The Truth Behind Heroes Of Cosplay: New Orleans
Heroes of Cosplay is a popular tv series on SyFy that showcases certain cosplayers at conventions across the US. But what you might not know about it is how this show treats the people at conventions… the ones that aren’t the “elite” few, the cosplayers and convention goers behind the camera. I never had to deal with them until they came into my town - New Orleans. I thought it would be a great opportunity to see this show in person but my opinion quickly changed.
The way they treated my fellow cosplaying friends and the way they took over our beloved costume contest was completely inexcusable. There were a few mishaps on the convention floor but a majority of the issues came around the time of the Costume Contest. This was my third time attending Wizard World New Orleans and usually the costume contest is done in 1-2 hours. This one took over 2 hours just to get through the individual category. It was clearly being staged because only certain cosplayers were being allowed to talk about their costumes on stage, everyone else was rushed off. I didn’t realize it at the time but the ones they stopped to chat about were mostly Heroes of Cosplay participants. They didn’t care one bit about anyone else. It became really painful to watch/participate when I saw beautiful and elaborate costumes getting rushed off because they weren’t one of the “elite few” from the show.
After the contest was over, my friends and I went on to enjoy the rest of the convention as much as possible. Some of us completely shut out the competition because it was the black mark of the whole show. I began gathering stories from my friends and fellow Wizard World convention goers. Then other people began approaching me with their account of what happened. Here are our collected thoughts:
Encounters on the Convention Floor:
This happened Saturday around 2:30pm the Cosplay Circuit Digital Hall Awards photobooth, where they take your photograph and post it on the Wizard World site. Jesse Lagers tried to cut in line in front of me. The obnoxious camera crew’s goal was to cut the “Costume Contest Winner” into the line. I was sandwiched right between him and the AVP guys. The costume contest didn’t happen until later that night. They decided the winners for the contest before the show even started.
I just want to chime in for a second here… I have always loved Yaya, she was always nice to me over the last 3 years and I really admired her up until WW New Orleans. Now I’m a photographer at alot of Cons and I’ve worked for Wizard World for years. This year I wasn’t working for them because I was working exclusively for a very well known website. When I passed by her just in walking around the con floor she pretty much stopped me and was like Oh you ARE going to take my picture now. I was crazy
And people wonder why I hate shows like this. Should be off the air for good, really.
On friday, I went to school in my Grell cosplay. On friday, I wanted to celebrate a fun day with some friends I met at a convention who are attempting to put on a nearly impossible show. On friday, I went to school expecting a few strange looks, confused questions, rude comments, and maybe even a few laughs.
What I didn’t expect was that I would be attacked by someone that I had never even seen before.
It doesn’t matter how you look at it, or how you cut it, this bullshit is jut plain wrong.
Plain and simple. Spread the word.
Please share this, it needs to be addressed. This is a local convention that is so bad that this year they re-invited a sex offender back again despite everyone telling them his criminal record of raping a young girl. This year 2013 he did it again and is in jail, but management refuses to claim any responsibility for it despite knowing his criminal record.
• My two friends were both qualifiers for the final round of prelims for World Cosplay Summit. When they got to judging, the people running the contest were talking about how Heroes of Cosplay wanted to ‘plant’ a skit in the competition and have the judges ‘let’ them win for the sake of the…
Fuck you Syfy.
Hey guys I don’t know if you all have seen the trailers for SyFy’s Heroes of Cosplay, but can I ask you all NOT to support it?
There are amazing cosplayers involved, that is true. I have utmost respect for many of the cosplayers in the show.
But SyFy pretty much ransacked Planet Comic-Con in…
And another example. And obviously more than just this. Share all that info and more around to people and other conventions.
This is something that just shouldn’t be tolerated, even if it is a TV show.
These are the loving, caring names that the good people of Tumblr have thrown at my friends and I, the Femme 11 from last night’s “Heroes of Cosplay.”
I understand that you are indignant. Why would a group of Doctor Who fans treat “outsiders” so poorly, when it is contrary to every principal upheld by the great man himself?
That’s what I’m here to talk to you about.
And another example.
Okay. This is a post I’m trying desperately not to be ranty about. I am not a great writer and I’m not going to bother second-guessing myself on what I’m saying. As such, there are entire hordes of while teal deer here. Sorry not sorry.
I would just like to remind everyone that what they see on live television has been edited to tell a story, and it doesn’t have to tell the real story.
So. Heroes of Cosplay, group competition episode in Planet Comicon. I’m one of the Femme Eleven (no, we were not called the Eleven Female Doctor Whos.) Lemme tell you a thing.
Yep, another reason why I’m not into Heroes of Cosplay.
Happy birthday to the creator of Ghost In The Shell, Appleseed, Dominion, Black Magic M-66, and others, Shirow Masamune!
Now please start writing comic books again.