[Updated] Syfy’s Heroes of Cosplay: Behind my sucky taping experience at Wizard World’s Comic Con New Orleans

EDIT: After talking with one of the women on the show, I have made some edits to the story. It was brought to my attention that my words came off as mean and hurtful, which was never my intention. If you’ve already read this, please scroll through and read my edits.

Okay, so as I mentioned in my recent article about Wizard World’s Comic Con New Orleans, I went to the costume contest at the con, and Syfy’s Heroes of Cosplay was taping during it – which meant that the stars of the show were competing in the contest, and famed cosplayer Yaya Han was one of the judges.

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I watched the whole first season of Heroes of Cosplay, and felt very torn about it. The show was built to be very stressful, with strict timelines on building costumes (eg, sometimes they only had a week to build a new costume), and they highlighted whenever there were trouble or conflicts. But the costumes were cool, and even though they were made to look like assholes, some of the people on the show seemed like nice people that I’d want to geek out with. So, again, torn.

Anyway, once we got there, we were told that they were actually filming two different episodes, one for the single competition and one for groups. The group contest episode is supposed to be the season finale, and I’m not sure where the single competition episode falls, but if they don’t air back-to-back, I’m not sure how that will make sense. I mean they’re at the same con…it’s not really like a whole ‘nother episode. But whatever, I digress.

After standing in line, we got into the theater at around 7pm. The program was supposed to start at 7:15pm and go until 9pm. Thanks to the BILLION cameras that they had to set up and lighting to fiddle with, we didn’t get going until around 8:30ish or later. Oh, and they had this guy (a former pro-wrestler) announcing everything, and over and over again he’d ask the crowd to scream their heads off. One, this was annoying. If we’re here, we’re excited. I understand you have a lot of time to fill while everyone tries to make the show happen, but please, stop wearing me out before the show starts. Two, you just know he kept making us do that so they can use the best take of reactions when they want them!

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After much ado, the show finally started. First episode, the singles competition. This part of the show was fun. I enjoyed most of the costumes, and there were some pretty awesome ones! Sure, there were some shitty ones, but hey, I commend anyone who lovingly made something and then had the courage to get up on stage in front of a ton of people and show it off.

One of the things that I liked is that this part of the competition didn’t feel rigged. Any time the judges saw a costume they liked, they would stop the person and ask them a question or two. Sure, when the one guy that I recognized from the show, Jesse, walked on stage, OF COURSE they stopped him and asked him about his costume. And yes, Yaya gushed over it, but in the show’s defense, his shit looked awesome. He was dressed as Thorin Oakenshield from The Hobbit. And wow, he made each scale in his scalemail armor individually. It looked fantastic!

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Jesse won an award, but the best in show award went to the Dalek, who was even more amazing, so that was awesome! And again, it made it feel not rigged at all. I don’t have a lot to complain about with the first taping, besides the fact that it started an hour and a half late.

But now, we move onto the second taping. So there we were…sitting…FOREVER. They had to change the stage, change the cameras, and do costume changes for the judging panel. So the audience who was willing to wait, even though it was already 9:30pm, just sat and sat. For another hour and a half. During which they had just some production assistant come on stage and attempt to entertain us. What the? So at first, he was just talking. And then he said something along the lines of, “So, I don’t know any good jokes. Anyone got a good joke?”

Oh, shit.

He just turned the mic over to a (probably half-drunk) audience in New Orleans. What the fuck? So the first joke was a real winner. “Why don’t people invite tampons to parties?”

“…Why?”

“Because they’re stuck-up bitches.”

Yep. And the crazy thing is, he didn’t stop. He just kept going from person to person, letting them talk. It was horrible. I really wish they would have just let us chat with our friends, because again, if I’ve already waited this long, I’m probably going to stick it out and wait for the contest.

At about 11pm, the group contest FINALLY got going. This time, Yaya was only hosting, not judging. As you can see, she brought her A-game with her costume. She was on stilts, and the costume was amazing – which is probably one of the reasons it took so long for the contest to start. Not only did she have to get into her costume, but they had to film her getting ready!

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For the group contest, there were a lot less competitors. Very few were stopped and asked questions, but when the people from the show finished their skit with music (most of the other contestants didn’t have a real skit, and didn’t get to have their own music), the judges gushed over them, as if they were the best things in the whole entire world. I mean, there was a family team of Pyramid Head, Creepy Nurse, and Creepy Child from Silent Hill! They were awesome!! And a family! Adorable! Did they stop them and ask them questions? Nope.

