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Heroes of Cosplay: season 1, episode 10 - Wizard World Portland 2014

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Last night's Heroes of Cosplay episode headed to Portland Oregon for the Wizard World costume competition, with over 50,000 attendees. In Los Angeles, Chloe, Michele and Meg "spontaneously" decide to cosplay together as 1950s versions of Poison Ivy (Chloe), Catwoman (Michele), and Harley Quinn (Chloe). Meanwhile, Yaya decides to cosplay as the New 52 Batgirl so she can drive a custom-crafted Batmobile. We shift focus again to Katie George who will attend as Injustice Wonder Woman and Riki, her friend, will compete against her by revisiting the costume she tried to create last time, Ashe from League of Legends.

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As usual, it's a race against time. Does no one ever try to plan these things months in advance?

Chloe reaches out to her dad for help, a special effects expert -- you know, just a guy who INVENTED THE LIGHT SABER. Also, Grant Imahara from Mythbusters. Just a few helpers to create the special effects on Chloe's Poison Ivy costume in which her flowers are animatronic puppets.

The judges include Yaya Han, Ivy Doomkitty (master cosplayer), and Jason David Frank (Power Ranger actor). Yaya points out that the contest has no division or prejudging, with performance judged just as much as craftsmanship.

Glowing weapons (Ase's bow, Wonder Woman's lasso) seems to be a theme. This is a problem when the batteries die, which is amazing that nobody thought of bringing extra batteries. Not that it matters -- under the harsh lights, anything that glows looks just like...things that don't glow.

  • Best Group: Elgar & Elza (original costume)
  • Best Male Villain: Giant Alien (original costume)
  • Best Female Hero: Wonder Woman (Katie George)
  • Best in Show: Sauron
  • Honorable Mention: Dovahkin from Skyrim
  • Honorable Mention: 50s Batman villains Poison Ivy, Catwoman, Harley Quinn

This is the second episode in a row when the cast has actually won something. Maybe the male cosplayers will have a decent shot at it next time.

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