SyFy Channel TV Show “Cosplay Melee”

We watched #SyFy TV’s newest show #CosplayMelee last night & were very pleased that it’s nothing like the ill-fated #HeroesOfCosplay reality TV show that ran from 2013-2014. 

Unlike “Heroes of Cosplay” (which was designed to follow a group of different “professional cosplayers” competing against each other & other cosplayers at several comic convention costume contests around the country and being judged by professional cosplayer Yaya Han), “Cosplay Melee” is a competition between 4 cosplayers who have to build props and costumes within a limited time period for a chance to win $10,000 as selected by a panel of 3 judges on the TV show itself. 

Thus, gone from “Cosplay Melee” are the numerous negative & unrealistic portrayals of #costumers & #cosplayers that brought down “Heroes of Cosplay” after 2 seasons, some of which we list below:

  1. No repeated “drama” that the “professional cosplayers” had to endure preparing for each costume contest, such as staying up all night in a hotel room to complete a costume for a contest the next day.
  2. No visiting of shops looking for elusive sought-after components. (Everything that the cosplayers need in “Cosplay Melee” is in the studio.)
  3. No false pretense that “professional cosplayers” can earn a living by traveling all over the country to win costume contests at various comic conventions, while leaving out the reality that costume contest winnings are likely not going to cover the cost of transportation, lodging, food, comic con passes or the costumes themselves.(Yaya Han is one of the handful of successful professional cosplayers. Much of her income is derived from paid autographs at comic cons and sales of her own line of fabrics designed specifically for costumes in mind. Her success has very little to do with costume contests.) 
  4. No false pretense that a primary motive of cosplayers is to compete against each other in costume contests at conventions. Most costumers & cosplayers are part of hobby simply because they enjoy it or they are motivated by charitable pursuits.

(Click here to read our piece about “Heroes of Cosplay” posted on our Facebook page on Dec. 9, 2014.) 

Hosted by Yvette Nicole Brown, here’s what we like about “Cosplay Melee”:

  1. Each episode features 4 new cosplayers instead have having the same group each episode as in “Heroes of Cosplay”. 
  2. A common theme is used for the competing cosplayers instead of what each cosplayer doing what ever they wanted in “Heroes of Cosplay”. This increases the sense that the competitors are on an equal footing. 
  3. Focus is on the costumes and not the drama as in “Heroes of Cosplay”. 
  4. The winner receives a $10,000 reward. Cash awards at comic con costume contests vary widely in amount & aren’t usually as generous.
  5. The competitors are costuming & cosplay hobbyists, not “professional cosplayers”.

We plan to watch the “Cosplay Melee” each week and recommend it more for entertainment, but not as a cosplaying or costuming resource.

Resources:

  1. Cosplay melee host Yvette Nicole brown on the cool costumes and what it means to be a nerd
  2. SyFy Channel’s “Cosplay Melee” TV show webpage

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DIY: How to Construct A Metal Helmet (Video Tutorial)

For those #costumers & #cosplayers who like metal, here’s a video tutorial of how to make a metal helmet as presented by David Guyton (who provides templates). This is an advanced type of #costuming that requires experience with metal working technique known as “sinking”:

Sinking, also known as doming, dishing or dapping, is a metalworking technique whereby flat sheet metal is formed into a non-flat object by hammering it into a concave indentation.

LED’s and some knowledge of electronics is also needed.

Preserving Anonymity through Costuming

People wear #costumes or #cosplays for different reasons. Often its for fun, for parties, holidays, being a hobbyist, contests, etc. Sometimes its professionally, but sometimes it provides a means for individuals to anonymously express themselves so that they can preserve their privacy and private lives.

Not everyone wants to be a celebrity and being masked allows people who publicly share opinions and advice to avoid the negative aspects that being a celebrity can cause. One such public masked figure operates a YouTube channel called “Heroic Concepts” and in one recently posted video (back in January of this year), he explains why he wears a mask.

