Hey there Ryu X Chun-Li Project blog readers.
Sean, director of the RXCLP here.
While we wait for the last twenty pages of our 103-page main story, I decided to read through our 84% complete main book tonight–again. I fixed up some art. I fixed up a few bits of dialogue, and I added the new new art piece from http://8lunabianca8.deviantart.com to the art appendix. I even fixed a typo in the disclaimer. I have read through the nearly-completed book many times now, and you know what? It gets more awesome every time. The Ryu/Chun-Li fan in me tingles with joy. We who have had the courage to help make this project something special by donating money, donating art, and working directly on this book have done just that: made something very special indeed.
And then as I closed the book for the evening, I felt drop of fear and I realised something. This book could very well be the defining moment for the Ryu/Chun-li fandom of my generation.
Think about it. My teams and I aren’t producing some sex and goo filled Ryu/Chun-Li doujinshi. We aren’t a publisher in China producing a Ryu/Chun-Li book only for people who can read Chinese. Our work is over 200 pages of new original Street Fighter content in English produced by three published authors and three art teams, all with the deepest respect for the Street Fighter brand. We have an amazing 103 page main story surrounded with exclusive art and mini-comics donated by true Ryu/Chun-Li fans from all over the world. And people in over one hundred countries are going to be able to read our work. No Street Fighter fan comic has ever been produced at this scale and may never be produced again.
Once we launch, CAPCOM and UDON Entertainment couldn’t ignore us if they wanted to. With the quality and amount of work we have, people working for them WILL hear about and read this book. There is no doubt. And of course they will be reading the story, seeing the art and mini-comics, but what they will also be looking at are the names: the names in our book. They are going to be able to count how many true Ryu/Chun-Li fans there are out there, and then based on that they are going to decide whether or not the idea is marketable.
Face facts. If you are a true Ryu/Chun-li fan, there has never been a better opportunity for you to make CAPCOM sit up and take notice than our book. I know. I’ve been watching and waiting for someone else to do something for almost 30 years, and no one has.
Right now, as of this blog entry, there are a total of sixty-three names in our book. Sixty-three true Ryu/Chun-Li fans who have stepped up and made this book something special. If the rest of you would just get on board…
Facebook likes, while they do spread information. are ultimately worthless in a situation like this because they are without risk. If we want CAPCOM to notice us, we have to show we are willing to put a part of ourselves on the line.
Please, I’m begging you, if Ryu/Chun-li is something you want CAPCOM to seriously think about, you need to do one of these three things and get your name in this book so CAPCOM can see it.
1. Donate at least $10 USD to the project and let us post the fact that you did so on Facebook.
2. Donate a piece of quality Ryu/Chun-Li art and let us post the fact that you did so on Facebook.
3. Commission a piece of Ryu/Chun-Li art or a mini-comic from an artist, have the artist and yourself keep the work confidential, then donate the work to our book, and let us post the fact that you did so on Facebook.
When I started this project back on January 1st, 2013, I did so in large part because I wanted to know the truth about the Ryu/Chun-Li fan base that I am a part of. If someone among us was willing to produce a work of quality in the name of the pairing, would the fan base get behind it, or would they prove to be lovers with no real heart.
Right now, our heartbeat as a fan base is weak.
While over three hundred of you who have “liked” our page, and even more read our blog, only 63 people have had the courage to step up and be counted. If this pairing really means something to you and you want to take a shot at making Ryu/Chun-Li part of Street Fighter’s official legacy, you need to get your name in our book and encourage others to do the same. It’s unity like having over 300 names in our book that will get our cause really noticed by the media.
So, in hopes that more of you will prove to be true fans, I’m starting a counter on the cover photo of our Facebook Page. Every time one of you has the courage to do one of the three things above, the number will rise. And with each increase the concept of Ryu/Chun-Li will have a greater chance at becoming official because your name will be in the book with the other true fans of the pairing where it belongs. 😀
Yes, that’s right, Chun-Li. Why is everyone so quiet? For the first time in almost 30 years, the Ryu/Chun-Li fan base finally has a chance to make some real noise and show the world what they are made of. And they are about to have an internationally fan-produced graphic novel of excellent quality and size to back them up! Are they really going to let this opportunity pass by them by and be as impotent as the haters of the pairing out there believe them to be?
Let’s find out.