NOTE: If you are not familiar with the previous SyFy show, Heroes of Cosplay, you can read up here.
Reason #1: It showcases cosplayer talent.
Plain and simple, Cosplay Melee puts the cosplayer’s raw talent front and center. It showcases their ability to design a custom character, stay “on theme,” choose the best materials for the job. Not to mention they still need to overcome the usual challenges we face as cosplayers. Keep in mind, the trick is whether they can do it on a time limit. And they rise up to meet the challenge! I’m absolutely blown away by the costumes that have come out of this competition so far.
Reason #2: No scripted drama added.
Cosplay Melee doesn’t need to edit in “scripted drama.” The show makes it’s own drama from the game itself. The time limit and issues the cosplayers run in to keep you wondering if they will pull it off in time. It keeps you rooting for the contestants the whole way!
“This show focuses on the pure joy of building, the bonds made within the cosplay community, and the techniques used to create masterpieces. No fabricated drama.”
– Xavier Conley
Reason #3: It gives new cosplayers insight.
Last but not least, Cosplay Melee films the actual creation of these forty-hour masterpieces. This means new cosplayers are exposed to techniques they may not have seen before. Instead of hiding the build of a costume like some “secret sauce” recipe, Cosplay Melee interviews the contestants during and after their builds. Every detail the contestants share gives the audience more insight in to the ingenious work-arounds cosplayers find with each and every build. The contestants are also given real-time feedback on their designs – another great insight for improving existing techniques.
Below are the links to the cosplayers I featured in this article. If you are interested in seeing all the contestants featured, check out the Cosplay melee site link above!
Grace Herbert, Zonbi Cosplay
Charles Xavier Conley, Ebony Warrior Studios
Jackie Ruth Craft, Jackie Craft Cosplay
Emily Schmidt, GBGH Cosplay
Lisa Rosenberg, Lisa Lou Who Cosplay
Fred Reed, Fred and Elle Designs
All photos are courtesy of SyFy and Dale Berman. I am not affiliated in any way with SyFy or NBC Universal (I just love the show!).