If you’re like me and think a day couldn’t be spent better than turning craft foam into armor or filling your home with the incense of hot glue and new fabric, you probably already know about Heroes of Cosplay.
Last summer, the SyFy reality series upturned the cosplay community like an earthquake in cat ears, documenting the competitive exploits of various cosplayers in ways that both infuriated and entertained; on one hand, churning a frothy outrage from cosplayers who found the show’s slant haphazard and misrepresentative, while others to whom the community is more of a novelty found it enlightening, like Allison Keene of the Hollywood Reporter who cheered Heroes‘ “overwhelmingly female roster…[and the] (often ignored) female perspective relating to cons and cosplay.”
As divisive as the show was, and despite Heroes of Cosplay‘s legal hurdles, it seems it would just be bad television to not carry the series on to a second season (or as SyFy is calling it, season 1.5), because starting May 27 the shape-shifting cosplayers are back for six more episodes of last-minute craftsmanship and audience-polarizing drama.
Season 1.5 brings us a slightly altered cast of cosplayers, but rest your prettily wigged heads, Yaya Han is still on the lineup. What would Heroes of Cosplay be without the queen of cosplay (or rather, “ambassador of cosplay”, as Yaya more humbly dubbed herself in season one)?
As listed on the SyFy website, there’s also:
- Crabcat Industries duo, Jessica Merizan and Holly Conrad
- Nerdist host and personal favorite, Chloe Dykstra
- Portland fabricator, Jesse Lagers
- Riki Lecotey, whose Hellgirl was a season one standout
While bringing on five new cosplayers, as well:
- Carl Martin, a self-taught costumer and prosthetic artist
- Indra Rojas (with a promisingly savage Lara Croft cosplay under her belt)
- Katie George, a prolific award-winner
- Meg Turney, SourceFed host and one-time Nerdist interviewee
- Miguel Guifarro, a self-professed “extreme alpha personality” who’s more than likely going to cause some sparks
So, with this lineup, what can we expect of Heroes of Cosplay season 1.5?
With the new cosplayers replacing three of the former season’s more drama-prone participants, and with the majority of them having purportedly robust skill sets of their own, we can hope this may be a turn for a more craft-focused perspective. Having a show with more emphasis on the joy of cosplaying for the sake of cosplaying rather than merely to compete would be a very healthy direction for Heroes to take. So, we can hope.
No matter which side of the fence you fell on throughout season one though, loving it or hating it, it’s a high certainty that one thing we will get treated to by the show is more cosplay coverage, more footage of energetic people dressing up in beautiful costumes and filling con-spaces with rainbows of fabric, synthetic hair, and love…even if they’re only in the background while the main cast cry, sweat, and whine about second place.
Heroes of Cosplay airs Tuesdays at 9/8c on SyFy.