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We’re celebrating the diverse and talented male costumers of the cosplay community with a beautiful 365 page-a-day-style calendar!
We’re celebrating the diverse and talented male costumers of the cosplay community with a beautiful 365 page-a-day-style calendar!
We’re celebrating the diverse and talented male costumers of the cosplay community with a beautiful 365 page-a-day-style calendar!
577 backers pledged $20,090 to help bring this project to life.

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About the Project

Men vs Cosplay is celebrating its fourth year by highlighting some of the very best male costumers the cosplay community has to offer with a "365 Days of Cosplay" calendar!

 We will feature a huge range of male cosplay talent!

  • Novices to professionals.
  • Fantasy to sci-fi. 
  • Pop culture-inspired to original works. 

We strive to represent how diverse the male cosplay community is! This calendar has something for everyone and will keep you inspired year-round while connecting you to some new friends!  

Clean and Classy Design!

We added a new feature this year thanks to fan feedback- geeky holiday highlights!

  • 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!: Each page features a cosplayer/cosplay group! [312 pages; 1 page per weekday, 1 page per weekend.]
  • Comes packaged with its own box and shrink wrapped, making it easy to wrap up as a gift!
2017 will continue our tradition of featuring amazing cosplay guys!
2017 will continue our tradition of featuring amazing cosplay guys!

Calendar Guy Spotlights!

Recruitment ended on June 15 and we are elated at the talent we've brought on to the project! 

View a current list of 2017 calendar guys in our gallery here! 

GARRETT (THIEF) | Cosplayer: Libjumper Cosplay | Photography: Belinda Turner Photographer
GARRETT (THIEF) | Cosplayer: Libjumper Cosplay | Photography: Belinda Turner Photographer

 

CAPTAIN AMERICA (MARVEL) | Cosplayer: Skydance MacMahon | Photography: Sam Apple Cummins
CAPTAIN AMERICA (MARVEL) | Cosplayer: Skydance MacMahon | Photography: Sam Apple Cummins

 

GREEN RANGER (POWER RANGERS) | Cosplayer: Chad Stafford | Photography: Speed Force Photography
GREEN RANGER (POWER RANGERS) | Cosplayer: Chad Stafford | Photography: Speed Force Photography

 

SADAOI MAOU (THE DEVIL IS A PART TIMER) | Cosplayer: Ejen | Photography: Erik Estrada
SADAOI MAOU (THE DEVIL IS A PART TIMER) | Cosplayer: Ejen | Photography: Erik Estrada

 

Cosplayer: Zaklabs | Photography by: Brian Morris
Cosplayer: Zaklabs | Photography by: Brian Morris

Rewards Break-Down

 $10 - DIGITAL EDITION PACKAGE
  • High-resolution digital 2017 calendar PDF
  • Digital thank you postcard.
$20 - CALENDAR PACKAGE
  • Brand-new packaged 365 Men of Cosplay page-a-day calendar
  • High-resolution digital 2017 calendar PDF
  • Thank you postcard, signed by a calendar guy.
$25 - CALENDAR SUPPORTER PACKAGE 
  • Brand-new packaged 365 Men of Cosplay page-a-day calendar.
  • Postcard set. YOUR CHOICES: Spotlights, Guys with Cute Animals, Dudeoir/Risque.
  • High-resolution digital 2017 calendar PDF.
  • Thank you postcard, signed by a calendar guy.
$45 - CALENDAR + SHIRT PACKAGE 
  • Brand-new packaged 365 Men of Cosplay page-a-day calendar. 
  • Limited edition glow-in-the-dark shirt designed by Raven Cruz. (Various styles and options available, see below!)
  • Postcard set. YOUR CHOICES: Spotlights, Guys with Cute Animals, Dudeoir/Risque.
  • High-resolution digital 2017 calendar PDF. 
  • Thank you postcard, signed by a calendar guy.
$65 - 5x CALENDAR BUNDLE PACKAGE 
  • 5x Brand-new packaged 365 Men of Cosplay page-a-day calendar. 
  • 5x Postcard sets. YOUR CHOICES: Spotlights, Guys with Cute Animals, Dudeoir/Risque. 
  • High-resolution digital 2017 calendar PDF. 
  • 5x Thank you postcards, signed by a calendar guy(s).

