St. Valentine

Hi RXCLP fans!

Thanks for sticking with us for so long.  All your patience is soon going to pay off! But since we still have some time before our book is in your hands, we thought it fitting to give some digital ink to the man (or perhaps men) honoured by the day we have chosen to launch our book. A big thanks to history.com and atlasobscura.com for the info.

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On February 14 around the year 278 A.D., Valentine, a holy priest in Rome in the days of Emperor Claudius II, was executed.

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Under the rule of Claudius the Cruel, Rome was involved in many unpopular and bloody campaigns. The emperor had to maintain a strong army, but was having a difficult time getting soldiers to join his military leagues. Claudius believed that Roman men were unwilling to join the army because of their strong attachment to their wives and families.

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To get rid of the problem, Claudius banned all marriages and engagements in Rome. Valentine, realizing the injustice of the decree, defied Claudius and continued to perform marriages for young lovers in secret.

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When Valentine’s actions were discovered, Claudius ordered that he be put to death. Valentine was arrested and dragged before the Prefect of Rome, who condemned him to be beaten to death with clubs and to have his head cut off. The sentence was carried out on February 14, on or about the year 270.

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Legend also has it that while in jail, St. Valentine left a farewell note for the jailer’s daughter, who had become his friend, and signed it “From Your Valentine.”

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For his great service, Valentine was named a saint after his death.

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A skull resides in a glass reliquary in a small basilica in Rome, surrounded by flowers. Lettering painted across the forehead identify the owner as none other than of the patron saint of lovers, St. Valentine.

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Knowing just exactly whose skull it is, though, is complicated. First off, there was more than one Catholic saint known as Saint Valentine. According to the Catholic Encyclopedia, “At least three different Saint Valentines, all of them martyrs, are mentioned in the early martyrologies under the date of 14 February.” One was a priest in Rome, the second one was a bishop of Interamna (now Terni, Italy) and the third St. Valentine was a martyr in the Roman province of Africa. Then there’s the approximately 1500 years between those martyr’s deaths and the enthusiastic distribution and labeling of bodies in the Victorian era. Finally, and most troubling, there is the fact that no less than ten places claim to house relics connected to St. Valentine, all around the world.

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The church housing the skull is very old, standing on the site of an ancient Roman temple dating to the second century BC. Most of what you see there today dates to the 8th and 12th centuries, including the crypt located beneath the altar. The skull can be found in the side altar on the left side of the church. While you are at the Basilica of Santa Maria, stop by the portico to visit with the famous Bocca della Verità (mouth of truth).

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Legends vary on how the martyr’s name became connected with romance. The date of his death may have become mingled with the Feast of Lupercalia, a pagan festival of love which took place on Feb 14-15th, which as you can see from the interpretation above may have been quite a party.  In 496 AD, Pope Gelasius decided to put an end to the Feast of Lupercalia, and he declared that February 14 be celebrated as St Valentine’s Day. Gradually, February 14 became a date for exchanging love messages, poems and simple gifts such as flowers.

Here’s a well done documentary that sheds some more light on Valentine’s Day:

And now, in just a handful of days, February 14th, along with all of the above, will mark something else…

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A unofficial marriage that faintly echoes the ones performed by St. Valentine’s Day himself.

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92 donating artists! 35 countries!! over 340 pages!!! And still counting!!!!

Have you seen our latest preview video?

Less than two weeks until launch! And when our book comes out, we hope you SHARE it like there is no tomorrow!

Because if you don’t, there may not be a tomorrow for Ryu/Chun-Li….

More on THAT…next time…in our 100th blog entry!

See you then!

 

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World Warriors!

Hi RXCLP fans!

We have written somewhere special in our upcoming book that…

The people who have contributed to our book are as diverse as the Street Fighter characters themselves.

So, to test that bold statement, we have put together this collage of all the countries that have had one or more people donate money or art to our project so far. What do you think? Are we right?

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Is your country represented? Are you represented as a true Ryu/Chun-Li fan with your name in our book? If not, you had better hurry! Only 19 days until launch!

