Ok, several pressing things to say about Episode 2 of Heroes of Cosplay.
1) Victoria the bitchy drama queen – I am so tired of hearing her whine and take credit for Jinyo’s work. A Tron dress? I have seen a good dozen of those very similar and it’s not ‘Jinyo’s design’ anyway. Not original and Jinyo should dump Victoria. Seriously bro, get a pair and find a gf that is not crazy.
2) Ya Ya Han telling Monika Lee not to dress sexy like Jessica Nigri? That’s because Ya Ya Han never had fake boobs installed and pushes them out for everyone to see in every costume? Did I miss something? Ya Ya Han sells sexy cosplay pictures for a living just like Jessica Nigri. I’ve met both of them, and Jessica is much nicer and much better known. I sincerely hope they paid Jessica Nigri for her appearance and did not just trash her without permission. What a really mean thing to do. Does Jessica make her own outfits? Yes she does. Recently gaming companies have put together some for her, so what? Monika Lee came off as a spoiled brat in that episode. If I were her, I’d be pissed at the producers. We don’t need to create conflict in cosplay -it’s about fun.
Yeah, Ya Ya never does sexy cosplay and shows cleavage…whatever
Do we really need to classify ourselves as ‘real cosplayers’, real outfit makers, sexy cosplay, booth babes, in it for the money, in it for the competition, or anything else? All these classifications do is make someone feel superior over someone else. If you show up and have fun – you win. If you show up and act all caddy and put down others – you’re a loser.
Monika Lee in her Steampunk Poison Ivy did not come across well on TV.
3) The best and by far the worst moment – Thank God for Chloe, the cute but anorexic show host who said everyone should be able to dress however they want. Chloe Dykstra is 5’9′ and weighs just 122 pounds. That is a body mass index of 18 which is underweight and not allowed to model in certain countries that are enforcing BMI standards to reduce anorexia. And yet, she is the only one defending normal or overweight cosplayers. Chloe’s father is John Dykstra. He invented the first computer-controlled motion sensor to film Star Wars. At the bottom of this post, I will list just his visual effects movie credits. Check him out on IMDB. So Chloe’s nerd credentials have to be strong growing up with her dad. With a background like that and great looks, it was really refreshing to see her be down to Earth and really get that cosplay is about having fun.
I was SHOCKED that the other superficial participants perpetuated the opinion that only skinny women can play parts and only fit, muscular men can play superheroes. Little tiny anorexic girls condemning normal plus sized people. Welcome to the Ambercrombie and Fitch gutter of superficial trash. Where do you think cosplay, geeks and nerds started? Was it size zero sixteen year old girls? Hell no! All of us normal and overweight people started cosplay and sci-fi. Yes, we like it when someone looks good, like any other part of society, but if you don’t want above size 2, you will have crickets chirping at your self starved events.
Chloe Dykstra at 5’9″ and just 122 pounds was the only defender of normal and plus-sized cosplayers.
I was so offended. Unfortunately, instead of sticking with her guns, Chloe thinks she is ‘over her head’ with the professionals. Not even. There is nothing professional about putting down other people. Chloe thankfully picks a real outfit, not one to show off she is really pretty. She picks a Betelgeuse cartoon cosplay that involves dead face paint and a bulky outfit. Good for her. Don’t get me wrong, I like all types of cosplay – from Jessica Nigri modeling fanboy friendly outfits, to people dressed as gigantic blobs.
4) Jesse needs to stop saying every five seconds he is looking to quit his job and become a full time costume maker. We get it – you are asking the whole audience to employ you. Even your girlfriend is bored with it.
5) Jesse is also not ‘a loser again’ because he did not get a top three prize. Last week, and this week, his costumes rocked. Steampunk Stormtrooper was great. Comparing and selecting winners over so many different genres is pretty random and subjective.
6) Riki did a great job on her Hell Girl cosplay. I know women who do full body paint instead of the body suit. But you have to get sprayed and you can only wear it for so long. I didn’t care and I don’t think the judges should have. I was surprised just how tiny she looked next to Monika Lee, given that Monika Lee is not very big.
7) I wish they could leave the petty crap out of it, but I guess that is reality TV for you. I also wish they would not end every show with a contest, as if that matters. I would be happy just to see the preparation that goes into their costumes and then see the final product.
8) The scene missing from every episode – Where the cosplayers actually have fun at the convention. That is what I see at cons, lots of happy people having fun. Not people stressing out over their costume in a hotel room. If you go to the events to get stressed out, you are really going for the wrong reasons.
John Dykstra – Video Effects Movie Credits
(visual effects designer, visual effects supervisor)
(special effects director: Apogee – uncredited)
(director of photography: special visual effects)
(producer: special visual effects)
(special photographic effects supervisor)