Welcome to all our new likes and thanks to everyone else for stickin’ around. If you haven’t heard about our donation incentive art, scroll down to the end of the blog entry before this one and learn how you can help the Ryu X Chun-li Project and get some cool art in the process.
We also have some cool news:
We here are the RXCLP want to make sure we give you the best script possible for our book, so we reached out to Mr. Darrell Hardy.
Darrell Hardy is a writer and game designer specializing in world-building and narrative design.
He has designed board games, trading card games, tabletop roleplaying games, and tactical battle games. His adventuresome stories and settings have added depth and flavor to games played both online and on the tabletop.
Darrell has worked for Fantasy Flight Games as a designer and manager. He’s also worked for Sony Online Entertainment designing online strategy games, including the Everquest TCG, Star Wars Galaxies TCG, and Magic: the Gathering – Tactics.
And he is one hell of a writer!!!
His feedback on our script has been very positive and after making some changes we will be looking to commission pencil sketches of some of the pages of our book to show you our plans and hopefully encourage all of you to continue to donate to the project.
Some Street Fighter fans don’t like UDON’s take on Street Fighter. Complaints vary from UDON’s refusal to adhere to official game cannon (and a Ryu/Chun-li love story does?) to calling Ken Sui-Chong a terrible writer who is using the UDON Street Fighter comic as a chance to satisfy a love for Cammy.
But while we weren’t too pleased with UDON stuffing a good chunk of their latest Street Fighter book with art instead of story, we here at the Ryu X Chun-li project love UDON’s work. We keep going back to them for more Street Fighter story, because we respect and enjoy their efforts for the simple fact they are making them.
The UDON Crew, for all the things the haters charge them with, are DOING something with the Street Fighter story. They are putting their work, money, and effort where their mouth is. Unsatisfied with their being No recent Street Fighter comic in the world, they approached CAPCOM unpaid, convinced CAPCOM of their worth–again unpaid, and, paid afterwards (though not much because there isn’t much money in Street Fighter books), started producing a SF comic for anyone to enjoy if they wish.
Fortunately, most fans who don’t like UDON’s SF work complain in forums somewhere usually to other fans and stop there. Others complain to UDON directly then walk away hoping UDON will change their ways.
The truth is, and this is what many of the people who can’t let go of their hate for UDON don’t realize, most people in the comic industry don’t WANT to change their stories for you. Comic book writers got into the comic industry to write THEIR stories THEIR way to satisfy THEM, and they aren’t going to let you or anyone else tell them different unless you join them somehow and make your arguments loved by them. The best authors will tell you if you write something, write it for yourself. The public enjoying it is secondary.The best any fan can do is support the vision of writers they like. And, like it or not, UDON is the only official Street Fighter Comic producer in town.
If people want a different comic then what UDON is producing, they have to get up off their butts and do something. However, in our case, we are not trying to horn in on UDON’s business or hoping we can somehow affect Street Fighter cannon (The latter would be awesome, but it’s not our ultimate goal). Rather, we are working to create a “What If” story which UDON and CAPCOM currently have no interest. We’re working to satisfy a hunger for a story that has ached within us and others for almost 30 years.
Brian Yip’s Ryu X Chun-li Forever story “Hero of Heroes” his untimely death, and Joey Ansah’s groundbreaking Street Fighter Legacy film had a profound effect on us at the Ryu X Chun-li Project. We decided we didn’t want to go quietly into the night as impotent fans while the RXCL story we desperately want never comes into existence. We decided we’re going to bring our “What if” story to life as best we can. If people want to help us or come along for the journey, they are always welcome.
At it’s core, the Ryu X Chun-li Project is a social experiment. We want to see just how potent the Ryu X Chun-li fanbase is. And our donation collection efforts are a way to find those kindred spirits that want this story to exist as much as we do and are willing to do something about it. So far, we’ve communicated with, shared with, and made happy some really great and talented people who are willing to do more than just dream and wait for someone else to act. We hope there are more. Things change when we act, not when we just think about acting.
When we finally get our first book out there, CAPCOM and UDON may ignore us, they may not. The fans may love or hate us. We’d like all of the above to love our story, but when push comes to shove, like UDON, We can’t worry too much about our present and future haters. We want our story to exist, and that isn’t going to happen no matter how much we beg or wait for others to act. It will only happen if we fans make it a reality ourselves.
And we’re your best chance to come along in a very long time.
But we can’t do this alone.
So how about helping us out?