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Remember Sonic SATAM?

Making something out of nothing–the early Sonic games didn’t have much of a plot–Sonic SATAM had strong well-developed characters and an environmental message. Lasting two seasons, the story was picked up by Archie Comics where it has been ever since.

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Having a particular interest in the relationship of Sonic and Sally Acorn from the series, I kept a lazy eye on the story as Archie developed it, picking up the odd issue, reading the odd wiki, but eventually I just got too busy to give the story my attention. Still, I always hoped things would work out for Sonic and Sally.

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It wasn’t until a trip to New York this year (I met Tobey Maguire at FAO Schwartz–LUCKY!), and I walked into Midtown Comics on Lexington Avenue, that I stumbled upon this:

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Sonic Universe: 30 Years Later is a graphic novel that collects Sonic Universe Vol. 2 issues #5-8, and in it I found some closure. To quote the book:

True to his legendary speed, King Sonic was quickly crowned the new king of Mobius and wed [Queen Sally]. The support for the regime change was universal.

The book has a pretty good “What if…?” story that spotlights some classic Sonic SATAM characters, and a few new one’s, but best of all the story shows Sonic has matured, Sonic and Sally are happily married, and they have two children: Sonia and Manik. I wasn’t sure the ol’ Hedgehog (pushing 50 years old in the story) had it in him to be a King, but he did. There will always be more Sonic stories and shows to come, but Sonic Universe: 30 Years Later is this book that finally wrapped things up in the world of Sonic the Hedgehog for me, and I was glad to buy it.

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Archie Comics is a smart enough company to realise that producing Sonic Universe: 30 Years Later for the Sonic SATAM fans, a “What if…?” story where Sonic and Sally are finally together, will not bring Sonic’s house down. Instead, they saw the potential profit the story could earn from old-timer Sonic-SATAM fans like me with a four issue “What If…?” story that brings closure to the Sonic SATAM storyline, and gives the characters a bright, if a bit troubled, future.

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We intend to take Sonic Universe: 30 Years Later with us as an example of a successful pairing book doing no harm to the main story canon or characters when we head over to CAPCOM to make or case for Ryu/Chun-Li next year. If SEGA and Archie  see the potential profit in such a book, maybe CAPCOM and UDON will too.

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Peace of Mind

Hey RXCLP fans,

We hope you’ve been enjoying the pre-launch reviews we’ve been posting on the blog. For the perceptive reader, these reviews have been far more than just teases for the book to come. They have been a source of peace for my worried mind.

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Since I started this project, I have been worried people would not enjoy the resulting book. All writers are insecure about this kind of thing. But slowly and surely, thanks to Patrick’s reviewKris’s reviewTony’s review  and Jason’s review, I see my co-writers, art teams, additional artists, and I have produced a quality story, and now I am far more confident the Street Fighter fan base will welcome the work. I am grateful to each of the gentlemen above, my good friends, for their words.

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Anouk’s review was particularly mind-easing because she is a Street Fighter fan, wasn’t a good friend of mine until very recently which made her more objective, and, she is a woman. Facebook, WordPress, and Youtube have been sensitive enough to show me the fan base for the RXCLP is primarily male, and I worried that we might not have created something a woman would enjoy–an upsetting thought based on what I have written previously and that one of our most frequent donators, a wonderful lady names Eva Miles,  is waiting for the absolutely finished book to rock her world. Our book certainly isn’t going to pass the Bechdel test any time soon, but it’s nice to know I have Anouk’s support at least. It’s a load off my mind.

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And of course there is also one more very important thing that is working to give me peace of  mind.  The book this project sought to produce exists. For so long I feared a Ryu/Chun-Li graphic novel of quality for the English speaking world would never be. But now it is. And in 60 days from the date of this blog entry, it will exist for you too.

It’s still not too late to get your name in this book as a true supporter of Ryu/Chun-Li for when I personally march this book up to CAPCOM Japan.

Here’s How:

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Our Fifth Review!

I have been on Facebook a long time. I have many friends, but all are people I’ve encountered through on-line projects or in real life and then we became Facebook friends. But, for the first time ever, through Facebook I have made an actual friend. One I hold quite dear despite never having met her. After all, she, who was a complete stranger but days ago, is now counted among the people who have seen this book, my dream, and perhaps my magnum opus, before the rest of the world.

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Ryu X Chun-Li fans, I proudly present to you a review from a very special person living in the Netherlands. Anouk Rurup.

Anouk, the blog is yours.

Hey RXCLP fans,

I was proud and honoured to be invited to contribute to the Ryu X Chun-Li project. This is a project that I have been keeping an eye on for some time. I always appreciate it when people give their full 200% to the things that matter to them. That is true love. In my book that is a thing to respect and admire. No matter what part of the Street Fighter universe you love, or which head canon you thought out for yourself.