Whether you agree or not with his views that he shares in a variety of YouTube videos, we support his reasons for donning a mask and expressing himself as he chooses.

Rare Spider-Man Costume Found Hidden in Closet for 50 Years

A rare #SpiderMan #costume that was hidden in a NYC closet for 50 years was found! Originally commissioned by #Marvel to a seamstress to be used in a Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade along with several other costumes was never seen because the hired actors got drunk the night before the parade and never showed up.

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This very rare costume, believed to have been made circa 1964-1965, was displayed by the table of Roy Thomas, co-creator of Marvel’s Wolverine and Iron Fist, at the Big Apple Con yesterday and will likely be auctioned.

The costume (along with the others created) has a crude, DIY quality and (for some inexplicable reason) a bit off-model with a purple tights. “I can only assume they didn’t give the seamstress enough money,” Roy Thomas joked. The costume had been hidden in one of his closets.

Reference to original article: This rare Spider-Man costume was hidden in a closet for 50 years.

Real-life Costumed Crime-fighter “The Black Widow” Patrols Norfolk, VA

DJ turned real-life #costumed crime-fighter named “The Black Widow” in homemade masked #costume patrols the streets of Norfolk, VA using his martial arts skills. Inspired by Marvel’s character #SpiderMan, this masked avenger (who uses an alias) said he was inspired to take up the role after being bullied as a child. He told one local TV station, “I stopped fights in some of the bars around here. I stopped carjackings in dormant areas. I stopped a woman from being assaulted.”

Among the various types of #costumers, being a real-life #costumed crime-fighter isn’t new, but very uncommon. Good luck to “The Black Widow”.

“Star Wars” Stormtrooper Costumes Banned by Princeton Reunion Committee: Seriously?

Graduates from #Princeton’s 2012 class will not be allowed to attend a #StarWars-themed party in #Stormtrooper #costumes due to unfounded fears that it will convey a racist message. In other words, one of the most iconic and most recognized science fiction costumes from the “Star Wars” franchise won’t be permitted because the name “stormtrooper” was derived from soldiers so-named from Nazi Germany.

The organizers of the 2012 Princeton graduating class reunion should consider learning that there is a vast difference between “Star Wars” and Nazi Germany. While Nazi Germany committed many heinous crimes against humanity, “Star Wars” is purely science fiction that never happened. Also, while events from World War II were part of the inspiration for “Star Wars” and its characters (as created by George Lucas), there is absolutely no connection between “Star Wars” and any form of past or current racism that occurred any where on the planet Earth.

We are genuinely shocked that a plastic costume worn by characters from science fiction that don’t actually exist and (therefore) never actually harmed anyone, would be banned due to unproven claims of racism caused by these non-existent characters.

Let’s consider other places where individuals wearing “Star Wars” stormtrooper costumes may be seen:

  • Since Disney theme parks are now filled with actors wearing stormtrooper costumes of various types, is Disney promoting racism or harming anyone? Absolutely not.
  • Are the 10,000+ members of the #501stLegion #CostumeClub (many of which wear stormtrooper costumes) promoting racism or harming anyone while raising millions of dollars for various charities while they’re wearing stormtrooper costumes? Again, absolutely not.
  • Are the hundreds of millions of people who have watched one or more “Star Wars” movies or animated TV shows been inspired to be racist because of “Star Wars”? That seems very unlikely.

If the organizers of the 2012 Princeton graduates reunion can prove that wearing a “Star Wars” stormtrooper costume promotes racism, then by all means ban stormtrooper costumes. Just make sure that all Imperial costumes are also banned. In fact, if “Star Wars” is so racist, why have a “Star Wars” themed party to begin with? Take our advice: don’t have a “Star Wars” themed class reunion. In fact, don’t have a theme at all because who knows what other heinous forms of racism weren’t actually ever inspired by other fantasy & science fiction genres.

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Original article (also linked above) can be found here: http://m.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/mar/1/stormtrooper-costumes-banned-from-star-wars-themed/