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Streets Ahead by kinjamin Streets Ahead by kinjamin
I was going to hit the pause button on NBC Community mash-up drawings... but this idea just crept up on me one day. The more it milled around in my head, the more I realized I kind of had to do it. I'm a huge Capcom/Street Fighter fan. And, being in the game industry myself, I found it was fitting. Without further ado, the character breakdowns (with some pre-established Q&A)

Clockwise, starting from the center:

Abed/Ryu - I mean really was there any question? Particularly when the show goes into genre-mode, Abed is undoubtedly the architect or the focal point. So why isn't Abed Dhalsim? Yeah, I realize Danny Pudi is actually of Indian heritage. But really, there was zero intention of breaking up the Abed/Troy bromance.. particularly if it perfectly mirrors the Ryu/Ken friendship. Additionally, ALL the characters in this piece, with the exception of Jeff, are playing the part of a character that is not their race or ethnicity.

Troy/Ken - Was the first one I drew. I figured if I couldn't represent him properly, then I should not bother with the entire drawing. Luckily I was really happy with it. Why isn't Troy Balrog or Dee-Jay? Same answer as above. Troy plays the perfect easier-going, happy Ken that plays off of the more stoic Abed/Ryu...

Pierce/Zangief - I found he was just the funniest thing on the page. I wish I found a clever way for him to do his gay gesture again. But alas, it never came to me. Why isn't Pierce Blanka? Him turning into a green, raging monster was dealt with in the very awesome Community/Avengers mash-up.

Britta/Cammy - Admittedly, her personality doesn't exactly line up with Cammy's. But aesthetically, Britta is just a shoe-in for her (moreso than any of the other cast to their respective characters)

Changka - I'm going to jump right into the inevitable questions. Why isn't Chang Fei-Long? I thought about this... but how boring would it be if I just made him shirtless and threw on some black pants. I felt it really wouldn't graze anyone's funny bones. Why isn't Chang E-Honda? Because as a Filipino-American, I get slightly annoyed at how Asians are just interchangably used for other Asian ethnicities. And the idea of making a Korean man playing a Chinese man play a Japanese man really just irritated me. And in the spirit of the show, it would mean I was as insane as the Dean. Hello? Why didn't you make him CHANGIEF!? Yeah, this might be my only regret because it sounds so dope. But really, when I drew Pierce as Zangief, I didn't want to reverse my initial decision. Besides, Changka sounds almost as cool.

Annie/Chun-Li - Really, I felt Annie embodies Sakura more. Especially since Abed is Ryu. But I quickly realized depriving the internet world of dressing Alison Brie as Chun-Li would be a complete disservice. So... you're welcome.

Dean-Li - Before the gag gets really old, I had to have him steal Annie's thunder this time. (Previously had him steal Shirley's Catwoman thunder. Then Britta's Poison Ivy thunder.) Why isn't Dean [Some other Street Fighter character that's a woman]? I didn't want to go past Street Fighter 2 Turbo Edition. So really, there were only two options.

Jeff/Guile - I felt this was kind of a no-brainer. Jeff, like Guile, is seemingly obsessed with his hair whenever there is downtime. Jeff's pretty vain... why isn't he Vega? With the exception of Shirley, this is more of a hero piece than a villain piece. Maybe if I was a glutton for punishment, I'll do a Dark Timeline version of this. But don't hold your breath for that.

Shirley/Akuma - This is actually my favorite in the whole drawing. I really really wanted to play off the 'Big Cheddar' persona that was introduced in the foosball episode. And what better character displays such an inherent evil than Akuma? Also, I had to pat myself on the back for the large beads leading into a big purse. I neglected that aspect of Shirley previously.
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:iconmalikfelder:
MalikFelder Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2014  Student Artist
Childish Gambino as Ken Masters
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Ninjaspartankx5 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Britta makes a great Cammy
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King1cheetah Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013
OMG OMG <3
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Henkco Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012
Nice job! Community's facebook page showed this image, though I didn't see any credits there sadly.

