INVITATION TO SUBMIT TO MEN VS COSPLAy CALENDAR
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Every year, Men vs Cosplay bands together to create a badass fan calendar. This is our third year, and we are taking on the incredibly ambitious effort of featuring over 300 male cosplayers in one calendar. How? Well, we found the opportunity to do a page-a-day-style calendar, and we'd love to make it a reality!
What we need is male cosplayers.. lots of male cosplayers. :)
We currently have 300+ spots to fill, and we're stoked to bring on so many awesome cosplay dudes into a calendar project like this. The Kickstarter itself will launch soon, but because of our time restraints we are actively building and recruiting for the calendar through this next month, in anticipation of having the file ready to send to our printer by October.
We love you all, and thank you for helping bring this project to reality! I always wished I could find a way to feature more than just 18 cosplayers in the calendar.. and we just might be able to make that happen.
Please read below for all the info! Submission info is at the end. -Anabel
(Header photo by Sam Mort Productions)
F A Q
- Who can join the calendar?
Cosplayers who identify as men are welcome to participate! There are very, very few male-centered cosplay projects in the wild and we want to celebrate the dudes in the community.
Photos that include a woman are more than welcome if the male cosplayer is the focus of the picture. (Example: Mad Max from Fury Road, with Furiosa, if Max is the main figure in the photo.)
- Will we be paid/get a free calendar?
To make this project a reality, it's a labor of love and a volunteer effort. We cannot pay photographers and cosplayers for their participation. In the past, we have been able to send cosplayers/photographers involved swag/calendars, but that was when it was just 18 guys in a calendar - not 300+. When I discussed the issue with our group and cosplayers interested in being in it, they unanimously agreed that they would prefer to pay for their own calendar to help fund getting 300+ cosplayers featured, than get a free one with only 18 cosplayers in it.
I absolutely WISH that I could provide free calendars to all participants, but it is not possible with a project of this scale. What we can do is promote your participation, and offer first access to the early-bird Kickstarter rate, to get your own calendar out to you as affordable as possible. We thank you for your understanding!
- Can we submit multiple photos?
YES! This is encouraged. Just in case we have too many submissions for a particular character, we could use an alternative image and cosplay.
- Who retains the photo rights?
YOU. Or your photographer, depending on what arrangement you have. We are only asking permission to include your photo in the calendar, and for promotional use (either on the Kickstarter page, or on our social networks so we can promote your participation).
- What is the theme?
Just an open celebration of male cosplayers theme! Everything is welcome! Movies! Zombies! Archers! Steampunk! Comics! We will balance a good mix of each genre (TV/Comic/Video Game/Anime/Book/etc.) so it's a decent mix/celebration of everything!
Obviously, if there is a holiday on a certain day, we will attempt to match a corresponding photo. ;)
- What kind of photography are you looking for?
REALLY COOL PHOTOS. :D It doesn't matter if you are a novice or a pro: we just want some really rockin' photos that celebrates how diverse our community is! Though, please don't submit blurry images and images with too much photo-manipulation.
For an idea of what we like, check out past calendar examples below.
S U B M I S S I O N s: C l o s e d
Eternal thanks to the University of Advancing Technology for directing, filming, and editing our awesome 2014/2015 Kickstarter video for us in a tight time-frame. Specifically: Paul DeNigris, Reggie Riley, Alex Mynagi Dinh You guys are amazing.