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We’re celebrating the talented male costumers of the cosplay community with a video game-themed calendar for 2014!

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We have Funded + Stretch 1 + Stretch 2!

Thank you so much for making this project a reality. If you have any suggestions for our first stretch goal (characters/cosplayers), please place them as a comment, on our Facebook page, through our website, or to menvscosplay@gmail.com.

If you'd like to get involved with the MvsCproject in other ways, Facebook and email is also the easiest way to reach us. :)

Final Stretch Goal @ $9000! - Accomplished

$9000: Upgrade the calendar's size from 8.5x11 pages (11x17 spread) to 12x12 pages (12x24 spread). All backers (current and new) will receive this upgrade if we hit this stretch goal.

Stretch Goal 1 @ $6500 - Accomplished!

$6500: Project will be upgraded from 12 month to 18 month. We will add 6 extra guys to the calendar. All backers (current and new) will receive an 18 month calendar if we hit this stretch goal.

Our group, Men vs Cosplay, is launching it's first calendar and highlighting some of the very best the male costuming community has to offer in gaming!

Our team reached out to gamers, convention goers and cosplayers, and we're putting together a roster that brings our favorite characters to life - plucked from the realms of SkyrimMetal Gear Solid, Dragon AgeAssassin's Creed, Resident Evil, Warhammer 40k, Fallout, and more!

The gaming calendar also acts as a showcase piece for the amazing talent involved! Here is a breakdown of the planning process that went into designing the calendar to make it handsome and functional.

Why create a male cosplay calendar?

Because there's no reason why there shouldn't be one! Allen Amis and I quickly discovered we weren't the only ones who wanted to see a project featuring male cosplayers. Everyone can appreciate the work it takes to find a character/persona to embody, the months (sometimes years!) it takes to painstakingly craft the costume, the scouting it takes to plan the perfect photo-shoot, and finally experiencing the trial and error of debuting a costume at a crowded convention.

The cosplay community deserves a male calendar! Several costumers, photographers, and gamers have already pitched a huge amount of support in to make this project a reality. Project co-founder Allen is a direct sounding board to the male costumer perspective of what it means to be in the hobby, balancing out my own perspective as a gaming fan.

Why is the project called "Men vs Cosplay"?

We were throwing around ideas, and realized "Men of Cosplay" in a Google search throws up a ton of various sites, including some online shops. I joked that since I love shows like Man vs Food and Man vs Wild that we should do Men vs Cosplay. (Since despite the title, both hosts LOVE food and the wild!) Allen and a few others said it was catchy, so we went with it! 

.. otherwise the calendar would have imaginatively been called "Cosplay Dudes 2014" or something. ;)

Meet the Gentlemen

We're kicking off our gaming project with 11 months already slotted in!  All of the guys have their own unique story about how they got into costuming. Some are professionals, some are hobbyists. Many are able to balance a day job with it. Several get their families involved.

All are active in the gaming/costuming community in their own ways, which adds a ton of personality to the project.

They also have great costumes, and we are excited to work with them! Their biographies and craftsmanship really speak for themselves. Take a moment to meet them! They will be hard at work taking photos that feature their gaming costumes for this project.

Cap Santiago started cosplaying in 2006, but made an impact when he donned the mask and shield as Captain America (Bucky Barnes) in honor of his father. Born and raised in New York City, he's traveled all and made a name for himself, winning numerous costume contests. One of his most decorated achievements was his feature in Marvel Comics Captain America Issue 602 for winning Marvel Fest. Currently modeling, acting, and a founding member of Together Brothers Productions, his likeness is also used in various covers for novels such as Paltronis and Redeem The Knight: Blood Ties.

Allen Amis works out of his studio (Anarchy Squared Creations) in Chandler, Arizona. He was raised on Saturday morning cartoons, science fiction, and monsters movies. In 2009 he created his own costume and prop business, and has since won awards and accolades for his ability to bring artistic concepts and renderings to life as wearable costumes and displayable props.

After making a featured appearance in IO9, Allen has shown no signs of slowing down in his love of costuming. He was also recently featured in the 1,000 Incredible Costume and Cosplay Ideas book.