Still found it though, and you've got some mad skills! Community is awesome!
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:iconkinjamin:
kinjamin Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Professional Filmographer
It's alright - it's actually been on their fb page before awhile back.
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youryaleness Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Dude, this is amazing! I got into the show just as they're bringing it back, so I'm really excited.
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neko-mreow Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Epic!! Great work :D
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:iconterraxxx:
terraxxx Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome...
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Wanton-G Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
this is too godlike
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Ericocaine Featured By Owner May 23, 2012
Awww yeah, this shit is so streets ahead.
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gigijhonson Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012  Student Digital Artist
My favourites are Shirley and her purse and the dean XD
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:iconcrischromatic:
Crischromatic Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2012
wow astig
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esemese Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2012  Professional
hahah damn.. you just won the internet!
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Obscurefan Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012
Loving this, loving so much about this. Great work at capturing each of them.
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AznWolverine Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012
Hahaha this is amazing! Thank you for the longer description. I feel like the description is important too as it helps the viewer seeing something extra in the painting sometimes. This is so professional and clean!
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Arcturion Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012
I don't even watch the Community and think this drawing of yours rocks! And kudos for your explanation of Changka (though you can mash anything with The Gief and it'd be funny, lol). XD Good stuff!
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Liayso Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Love it!
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sk8trgrl Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012  Hobbyist
Akuma looks awesome
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LoveTHYconan Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012
love your works man! they're so creative and you draw everyone perfectly! :+favlove:
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:iconkinjamin:
kinjamin Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Thanks! Haha I didn't realize you were the one that did that Annie and Abed drawing.. I dig it.
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LoveTHYconan Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012
thanks! :]
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Djtrunks2 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012
Ha! I didn't even notice the beads and the purse! Thats crazy good!
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:iconkinjamin:
kinjamin Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Ha that's my favorite part of the whole piece.
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Djtrunks2 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012
Phatness! Just Phatness! I can't wait for community to come back on!
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robokiss Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012
Love this show! Love this piece!! So very awesome. Love all the character explanations too. Too awesome!!
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:icondehaaninator:
DeHaaninator Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012
You know John Goodman was in a few episodes of community. You should make him E. Honda!!!!
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saveferrisbueller Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012
thought this was so awesome posted it on twitter and yvette nicole brown aka shirley aka big chedder retweeted! hope you don't mind!
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kinjamin Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Dear God no! Why would I Mind? I've tried to notify the cast directly of my work but sometimes it doesn't get to them in the sea of fan tweets I'm sure they receive. So please be my guest, tweet away to them. You're doing me a favor, anyway. :) Gillian Jacobs/Britta has also tweeted about the drawing.
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munkydung Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012
So good. this belongs on the show somehow. great work!
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vinink Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012
This just made me miss Community even more!
Awesome work on the facial expressions, I can totally picture them dressing up like this for next year's Halloween episode, or maybe Abed has another breakdown and goes into animated mode instead.
I hope you do more Community art!!
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DrakeStirLawl Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012  Professional General Artist
So funny! so random! but clearly alot of thought was put into this! well done!
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YahyaT Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012   Digital Artist
loving the mash up
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StevenRayBrown Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012   Filmographer
I actually think the interchangeable Asian would be even better because Chang in show has stated "like it matters" when discussing that. Though I think it was the wine tasting episode.
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kinjamin Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Actually you're thinking of the 'Celebrity Pharmacology' episode where Chang asks Shirley "Are you ignoring me because I'm Korean?" Shirley: "You're Chinese!" Chang: "Oh there's a difference?!?!"

- But you're also forgetting that the Dean tried to have his role played by a chinese man in a blonde wig. And it was the sign of insanity. And I did not want to follow in that path.
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bulkykenshln Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012
so good!!
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YOUNG-ANTI Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Dopetastically awesome.
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Xippe Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012  Hobbyist
This is potentially the greatest thing I have ever seen in my life. (Community's Facebook page sent me here, congrats! :D )
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:iconkinjamin:
kinjamin Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Why thanks! That's a big compliment.
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pyrokiwi22 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012
awesome
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HalomanZero Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012
Great image! While it's really awesome, my only two gripes are that Pierce should have been Bison, and Dean is a repeat Chun Li. I know you said you didn't want to go past SF2 Turbo, but Annie as Sakura is an absolute perfect fit. This would let you leave the Dean as Chun-Li. (which is also a nice fit)

Also, not sure if you noticed, but with Shirley, the large beads are actually a nod to Darkstalkers' Donovan.
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D1nges Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012
This is the best thing I've seen in like, a LONG time :D
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dertek Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012
This is the only time I have ever commented on deviant art. This is fantastic.
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:iconkinjamin:
kinjamin Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Well I'm honored then. Thanks!
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DarkGX Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
EPIC!
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Avield Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
WOW! this is amazing.
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almendro Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012
EXCELLENT
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IIIaauX Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012
so good :) really liking the explanation and character choices too
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chadsideburn Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012
I love it!
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