When the Peter Pan group took the stage, made up of Chloe Dykstra, Jessica Merizan, and Holly Conrad, it was like Jesus had walked onto the stage. The judges lost their shit. And you know what, I was not that impressed. While their concept (basically, if you assume that Peter and everyone in the story is dead) was awesome, their execution on all of the costumes wasn’t the best.

Going from best to worst, their Hook was fantastic. It looked really cool. My only qualm was that because there was so much black, it was really hard to make out the details of the costume. It looked like a lot of work went into it, but again, I couldn’t actually see the detail. The Peter Pan costume seemed messy; it looked like it was made well, but there was just way too much going on for me. Now for the worst: Chloe’s costume looked horrible. It was very simple and looked like she picked it up from a thrift store. Very meh.

EDIT: After chatting with Jessica (you can see her comment down below) I realize that my comment about Chloe’s costume, instead of being constructive criticism, which is what I was vying for with my comments, was instead not constructive, and in fact mean. I am sorry for that. What I should have said was, “I’ve seen the costumes that Chloe has made on the show before, and they were amazing. This one looked sub-par for her. It seemed very simple and not like her best work.”

The internet can be a horrible place and a wonderful place, and as a writer, I do not want to contribute to the horrible parts of the internet. I’m thankful that Jessica spoke up and told me how she felt, and I will use this as a learning experience. When I write another opinion piece, I will make sure that my words are not hurtful.

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I think what made me angry was how obvious it was that they were totally going to pick the Peter Pan group, not because they made fantastic costumes, but because they were on the show. The judges suddenly perked up and gave glowing praise, making sure they were clearly heard and seen by the cameras. It just felt like such a farce. And all I wanted was to see some costumes!

EDIT: The specific reason that it felt rigged was because by the time we got to the group contest, the taping had gone on much, much longer than the program said it would (I had never been to a taping before, so I had no idea what to expect, and I wish the production crew had been upfront from the beginning about how long it would probably take) so they rushed the majority of the people across the stage. As an audience member, I could feel that rush, and it made me angry. I mean, I’ve already waited a long time to watch this, I’m willing to wait another 15 minutes so that everyone can do their skits and perform with their music. This was the fault of the production staff, not the participants in the show. Also, I want to make it clear, I’m not saying that I think the cosplayers on the show rigged it or would participate in a rigged show, just that because of the actions of the managers of the show, it made it feel like the judges already knew who they were going to give the award to.

All-in-all, I kind of felt like the whole taping process ruined that portion of my night. By no means did it ruin my con experience, which was definitely fun. One of the things that upset me about the whole process was the timing issue. I mean, come on, you’ve filmed a lot of other episodes already, couldn’t you have told me how long it was really going to take? I had plans to go to the official con afterparty at 9pm. If I’d known the contest would have gone on until midnight, at least I would have been prepared. And even though it took five hours, it still felt like the whole filming process was rushed and completely disorganized.

Another thing that struck me is that it’s kind of unfair of this huge show to descend on smaller cons. For them, it’s great, because the assumption is smaller con, less competition, shittier costumes, which isn’t always the case. But I’d love to see them go to San Diego Comic Con and compete. Good luck with that.

EDIT: The comment about them going to San Diego Comic Con is also mean. I realize this comes off as disparaging to the cosplayers on the show, which is not what I want to do. To be clear, I think that the show would never go to San Diego partly because of the scheduling nightmare that would entail, and partially because I’m sure the producers of the show would like to see their contestants win. I’m not saying that they couldn’t win, because Jessica and Holly have in the past, but could they win on costumes that they were forced to make in a narrow filming window? Maybe? Maybe not. But talk about stressful! And if the show is alienating people at cons with their filming, they probably don’t want to take the chance that something goes wrong, and thereby upset and alienate their fan base at one of the biggest nerd conventions on the planet.

And my final thought on the whole experience is that I think it’s completely unfair that Yaya is not only on the show, but is also one of the judges. I mean, really. Maybe during season one they could get away with it, but at this point they all know each other, and they all know they’re on camera together. How can you be a completely impartial judge?

Basically, the whole experience left a bad taste in my mouth. So if they’re filming at a con you’re going to, go if you want. It’ll definitely be an experience. But be prepared to be there waaay too long and for it to feel at least partially rigged.

