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CSPLYeu is a 30cm by 30cm hardcover cosplay photobook containing over 50 cosplayers from 12 European countries.
CSPLYeu is a 30cm by 30cm hardcover cosplay photobook containing over 50 cosplayers from 12 European countries.
98 backers pledged €8,115 to help bring this project to life.

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CSPLYeu is a project that finds its birth in the creative mind of Kyman Cheng, a photographer and retoucher from The Netherlands. Together with Stefan Dorresteijn he set out to unite the European cosplay community in a high quality product, befitting of Europe’s incredible cosplay talent. 

In October 2014 we took a look at Europe as a cosplay community and found that while the United States and Asia are very heavily represented in combined, professionally developed products, Europe seems to lag behind. CSPLYeu is here to fill the void. With the help of cosplay fans and using Kickstarter for crowdfunding we’ll travel through 12 countries doing photoshoots with over 50 cosplayers to create a crowdfunded, crowdsourced high quality hardcover photobook that truly represents the European cosplay community.

The Book

The CSPLYeu photobook will contain pictures from over 50 cosplayers originating from over 12 countries. Cosplay is a form of storytelling so our photoshoots will put cosplayers in their character's natural environment to capture the complete story in a single image. The book featuring more than 50 cosplayer in a 150 page, 30x30cm hardcover format, will be self-published and printed in Shenzhen, shipped to Rotterdam and then shipped to our backers from either The Hague, Netherlands or Cologne, Germany. Alongside the book we'll be creating and selling prints of images featured and not featured in the book. 

The Cosplayers

Since October we've gathered over 50 cosplayers who want to work together to make this project happen. Having to limit our selection to around 50 cosplayers was hard to say the least but we think we chose a beautifully varied group of people. The book will feature a large variety of crafting skills such as armor crafting, leatherworking and sewing. We've also tried to get cosplays from all kinds of media so the book will feature characters from games, anime, movies, tv shows and really any other platform you could think of. Instead of just contacting the 50 most popular European cosplayers we selected those with the highest level of skill who would fit the idea of the book the best and we feel we've achieved that. The cosplayers are excited and the photoshoots have been scheduled so we're all ready to go!

The Blog

During the book's production process we'll write cosplayer profiles, travel updates and other fun articles on the CSPLYeu blog. Alongside the standard blog we'll have a backers-only blog where we will share exclusive information and behind the scenes pictures of the production process. By backing our project you become a part of what we're trying to do so we want to include you in our every move.

To get more incremental updates, you can also follow us on these social media pages:
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The Breakdown

We're asking you for money so the least we can do is tell you what we need it for. We're looking to buy our books in bulk to save money in the long run so we have to order at least 750 books which comes at considerable cost. Combined with the travel costs of traveling through 12 countries in two months and the shipping costs we're covering we expect to need about €7,500 to make this project happen. We will most likely not sell all our books which leaves us with a chance to keep making money from this project. The CSPLYeu photobook is an amazing start to what will hopefully be a great future of cosplay related projects. We want this kickstarter project to truly be a building block for us to build more projects on without having to look at the community for additional money. Even after we've shipped all the books and prints to our backers we're going to continue creating products for the cosplay community. We're here to stay.

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Risks and challenges

This project is a big one. Months of planning and calculations have gone into the creation of this project already and there will be more hard work to be done after the funding process is complete. The travelling will be rough on Kyman but the budget does allow for a relatively comfortable trip without too many close situations when it comes to planning and if things do go wrong we have a direct line of communication with our cosplayers to reschedule the photoshoots. All in all we're aware of the challenges we're facing and we know how huge this project is but we're confident that our preparation covers whatever this project may throw at us.

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    Exclusive behind the scenes footage!
    Gain access to extra blogposts showing behind the scenes videos and images of what's going on during the trip and the photoshoots.

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    Mini-Prints (10x15cm)!
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    The Early Bird CSPLY Book!
    Recieve the signed 30x30cm hardcover CSPLYeu photobook at the early bird price.

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    The CSPLY Book!
    Recieve the signed 30x30cm hardcover CSPLYeu photobook at a lowered Kickstarter price.

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    The CSPLY Book!
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    Quad Print Package!
    Get 4 prints (20x30cm) of your choice from our shop in addition to the signed 30x30cm hardcover CSPLYeu photobook.

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    Poster package!
    Get two poster sized prints (33x48) of your choice from our shop in addition to the signed 30x30cm hardcover CSPLYeu photobook.

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    Skype package!
    Get a 1 hour skype call with the photographer and a cosplayer to talk about the subject of your choice. This skype call will happen during the trip itself, which means you can hear about what we were shooting on the day itself! You will also recieve the signed 30x30cm hardcover CSPLYeu photobook.

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    Mega Poster Pack!
    Get two mega-posters (60x90cm) of your choice from our shop in addition to the signed 30x30cm hardcover CSPLYeu photobook.

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    Limited-Edition Behind the Scenes pack!
    Get a Limited-Edition 24 page behind the scenes book with texts and images showing the process of creating the book. You will also receive a signed 30x30cm hardcover CSPLYeu photobook.

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    Photoshoot Package!
    Kyman will do a one hour photoshoot with you at a convention in The Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, France or the UK and edit 3 of the photos. You'll also recieve 2 posters of your choice (60x90cm) and the signed 30x30cm hardcover CSPLYeu photobook.
    (your travel costs not included)

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    Pledge €2,500 or more About $2,787

    Plane Package!
    Get flown over to animecon 2016 and hang out with us. You'll also get credited in the book as executive producer and will receive a signed unique copy of the 30x30cm hardcover CSPLYeu photobook with 20 extra pages of content that nobody else will ever see.

    Also includes all the other rewards above.

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    Pledge €7,000 or more About $7,803

    The Full CSPLY Package!
    I will personally fly over to your house to deliver a custom book made exclusively for you. We'll hang out for a couple of days and discuss the project before I leave again.
    You'll also be credited in the book as an executive producer and you can follow us along every step of the project, including the shoots, post-production and printing on skype, phone or any other form of contact.

    We will also love you. Please make sure to mail us at contact@csply.eu before pledging this amount, so we can discuss the terms and rewards.

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