Have you seen our latest preview videos?

Don’t be left behind. Contact us today!

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Hi RXCLP fans!

Years ago I bought and read Batman: The Long Halloween.

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At 348 pages, it was the thickest comic book I ever owned, and probably still is. And not only that, but the story is so wonderfully detailed, it takes me a couple of hours to read cover to cover. I still try to read it once a year if I can. But from the first time I finished reading it, Batman: The Long Halloween became the standard by which all other graphic novels I bought after it were judged.

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Consequently, when I started producing Street Fighter: The Hear of Battle, I never thought it would be the same size. That was crazy talk then. All I could afford was a 30 page pitch comic, and that’s what the work was going to be…until Team Rotaner came along and offered me the deal of a lifetime!

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But as we worked, the momentum started to pick up and cash donators and other artists started adding to the book. It passed that thirty page mark and…kept…on…going! As we passed the 150 mark, then 200, we dared to dream: could we get as thick as Batman: The Long Halloween?  We weren’t sure. But if we could just hit 300 pages. THAT would be something! THAT would turn heads! We could just imagine the sentences in the media…

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At over 300 pages, The Ryu X Chun-Li Project’s book; Street Fighter: The Heart of Battle is the most ambitious fan comic to date with not only an engaging main story, but appendices bursting with single art pieces and mini-comics from artists from all over the world!

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Well, we are pleased to announce that we have not only reached 300 pages, but have passed that number. And with only 24 days left until we launch on February 14th, 2015, we still have more quality content to come, and the door will be open for art and cash donations right up until that date. Will we be as thick as Batman: The Long Halloween? We won’t say. We don’t want to jinx it. But we are extremely grateful to be passing this amazing milestone we have reached.  We’ll close this entry now with a quotation from Frank Miller’s famous graphic novel, said as its main character, King Leonidas, prepared to face the Persian army:

Remember this day, men,  for it will be yours for all time!

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Giving Birth

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In his book Ignore Everybody, our bible on this little creative journey, Hugh MacLeod writes:

“the pain of making the necessary sacrifices always hurts more than you think it’s going to.”

In fact, if we could equate the creative experience of producing this book to anything, it would be to being pregnant. When you first get the whole baby-making process underway, it’s a lot of pleasure and joy. But after eight months or so–or in our case over two years–you just want to get the heavy baby out into the world. The Ryu/Chun-Li fans who have donated to our project are like the unexpected friendly people who will stand up and give a pregnant lady their seat. And just like pregnancy, boy does the creative process give you mood swings. Somedays you love the whole process and the fans around you. And some days….Grrrr.

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It is the mood swings we’ve found we hate the most because they keep us from being completely altruistic with this book. Altruism is something Hugh Macleod recommends:

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 invested in it. The obvious advantage to this angle is, of course, if anything good comes of it, then it’s an added bonus.

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We are extremely humbled and grateful to all the wonderful people who have helped us on this project, especially the donators of cash and art.  But as we are grateful to them, we must NOT be rude to those people on the Ryu/Chun-Li bus who will happily watch us work, but will not or cannot help. Why?  Because we do not know which they actually are: the “will not” or the “cannot”. And we are certainly in no position to judge them.

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We’re reminded of a pictures-only story we saw on an English speaking test where a tired old man gets on a crowded train and stands in front of a young man who is sitting down. The young man sees the old man, but does not get up and offer the old man a chance to sit down. So, of course, the young man appears rude and uncaring, and people who see this first part of the story are understandably upset with the young man.

But….

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At the end of the story the viewer learns that the young man’s father is confined to a wheelchair and is unable to walk, and the young man did not get up for the old man because the young man felt the old man should be grateful the old man CAN stand on his own while there are others in the world, like the young man’s father, who cannot stand at all.

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The moral of this story is a lesson we are still trying to learn: we should never expect help from anyone, even from those we think would be most likely to help us. It doesn’t matter if we are pregnant, old and tired on the bus, or making the Ryu/Chun-Li book of our dreams. We can, of course, always ask for volunteer help as we have done, and we are always humbled and grateful when we get it! But we should NOT be upset at the people who refuse or ignore us when we do.