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Being relatively new to the Ryu X Chun-LI fan base, I wondered how the story would evolve around them as lovers. This, because usually the characters are seen pitted against each other in the game we all know and love. I agree with the way this book was done: the characters interacted with each other in a way that seemed natural and in character to me. The contents respectfully address other theories about character pairings as well. After seeing many heated discussions over which pairing is the correct one, this was very refreshing. The arguments provided in the storyline convinced and made things fall into place for me.

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I was impressed as I thumbed through the pages: by the artwork, the different art styles, and the storyline. To think many different people from all over the world worked on the book makes reading it an extra special experience. I put my feet up and took my time to study everything hidden into it. There are many details to feast your eyes on as you read: those small references included in the artwork that true fans of Street Fighter would spot and appreciate. I know I did.

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The story managed to keep my attention: in between are smaller comics that provide a little comic relief and a small break from the main story. These comics were a welcome addition: they leave room for more references that wouldn’t have fit with the plot but are fun to fans. These breaks also left my mind to wonder how the main story would continue on the following page.

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I was happy to see my favourite Street Fighter character play an important role in the main comic. I won’t give away who it is. But you’re in for a big surprise as far as his story is concerned! To be honest I didn’t expect there would be much spotlight for other characters besides Ryu and Chun-Li beforehand, but having read the book I have to correct myself there: I think all parts of the fandom have been taken into account. There is something for everyone in the book. There are characters and cameos from all different games in the canon.

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This book is not only a tribute to Ryu and Chun-Li, but to the entire Street fighter universe. That’s what makes it great. And I felt very much part of a team when I joined. Street fighter has brought me much love and friendship from a wide variety of world warriors, and still keeps doing so. For that I will always be thankful.

If you would like to get in on this wonderful book, here’s how:

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Taking “No” for an answer

Yes, we know. Street Fighter V is on its way…

And we will talk about it soon. All we will say for now is once again, just like they did for Street Fighter X Tekken, Ryu and Chun-Li are the pair of characters CAPCOM reveals its new Street Fighter game with. Thanks CAPCOM for giving the RXCLP a boost by putting Ryu and Chun-Li together again in people’s minds as we move towards our February 14th, 2015 launch date. :-D

Now for the blog entry.

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As many of you know from counting the names on our page of gold, we currently have 41 artists (with more to come) that have donated single art pieces or mini-comics to our book’s appendices.

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Now compare that to the over 1000 requests we have sent out to people to see if they wanted to volunteer to help our project since we started it back on January 1st, 2013. Yep, over 1000. That’s how many.

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We’ve had a lot of people say no to us, ignore us, or say they are going to help, and then…they don’t.

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Do these “No”‘s sting? Yes, of course they do. But not as much as they used to. Why? because they have done three very important things for us. (Pay attention future entrepreneurs!)

1. We now have a tougher skin.

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Having all these people say no to us has made us fearless when it comes to asking more people to join the project. If someone says “no” now, we simply tell them:

No worries, thanks for replying. Our book will be released on February 14th, 2015 for free for the world. It will contain over 250 pages of new Street Fighter content from three published authors, three art teams, and over forty artists from all over the planet. People in over sixty countries are going to read it.  We hope you’ll check it out too!

Doing so reminds us how much we have accomplished and still will accomplish before our launch date next year. Add this to the fact we already have 41 amazing artists who believe in us with more to come, and somedays a “no” doesn’t sting at all. We just reply and move on to the next candidate.

2. We know who the real Ryu/Chun-Li fans are.

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Without a doubt, we are the greatest attempt at bringing Ryu/Chun-Li into the global consciousness for the English speaking world since the characters first appeared in 1991. Succeed or fail, we are going to get closer to CAPCOM with this pairing than anyone ever has. We are going to walk right over to CAPCOM Japan, put this professional quality book (with over 250 pages of 100% original art and story from all over the world with all the positive comments that will come after its release) in their hands, say our piece, and see what happens.  Any person who calls themselves a Ryu/Chun-li fan, has found our project, and has helped us with a blog entry, a cash donation, or a donation of a piece of art and/or a mini-comic, is wise enough to see that we are the real deal, and really wants the idea of Ryu/Chun-Li to make its mark on the world.

And finally…

3. Purity

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Whenever we get a “no”, it keeps this project pure. True Ryu/Chun-Li fans only. People who want to help us will do so. Nothing on this Earth will stop them. And those are the people we want with us when we go to CAPCOM. They are the people we started this project to find. And every day we hope you, if you haven’t joined us already, will be one of them.

And, for what it’s worth, even if CAPCOM decides not to act on Ryu/Chun-Li after we talk with them, the true Ryu/Chun-Li fans we have met through this project will still have our book to read–the greatest Ryu/Chun-Li experience to date–and nothing will change that.