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25 thoughts on “[Updated] Syfy’s Heroes of Cosplay: Behind my sucky taping experience at Wizard World’s Comic Con New Orleans

  1. Thank you for posting about this. I love the creativity and happiness of people that dress up. That is why I paid to be able to watch HoC on Amazon Prime.
    I must say I was moderately impressed with the show, and after three episodes, didn’t think it was still worth paying to see. (I would spend the time to watch it for free though.). My whe surprised me with paying for the whole season, so I eagerly waited to watch each so.
    Increasing with each show, I would cheer for the main players, and get all caught up in the whole experience of it all. Yet at the same time, I couldn’t help wondering if the shoe was going to flop overall, what other unannounced changes of cosplayers were going to happen, and what was REALLY going on with the show.
    In the end, it appears that it was something Yaya personally financed and produced to further her name, reputation, and her business.
    I don’t say this to be mean in any way, but the show didn’t really cover a convention over all, and it didn’t emphasize how to make and display costumes. It was a brief mixture of both, plus drama emphases on the main characters.
    And it never made sense why I judge would spend so much time before and after a contest with a select group of competitors.

  2. I know theres a lot of filming and editing to make things seem other than they are. that said, judging for these is always subjective. for example, I woukd not have awarded the snow white and seven dwarves anything. I saw other groups that, to me, had costumes that were just better out together. (granted, this is coming from just watchin on tv and not being able to see it in person, but it does help to show the subjectivity) Just like the editing makes it seem like all you need to win is a huge, decently done armor piece (though from seeing others live… my opinion doesnt change much. it still has this feel)… a decent to epicly done warhammer marine is pretty much guaranteed a prize unless its at a massive competition, bigger than the ones the show goes to. (only because the bigger shows have more marines and similarly big costumes to contend with, it seems) dont get me wrong, they are amazing costumes and certainly deserve recognition, but it does make it feel, from an outside perspective, sort of pointless for the others. so if you want to talk about feeling rigged, some of it just comes down to the costumes themselves and the size of the comoetition… kind of like, want to win? do a space marine or sauron. but, this is why I dont enter contests. i feel like they are geared to the big costumes, so that no matter how well done your smaller one is, it will never compare to something like a space marine.

    as for your opinion of Chloe’s costume, id be interested to see if your opinion has changed since the episode where she talked about the reference she was using has aired. I think she did an amazing job replicating something from a different era.. of course, I believe that simple can be every bit as good if its done well, and I think Chloe’s was. also, its wendy. her nightgown has always been a simple affair- she is a kid after all… just because we live in a world of complex and over sexy lingerie, where even a simple nightgown anymore isnt that simple, doesnt mean everything has to be modernized. especially when dealing with a younger character.

    just me few cents

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  4. Caylie, I hope you won’t mind my adding some comments here in the hopes that a member of the “Heroes of “Cosplay” cast or production team might see it. Your excellent post (which, in my opinion, did not need editing) made me want to share my thoughts about the show.

    I started watching “Heroes of Cosplay” after seeing an ad for it during “Face Off” and thinking, “Well that looks like fun!” So I am not part of the cosplay world, have never been to a cosplaying event, and am old enough to be the mom of any of the cast members of the show — definitely not the target demographic of the SyFy channel, but a fan nonetheless.

    Anyway, to me it appeared as though the Peter Pan group was awarded the big prize in order to provide a “happy ending” for cast members in the season finale. In fact, I found this blog post because I searched online to see whether there was any Internet buzz about the competition being rigged. If the producers do not want to leave viewers with this impression, then they should not allow a cast member to be a judge — and the judge should especially not be shown socializing both before and after the event with those competing.

    As for how the show presents cosplaying, I think that all of the cosplayers who are not employed by “Heroes” come off very well. They are clearly passionate, creative people who know how to have fun, and I love catching glimpses of them when the “Heroes” producers deign to show someone who is not a cast member. But I don’t love seeing the cast members so obsessed with winning that they forget to have fun. I’m not watching this show to see people get tense, cry, snap at each other, etc. For me it’s all about the creativity and the passion, just like with “Face Off.” I want to see what people make, how they make it, and how they display it. I wish the producers would give viewers more of these positive aspects of cosplay, and spend more time showing and perhaps following around cosplayers who are not cast members.

    • Great point Samantha. I too wish that there was more focus on the craft itself than on the drama and tense-ness of everything. I’d love to see more on how they are creating everything!

  5. Hah! I just don’t understand why the show would say it was two different days when it was one day. It seems like a pointless thing to change. And it’s an obvious lie to the many, many people that were actually there that night!

