About this project
The calendar will only be available online through this Kickstarter. So, if you'd like one, grab it now! :)
A very limited amount will be available at selection events next year.
FINAL Stretch Goal - $12000 - Deluxe Edition Upgrade!
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 - $8000 - 18 Month Upgrade OBTAINED!
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.
Men vs Cosplay is launching it's second annual calendar and highlighting some of the very best the male costuming community has to offer as Heroes and Villains!
Our team reached out to our community page, convention-goers, and cosplayers, and we're putting together a roster that brings our favorite characters to life - plucked from television, comic books, video games, and more. We work not only with cosplayers from around the world, but photographers as well. This helps us cut costs (versus the incredible expense of flying every cosplayer down to use a photographer of our own), and allows us to feature many different talented photographers.
The Heroes vs Villains 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.
Meet the Heroes and Villains!
We're kicking off our gaming project with 10 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 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.
Our cover model, René Koiter is a video game geek who likes to occasionally dress up as fictional characters! He is also a graphic designer for Blizzard. He entered the cosplay scene as Jim Raynor (Starcraft series), but is now well-renowned for his portrayal of Khal Drogo from Game of Thrones, a cosplay that took him months to build his incredible muscle mass for. Photograph: Kenneth Pfeifer Photography
Clint began his foray into the costuming universe with the 501st in 2010. Since then he's built and sold all manner of costumes, and is a distributor for a popular fan sculpt Storm Trooper armor kit. Bonding with other costuming enthusiasts lead Clint branching out to other fandoms, collecting friends and prop building skills along the way. Most recently, he has worked with Samuel Lee of Prince Armory to create Medieval Loki. As an avid reader he is inspired by anything sci-fi, medieval, or comic book related. Outside of costuming, Clint is a police officer and the father of two boys, who share their father's love for costuming. Photograph: Nayshun 1
Woody has been a professional costumer for only a year, but has already been dubbed "The Nightcrawler of Houston." He began with smaller cosplays with Shay of Woody and Shay Cosplay at the Texas Renaissance Festival in Plantersville, TX and has since expanded to comic and anime conventions. He is an avid martial artist and gaming buff who works full time as in IT coordinator for BASF. Photograph: Lieurance Designs
Jordan of Henchmen Props & Cosplay is a full-time prop maker, cosplayer, and an aspiring makeup & effects artist - currently based out of Toronto, Canada. His prop and costume work has been featured on Sourcefed, Kotaku, io9, and others - in addition to being recognized by creators such as Warner Bros and 2k Games. Jordan attends conventions throughout North America – and always loves meeting new people in the community! Photograph: Darshelle Stevens Photography
Steven K Smith is a freelance illustrator turned prop maker based outside of Kansas City Missouri. Steven started his prop building and cosplaying career at the end of 2012 and hasn't looked back. He is best known worldwide for his highly detailed Borderlands psycho masks and their iconic weapons. Photograph: Self
Todd Whalen has a long history of interest in video games, comic books, and movies. He's a film school graduate and a Production Assistant for a Visual Effects Company by day, and a freelance videographer and cosplayer by night. He's an active member of the Ghostbusters of British Columbia, and always looks to grow his cosplay skills with each new project. Photograph: Meg Super Photography
Ryan Denton's (RAD Cosplay) costume adventure started in 2005 when he took his Halloween obsession and turned it into a full blown hobby. Having costumed everything from Darth Maul from Star Wars to Blain (Jesse Ventura) from Predator, he enjoys creating the illusion with his costumes that you are looking at the real character. He also enjoys other hobbies such as Slowpitch softball, Airsoft and Auto racing. Ryan and his wife Ashley reside in Chandler, Arizona with their 5 cats. Photograph: Eric Beymer Photography
Andy Valentine (Valentine Cosplay) is a cosplayer and prop maker based out of Bristol in the UK. With a deep and long-term love of gaming, Andy favors cosplaying video game characters, and most enjoys the darker and twisted villains of various gaming genres. If it involves mud, blood and scars, he's all over it. Professionally, he spends his days making replica props and bringing weapons and costumes from the screen to life. He has a constantly painty, resiny odour, and if something in the house isn't covered in paint, it's covered in cat hair. Photograph: Lucas of SCG
Josh Hamano of Clever Fox Cosplay is an avid gamer and fanboy of all things Star Wars and BioWare. He took his first steps into the larger world of cosplay when he joined the 501st out of a desire to use his love of costuming to benefit people like his father, who was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. He now teams up with his trusty sidekick/wife to bring his favorite heroes (and villains) to life. Photograph: John Qoyawayma
The Villain of Cosplay, Jonny Ruckus is a graphic designer who's been prop building and costuming for nearly 5 years. The self proclaimed "Best in the World" has been convention and raising money for charities with The Ghostbusters of New Hampshire all over the east coast, but got internet notoriety with his sarcastic attitude and the "Hello Kitty" Proton Pack. Not just a Ghostbuster, Jonny is known for his Louis Vuitton Storm Trooper and as Ash from Evil Dead II. Photograph: C Wish Cosplay Photography
Known as Daywalker, he is a CosLife professional cosplayer in London who personifies Blade, creating the impression of the character walking off the screen straight onto the floor of a convention. Through the CosLife movement, Daywalker has made guest appearances at various conventions When he isn't stalking the night for bad megalomaniac Vampires, Daywalker is a professional martial artist (Taekwondo) and studies under the Frank & Jeff Massar Taekwondo Association. He is also a professional stunt fight coordinator, choreographer and professional Blade look-a-like and stuntman.Photograph By: Pouncy Photographer Edited By: The Lady Dark Morte Battle Gear By: LOLA WANTS
Ryan Ricks is a former jeweler that now creates replica props. He started cosplaying and building props four years ago when he created his first Chewbacca. Going to sci-fi and comic book conventions and debuting his latest creations is now a big part of his life. Ultron was completed for DragonCon 2013 and instantly became a big hit. Between being a stay-at-home dad and building props, Ryan is busy but he looks forward to each new build with enthusiasm.
