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We’re celebrating the diverse and talented male costumers of the cosplay community with an ambitious 365 page-a-day-style calendar!
We’re celebrating the diverse and talented male costumers of the cosplay community with an ambitious 365 page-a-day-style calendar!
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Website | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest | Instagram | menvscosplay@gmail.com

Update: WE DID IT! AND we hit our stretch goal - we will put together some awesome Men vs Cosplay meet-ups for 2016!

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This year, we want to showcase 300+ male cosplayers from around the world AND the amazing cosplay photographers that bring our community together. We also want to feature YOU!

Men vs Cosplay is celebrating its third year by highlighting some of the very best male costumers the cosplay community has to offer with an ambitious "365 Days of Cosplay" calendar! We do a calendar every year, and it got to the point where dudes were jokingly attempting to bribe me to get into the project. Last year, we had 250+ submissions for 18 spots. We totally felt for those who couldn't make it into the last calendar, and finally found a solution with a page-a-day style.

Classy and Clean Design!

Award winning artist and designer Raven Cruz / RevengeLover, is personally designing the calendar, laying out photography, and doing touch-ups. She was a vital member of bringing our last two calendars to life, and I am floored that she is coming on board for our most ambitious project yet!

  • Tear-away-page style: Keep the guys you like around your house, office, etc! Wallpaper your office cube! Pass on the pages to fans of the characters! 
  • Specs: Full color, 5.25 by 4.25 inches. Plastic placard holds calendar upright on flat surface, and comes with its own box. Makes it easy to wrap up as a gift! 
  • 300+ Cosplayers - New cosplayer/cosplay group per page!
    [313 pages; 1 page weekday, 1 page per weekend, Saturday/Sunday]
    There will be a male cosplayer/male cosplay team on each page!

Join the 365 Days of Cosplay!

Applications for the calendar closed on September 25th.

For the full list of cosplayer who have joined the project, visit our Facebook page!

Danquish as Snake Eyes, Photography: The Will Box
Danquish as Snake Eyes, Photography: The Will Box
Some cosplayers traveled around the world to take their photos. This is Epoch Cosplay (photo by Mr. Mu) at the Temple of Supreme Purity, Mount Lao, Qingdao, China.
Some cosplayers traveled around the world to take their photos. This is Epoch Cosplay (photo by Mr. Mu) at the Temple of Supreme Purity, Mount Lao, Qingdao, China.
JayCosplay Props as an NCR Ranger (Fallout: New Vegas), Photography by Andrei Guiamoy Photography
JayCosplay Props as an NCR Ranger (Fallout: New Vegas), Photography by Andrei Guiamoy Photography

Who retains photography rights?
By submitting an image to this projec: the photographer is *only* granting us permission to use the image for promotion, and the calendar itself upon funding. :) You retain all photography rights and can use your work for anything you wish outside this Kickstarter.

Rewards

 Calendars will not be sold on our site outside of this Kickstarter.

  • Add $15 per extra calendar you want.
  • Add $20 per extra shirt you want. 

Exclusive T-Shirt Design being custom made by Raven Cruz (RevengeLover!)

 

Raven is currently designing our exclusive shirt - the art is being vectorized right now! This shirt will ONLY be available through this Kickstarter!

  • (Last year, she designed our Heroes/Villains shirts)

Note: When we hit the Kickstarter goal, the funds will go immediately towards: Printing/Shipping, Backer Rewards, and Kickstarter/Amazon fees. We're not making a cent - selling over our funding goal will allow us to put more into the project in the form of stretch goals.

Who's Making This Calendar?

My name is Anabel Martinez, and I’m an artist, cosplay enthusiast, and graphic designer out of Chandler, Arizona. I met my creative partner, Allen Amis (an award-winning costume and prop maker) in 2010 at a comic store event. We are active advocates of cosplay geek culture and we've worked hard to support and connect cosplayers and costumers to several creative events and projects.

Anabel with Men vs Cosplay calendar dudes Ben Dickinson, Trey Moore, and Allen Amis.
Anabel with Men vs Cosplay calendar dudes Ben Dickinson, Trey Moore, and Allen Amis.

This is the core team helping me out!

  • Mort Productions - Sam Mort has been with us since the creation of Men vs Cosplay. He is a photographer/videographer, and has put together several phenomenal photoshoots for local calendar guys who did not have professional photos done. 
  • Men vs Cosplay Insiders (everyone is welcome to join!) - This is where we talk about Men vs Cosplay related projects year-round. 
  • Raven Cruz Designs / RevengeLover - Our phenomenal calendar graphic designer and exclusive t-shirt artist designer.
Brian Balance as Cabbage Merchant (Avatar: The Last Airbender), Photography: Fernando Sedano
Brian Balance as Cabbage Merchant (Avatar: The Last Airbender), Photography: Fernando Sedano

Why make a male cosplay calendar?

I founded Men vs Cosplay two years ago after vending at Phoenix Comicon 2013 with my partner, Allen Amis. Some young men saw the cosplay costumes and props we had on display and geeked over them, but they dismissed the idea of cosplaying as themselves - they asserted that the hobby was "for women" and thought people would make fun of them. That response bewildered me because half of the amazing cosplayers I knew were men!

I stewed over the idea of doing a fun cosplay project that focused on cosplay dudes. I asked a few friends, male and female, if they would buy a male cosplay calendar (at the time a few female cosplayer calendars had been making the rounds at the convention). They responded positively, and I was motivated to get this project started!

After being unable to locate a site that feature male cosplayers, I was even more inspired to launch the Men vs Cosplay facebook page (a tongue-in-cheek reference to Man vs Wild and Man vs Food, two of my favorite shows) and started sharing pictures of male cosplayers from all around the world. Male cosplayers started sharing photos with me, and that (combined with acclaimed cosplayer Cap Santiago offering to help) gave me the push to launch the first Men vs Cosplay calendar in 2013!  

Due to the overwhelming support I've received, we are on our third year producing a calendar to celebrate and showcase male cosplayers!

We can't do this without your support!

This calendar is being built over the duration of this Kickstarter, in anticipation of funding. We are currently on track to fill all the days, as long as we keep getting submissions! Please help us spread the word to fill up the calendar with awesome guys AND for people who want to get a calendar this year! :)

Pictured are several amazing cosplayers featured in our first annual calendar.
Pictured are several amazing cosplayers featured in our first annual calendar.

Website | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest | Instagram | menvscosplay@gmail.com

Risks and challenges

We have an INCREDIBLY tight time frame to make this happen, as we're working with an international printer. So, we are actively building the calendar ***RIGHT NOW*** in anticipation of getting the finished file to the printer by October. (This is a busy time of the year for the printer, and we are one of many calendars they are printing.)

Our printer is one of the largest commercial calendar printers - this is not their first rodeo, but we will work to stay on top of the production process and keep everyone updated along the way! By submitting the files in October, we have two months for the calendar to be printed and shipped to us for backer mailings.

Additionally, we don't have all 300+ male cosplayers recruited, but I am confident we will receive enough cosplayer submissions through the Kickstarter process! :)

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