Parents' Guide to

Heroes of Cosplay

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Pop-culture fans dress up for fun, fame, and money.

TV Syfy Reality TV 2013
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Heroes of Cosplay underscores how cosplaying, which has evolved from a subculture into a part of popular culture over the past 30 years, requires participants to be artists, engineers, and actors, as they create elaborate costumes and convincingly personify the characters they are recreating. It also underscores how, thanks to this evolution, cosplaying has become less about the body of work they create, but the potential money that can be earned as a result of gaining recognition among cosplay fans and entertainment and gaming industry professionals.

Watching how cosplayers go about designing and constructing costumes, whether it's coloring wigs with magic markers to perfectly match Princess Merida's hair or creating casts of their own heads in order to create the perfect Dungeon & Dragons' character, is interesting. But what also makes this series fun are the moments during competitions when their masterpieces are revealed, and the various details that judges look at when determining the winners. Folks familiar with the cosplay culture will appreciate what is being shown here, and there's no doubt that folks unfamiliar with cosplaying will learn a lot about it here.

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