Sesame Street+Street Fighter = Sesame Street Fighter. This poster is sponsored by the letters "H" for hilariously, and "A" for awesome.
When I was a kid I loved Sesame Street. When I became a teen I loved Street Fighter II. Somewhere in my deranged teenage mind I got the idea to combine the two, and for reasons I don’t fully understand, that idea has stuck with me throughout the years.
As I grew up, graduated from college, and started my career as a graphic designer the idea continued to float around in the back of my mind. When I heard that Capcom was bringing it’s fighting games out of a long period of dormancy with Street Fighter IV, it gave me some added motivation to stop dreaming and finally start doing a Sesame Street Fighter illustration series.
So, on March 16 2009 I posted my first “finished” illustration of Kernie (Ken + Ernie) on DeviantArt.com. I got enough positive feedback that I decided to keep going with it, and have been enjoying the process of adding new characters to the series ever since. I’m certainly not the first, or the only artist to come up with this concept, but I feel safe in saying that I’ve been the most prolific. I’ve been fortunate enough to have my work featured on prominent video game websites like ScrewAttack, Destructoid, Kotaku, and Capcom-unity (by none other than Seth Killian himself).
Since beginning my Sesame Street Fighter series I've always wanted to do a big, epic group illustration with all of the characters together. When I learned about Kickstarter and the kind of success other artists were having with it, I thought a poster project seemed like a perfect opportunity for this group illustration.
I hope you'll support me in my project! If you purchase a poster from me, I'll also email you a Super Sesame Street Fighter Digital Sketch Book in PDF format:
Also, I was not able to find a financially reasonable solution for shipping these posters internationally, so if you live outside the U. S. or you simply can't afford to buy a poster right now, you can contribute a dollar to this project and receive a Super Sesame Street Fighter Desktop Wallpaper (JPG, 1920x1200 resolution) via email:
Thanks in advance for any support you're willing to give me!
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I've spent some time doing my homework for this project and talking with a variety of printers and mailing companies. I have several companies that I've received quotes from that can actually handle the printing AND the shipping of our posters, so I'm not too concerned about that...it will only be a matter of going with the company that gives us the best deal for the best quality.
I will also make sure to press check a proof of our poster and ensure that I am satisfied with the quality before moving ahead with the printing.
I feel bad about not being able to ship to international addresses, but shipping costs vary widely outside the U.S., and I simply couldn't find an affordable solution for everyone.
The only challenge I anticipate would be a small delay in shipping. I will work closely with the printer to push to have the posters printed and shipped on schedule, but depending on who I use and what they already have on their schedule, it might take slightly longer to fulfill than expected. If this happens, I'll make sure to give regular updates to all backers and let them know where we're at.
Sorry, when I looked into shipping costs, it was going to cost between $50-100 U.S. dollars to ship poster tubes to places like Japan or Australia, so I decided not to do it at all. I really feel bad about that, but I couldn't find a shipping option that was affordable...
For you or anyone else who's overseas, you can still contribute $1 for the desktop wallpaper which I'll send out via email. That was the best I could come up with.
For the overseas people, could you not make a psd/pdf that we could download and then get printed locally?
In a lot of ways I really like this idea. I feel bad about excluding people outside the U.S., and in many ways this idea is a good solution.
However, I'm not going to do it for this reason: I have additional plans for this Sesame Street Fighter artwork AFTER this Kickstarter ends, and allowing a high-resolution press-ready PDF to be shared on the internet outside of my control could seriously undermine my future efforts. In other words, I would love to allow Kickstarter backers outside the U.S. to download a PDF and print their own posters, but what happens when those PDFs fall into the wrong hands? What happens when someone gets a hold of them and starts profiting off them without my consent and competing with me in the market?
The sad reality is that it doesn't make sense for me to allow a press-ready PDF of my poster artwork to be spread around the internet without my control, and it could seriously undermine my future plans. Even if I password protected the PDF there's too great a risk of it falling into the wrong hands.
Admittedly, what I'm doing here is in a legal grey area. However, other artists have had a LOT of success doing video game parody posters on kickstarter before me:
My project had to be reviewed & approved by Kickstarter before it launched. It seems to me that the good folks running kickstarter understand the concept of parody, and perhaps they view it as a protected form of free speech?
I'm certainly not a lawyer, but I can say this: What I'm doing with this parody poster is not in any way harmful to Capcom or PBS. I'm a big fan of these franchises, and this has been a labor of love. I'm not damaging either of their brands, I'm simply creating fun parody work that mixes them together, and I believe that both companies will both benefit from loving, well-intended fan artwork like this.
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1 Super Sesame Street Fighter poster (18"x24") mailed to your U.S. address. Price includes cost of packaging and shipping. 1 Super Sesame Street Fighter digital sketch book (PDF Format) delivered via email. 1 Super Sesame Street Fighter desktop wallpaper JPG (1920 x 1200 pixels) delivered via email.Estimated delivery:Ships within the US only
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4 Super Sesame Street Fighter posters (18"x24") mailed to ONE U.S. address. Buy 3, get one free! Price includes cost of packaging and shipping. 4 Super Sesame Street Fighter digital sketch books (PDF Format) delivered via email. 4 Super Sesame Street Fighter desktop wallpaper JPGs (1920 x 1200 pixels) delivered via email.Estimated delivery:Ships within the US only
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1 original Sesame Street Fighter pencil drawing signed by the artist and mailed to your U.S. address. A personal phone call from the artist expressing eternal gratitude. 1 Super Sesame Street Fighter poster (18"x24") mailed to your U.S. address.Price includes cost of packaging and shipping. 1 Super Sesame Street Fighter digital sketch book (PDF Format) delivered via email. 1 Super Sesame Street Fighter desktop wallpaper JPG (1920 x 1200 pixels) delivered via email.Estimated delivery:Ships within the US only
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15 signed & numbered Super Sesame Street Fighter posters (18"x24"). Price includes cost of packaging and shipping to ONE U.S. address. This option is for those who want to buy these posters and re-sell them at conventions, etc.Estimated delivery:Ships within the US only
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