Several blog entries ago when we discussed the relationship between UDON and Street Fighter comic fans, we wrote:
The truth is, and this is what many of the people who can’t let go of their hate for UDON don’t realise, 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.
In truth, the only way you can make a story you want to exist is to, as we have, take matters into your own hands. Today, we present even more proof that when we wrote the above, we were right.
David S. Goyer, writer of the upcoming Batman/Superman movie was interviewed by the Associated Press. And he said…
“At the end of the day, you still have to create something. And if you try and think, ‘Well what would the fans like?’ then you stop being creative. It’s sort of like, ‘Where does it end?’ You have to write the story that you want to write, and hope that people want to see it.”
There it is people. Once a writer is on board with a project and believes in what he is writing, nothing you say…and even of less value…post on social media…is going to affect the writer’s vision.
If people need further evidence we were right about the relationship between entertainment producers and fans, consider the reaction to the selection of Ben Affleck as Batman. We hold nothing against Ben and will wait to see the movie before we make any decisions about his performance. We’re smart that way. However, many fans went haywire. Or is that hate-wire? But did anything change? Was Ben Affleck sent packing in favour of another actor? Nope.
All this comes down to what we wrote before. People have to be more than just a voice (and a zillion times more than a post on social media). People have to take a risk and act…professionally, responsibly, and without hurting anyone! People need to show the companies they want to influence a significant amount of professional heartfelt work and personal investment, not just words! Or, failing that, they need to team up with or significantly support people who are doing that which they wish they could do. Otherwise, anything people say or post in an attempt to alter the writing of a story by someone else is dead useless, especially if the people speaking up or posting are in the minority (e.g. fans who don’t like the Street Fighter stories UDON is producing). We love you UDON!!!
We started the Ryu X Chun-Li Project because we realised after almost 30 years that no one in power was going to take the Ryu/Chun-Li story beyond the realm of text-only fanfiction, and if we wanted to see any glimmer of growth for this story beyond that medium before we leave this mortal coil, we would have to do it ourselves and reach out to any like-minded fellow fans and give them the opportunity to help us.
Of course when we make our pitch to CAPCOM, Street Fighter still belongs to them. They are totally within their rights to look at us and say…
But what will never change is the fact we tried. We rose above the people who do nothing more than sit on their backsides and wish or bitch and complain and hope someone else will produce the stories they want for them. We did something! And, even better, we offered (and we are still offering!) an open invitation to anyone who wants to contribute to our work by giving us what we need to make it better. So in the end, if the people who have been keeping an eye on us find our work isn’t their cup of tea, they can’t say we didn’t give them a chance to participate and bring us into line with their vision. With this project, there is glory to be had if people truly want it.
Feel free to disagree and let this chance to help produce an awesome Ryu/Chun-Li book pass you by, but as Henri Ducard said in Batman Begins…
Will is everything! The will to act!
More next time.