Heroes of Cosplay is a docu-series that follows nine cosplayers (Yaya Han, Riki LeCotey, Monika Lee, Victoria Schmidt, Chloe Dykstra, Jessica Merizan, Holly Conrad, Becky Young, and Jesse Lagers) as they work on intricate, ambitious costumes and travel to compete in costume contests at conventions all around the United States. The show is the cosplay community's most visible representation in the national media so far. Unfortunately, Heroes of Cosplay has garnered a fair amount of criticism from within and outside the fandom, from speculations of "fixed" costume contests to possible copyright infringement of cosplay photography.
As the curator of ComicsAlliance's weekly Best Cosplay Ever feature and a cosplayer myself, I've been approached for my thoughts on the show and its depiction of my community. With three of Heroes of Cosplay's six-episode run now out there for all to see (you can watch them on SyFy's YouTube channel if you missed them), CA Editor and reality TV obsessive Andy Khouri joined me for a discussion about the controversial show, the current state of cosplay fandom, and the nature of geek-centric reality television.