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Heroes of Cosplay = Reality TV Garbage

Posted: November 29, 2013 by Noccie in Noccie, Television
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Have you watched Heroes of Cosplay?

The shows premise is they are following professional cosplayers to several conventions around the country. All the members are competing against one another and local cosplayers for cash prizes. The featured cosplayer is Yaya Han, one of the most visible cosplayers today. She’s in every episode, even the one where she’s in Denmark and everyone else is at MegaCon.


Reality television is always staged to some extent and always scripted later by the producers. They cut out portions strategically to get the feel they want. They leave out anything that might make their show look bad and leave in only things they approve.

Heroes of Cosplay has so much vile behavior, that not all of it was cut out of the show. Also, some of the regular cosplayers they encountered along the way spoke out about the bad behavior of the actors on the show. Syfy really screwed the pooch because they did everything from fronted money for prizes last minute to pressuring conventions to add skit competitions the day before.

The first episode I watched was Emerald City Comic Con because I was there during the taping. I didn’t remember seeing any of them, although I spent most of my time in the artists alley. This episode has a moment that set up everything bad about the show. All the Heroes are eating at a restaurant talking about how some people shouldn’t cosplay at all. Chloe Dykstra is a newbie in the episode and competes with a costume of Lydia Deets, from Beetlejuice. She was defending cosplayers or all sizes or shapes and amateurs. Chloe was the only one in the episode that brought up that it should be fun and something you do because you LOVE the character or love dressing up. She loves Cosplaying and this was her first contest. That’s awesome! You don’t have to compete.

I don’t care who you are, don’t tell people they can’t do something fun because they don’t look like you. You can have five arms and play a character with no arms. It’s about the LOVE. One of my favorite local cosplayers is a black guy who does whatever he wants. At Geek Girl Con he was a Naruto and WAS AWESOME. He spent a bunch of time working on his costume and he can do the splits like his character. Who are YOU to tell him he can’t do this?

Guy from Naruto. Love this Cos-player. He's done Akuma a few years in a row at ECCC.

Guy from Naruto. Love this Cos-player. He’s done Akuma a few years in a row at ECCC.

The Heroes also openly criticize other professionals like Jessica Nigri for being sexy. Yaya Han think’s Jessica is too sexy. It’s the pot calling the kettle black if you’ve ever seen Yaya Han’s Jessica Rabbit. Other professionals are not the only ones they bash. They often complain about the competition winners when they are not Heroes. Some of the winning cosplayers, that aren’t among the Heroes, have worked for a year or more on their costumes. They have worked as hard or harder on their costumes only to be bad mouthed on network television by strangers. Not only is this elitism but it is just bad manners. If you want to be an ambassador to the rest of the world for cosplay, you have to put your best foot forward. That doesn’t just mean the best costume.

There are a few interesting things about the show. It is great to see the fabrication and sewing. I love seeing what goes into this sort of cosplaying. I also do love some of the cosplayers, like Chloe Dykstra, Jessica Merizan and Holly Conrad and Rikki LeCotey (aka Riddle). They have a way better attitude towards Cosplay than other members of the cast. Riddle does some amazing fabrication work on top of everything else, which is fantastic to see.

They are currently casting for season two. We will possibly have another season of catty bad behavior. Hopefully instead they will make up for season one. Maybe they will focus on good sportsmanship and talking to the other people about how much work they put into their costumes?