  6. well, maybe they can get away with making it “two days” if technically the group portion of the contest started after midnight . . .it was pretty close to that

  7. I entered the contest just for my husband who made my costume. It was a VERY LONG HOT wait, standing up, before the show began, very late. The cameras stopped to film us with Jesse, and that was interesting, but very nerve racking as well. This was my first time in one, and i was beyond NERVOUS! then they stopped and set up an episode to film with us, which did not help the nerves. I really do wish they had more information and would have known we didnt have to stand in line for hours waiting on everything, since they lined us up differently anyway. I did feel they geared the contest towards the show, rigged or not, and the judges only really asked questions of the costumes that were on cast members. they definitely had more on stage time, and they were allowed to be elsewhere, instead of suffering in line with the rest of the singles. It was soo late, we left after the singles contest since we had kids in the audience passed out. I am anxious to see if they edited all the footage we filmed, and disappointed that Jesse, and some new cast members, were the only ones I actually saw/met backstage. I would have loved to see the girls in the group contest, but i guess i missed them. (btw, I was a Steampunk Lady Riddler, 10th out on stage.)
    -Gin

  8. I don’t know why you felt you had to change it just because some cast member doesn’t have the thick skin they claim to have on the show.

    And really, the group stuff seemed most certainly rigged. Being someone who was backstage for a lot of it, if the judges seeming to know who to award was that obvious to you, it was like being beaten over the head with the trophies that would inevitably go to someone else for the people who were backstage. That’s why a lot of group stuff seemed a bit crazy, and Yaya even went so far as to wonder if they coordinated. They did. Because why give them some nice, usable footage when they haven’t shown anyone else the same respect?

    If I was one of the “winners” that are cast members of this show. I would give the award back. I’d mail the trophy back to wizard world and I’d make it known that I gave that award back. They did not earn it, they were not able to compete on fair and equal ground with those around them. I’m not denying they have some amazing skill, but those not a part of the cast were put at a severe disadvantage purely because they were not a part of the show. If I were to win something like that, I want it to mean something. I want to compete with people of skill on fair and equal ground and THEN know that I accomplished something.

    I would not want some hollow victory won through less-than reputable means, which is exactly what I witnessed.

    • I made those edits just to reflect the fact that I wasn’t trying to be mean. I’m not afraid of having an opinion, and I have not changed my opinion about my experience. But I don’t want to be mean about my opinions! 🙂

      And aha! That was what those dance breaks were in the middle of the group contest!! I was wondering!

      It was completely shitty that y’all were treated poorly. Super sucky experience. Were you one of the competitors? If so, I really hope you compete again. Or if you were just there supporting a friend, I hope they continue competing!!

      • I was there for both, competing and support for my friends and fellow cosplayers. I’ve made quite a path of my own helping other people win more contest than I am sure I’ll ever win on my own. But I’m happy with that. Nothing beats having a person who only hours ago was sobbing and shaking with fear come running up to you with nothing but smiles and thank yous because you helped them see how awesome they really were in time to strut their stuff on stage.

        In fact, a friend of mine there actually did get an award. It was Judge’s Choice I think, but still better than nothing, and you know what? The Convention just gave them the shaft. They didn’t even get a nice photo like the cast members of the show who got the same award.

  9. Caylie – Thank you for taking the time to read my comment. While apparently not actually a quote by Voltaire (according to someone in an ivory tower somewhere), I used to lug around a coffee cup in college emblazoned with: “I disapprove of
    what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.” It’s something I firmly believe in. Even if you chose not to add a word to your op-ed, I respect that others see the world differently than I do. It makes discourse interesting. I guess that’s the Anthropologist in me that I’ll hopefully never shake — my school loans are at least a reminder of that 😉 I’d never ask you to change your mind on the experience you had that day; your memories and encounters are your own, as are mine. So, I do appreciate that we had a constructive discussion that arose out of circumstances that were not ideal to say the least. I look forward to reading your future opinion pieces.

    Hannah – I do like to be liked. Perhaps it’s a character flaw. But I think it’s OK as long as it comes from a genuine place and isn’t a detriment to my health. People living in harmony and having disagreements but being able to shake hands at the end of the day makes me happy, personally and professionally. The reason I started out about being tagged is mainly because I wonder if sometimes people don’t realize that individuals read that stuff. Maybe it’s petty and I could have worded myself better; I’ll definitely keep that in mind next time I’m talking to someone (again, I hope that doesn’t sound condescending, I really do appreciate the feedback). To your other point, I didn’t want to try and justify my or anyone else’s work. Caylie is perfectly within her right to feel a certain way. I just thought it could have been more constructively worded, which was my only point of contention. You’re right, I really do care about the cosplay and internet community as a whole (I refuse to believe that the internet can’t be a kind place as “naive” as people have told me that is), and that passion fuels what I do in my waking hours 🙂 My friends Holly and Chloe feel the same way.

