Interview: Katie Fairfield | GEEK PRIDE COSPLAY CALENDAR

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Geek Pride Cosplay Calendar Launched!

One of the many signs that the year is beginning to come to a close is that calendars for the following year start appearing in bookshops and online stores. If you haven’t picked out a calendar for your year quite yet, you may be interested in the 2014 Geek Pride Cosplay Calendar, which intends to raise money for Cancer Research UK and is currently looking for crowd funding via IndieGoGo. We caught up with organiser Katie Fairfield to find out a bit more.

Starburst: Why a Calendar? And why Cosplayers?

Katie Fairfield: The idea came up a few months ago and everyone seemed really keen to be involved, we had various different ideas but we wanted it to be something we could all sink our teeth into in one way or another, and most everyone who writes or contributes to Geek Pride is doing something towards the calendar, be it artwork, cosplaying, videoing, blogging or designing. It's a real inspiration to have so many talented people on board and willing to help and give their time so freely to the cause. I think a calendar gives us the opportunity to include as many different styles as possible and is a really effective way of showcasing what we are really made of. We decided on the cosplay aspect mostly because we all love the characters we've chosen, and the themes we are working to are really exciting too.

Why Cancer Research?

I think it's safe to say that almost everyone on this whole damn planet has been touched by the big C at some point in their lives. Whether that be a family member or friend that has suffered, or if they have been affected personally. We thought long and hard about what we wanted to do with the money, and many great causes were bandied about, but when it came down to the vote it was almost unanimous that we want to do our bit to kick cancer’s arse.

Who will be involved? Where have the photographers and cosplayers come from?

Our photographer is Matt Geary, master of the camera. I have cosplayers coming from Kent, Wales, Chester, Manchester and Southampton, to name a few.

Who are the cosplayers? What else have they done?

Most of the cosplayers are hobbyists with high quality cosplay outfits, but we have a few models on board. Most people will be familiar with Lady Noctis and I'm also cosplaying in the calendar on top of arranging it all. Even though we're not all professional cosplayers I have been vetting the outfits as we go along and I can promise that they are absolutely incredible. We are releasing sneaky peeks (low res images) of the costumes so people can get a little taste of what's to come as we move forward so keep an eye on the Indiegogo page for more information.

What costumes should we expect to see?

You're in for a treat. If you like comic books we have Wonder Woman, Superman, Catwoman, Deadpool, Harley Quinn and the Joker amongst others. If you prefer gaming we have an entire month dedicated to Left 4 Dead and a very special Final Fantasy shoot and for fans of TV shows/movies/anime we have Game of Thrones, Despicable Me and Watchmen shoots in the pipeline.

Those interested in the project can find out more by clicking here.

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