Episode 9 of Heroes of Cosplay sees some of the “regular” heroes attending the Animate! Miami comic con and a couple of new faces travelling to Florida to compete in the cosplay contest. Chloe, Holly and Jessica team up again and this time, according to Jessica they will be honoring a request from their friends at Bioware to do something special.
This will be the second time that the three women have worked together in the second half of the season one. Holly and Jessica, who co-own their Crabcat business asked Chloe to compete with them as a group in episode seven. She agreed but only if the two business partners would join her all girl Ladies of the Internet. These experiences went so well for the three that it seems they could be regular partners in the group competitions.
One of the first new faces in tonight’s episode is Carl who lives in Austin, Texas. His creation idea for the Animate! Miami cosplay competition came from a visit to a local junk yard where he saw a lot of doll arms, legs, torsos and heads in a display. This body part “mobile” reminded the 23 year-old Texan of Silent Hill Revelations‘ Mannequin.
Back in LA the three women go to west side of the city to meet with Aaryn Flynn, GM and Mark Darra of Bioware who want Chloe to go to the Miami event dressed as a new, yet to be introduced character in Dragon Age Inquisition called Sera. The two Bioware execs show the three girls artist concepts of this new “follower” and Chloe is clearly very excited by the opportunity to go as this character. This new follower, it is revealed, romances the females in the Dragon Age verse and Holly jokes about the idea of Chloe chasing after her.
Meanwhile on the other side of the country, in New York, Miguel is in Queens working on his inspiration for the Florida contest which will be Digimon’s Blackwargreymon. In episode 9 of Heroes of Cosplay, the New Yorker cannot wait for Animate! Miami to start. He and Carl meet up later before the actual event and talk about the contest and what to expect and Miguel is very nervous.
Yaya has decided to wear her Princess White Rose outfit from Saga Frontier, but she will be “tightening up” the costume to fill up any existing gaps. Once she is happy with the alterations, Yaya is ready to take on her duties as a judge at the event.
Before the competition, the three women meet Miguel and Carl. Yaya organises an ice breaker so that the two guys know someone at the competition. The Texan lad comes across more comically than he wants and this may be down, in part, to his ordering chocolate milk to drink at the bar. His choice of outfit doesn’t help either as he decides to go shirtless.
The competitors all rush to get ready for the cosplay event, as well as Judge Yaya, and the usual potential disasters strike them all. Holly, Jessica and Chloe have a bit of panic when the green make up bag goes missing. Without it, explains Holly, Chloe will not have her elf ears and cannot go on stage. Chloe herself finds the missing bag and things go smoothly from that point on.
Carl has some pretty painful looking moments while his sister helps him into his Silent Hill Mannequin outfit. Despite the whole process looking like a combination of inappropriate touching by his sibling and an exercise in masochism, by the end of the whole process Carl is ready to slowly proceed to the prejudging room.
After all this week’s heroes get through the prejudging process, they start the competition. Chloe, Holly and Jessica generate a lot of attention from the audience, as do Carl and Miguel, but they are the only ones to leave the event with a prize. Neither Miguel nor Carl take home anything, but the Texan gets a humorous mention from the SyFy follow-on show The Wil Wheaton Project after “Heroes” finishes.
Raised Wheaton eyebrows aside, Episode 9 of Heroes of Cosplay at Animate! Miami continues to show all the hard work and focus that goes into the “art” of cosplay. This could be one of the best “reality” shows on the television. Each of the heroes are artistic, passionate and full of enthusiasm. They are also interesting people who support each other in their pursuit of this fascinating “professional” hobby.
By Michael Smith