A few months back I was asked by Chad Edwards to participate in his annual Childhood Revisited show. It's basically a bunch of local illustrators making work based on their influences as kids. There's a lot of MKE illustration heroes in this show; Dwellephant, Jimbot, Little Friends of Printmaking, Matty Cipov, etc; so I was really excited for the opportunity to participate!
"YATTA!" cover page - 8.5"X11" - 2010
"YATTA!" inside cover page - 8.5"X11" - 2010One of my first major influences as a little one was Street Fighter II (on the Genesis!). I was obsessed with this game. I was inexplicably drawn to Chun-Li, the lone girl character in the game, and thus played as her a lot of the time. For the gallery show I set out to make a single piece that glorified the awesomeness of Chun-Li's Spinning Bird Kick, the glory of her rapid-fire kick attack. I had made a lot of random sketches and things in preparation for this piece, so much so that I ended up just making a fan Zine dedicated to Chun-Li - the pages of which are posted below!
The zine starts with a little intro, and a comic showing how I used to teach my friends how to draw using Chun-Li as an example!
Of course the majority of the content consists of little inside jokes relating to the Street Fighter series, so the audience for this project is pretty specific. But if you've played the game, I hope you enjoy the references! Below are some photos of the installation at Childhood Revisited, and a little promotional video for the zine made by Lovesick Robot press! The Zine is available for purchase at the LovesickRobot.org store.