    I won’t keep commenting in this thread though because that might keep other people from engaging and having an open dialogue! Just wanted to say thanks again! Feel free to tweet me if you’d like to talk more! Toodle pip y’all ❤

    • Jessica,

      I know you’re not going to comment again, but I did want to say thank you again for telling me how you felt! I’m glad we could both talk about the issue constructively, and I’m thankful for the learning experience.

      Thanks again and I look forward to seeing your latest costume creations!

  10. For once I wish that cast members from that show would do something more than try to guilt trip people into liking them. If you don’t agree with the author’s assessment of your costumes, why not inform them? “No, that didn’t come from a thrift store, we actually based it off of this and took (blank) days sewing it and then did (blank) to make it look a bit older. Etc, etc, etc”. I don’t think the author of this should be made to apologize for anything by some grand guilt trip.

    If you want to offer constructive criticism yourself, maybe not start off with how “unfortunate” it is that you had to be tagged in this article. Really starts things off on a sour note, don’t you think?

    But I do have to say, I am glad someone is stating a personal opinion towards parts of the show (that other comment wasn’t even touched) and how they operated during the event. It gives me the impression you sincerely do care, as opposed to other comments I have seen from cast members that look like they were edited by a legal team first.

  11. Hi Caylie,

    This article has been passed around on Tumblr and Twitter etc, and I have been unfortunate enough to be “tagged” in it, otherwise I’d never have seen it. I’d also never have seen you do what I think is the worst thing a cosplayer, or cosplay enthusiast can do: call someone else’s costume “horrible” or say/write other nonconstructive disparaging words to or about them that do nothing but tear them down. It hurt my feelings to read those things, but that’s not why I decided to respond to this. I have a thick skin.

    I’m sorry that you had a terrible time at the costume contest, especially because conventions are very dear to my heart (I wrote my MA dissertation on convention culture, fandom, cosplay, & identity construction!). While I cannot and will not speak for Wizard World, SyFy, or the production company, and was not involved in any decisions, I don’t like to see people upset. We hung out with a lot of the contestants backstage – I was Peter Pan, and we started getting into our competition costumes at 8AM and were at the hallway to line up at around 5PM. My costume already needed repairs by that point so some people may have seen me with the hot glue gun in the corner 😉 I enjoyed singing the Power Puff Girls theme song with one group, exchanging make up tips with the Batman villains, talking to the young girl from that Silent Hill family (did you know it was her very first costume contest? I saw her again the next day and we excitedly discussed about her future cosplay ideas and costume contests). We sent our music to the convention organizers a few days prior and talked to the backstage guys with Wizard World about our props. They even helped us make sure that we could switch place (we were supposed to be last) with the “Last of Us” group because they wanted to be last. Which was totally fitting. That’s what I love about costume contests –the backstage camaraderie and meeting new people. However, I feel awful about the wait and apparently some people not getting to play their music (that’s happened to me before) and confusion about skits and people being hungry and not knowing when it was going to end.

    I would have understood if you wanted to write an opinion piece that critiqued what you disagreed with about how that evening was organized and constructively pointed out what you felt was wrong with our costumes (I think you did that to an extent with Holly and mine). But I don’t feel like you wrote that article. Additionally, you make it sound like a fact but, in my opinion, I don’t think we won because we were on a TV show. I believe all costume contests are subjective, though judges try their hardest to be fair and balanced. But I’ve been judged by those exact people before with very different results. I’ve never won a Best in Show and I’ve been to a lot of competitions. There’s no way to pinpoint exactly why we won except for the reasons the judges gave the audience. And that’s why we don’t compete for the prizes or the glory. We compete to have fun with our friends and meet amazing people backstage. I won’t let what seems to be assumptions on your side take away from that. I’m sure you’re a really lovely person, and under other circumstances, I bet we’d have great, happy conversations. Maybe we’ll meet sometime and discuss the wonderful side of cosplay. There’s always the internet too, the biggest meeting ground on Earth.

