Syfy to promote cosplay with ‘Heroes of Cosplay’ featuring Yaya Han, Riddle and more

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Riddle as Wasp – Photo by Pixelette Photography

Many cosplayers and fans were worried with how the Syfy channel was going to portray cosplayers with its upcoming show focusing on the world of cosplay. Looks like they don’t have to worry as much, as the new positive title has been revealed to be Heroes of Cosplay (formerly Cosworld). The six-episode docu-series will showcase today’s cosplayers from across the nation as they compete in the world of cosplay. It’ll be premiering next month on August 13, 2013, at 10:30 PM ET/PT on the Syfy channel (Right after Face Off).

The nine featured cosplayers include Riddle, Yaya Han, Monika Lee, Victoria Schmidt, Chloe Dykstra, Jessica Merizan, Holly Conrad, Becky Young and Jesse Lagers.

For a second there I thought it was going to be all females representing the cosplay community. Thank goodness for Jesse Lagers. There are also many other great male cosplayers out there; I wonder why they decided to have just one male cosplayer. Well, if only our very own CosCast host, Joey Rassool, went all in, since the show did contact him about being in it.

Check out the description for each cosplayer below:

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.

Source: SideReel

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