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So, to anyone we have offended on this journey with our quest for art and monetary donations, we offer of deepest heartfelt apologies. The sad truth, but one we are glad we have realised, is: while we are mature enough to give birth to a bouncing baby book that is getting bigger every day, we still need to grow up ourselves!

More next time!

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Dealing with Troll Bites

Hey RXCLP fans!

We posted it earlier on our Facebook page, but there is this wonderful article written by entrepreneur James Altucher about how to deal with haters. It’s a great read and great advice. We highly recommend it, especially if you have just been bitten by one of the trolls that live under the big bridge we call the internet.

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That said, Altucher’s article and many other anti-troll articles out there often give the same advice: delete the trolls’ comments, and ignore them. That is the BEST thing to do, of course. But the unfortunate thing is you still need to skim the trolls’ comments before you know they are troll comments that need to be deleted, and that’s when most people get their troll bites.

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If you are going to do anything creative and share it on the internet, you will inevitability be bitten by a troll. In light of this, we would like to offer a piece of wisdom we’ve gained recently.

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To do a project like, “Street Fighter: The Heart of Battle”, you have to spend money, take risks, depend on others, and more. In other words, you have to step out of your comfort zone. But, as we dwelt on our own creative struggle, it took us a while to realise, for good or ill, we were making others uncomfortable too.

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For fun, let’s imagine the Ryu X Chun-Li Project project succeeds–completely.  CAPCOM decides to make Ryu/Chun-Li part of Street Fighter official canon. A line of Ryu/Chun-Li products is released. We get a Ryu/Chun-Li animated movie! And we see the characters get together in the the final episodes of Joey Ansah’s web series. Ryu/Chun-Li awesomeness runs wild across the entertainment world! Woohoo!

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All the people out there who enjoy Ryu and Chun-Li independent of each other, all the people who have drawn pictures of Ryu and Chun-Li paired with some other character, all of them will have to accept the change. People don’t like change. It takes them outside their comfort zone.

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When trolls who do not want to see Ryu and Chun-Li together get wind of our progress, they do so with the very human understanding that hard quality work by someone else often brings change–change they may be subject too. And this upsets them, makes them imagine life outside their comfort zone–a place where Ryu and Chun-Li are different–and that is a place they do not want to be. So, they lash out. Trolls like sleeping under their bridge and waking up to see things on their bridge are exactly as they were before they went to sleep. Disturb them and their world even a little and they growl at you and bite.

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But this trolling, ironically, is good news.

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No. we’re not kidding.

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Assuming you haven’t let the trolls defeat you, the next time you’re out with friends you might want to show them your troll bite scars because, like it or not, for an entrepreneur troll bites are a measure of progress. You are getting bitten because your work is making the trolls–real people–upset. They are worried you will complete or have completed the task you have set yourself, and, contrary to what you might believe, probably envious of your ability to work and get work done too.

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Whether your work is ultimately for good for for ill, history will decide, but a troll making an effort to bite you is a loud and clear message that your work IS getting done, your idea is becoming tangible. Take a look around. The internet bridge is filled with the wandering ghosts of so many unfinished ideas, ideas whose owners were unable to withstand the troll bites and other challenges that come with crossing the internet bridge with finished work.

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But no matter how bad the troll bites get, take it from a team of people who have braved the bridge and gotten to the other side. The trolls will come out to bite you, but if you delete them and keep moving forward, the bites WILL heal and you WILL leave the trolls behind. Why? Because there are few things more awesome and spirit-recharging than seeing an idea to completion. As for the trolls, as long as they continue to spew their hurtful words, they will always be stuck in their place under the internet bridge in a perpetual darkness of their own creation. And when you cross that finish line, they will suffer because they realise the taste they got of you will likely be the closest they ever come to actually tasting success.

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And one last thing, trolls only know if they got a taste of you if you reply to them, so… don’t. Don’t feed the trolls. Read James Altucher’s article, watch this, or,  better yet, read our book instead. ;-)

More next time!

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