterwards, then…they are! If beating the tar out of each other every so often is something Ryu and Chun-Li want to do, similar to the way the Addams’ family members try to kill each other but still love each other deeply, then it’s fine. Like the Addams family, Ryu and Chun-Li are just… kooky!

Jeff writes: …[gamers are] smart enough to know that gameplay is meaningless.

And, he’s right. I see now what I was worried about was the casual observer, the person who is not a gamer, hearing about a husband and wife beating the crap out of each other in a game and kicking up a fuss. I thought that would be something CAPCOM would want to avoid. But, I guess not. After all, did you know CAPCOM published the “Grand Theft Auto” series in Japan from 2001 – 2008? Check out this box! And that definitely proves CAPCOM has no qualms about…well…you get the idea.

 

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Are we still a bit squeamish about a married couple beating each other up in Street Fighter…a little. But we’ll get over it…and fast! Why. Because Jeff also wrote:

Would you rather see Chun-Li hook up with a wimpy civilian who can’t kick her ass?

NO!!!  No one should be with Chun-Li except….

 

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Okay Jeff…

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You’ve convinced me! Let them marry AND let them fight!

Update: Here is Jeff’s Follow-up. It’s in the previous blog entry’s comment section, but I thought I would put it here to really make this entry complete. Thanks Jeff, not only for commenting, but for setting me straight!

You’re welcome. I’m glad I gave you all a new perspective.

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I’ve got plenty of examples. Look at Mortal Kombat. Johnny Cage and Sonya got together in MK9. Once Netherrealm announced MKX this year, they revealed they had a daughter named Cassie. She’s now set to be a playable character. Liu Kang could have married Kitana, but it was implied in MK4 that accepting her proposal would have prevented him from being Earthrrealm’s protector. But he loves her all the same, and in the end, that’s what counts most. Ky Kiske and Dizzy from Guilty Gear are also in a relationship. The only reason they’re not married is because Dizzy’s a gear, and people in that universe are generally bigoted towards her race. No one’s going to arrange a formal wedding for them. But they are still together nonetheless, and they even had a son by GG2: Overture. To a lesser extent, Killer Instinct has a couple as well. KI2 had an optional ending where Tusk and Maya got married, depending on the actions you took in Arcade Mode. Although it’s not canon at this point now that they confirmed TJ Combo’s still alive, Iron Galaxy could always revisit that relationship with the new KI in Season 2. And there are plenty more examples of SNK characters that aren’t married to each other, but would jump at the chance if given the opportunity.

So it doesn’t matter how often you see people beating each other up in fighting games. It has no bearing on how they actually feel about one another. In most cases when a pair of lovers fight, it’s either a filler match that didn’t happen, or a match that happened for a good reason. As far as SF characters are concerned, not quitting their profession is reason enough. Ryu and Chun-Li are expert martial-artists with long-term enemies that continue to threaten their lives and everyone they care about. If they wanted to be together, they’d have to make it a responsibility to test themselves against each other so they stay at peak condition. As painful as it is, they should be grateful for every hit they trade with each other, because they need it. A relationship like that is not going to last if either allows the other to get soft. It’s like having a deadbeat husband who always drinks instead of taking care of his wife and kids.

More next time!

