Where Did it All Lead?

Hi RXCLP fans,

Thanks for staying with the Facebook page after all this time. I hope you’re still enjoying the book, and still sharing it so others can enjoy it. It was also nice to see the project Facebook page pass 1000 likes as well. Thanks for that.

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It has now been over four years since I self-published my project of love, Street Fighter: The Heart of Battle, on Valentine’s Day 2015, and while it did not get any notoriety with CAPCOM, UDON, or any notable media outlets as I, perhaps foolishly, hoped it would, it has been read hundreds of thousands of times to date, and that’s pretty awesome. I definitely reached the RXCL fanbase and then some. And it also taught me some valuable lessons.

No One Can Make Something Better For You Than You

My love of Ryu and Chun-Li as a couple has been put to rest. I no longer hope that CAPCOM will produce anything Ryu/Chun-Li related. If they ever did, I’d be first in line, but if they never do, I’m OK with that because I produced the Ryu/Chun-Li story I wanted, full of all the things I wanted to see. I couldn’t be more satisfied.

Finish What You Start

The RXCLP not only brought me deep satisfaction, it, unexpectedly, made me a more persuasive man and a bit of a social media expert in the eyes of some professionals. And, most importantly, it made these professionals see that I am a man who sets a goal and gets it done. So many people talk about doing fan projects, but the truth is, very few people finish them. Consequently, finishing mine has made me someone to be noticed.



The first and greatest benefit of the RXCLP however, is it has finally cleared my mind of fan love so that my own ideas for my own story and characters can shine through. No longer is my love for Ryu and Chun-Li begging to be satisfied. It has been. Their story is done for me until destiny says otherwise. Now my story with my own original characters begins.

And that’s what’s happened. My work on the RXCLP (along with other projects), drew the attention of a couple of people who are now my partners and together we have produced an original easy-to-read English manga for language and literacy learners. For those among you who know I’m an English teacher in Japan, such a creation should be no surprise. You can see the manga here. New chapters will be published every few months until we are picked up by a publisher and can expedite our work. If you know anyone who is learning English, is learning or struggling to read, or just likes unique manga, please feel free to share it with them.

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You can follow the manga on Twitter if you want to read future chapters:


Notices of new chapters will be posted there.

So was the RXCLP worth it? Yes. Finishing a 300+ page fan-book with the best quality I could muster turned professional heads. It may not have been the heads I wanted to turn initially, but I’m certainly not complaining anymore.

Thanks for reading!


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.


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


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.


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.”


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


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.


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.

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).


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.

Heart of RXCLP

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!



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!




Hi RXCLP fans!

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


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.



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!


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…


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!


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!



Giving Birth


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.


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.



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.


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!