During the day, Rick Boer is a family man with a beautiful daughter, and works as a teacher during the week while he studies biology. 

He balances his time to pursue his incredible costuming hobby and activities, often collaborating with his wife. Rick pursues bringing gaming and movie characters to live, and is most well known for his Metal Gear Solid and Assassin's Creed cosplay work. 

Bill Doran is a professional prop maker who runs his own company, Punished Props, out of the Seattle area. He has been an enthusiastic cosplayer ever since his friends made him be a part of their Team Fortress 2 group for PAX back in 2009. In 2012 he quit his corporate day job to take his prop making craft full time!

Sylar Warren began cosplaying in 2009,  and has been doing so alongside Sheila in their award-winning team Aicosu ever since. He is currently enrolled in the Academy of Art University in San Francisco to study Film and motion picture, in hopes of becoming a Voice-Over Actor for Films, Games, TV Shows, and Anime. 

Ben is an 80's child, gaming fan, and father of 4 awesome kids (who often costume with him). His cosplay career launched in 2003 with Spider-Man, which propelled him to work on more and join organizations, from the Arizona Avengers to the 501st. Ben hit the gaming landscape when he paired up with Trey Moore for an Army of TWO team. EA discovered their work at SDCC 2009 and brought them to PAX to promote the sequel “Army of TWO: The 40th Day,” even leading to a special thanks in the credits of the game.

Kevin is a 27-year-old graphic designer from southeastern Wisconsin.  He got his start into cosplay in 2009 while studying animation in college, whereupon one of his roommates invited him to a convention.  He's been fervently donning armor and tactical gear ever since.  His other hobbies include drawing, laser tag, video games, and especially cooking.

Christopher Rosario is a 26-year-old cosplayer from Queens, NY (born and raised). He's an Operating Engineer with Union Local 94, and has been in the business for 5 years as a building engineer.

Half Puerto Rican and half Irish/Polish, his hobbies include working out, martial arts, hanging with friends, games, movies, attending conventions, comic books, reading, and his newfound love for cosplay since 2010 NYCC (he recently starting cosplaying as of NYCC'11).

Mike is a costume and prop maker whose expertise shone in his Warhammer 40K showcase project, his Ultramarine. Featured in various outlets including: the 1,000 Incredible Costume and Cosplay Ideas book, Warhammer fan sites and the Lexicanum.  A featured guest at OmegaCon and in talks to be a featured cosplayer at Wizard World Philly next year. While not working on costumes and props, Mike spends time with his wife and project supporter, Aleisha, or helping others with their own adventures into armor building and cosplay.

Raul Eduardo Porras is the owner and operator of a game truck. Six years ago, Raul was was dared to make a Transforming Optimus Prime costume (he love challenges), which propelled him into the cosplay scene. He also used his Scorpion costume as a catalyst to improve his work. A fan of cosplaying with characters he grew up with, he teases that a classic Robo-Cop costume is in the works.

Dan Sarkar AKA Danquish is cosplay, ninja, giant robot and shiba inu fan. He got into costuming 4 years ago when he discovered he could extend his love for recreating his favorite characters to more than just once a year at Hallowe'en. Since 2010, Dan has attended numerous cons, and made great friends along the way: including meeting some of his personal cosplay and creative heroes while bringing smiles to fans who all share the same passion for the characters he strives to recreate.

Garett Desmond (AKA Nerd Swagoo) is an analytical artist currently wrapping up his bachelors in Human Biology, and plans to transition into the public health field, working in Water Treatment and Distribution. Brainy with an artistic side, Garett is new to the cosplay scene as an artistic outlet. When he does cosplay, his approach is to truly emulate the character similar to acting. He is a practicing martial artist for over 8 years and still practices today. Cosplay is just another facet of art and has become a staple in his artistic repertoire.

Spencer Doe started cosplaying in 2008. His first costume was a hybrid Batman design which he used for charity walks long before entering the convention scene. He has since created many memorable characters with the help of some great artists. He is most widely known for his take on the Arkham City Batman costume and his original Predator. He always tries to add his own twist or signature detail to any costume he does. He travels across the country visiting conventions, both as a guest and attendee. Stay tuned to see what awaits the future this year.

