ADDITIONAL CAST MEMBERS SOUGHT IN ATLANTA AND LOS ANGELES AREAS
New Episodes to Premiere in 2014
NEW YORK – October 16, 2013 – Syfy continues to shine the spotlight on the exciting and creative world of competitive cosplay by ordering 6 additional episodes of its breakout reality series Heroes of Cosplay, it was announced today. Producers are also seeking talented and passionate cosplayers to be featured in the series who are based in and around the Los Angeles and Atlanta areas. Heroes of Cosplay is a tantalizing docu-series that lifts the veil on the imaginative world of cosplay and the passionate fans - from legends to newbies - who put their imagination and skills to the test to make a name for themselves in this colorful and competitive world. Male and female cosplayers who live in Atlanta and Los Angeles and are ready to take their cosplaying to the next level now have a shot at being a part of the show. Candidates must be able to make their own costumes and compete in competitions around the country. Those interested are invited to send pictures, links, contact info, and self-descriptions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Heroes of Cosplay is produced by 51 Minds, an Endemol Company. Executive producers are Mark Cronin, Courtland Cox and Dave Caplan. Syfy is a media destination for imagination-based entertainment. With year round acclaimed original series, events, blockbuster movies, classic science fiction and fantasy programming, a dynamic Web site (www.Syfy.com), and a portfolio of adjacent business (Syfy Ventures), Syfy is a passport to limitless possibilities. Originally launched in 1992 as SCI FI Channel, and currently in more than 98 million homes, Syfy is a network of NBCUniversal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies. NBCUniversal is owned by Comcast Corporation.(Syfy. Imagine greater.)
My best friend is currently getting her picture taken for Heroes of Cosplay. And get this. The girl who came to us with the waiver form explained where she came from in very very vague terms…she said something along the lines of “reality show for conventions and cosplayers”. She only admitted it was for HoC when I explicitly asked her if it was, and wouldn’t straightforwardly explain what the picture would be used for.
They know they’re vilified by the actual community and still they try to weasel us onto their show.
Anyway, it was only for pictures so I’m not as angry as I would be if it had been an interview.
Fuck Heroes of Cosplay
So it’s Christmas, and I’m around a lot of family and such, and one of the big things I did this year was do some serious cosplaying. It’s something I love doing and really enjoyed taking it to another level this year and putting a lot of effort into something that really pays off.
Unfortunately, as a lot of people within the cosplay community know, Syfy has this reality show called Heroes of Cosplay that follows some (formerly) respected members of the cosplay community in their (scripted) shenanigans. While I can’t say what these ladies and (one) gentlemen are like in real life, I can tell you their personas on the show are nothing short of deplorable, barring a few. There are cat fights, put downs, and not much good. I take more issue with behind the scenes issues, but you get the idea.
So I competed for the first time this year at MiniCon, a one day version of a three day con held in my town during the summer. This was just one day in November, and I happened to have my big cosplay ready to go (I do one handmade cosplay a year, but I also compose several more from clothes off the rack). So I thought, what the heck, I’ll compete, it’s a small con.
So for all you people who are wondering what it’s really like at your small town convention that doesn’t have syfy modifications, here goes.
And for people who are already veterans of competing or know all this stuff, you can just skip to the opinion bit, this is going on my other blog where most of the people who read are not familiar with cosplay and might need a little understanding as compared to Syfy’s staged creations.
First, you do some prejudging. You turn in your form with your name and costume. You go up to the panel of judges and explain all the cool things about your costume. For example, my Wonder Woman costume was handmade, using a modified t-shirt and clearance cloth from a fabric star. We sewed Christmas ornaments for the stars and made the crown out of a notebook cover, yadda yadda. So on so forth. The judges were very sweet and they didn’t go picking at bits on my costume or anything like they do on the show. There were very constructive comments and they were truly very nice. So you do your thing, and then they sent me to a photographer to have a picture made. I don’t know what they ended up doing with it because I was too busy competing and whatnot, but it was not scandalous and the photographer was also polite.
So there were a couple of hours between judging and the actual show. Since it was prejudged they had the winners names by the time of the show.
So we all lined back up, and there were maybe thirty to forty of us if I remember correctly? Anyway, because it wasn’t a very big con, we were gathered in a little curatained off area. They had someone to tell you when to walk up on stage and you pose for a picture ( I accidentally left the stage too early and had to be called back up, which was embarrassing but everybody was also super sweet about that too). There were no skits, no light cues, there was cool music, but it was just a playlist.
Everyone backstage was very genuine and nice, asking about everyone’s costumes and there was no cattiness and it was a really great experience. So after everybody walked, they announced the winners. I won third place, which was a real surprise and totally amazing. There wasn’t much drama and everybody was civilized, unlike the show. So then they brought the winners up, everybody took pictures, I got a certificate and a gift card to the dealers room, and then I went and celebrated with my friends.
And I wouldn’t have had it any other way. This overblown nonesense on TV only focused on big cons which a lot of us will never attend and gives several people who are interested in cosplay the wrong idea, and paints a rather unflattering portrait to those curious about the subject. Shame shame shame. This is some of the most fun I’ve ever had, and this show makes it out that you have to be some kind of hotshot to do cosplay. No, it’s for everyone. And anyone who says otherwise should be ignored.
TL:DR Cosplay contests are for real so much fun and not nearly as dramatic and catty as depicted on TV, and shame on Syfy for pitting these great craftsmen and women against each other and planting prizes.