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Best Case Scenario

Hi RXCLP blog readers, Sean here again… (Apologies for the layout here. I’ve tried to fix it, but WordPress won’t let me. It happens every so often. Sigh.)
Anyway, I was asked a question the other day by one of our donators. He wrote:
I know you have been working on this project for years. You have shown extreme dedication and passion to not only the fan-base but to the characters and their relationship. I know it isn’t a good idea to get ahead of ourselves. But what do you ultimately want to accomplish with this? Do you want CAPCOM to seriously consider this pairing for future Street Fighter games and comics? Do you want the world to get behind this as Ryu and Chun-Li become the most unstoppable fighting couple? Or heck, do you want Capcom to publish this? Ultimately, what is your “best-case scenario” with this project?
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When I started this project and was naive about the effects of romantic relationships on a game like “Street Fighter”, I could have answered these questions quickly, but now, knowing what I know of CAPCOM, UDON, graphic novel production, Street Fighter: Legacy, Street Fighter: Assassin’s Fist, and the effects a romantic relationship can have on a fighting game, I find myself struggling for answers.
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Since my blog entry “Could it be that simple???”, I’ve come to realise having a married couple as selectable characters in a game where they can be chosen as opponents for one another, and people can watch as they beat the heck out of each other, just isn’t right. Some people may be cool with it, but I’m finding more and more that I’m not.  Some people say, well… just pretend they’re sparring. Sorry, but you only have to watch a couple of minutes of Street Fighter and see the heavy blows the characters land on each other to realise these characters are doing everything but sparring.
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So… Do [I] want CAPCOM to seriously consider [Ryu/Chun-LI] for future Street Fighter games…?
Yes and no. If there was a game like Namco X Capcom or something else where Ryu and Chun-Li are permanent teammates that always worked together and never fiercely fought one another, then… YES!.  But do I want them married in anything like the actual “Street Fighter” games where they are punishing each other with fierce punches, kicks and ki-based attacks?  I’m leaning heavily towards no. Knowing humanity as I do, the wife-beating jokes would never stop and CAPCOM does not need that problem added to an already violent game.
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As for the other half of this question, since I started this project, it has never been my wish to alter UDON’s chosen paths for their Street Fighter stories. They have worked very hard to do what they’ve done so far and they have every right to keep doing it. It’s the story they want to tell, or perhaps the only story they CAN tell. Who knows what their long term plans are or what rules they are under with CAPCOM.
So… Do [I] want CAPCOM [and UDON] to seriously consider [Ryu/Chun-Li] for future Street Fighter…comics?
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Yes!  But I want from them exactly what my teams and I are producing through this project: a post Street Fighter III “What if…?” story (or even better a “What if…?” animated movie!!!) that explores the idea of Ryu and Chun-Li together and ends happily with the two of them…together. I have no desire to alter the course of UDON’s river of work or CAPCOM’s for that matter. I would just like them to dig an inlet in the form of a single project where Ryu/Chun-Li fans can play,  swim, and be satisfied.
But that said…
If there is one thing I would really love to accomplish…
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Joey Ansah has given Street Fighter fans a great gift in the form of Street Fighter Assasin’s Fist, and if popularity and money allow his work to continue all the way past the World Warrior tournament, up through Street Fighter IV and S.I.N., all the way to the end of Street Fighter III, it would be my greatest hope, because of the book my people and I are producing here, that instead of the last Street Fighter story being Gill’s and the Illuminati’s defeat and Ryu walking off into the sunset alone (or heaven forbid with Sakura! ARGH!), there would be one more story to tell: the story my teams and I are about to tell you all in a few months time starting on February 14th, 2015. The story we’ve titled:
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Do I want CAPCOM to publish this book?
Of course I would. But right now I don’t think CAPCOM is ready to take the risk on any Ryu/Chun-Li…um…project (HA!) until the fan waters are truly tested. And if CAPCOM made a product themselves, they could mess it up and take a lot of negative heat from fans, maybe even freak some fans out!  So, since I can’t live without this book existing, I’ll happily test the waters for them.
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Do I want people to go nuts over the great great book my teams and I are producing? Of course I do. Would I love it, if this great book my teams and I are producing influenced the Street Fighter games like Masaomi Nakahira’s mangas did in the past? You bet. Would I go crazy with fan love if UDON said, “Hey we love this, can we publish it?” Yeah. Would I thrill if CAPCOM made Ryu and Chun-Li a couple in one medium or another (maybe with another infamous shower scene–HA!) as a result of my work. Sure.
But here’s the thing. There is a another great book called…
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And in this great book, the author Hugh MacLeod writes:
Frankly I think you’re better off doing something on the assumption that you will not be rewarded for it, that it will not receive the recognition it deserves, that it will not be worth the time and effort invested in it.
The obvious advantage to this angle is, of course, if anything good comes of it, then it’s an added bonus.
The second, more subtle and profound advantage is that by scuppering all hope of worldly and social betterment from the creative act, you are finally left with only one question to answer: Do you make this damn thing exist or not?
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And once you can answer that truthfully for yourself, the rest is easy.
I’ve decided to make this book exist. That’s enough for me. I’ll let the world decide what to do with it.
More next time!
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200!

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Hey RXCLP blog readers.

Sean, director of the project here.

Not only are my last art team and I only seven pages away from completing the 103-page main story, but including the art appendix, and mini-comic appendix, we have reached 200 pages. While we still have more work to come that will send us well over this number, this milestone is a big deal for us because we here at the RXCLP see anything less than 200 pages for our book as… well… not enough.

Our original plan for this book was for it to be a 25-30 page pitch book, but with that also came the fear that the book would be refused and become another unfinished piece of fan fiction floating in cyberspace. But now, that is clearly no longer the case. This book is going to be completed, and that is truly awesome.

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Being able to tell someone you worked with people to produce a 100 page fan comic book is ok, but 200? Over 200? That turns some heads. That feels like something beyond a mere fan project. That feels like a time investment for both the producers and the reader. Of course the next questions someone might ask after hearing our book is over 200 pages are, “Is the book quality?” “Is it worth reading?” I think I finally know how to answer this question for not just our work, but for anyone writing their own story which they plan to share with the public.