More calendar guys to be announced!
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.
Calendars will not be sold on our site outside the Kickstarter.
- $25+ tiers - Your name will be listed in the back pages of the Heroes vs Villains calendar as a supporter!
- Add $15 per extra calendar you want.
- Add $25 per extra shirt you want.
Note: When we hit Kickstarter goal, the funds will go immediately towards: Printing/Shipping (3400), 1500 (production/gas money needs for photographers, props, and other photoshoot needs - with 12 guys, it adds up!), Kickstarter/Amazon fees (roughly 500). 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.
Last year, our post-Kickstater survey was unanimous- you wanted more art of the guys! While we can't immediately budget all individual cosplayers to choose from right off the bat, we will be giving backers who donate $20 or more an exclusive postcard of their choice, and unlock more cosplayer postcard options as we hit our mini-stretch goals!
You get YOUR CHOICE of a shirt this time around! Our $45 t-shirt tier will hook you up with an awesome HERO or VILLAIN shirt. The shirts are the BELLA+CANVAS brand (a soft cotton). Mens and ladies variations are available- I'll ask you what you want in your backer survey
Ordering Extra Shirts?
As a thank-you for supporting the Kickstarter, simply increase your pledge by $25 for each additional shirt you want.
Calendar Stretch Goals
[Obtained] $5500 - Project funds!
[Obtained] $6500 - Postcard choices unlocked: Jordan Duncan (Krieg) & Andy Valentine (Vaas).
$7500 - Postcard choices unlocked: Ryan Denton (Bane) & Josh Hamano (Redeemed Revan)
$8000 - 18 Month Upgrade
Calendar 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.
$8500 - Todd Whalen (Tomb Raider Gender Bend) & Jonny Ruckus (Ghostbuster)
$12000 - 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.
Why are the stretch goals higher? The stretch goals are higher, based on what we learned last year (about how much things actually cost during a KS- underestimating international shipping, shrink-wrapping the calendars, and unexpected shoot costs.)
The additional cost of shrink-wrapping the calendars and wrapping up extra swag in a plastic bag last year due to concerns about calendar delivery being sturdy enough for international backers raised our costs past what we made last year. Thankfully, it was worth it: a few packages, despite being drenched in water due to weather, were still safe for backers!
Additionally, some of the calendar men paid out of pocket for shoot needs. They didn't ask for a dime (they were just happy to be involved in a first-time project like this), so I wanted to do my best to accommodate them this year. I asked each individually for a shoot budget. So, adding six months raised that tier slightly as well.
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), during my work as Marketing Director for Phoenix Comicon 2010. We remained active advocates of geek culture, often gaming geek culture. We've worked hard to support and connect cosplayers to several creative events, from: 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, the first Men vs Cosplay Gaming Calendar, cosplay programming at conventions like Emerald City Comicon, Tucson Comic-con, Albuquerque Comic Expo, Phoenix Comicon, and more!
We can't do this without your support!
Last year, I had the idea to launch a project that celebrated the incredibly talented male costumers and cosplayers in our community. And man, did we have an amazing adventure this past year! (Pictured below are several amazing cosplayers featured in our first annual calendar.)
Thanks to your support, we have been able to keep this project affordable to backers, AND open it to all-genre cosplayers. (Not just video game cosplayers.)
Testimonials from our 2014 Calendar
- "With the work that you have done it will really show people outside of the cosplay community that we men do cosplay and love the hobby as much as our lovely female friends. Thank you so much and keep being a positive force in the community, I will definitely keep supporting you guys!"
- "I love the concept of promoting this to a male audience. Not enough men get into this. I'm glad to see you guys are going strong."
- "You've done a fantastic job with this go round. Looking forward to seeing what's next!"
- "I really like the calendar and I'm looking forward to seeing what next year's calendar will bring!"
Risks and challenges
I've got one calendar under my belt, and feel fairly confident in all steps of the process, from creation to completion! I've also developed a tighter system for working with the guys and getting this project looking amazing for you all!
Like any project, there are obstacles and delays that may come up along the way. I have included buffers for both photographer schedules and production schedules. 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. We've gained an army of supporters, and have pooled more resources for the packing and shipping.
In addition, 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.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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