Tonight we met with a dear friend. This friend is a peaceful warrior who fights the battle to stop a small group of fishermen in Taiji, Japan from killing dolphins in the infamous cove as they do every year. And he helped us learn a valuable lesson. He made us realise that we at the Ryu X Chun-Li Project have done something far greater than we realise.
First we have to preface this lesson with our understanding that any person that sets out to accomplish something that means something to them, and does so in a professional, non-violent way that hurts no one, is doing something as great as saving dolphins or curing cancer because they are being true to themselves and making the world a better place at the same time, even if it is only for as long as it takes to read a graphic novel. People sometimes think their dreams are not important, but they’re wrong. People’s dreams are only not important if they treat them as such and don’t work to achieve them. We need to struggle and see them to the end whether they become successes, failures, or something in between.
The Rolling Stones sung:
You can’t always get what you want
But if you try sometime you find
You get what you need
Perhaps. But if we only fought for what we need, we wouldn’t have Street Fighter, would we?
But we digress. The lesson we learned tonight was this. For thirty plus blog entries now we have been trying to convince those of you who read this blog, our Facebook page, whatever, to donate to our cause. We have fought long and hard with our words because we thought the great achievement for us was to sway the masses, that is, to get the four thousand of you in the US alone who glance at this blog to donate some cash to help us make the graphic novel we represent and even better read for you. But we were naive. Why? Because in or blind efforts to sway the majority of you, we forgot to focus on the fact we (1) have already convinced a small number of people to support us with donations, (2) we have already gotten help from an amazing art team for the main book, and (3) we have gotten art from several selfless artists for the art appendix. To get even a single person to join your cause…to get them to change their mind from a simple Facebook “like” to actually acting and helping you is the equivalent of moving a mountain. We see that now.
Even Aaron Pinsky/Psychoblue the writer of “End of a Journey”, arguably the second most famous Ryu/Chun-Li fanfiction on the planet, wrote to us today and said:
I think [this book] is going to be rad. I think whatever concerns I had in the early drafts will be unfounded once I see the whole thing in practice rather than my own imagination.
He’s come around. He even donated $30 USD to our project. Another mountain moved…
So were done working you over for donations. Oh we will continue to offer page previews in exchange for donations, but that’s part of the fun. After all, the Ryu X Chun-li Project is, in part, a social experiment. We want to see how hungry the Ryu X Chun-li fan base really is. We always have. But we promise to stop using every blog entry to beat you over the head with the hope that you will donate to us and help us make this book better for you to read.
We’re here. You know we are. If you want to help create a better Ryu X Chun-li experience for yourself next year or so, it’s up to you.
Oscar and Nobel Prize winner George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) said “Those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.” Well, we’ve changed our minds. We are acting, accomplishing, and we’ve inspired people to change, act, and accomplish along with us. And more will join us before we are done. This we know.
But we’re done trying to drag those of you still on the sidelines along for the ride. Instead we’re going to focus on the people who already have helped us and be ready to do the same for those who decide to help too.
We hope you’re awesome. We finally understand that everyone who is truly part of the Ryu X Chun-Li Project is too.
More next time,