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Watch The Heroes Of Cosplay At Work This August On Syfy!


Are you prepared for the world to learn about cosplay? Ready or not, Syfy is about to dive in with their new series Heroes of Cosplay and we finally know who’s in the cast! 

We previously learned about not one, but two geeky reality shows coming to Syfy. One, Fandemonium, seems like The Real World populated with all nerds, the other previously had the working title of Cosworld but has since transformed into Heroes of Cosplay. The show is a six-episode docuseries following some of the biggest names in cosplay. From the press release on SideReel:

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.

The show will premiere August 13th on Syfy, directly after the premiere of their returning hit Face Off. Smart move.

I have to say, it’s an odd turn of event to see a show with a majority female cast for a change but I’m surprised they didn’t want to showcase more of the great male cosplayers out there too. No word yet on when Fandemonium will premiere but my sources say filming has wrapped on that production. If you want to stay updated with Heroes of Cosplay, you can like them on Facebook.

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  • Anonymous

    It’s a totally secret dream of mine to cosplay the way some of these AMAZING cosplayers do, but their levels of creativity, imagination, detail and commitment are just WAY out of my league! So, I’ll definitely be watching this and vicariously enjoying what they bring forth!

  • Anonymous

    I’m upset that Danger Woman isn’t listed.

  • GeekheadClayton

    Saddens me that that they choosing focus so much on the Lady’s of Cosplay.

  • The Nerd Signal

    “I’m surprised they didn’t want to showcase more of the great male cosplayers out there too.”

    Really? Women in comic book costumes or men in comic book costumes, which do you think put the dollar signs in the network execs’ eyes?

  • Amy C.

    Oh good. I thought “If Chloe Dykstra isn’t in this, I’ll riot.”

  • Jesse

    Eh.

    I never like when shows have cosplayers on them. It only ever seems to be demeaning. And I was never on board the YaYa Han train. She always seemed fake to me. Take that as you will.

    I’d have been MUCH more interested if they focused on the more “Everyday” cosplayers. Then the ones that are already some level of known.

    And yeah “Heros of Cosplay” is a title I can’t help but laugh at.

  • Mina

    Yeahhh. I had the same thought. “Wow, so many more girls than guys!….Wait a minute……Oh.”

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    I never like when shows have cosplayers on them. It only ever seems
    to be demeaning. And I was never on board the YaYa Han train. She always
    seemed fake to me. Take that as you will.

  • Vian Lawson

    It heartens me that I got this far down into the comments before the inevitable “fake Geek Girl” innuendo reared its ugly head. I expected it’d be first. It saddens me to see it at all, of course, but baby steps.

    Why don’t we, oh, I don’t know, wait till the show has aired, before we see if it’s the usual “look at the amusing geeks” spot, or an actual exploration of a subculture that is quite important to a lot of SyFy’s demographic?

  • Heroes Of Cosplay

    I’m guessing that Fandemonium will premiere on September 24. And have a new name.
    Heroes Of Cosplay and Fandemonium are both 6 episodes long. Heroes Of Cosplay premieres on the same night as the new season of Face Off. A typical season of Face Off seems to be 12 episodes. So Fandemonium will probably step into the time slot vacated by Heroes Of Cosplay.
    Just a guess.

  • Heroes Of Cosplay

    Are you advocating for patience and reason, instead of jumping to a snap judgment? You must be new to the internet.

  • Anonymous

    Chloe, Riki, Yaya, Monika (and I think maybe Jesse) were at ECCC this year, and they made all of us who participated in the costume contest sign waivers for SyFy. i’ll be fascinated to see the footage!

  • brandon

    Fuck you. Just…fuck you.

  • http://wrongsirwrong.blogspot.com/ Magic Xylophone

    Frankly, I’d rather watch a sci-fi show that will earn fans, not a show about sci-fi fans. Enough with the reality TV.