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69 days until launch!

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Just had to mark the day it happened.

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A piece of Ryu/Chun-Li art landed in our inbox today for the book that pays homage to a piece of Street Fighter cinematic history and is so…

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…we can hardly stand. And those of us who can stand are tripping over our jaws that have dropped to the floor. Awesome isn’t adjective enough…

 

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Valentine’s Day… 76 agonizing days until launch, but the wait will be worth it.

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If you call yourself a Ryu/Chun-Li fan and haven’t yet donated art, a mini-comic, or cash to get your name in our book, and ultimately decide not to, when you see the art we have received today, you will forever hold your head down in shame thinking…

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“I’m such a fool. I could have been a part of something great.”

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The Red Pill or the Blue Pill?

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Our upcoming graphic novel is the product of thousands of dollars and thousands of man hours, and, on top of releasing it digitally for free for you, we are going to put hard copies of it in CAPCOM’s, UDON Entertainment’s, and the producers of Street Fighter: Assassin’s Fist’s hands. Bottom line, this book is the strongest attempt in your current lifetime to prove to CAPCOM that the idea of Ryu/Chun-Li is marketable.

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If you want CAPCOM to even begin considering the production of something Ryu/Chun-Li, you need to prove to them you will put money down to buy it.

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By donating money or art to help Street Fighter: The Heart of Battle to become even greater than it already is, you not only make the book a better reading experience for yourself, but you show CAPCOM, beyond the shadow of a doubt, you would put money down for a Ryu/Chun-Li product if they were to produce one.

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To those of you who have donated, you are the true Ryu/Chun-Li fans, and we thank you for standing with us.

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The rest of you have less than three months to decide to seize this opportunity you have been given. We hope you’ll decide to stand with us too.

Donate using the button on our Facebook Page

Or contact us at:

ryuxchunliproject@gmail.com

 

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Michael Huey

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As we continue on the path to our Valentine’s Day 2015 launch (85 days and counting), we hope more people will come to us and share their own personal Ryu/Chun-Li stories. Today we are honoured with a blog entry from…

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Michael, the blog is yours.

There are two kinds of Street Fighter fans: the artistic and the competitive. I actually fall into the former category.  Street Fighter II World Warrior was actually one of the first games I played when I got introduced to video games as a little boy. I played it with my brothers at home and at the nickel arcades. Time passed and with that came more fighting games, including Tekken and Mortal Kombat. I played those games too. But as I grew older, and now as a young adult, Street Fighter continues to be my favorite fighting franchise. And my two favorite characters are Ryu and Chun-Li.

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Ryu is the classic lone world warrior. He travels the world and fights to become stronger than he already is. He’s a skilled fighter, a near master at his craft. But this doesn’t satisfy him. That fascinates me because Ryu doesn’t want to be better than others as much as he wants to be better than himself.  And beyond his desire to improve, he is humble. He doesn’t walk with his chest all buffed out. He doesn’t walk around brash and bragging. He just walks. After a fight, he walks to find the next one. Ryu’s life is an unending journey of self-fulfillment tempered with modesty, and that is why I always admire Ryu as a character.

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The only character that just edges above him as my favorite Street Fighter character is Chun-Li. On the surface, she brings much to the table: her signature legs, her lighting quickness, and her superb fighting skill! (Seriously, who doesn’t find a woman kicking ass sexy?) But what appeals to me even more is what lies beneath her physical attributes. She’s intelligent, sweet, caring, compassionate, and feminine. She has a strong sense of honor, justice, and devotion to her family. Taking all these things together, she definitely lives up to her title as “The Strongest Woman in The World” A title only reinforced by the fact she was the first female character to emerge in a fighting game, a violent world full of maleness where she proved she could not only hold her own, but come out on top against world renowned fighters.

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Using either Ryu or Chun-Li, I can pick up a controller and play Street Fighter as well and sometimes better than the next guy, as many of us can, but the competitive scene hasn’t really interested me. I was never fascinated with “who was the best of the best” as much as I was intrigued by Street Fighter’s wide range of colorful characters and their stories.

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I play and watch Street Fighter to follow and enjoy the game’s ever progressing story. Every Street Fighter artwork I see, every Street Fighter comic I read, every Street Fighter cinematic I watch,  I wonder: “Has Ryu found out what it takes to become a true warrior?” “Does Chun-Li finally get to destroy Shadaloo and avenge her father’s death?” These characters are on a journey with many twists, turns, and obstacles in the way of their final destination, and I enjoy every moment of it. But now, sadly, the moments of this journey have become few and far between. I know all there is to know now about the Street Fighter story to the end of Street Fighter III 3rd Strike, the current end of the Street Fighter story (As most of us know, Street Fighter IV is actually a prequel). And I’ve read every comic UDON Entertainment has to offer. I had no choice. I had to hit the internet to find more!