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Back when I wrote my Batman/Wonder Woman Justice League Fan Fiction “A Temporal Anomaly” , I thought my writing was ok.  But when I went back to visit it a couple of years later, I read the whole thing and you know what. It’s pretty darn amazing, or at least it is of a quality I never thought I was actually capable of. I looked upon my work and thought, “Wow…did I really write this?” I’m not patting myself on the back here. In fact, quite the contrary. My work was so good in my opinion that I started to question whether or not I had written the work even though I knew I had.  That, dear readers who would be writers, is how you know a piece you’ve written is truly worth someone else’s time: when you look back on the piece a year or more later and see a work better than you thought yourself capable of producing at the time you wrote it, maybe even something you may never be able to replicate. In short, you are unnerved by and in awe of your own piece. It feels like…well…a wonderful anomaly.

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It should also be noted that I was a very passionate Batman/Wonder Woman fan when I wrote my fan fiction but am no longer. I still like the idea now, but recently I’ve drifted back into the Batman/Catwoman camp, and I don’t know if I’ll ever find my way back to the same level of passion for BM/WW again. One more reason I feel disconnected from my past work.

But my passion for Ryu/Chun-Li is… forever.

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It’s been well over a year since, in a fit of anger and passion, I wrote the script for “Street Fighter: The Heart of Battle.”  It’s been well over a year since I handed the script over to Darrell Hardy to improve. It’s been well over a year since we turned it over to Aaron Pinsky to improve even more. It’s been well over a year since we turned the script over to Team Rotaner to bring to life. AND, It’s been well over a year since true RCL fans started to rise up with hope and to donate money or art to our project to make it even greater. And what I see when I read the book now is a book of amazing quality each of my team members and I could never have produced if we had tried to do so alone. I find myself unnerved by and in awe of the work and wondering, “Wow, did I write this?”

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And I’m thrilled to say the answer is, “No. WE did.” And that is the best kind of answer to give when working on a project because it means when the dust clears, all involved are not standing alone.

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And you, the RCL fan who has yet to prove himself a true fan, there is still room for you to join us too! And we hope you will. Donate money or donate/commission some art and get your name in our book so you can stand with us when the world gets an eye full of our book: the greatest look ever at the market potential for Ryu/Chun-Li stories.

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And as a final treat to celebrate our 200-page milestone, here is a sneak peek at one of the panels from the amazing mini-comic that holds the honour of being the 200th page produced for our book. We hope you enjoy it!.

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There is STILL time for you to join us. But far less than their used to be.

UPDATE: Shortly after this blog post was finished, more pages of the main book arrived. We are now at 215 pages which makes the project 93% complete. Now there is even LESS time to join us!

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HURRY!

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Malibu…LIVED?!!!!

A big thanks to one of our writers, Aaron Pinsky, for this AWESOME find!

 

The old Street Fighter comic by Malibu… It ended in North America at issue #3,

 

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But from the fourth issue, due to cancellation of the American series, the Street Fighter comics started to be produced entirely in Brazil.

We had no idea…. Wow!

So, if your Portuguese is up to par, or if you just wanna enjoy some Street Fighter art, check it out.  We were going to make this a Facebook post, but in the end, we put it here on the blog because we decided it deserved better.  A part of Ryu/Chun-Li history always does.

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Click on the Issue #1 cover of the old Malibu comic above to read the continued comic! It’ll give you something to do while you wait for our book to come out. ;-)

More next time!

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In the Beginning…

Hey RXCLP blog readers!

There is a Bible parody joke that always makes us laugh:

 

In the beginning, there was nothing.

And then God said, “Let there be light!”

And there was still nothing.

But by God! You could see it!

 

And that’s pretty much how this project started… A whole lotta light: the idea lightbulb kind. And a whole lotta nothing. That was until we started communicating with artists of course!

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Originally the Ryu X Chun-Li project was set to be a 30 page pitch comic for CAPCOM or the public, we hadn’t really decided which.  But to that undecided end, five artists reached out to us. We were going to post their sample pages on our blog and have the people on our Facebook Page vote for which artist they wanted to work on the comic.

That was until the undeniably awesome Team Rotaner, with their three art teams, swooped in and offered to do our entire 103 page script! It is Team Rotaner that has brought this project to the 84% complete and soon to be finished awesomeness that it is today!