Add-Ons

  • Extra Postcard Set: Add +$5 to your pledge (New Option!)
  • Extra Calendar: Add +$15 to your pledge
  • Extra Shirt: Add +$20 to your pledge

Limited Edition GLOW-IN-THE-DARK Shirt! 

Designed by Raven Cruz / RevengeLover, this is our 2017 limited edition raglan-style shirt! The yellow in the design will have a glow-in-the-dark effect. The shirts will also be printed by an award-winning local company 11th Monk3y Industries, which as done all of our past shirts (they are soft, look great, and last a long time!).

Three Styles Available: 

  • Raglan-style (pictured below) - S, M, L, XL, 2XL
  • Unixsex gray t-shirt - XS, S, M, L, XL, 2X, 3XL, 4XL, 5XL
  • Ladies gray t-shirt - XS, S, M, L, XL, 2XL

Limited Edition Postcard Swag Sets!

We are shooting with several photographers to put together a unique postcard set for calendar supporters who donate $25+! 

  • STANDARD SET: Calendar Guy Spotlights!
  • CUDDLY SET: Cosplayers with Cute Pets!
  • SEXY SET: Cosplayers in Dudeoir Poses!
    (The images will be playfully risqué but not erotic.)

Who's Making the 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.

Our Awesome Team!

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.  

Raven Cruz Designs / RevengeLover - Our phenomenal calendar graphic designer and exclusive t-shirt artist designer.

Men vs Cosplay Insider Facebook Group (everyone is welcome to join!) - This is where we talk about Men vs Cosplay related projects year-round.

2016 calendar guy, JayCosplay, in his shop with the 2016 calendar! :D
2016 calendar guy, JayCosplay, in his shop with the 2016 calendar! :D
 

Expense Breakdown

With 2016 wrapped up, I have a much more accurate estimate of costs this year. I am always happy to be up front about costs with backers. 

Calendar funding will go directly to:

  • Calendar Printing: As we work with a commercial printer, we need to do a minimum order of 1k calendars which costs 7500 to produce and ship to us. 
  • Shipping: I am estimating this on how much it costs to ship the 2016 calendars.
  • T-Shirt Printing & Swag : I am estimating this on how much it costs to print the 2016 t-shirts and swag.
  • Kickstarter Fees: This is what Kickstarter and Amazon takes from the funds for fees. This is unavoidable. :)

We can't do this without your support! 

This calendar is being built over the duration of this Kickstarter in anticipation of funding. We're 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! 

Hashtags | #MvC #menvscosplay
Facebook | Men vs Cosplay
Twitter | @menvscosplay
Instagram | @menvscosplay

MONTANA (BATTLEBORN) Cosplayer: Sledge | Photography: Alexandra Lee Studios
MONTANA (BATTLEBORN) Cosplayer: Sledge | Photography: Alexandra Lee Studios

 

Our amazing backers and friends! <3 Can't do it without your support!
Our amazing backers and friends! <3 Can't do it without your support!

 

Project Supporters / Swag Sponsors

If you'd like to donate swag or support the project/Kickstarter in any way related to your event or business, email Anabel at menvscosplay@gmail.com.

Press

Cover Photo Credits

Ultron
Cosplayer: Eeto's Cosplay
Photography: Magic Missile Studios

Risks and challenges

In 2015, we had a very tight time frame to fund, create, and produce the calendar. Production and shipping delays from China ended up delaying the entire project.

I am actively working to avoid delays from happening this year. The calendar file, which was a cause in our delays, is almost done. This will allow us to produce and ship the calendar before the end of year even with unexpected delays.

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