Ordering Multiple Calendars?

As a thank-you for supporting the Kickstarter, simply increase your pledge by $15 for each additional calendar you want. If you'd like extra batches of 10, add $130 for each batch. Shipping remains the same.

About Me

My name is Anabel Martinez, and I’m an artist, gaming fan, and graphic designer out of Phoenix, Arizona. I met my creative partner, Allen Amis (an award-winning costume and prop maker), during my work as Marketing Director for Phoenix Comicon 2010. We remained active  advocates of geek culture, often gaming geek culture. We've connected gaming artists and costumers for: Video Game Night with downtown Mesa’s Second Friday Art Walk, Controllers and Canvas at Bookmans Entertainment Exchange, Costumed Bowling at Lucky Strike for Pepped Up (a gaming charity), The Art of Video Games Exhibit in Phoenix opening, and more!

This is a sample of how the finished photography for the calendar will look in the template I crafted for this project. Rick Boer provided this sample image.
This is a sample of how the finished photography for the calendar will look in the template I crafted for this project. Rick Boer provided this sample image.

Rewards

Note: Kickstarter bonuses will not be available outside of the Kickstarter.

Info: When we hit Kickstarter goal, the funds will go immediately towards: Printing/Shipping (3400), 700 (gas money for photographers, props, and other photoshoot needs), Kickstarter/Amazon fees (roughly 400). We're not making a cent - selling over our funding goal will allow us to put more into the project, especially the cosplayers/photographers volunteering their time.

  • !!!!!**CORRECTION: The Holiday Gifts Tier includes 4 Cosplay Bingo Cards, 1 for each calendar!
  • $25+ tiers - Your name will be in the back of the Kickstarter Launch calendar!
  • Add $15 per extra calendar you want.
This is a physical card you can use at conventions! Track down some awesome male gaming cosplays and compete against your friends.
This is a physical card you can use at conventions! Track down some awesome male gaming cosplays and compete against your friends.
Stand men's style on a cotton t-shirt. Women's style option may be available soon if we get enough requests!
Stand men's style on a cotton t-shirt. Women's style option may be available soon if we get enough requests!

Stretch Goals

$6500: Project will be upgraded from 12 month to 18 month. We will add 6 extra guys to the calendar. All backers (current and new) will receive an 18 month calendar if we hit this stretch goal.

$9000: Upgrade the calendar's size from 8.5x11 pages (11x17 spread) to 12x12 pages (12x24 spread). All backers (current and new) will receive this upgrade if we hit this stretch goal.

Thanks for helping us spotlight some awesome cosplay dudes!

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Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

Like any project, there are obstacles and delays that may come up along the way. For our tight production time, I've included a 2-week buffer in the situation there are delays with the calendar or other rewards. By having the template ready for final artwork, we can receive early hard-copy proofs to make any last-minute corrections with plenty of time for printing and shipping to backers. Allen is also taking time to tag-team the final leg of the project by organizing and shipping rewards out late November/early December, for packages to arrive in time for the holidays.

In addition, everyone involved with the project is volunteering their time and resources to make it happen. There is the rare chance that one of the cosplayers involved may not be able to provide their calendar month shoot due to unexpected life and work engagements. In this scenario, we do have back-up cosplayers/game characters available to make sure the project is ready to print in time.

I'm very much a "prepare for the worst, hope for the best" personality. :) With you, this will become a reality.

FAQ

  • We were throwing around ideas, and realized "Men of Cosplay" in a Google search throws up a ton of various sites, including some online shops. I joked that since I love shows like Man vs Food and Man vs Wild that we should do Men vs Cosplay. (Since despite the title, both hosts LOVE food and the wild!) Allen and a few others said it was catchy, so we went with it!

    .. otherwise the calendar would have imaginatively been called "Cosplay Dudes 2014" or something. ;)

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  • A limited amount will be available. We are only doing one run of these calendars. The nature of calendars makes it difficult to sell them after the first few months.

    If you plan to wait outside the Kickstarter to purchase, they will be available to the public January 2014.

    I encourage you to support the Kickstarter, so we can upgrade the calendar for everyone as we reach stretch goals, and include the exclusive goodies in your order. :)

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