Review: Heroes of Cosplay, Episode 6 THE FINALE

The as-yet-to-be-renewed Heroes of Cosplay completed its initial run tonight with some spectacular fun and serious drama (guys, it’s reality TV, there is drama.  Did you know you have nerves attached to your muscles?).

Embedded image permalinkI HAVE NEVER SEEN SO MANY SICK PEOPLE AT A CON.  Stop that.  Even so, it’s not hard to understand the motivation to work through an illness for something you’ve already put so much effort and time into.  Despite how you feel, you want to go through with it.  How many of us do that with our work or career?  It’s a tough choice.  Admittedly… my illnesses in the past have come the next morning… *mumblemumbledragonconmumble*

One of the most lovely moments was Jinyo’s proposal to Victoria.  So sweet, and the opportunity to have help from such a fantastic gentleman as Peter Mayhew (THE Chewbacca) simply can’t be passed up.  Peter is also currently in need of medical care which his friends, family, and fans are helping to support via the website Standing In The Stars.

Unfortunately, a far more negative scene awaited us during the masquerade as the crowd jeered the “out-of-towners.”  It is my understanding that there was some frustration with the show and management, but in my opinion, that is absolutely no reason to be heckling people, offering rudeness, or (even if you didn’t start it, as I have heard is the case) continuing an argument.  What the hell was that?  Aren’t we all adults?

Aside from that, “out-of-towners?”  REALLY?  It’s a major convention that brought hundreds of thousands of people to Kansas City.  Conventions are DESIGNED to be attended by non-residents.  If there were only residents of that city attending THERE WOULDN’T BE A CONVENTION.  And heaven forbid there were only locals in the masquerade – it’d be five minutes long with two entries and no judges.

When you are costuming, you are there to do YOUR best.  If your best doesn’t win you an award, keep going.  Learn.  Seek out new and better techniques, materials, keep creating and GROW.  But do not stand there and cry in your beer that you were “outclassed.”  Every single one of those people started out with no skills; they worked for them and built them.  It is an extremely ungracious and disingenuous way to approach anything.

You didn’t start it?  Good for you.  But you didn’t leave it, either.  You participated in a meanspirited, abrasive heckling.  You were hungry, tired, and hurting?  So was everyone else in that masquerade.  No excuses.  Bullying and meanness is never okay.  Period.

Aside from that, it seems like it was a great experience for all the folks involved.  There was a lot of growing, learning, and the requisite struggle that is one of the things that makes anything – but especially cosplay – worth doing.

Looking forward to another season!

Learn more at SyFy’s website.


  1. As a point of information (and not in any way as an excuse for what happened, which was insane and beyond the pale) the con jumped in 2013 from a convention center with just over 50,000 square feet to a location with over 350,000. A lot of the traditional fans were very confused at their local con becoming a big thing just because SyFy said so. And their attendance is turnstyle estimates of people, not actual badges sold. There was no way there were hundreds of thousands of people at that convention. There was a much bigger crowd at the masquerade audience at the anime convention a week before and it had maybe 6000 in attendance.

    1. I admittedly did not do my checking on that, thank you for the info. And like you said, 6000 or 6 people, that behavior was totally inexcusable. It hurts to see that in our fandom.

    1. I’ve seen the post going around about the Dr. Who group. I read it during the show and referred back to it while I was writing my review. No, they didn’t start it, but they joined in on the bullying, and that is never ever okay. Period.

      Also, them “keeping it hidden” is an opinion that doesn’t hold much water. This is the internet, after all.

    2. Also, it’s impossible to call those ‘facts.’ It was a relation of one person’s experience, colored by their feelings. It’s a side of the story, and while it is valid, it is not entirely factual.

  2. Then, (gently), is it really a ‘fact’ that they joined in on bullying? Have yet to see it but it sounds like someone went after them backstage, not like they went after someone else (and yes, that does make a difference in whether it is bullying – talking back when you yourself are bullied is in bounds).

    1. We’ll never really know, will we? What I saw (and read) was that the crowd started the rude commentary, and the Who group joined in – they admitted this themselves in their post, and excused it based on being tired, hungry, and hurt. Perhaps the production crew choose to push the envelope, and that’s poor judgement on their part, but you can always say no and not participate (which it seems they did in regards to any confessional).

      And I must disagree, bullying back when you are being bullied is not in bounds (talking back is one thing, but it is not a thing they did, based on video evidence). Fire with fire, etc etc. That will never solve anything. And crying victim when you chose to act isn’t right either, in my opinion.

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