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But before Team Rotaner came along, each of these five artists and their work below gave us hope. We saw their work and realised that the RXCLP and its graphic novel now titled “Street Fighter: The Heart of Battle” could be a reality.  We hold each of these artists in the highest regard and will always be grateful for the hope they gave us. Click on their golden names to go to their deviantart pages if you wish (except #5, we couldn’t find her page, but we’ll keep looking!). For now, scroll down and see what the RXCLP might have been.

 

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More next time.

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63 True Fans and Counting…

Hey there Ryu X Chun-Li Project  blog readers.

 

Sean, director of the RXCLP here.

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While we wait for the last twenty pages of our 103-page main story, I decided to read through our 84% complete main book tonight–again. I fixed up some art. I fixed up a few bits of dialogue, and I added the new new art piece from http://8lunabianca8.deviantart.com to the art appendix. I even fixed a typo in the disclaimer. I have read through the nearly-completed book many times now, and you know what? It gets more awesome every time. The Ryu/Chun-Li fan in me tingles with joy. We who have had the courage to help make this project something special by donating money, donating art, and working directly on this book have done just that: made something very special indeed.

And then as I closed the book for the evening, I felt  drop of fear and I realised something. This book could very well be the defining moment for the Ryu/Chun-li fandom of my generation.

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Think about it. My teams and I aren’t producing some sex and goo filled Ryu/Chun-Li doujinshi. We aren’t a publisher in China producing a Ryu/Chun-Li book only for people who can read Chinese. Our work is over 200 pages of new original Street Fighter content in English produced by three published authors and three art teams, all with the deepest respect for the Street Fighter brand. We have an amazing 103 page main story surrounded with exclusive art and mini-comics donated by true Ryu/Chun-Li fans from all over the world. And people in over one hundred countries are going to be able to read our work. No Street Fighter fan comic has ever been produced at this scale and may never be produced again.

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Once we launch, CAPCOM and UDON Entertainment couldn’t ignore us if they wanted to. With the quality and amount of work we have, people working for them WILL hear about and read this book.  There is no doubt. And of course they will be reading the story, seeing the art and mini-comics, but what they will also be looking at are the names: the names in our book. They are going to be able to count how many true Ryu/Chun-Li fans there are out there, and then based on that they are going to decide whether or not the idea is marketable.

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Face facts. If you are a true Ryu/Chun-li fan, there has never been a better opportunity for you to make CAPCOM sit up and take notice than our book. I know. I’ve been watching and waiting for someone else to do something for almost 30 years, and no one has.

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Right now, as of this blog entry, there are a total of  sixty-three names in our book. Sixty-three true Ryu/Chun-Li fans who have stepped up and made this book something special. If the rest of you would just get on board…

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Facebook likes, while they do spread information. are ultimately worthless in a situation like this because they are without risk. If we want CAPCOM to notice us, we have to show we are willing to put a part of ourselves on the line.

 

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Please, I’m begging you, if Ryu/Chun-li is something you want CAPCOM to seriously think about, you need to do one of these three things and get your name in this book so CAPCOM can see it.

1. Donate at least $10 USD to the project and let us post the fact that you did so on Facebook.

2. Donate a piece of quality Ryu/Chun-Li art and let us post the fact that you did so on Facebook.

3. Commission a piece of Ryu/Chun-Li art or a mini-comic from an artist, have the artist and yourself keep the work confidential, then donate the work to our book, and let us post the fact that you did so on Facebook.

 

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When I started this project back on January 1st, 2013, I did so in large part because I wanted to know the truth about the Ryu/Chun-Li fan base that I am a part of. If someone among us was willing to produce a work of quality in the name of the pairing, would the fan base get behind it, or would they prove to be lovers with no real heart.

Right now, our heartbeat as a fan base is weak.

While over three hundred of you who have “liked” our page, and even more read our blog, only 63 people have had the courage to step up and be counted. If this pairing really means something to you and you want to take a shot at making Ryu/Chun-Li part of Street Fighter’s official legacy,  you need to get your name in our book and encourage others to do the same. It’s unity like having over 300 names in our book that will get our cause really noticed by the media.

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So, in hopes that more of you will prove to be true fans, I’m starting a counter on the cover photo of our Facebook Page. Every time one of you has the courage to do one of the three things above, the number will rise. And with each increase the concept of Ryu/Chun-Li will have a greater chance at becoming official because your name will be in the book with the other true fans of the pairing where it belongs. :-D

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Yes, that’s right, Chun-Li. Why is everyone so quiet? For the first time in almost 30 years, the Ryu/Chun-Li fan base finally has a chance to make some real noise and show the world what they are made of. And they are about to have an internationally fan-produced graphic novel of excellent quality and size to back them up! Are they really going to let this opportunity pass by them by and be as impotent as the haters of the pairing out there believe them to be?

Let’s find out.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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