In the world of nerd culture there’s an aspect that doesn’t get quite the amount of respect it deserves: Cosplay. Now, if you follow Nerd Bastards you know we’re no strangers to complimenting the ladies or the fellas, but those outside this sub-culture don’t really know what kind of work goes into the trial and error of costume making. So, leave it to SyFy to come up with another reality-based television show to shove into our eye holes, Heroes of Cosplay.
The six-episode “docu-series” will have contestants develop and create costumes based on popular shows and series all in the name of cash prizes. It’ll be a “race against the clock to transform themselves into amazing fictional characters that push the boundaries between fantasy and reality…” Wait a minute, this sounds familiar…it’s Face Off for cosplayers!
Here’s a first look at just who will be a part of the show after the jump.
Yaya Han – Yaya is one of the acknowledged legends of cosplay whose entrance at each convention – always in full costume – never fails to create a stir. A source of inspiration and intimidation to the contestants, Atlanta-based Yaya Han is often a judge at contests.
Riki LeCotey – Riki moved from rural Canada to the United States to follow her passion for cosplay. A special effects technician on sci-fi films, she is also the founder of Cosplay for a Cause, which has raised money for victims of the Japanese Tsunami.
Monika Lee – Monika is from Atlanta and a student at the Georgia Institute of technology, where she’s majoring in industrial design. A cosplayer since the age of 13, competed in numerous craftsmanship contests winning several “Best in Shows” and various other awards.
Victoria Schmidt – Victoria is co-founder of the geek fashion and style blog settostunning.com. A passionate fan of cosplay since high school, she’s especially proud of being Princess Leia on LucasFilm’s Star Wars float in the 2007 Rose Parade.
Chloe Dykstra – Chloe was almost fated to be in the cosplay community; her father is an F/X legend, having worked on the original Star Wars and Star Trek films. An actress and model, she hosts the Just Cos show on YouTube’s Nerdist channel.
Jessica Merizan and Holly Conrad – Jessica has performed in regional theater in Southern California since she was five years old. Together, she and fellow cast member Holly Conrad co-founded a costume fabrication shop, cosplay community and new media entertainment company. Holly was mentored by her very qualified grandfather, Dorse Lanpher, an F/X animator for Disney and others. She now works in the special effects business for several major studios, in addition to her business with Jessica.
Becky Young – Becky has created costumes since attending San Diego Comic-Con in 2006. A trained actress, she has voiced Video Game Nussie on Maxim Radio and was a judge on CBS Sports’ Guitar Hero Competiton show. She lives in Burbank.
Jesse Lagers – Jesse lives in Portland, Oregon, where he works as a software systems administrator. He hopes that success in cosplay competitions will lead to his own business creating costumes and props. Jesse is a stickler for realism and authenticity in all of the costumes he creates.
A lot of notable names are on that list, several of which we’ve featured on this very site before and nothing against SyFy, but this is a stacked deck. Everyone here has already attained some level of fame, where are the cosplayers hungry for a chance to show off what they can do? Still, it’ll be nice to see how everyone has to focus on making a cosutme in a tight timeframe against the weeks or month they’d usually have in advance.
One contestant, Chloe Dykstra, recently released a short Youtube video explaining a bit more about Heroes of Cosplay, as well as talking about the others involved:
Heroes of Cosplay will debut Tuesday, August 13 at 10:30 PM ET/PT then moves to its regular time – 10 PM Tuesdays – starting August 20th.