    Take care, and please remember that even in an opinion piece, constructive critical comments go a lot further than disparaging ones. Especially when you’re talking about people who get called bad names by people who don’t “get it” all the time. This is the internet, so it’s easy to read those last two lines as me being condescending, but I’m being genuine (sorry, by day I’m a community manager, I try to remember tone doesn’t always come across in text!) ^.^

    ~Be swell, Jessica (@jessicamerizan)

    • Hey Jessica,

      I did not mean to upset anyone with this piece. I think you’re right and I should have used constructive criticism when talking about Chloe’s piece. That is absolutely my fault.

      This is my first real attempt at an opinion piece, and I was trying to offer constructive criticism and not bash anyone. What I should have said was “I have seen Chloe’s other cosplays on the show, and they were awesome. I just felt like this one fell short. I think she could have done a lot better. It just looked very simple.”

      In as much as the tone of the piece itself, I definitely was not trying to have it read like “Newsflash! Heroes of Cosplay is rigged!” I was just trying to express that it felt onesided, because there was so much focus on the participants in the show and way less on some other awesome costumes. It felt unbalanced.

      You seem like a very lovely person, and so does everyone on the show, and again I never meant for this to come off as mean.

      I think that’s really awesome about the Silent Hill family! I hope that they definitely compete more around New Orleans so that I can see their new creations!

      That powerpuff group was hysterical! I loved their enthusiasm.

      Thank you for commenting and telling me how you feel, and in the future I will definitely make sure that my critiques/opinion pieces say exactly what I want them to in a constructive manner before I put them up. I definitely do not want to contribute to the mean-spirited hate that’s on the internet.

      Thank you again and much positive energy your way. I love that you ladies are passionate about your craft, and I definitely think y’all create some amazing things.

      Caylie

      • I’m glad you enjoyed our enthusiasm! We actually had no idea that we were about to be taped for a show until 5 seconds before we got on stage. We just thought we were going on stage for a regular ol’ costume contest. I guess one should read the waiver before signing…

        Worth it!

        -Grayton

  12. Man, I wish I could have left that whole thing feeling like it wasn’t rugged from start to finish. The singles stuff? Yeah, there was a lot of backstage drama going on that the show people didn’t have to put up with, like sitting in a back stage area with no air, not allowed to go get water, and bright as fuck lights for an hour? Form what I could see from my spot, the show people had a nice different area to wait until their turn, complete with fans and water. There was a reason a lot of people didn’t look great when they got up there because we were all basically stuck in an oven for more than an hour on high. I saw some guy with a fake beard pasting it on like a dozen times back stage.

    And the group stuff? That made me RAGE. you know why? Most of the skits WERE prepared. I was at the end of the singles line so I was near enough to chit chat with a lot of them. Most of them were prepared. But thanks to all the bullshit the show staff pulled (like a costume change? I know Yaya is great but THIS IS NOT ABOUT HER. THIS IS ABOUT THE HARD WORKING PEOPLE YOU’VE BEEN SHITTING ON ALL EVENING), they were told that if their stuff was over a certain time length (even if it was within the limits of the contest) they couldn’t use it. And even then the sound guy apparently didn’t know how to shut off the music for half of it so it made is VERY hard to hear if you were not in the front of the audience.

    That thing was rigged through and through and it makes me angry that I had to see perfectly wonderful people come out of their in tears not over not winning, because they were treated like such shit by a convention and staff that had treated them like human beings in the past. It was absolutely deplorable and both Wizard World and Heroes of Cosplay should be ashamed of themselves.

    I saw a great post made by someone on tumblr that accurately fits my feelings about this show and it’s entirely unprofessional behavior:

    “If I was the producers of Heroes of Cosplay, I would think it was time to reassess the show. Conventions are going out of their way to let attendees know that HoC will not be filming at their event as a way of easing concerns.

    When your show has gotten a reputation as being that toxic amongst it’s target demographic, It is a clue to either do an about face and mend some fences, or call it a day.”

    Sadly, I think I doubt that will change. That “contest” looked more fake than most of the wigs the so-called “professionals” slapped on their heads.

    • Yeah, I definitely think the whole event could have been handled better. If they had been more organized or just at least more forthcoming with people, I think it would have made a major difference. If everyone involved knew how long they were going to be there, I’m sure they would have brought water and food with them. And it sucks that because things seemed to be disorganized, the participants got shafted. It seemed that because they were going way over how long they wanted to be there, they severely rushed the group contest. They even announced to the audience that they were going to have the group contestants fly by, so make sure to cheer lots and quickly! Definitely not cool.

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