I have gone on to YouTube and fanfiction.net to find any kind of creative content that would satisfy my need for more Street Fighter story. There is one author that I remember distinctly.  His handle is benlie-gwevin-fan1. The reason I remember this story is because it not only featured, Ryu and Chun-Li, my two favorite characters, but it had those two characters… together… as a couple… fighting for a shared common goal. And there wasn’t just one story. There was an Akuma saga, a Shadaloo saga, and a SFII saga. I was hooked! And with every page I read, the idea of Ryu and Chun-Li together instead of apart was burned into my mind. But as much as I loved these stories, a comic book fan like me can only live on pure text for so long. My cravings for something visual began to rise.

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I eventually got so desperate that I tried to find any kind of fan made Street Fighter comics online, particularly starring Chun-Li since she is my favorite. One image search led to another and then finally I came across a Ryu/Chun-Li image that I had never seen before. It was a picture of Chun-Li and Ryu standing in a spring with their swimsuits on, with the big bold yellow word PERFECT sharing space with them. I thought to myself, “Oh, this is new, I wonder if there is… yep, there’s more… more… and more!”  and that’s when I was found the Ryu x Chun-Li Project. And there was not just art, but a blog!

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I checked the blog every day, rereading past entries, seeing new artwork I hadn’t seen before. It was amazing. And it was all part of a much bolder, grander plan: a fan-produced graphic novel: Street Fighter: The Heart of Battle. A SF Fan named Sean Anderson had worked for over two years to create something that my heart has been yearning for a long time: a new Street Fighter comic with Ryu and Chun-Li as the centerpiece! I had found my heaven. I now have a new Street Fighter story to anticipate. It is like counting down to the release of the next Street Fighter game. My excitement was overwhelming. And a big part of that was Sean. He is a Ryu/Chun-Li fan like no other before him. Most fans just watch and hope other people will make things happen for them. But Sean, I could see from his blog, was a true man of action, and he was going to take Ryu/Chun-Li beyond the realm of text only fanfiction and the confines of a few pieces of fan art. He was going to take Ryu/Chun-li to the place I’d always hoped they would go: to the next level.

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Like most people watching Sean’s project, I started by “liking” his Facebook page, read more entries on his blog, saw his calls for help, and then decided to…wait.  So I waited. And waited. And…waited. But as I waited, something was eating at me. Here was Sean working so hard on something I knew when he was finished was going to make me happy, and he was more than willing to let people help, and yet, as a Ryu/Chun-Li fan myself, I was just waiting and watching him work. It was like watching a fellow human being trying to climb up out of a deep well and me not reaching my hand down to help him out.

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Finally, I could stand it no longer. And I am pleased to say I have not just donated to the Ryu X Chun-Li Project, but I have written and commissioned an awesome multi-page mini-comic for it! I have always wanted to write my own Street Fighter comic, and now I have. And now with the help of an amazing artist, Sergio Briseno, it is coming to life.

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A soon to be colored panel from my upcoming mini-comic

Now perhaps your thinking, Michael, you could have produced your own Street Fighter mini-comic any time. Yeah, that’s true. But I would have had to do it alone. What your not thinking about is the bigger picture. Sean’s project isn’t just a book anymore. At nearly 250 pages and growing, It has become a community, a place where people wanting an official Ryu/Chun-Li story have placed their hopes. Sean is not just giving us a book. He is also going to take a shot at convincing CAPCOM to produce something Ryu/Chun-Li as well. And with all of us behind him, it may just work. But I know, as many do, CAPCOM, like any company, responds to money, and by putting my money into a comic for Sean’s project along with him and everyone else involved in the Ryu/Chun-Li Project, I am showing CAPCOM that if they did produce something official for Ryu/Chun-Li, I would seriously put money down for it too. “Hope, sacrifice, pain: they all collide in a dangerous fight for love.” That’s what my upcoming mini-comic is about. And very much what the Ryu X Chun-Li Project as a whole, in its attempt to make Ryu/Chun-Li something CAPCOM gives some serious thought, is about too.

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I still check the internet for any news of new upcoming Street Fighter games or creative work. I’m still waiting for the next UDON Street Fighter comic to show up. But, above all, I’m waiting for the graphic novel “Street Fighter: The Heart of Battle” to be released. Valentine’s Day 2015 may seem so far away, but that is fine, because I now know that a Ryu/Chun-Li story will finally be told in a visual medium, a message will be sent to CAPCOM in the form of one amazing graphic novel, which like a great cathedral, is the work of many hands.  And the best part is… I, and my story, will be a part of it.

What about you?

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