Heroes of Cosplay (2013) s01e05 Episode Script

Planet Comicon - Part 1

1 male narrator: PREVIOUSLY ON HEROES OF COSPLAY - AT ANIME MATSURI, THE COMPETITION WILL BE TOUGHER.
- [roars] [cheers and applause] - I DON'T WANT I TO LOOK HALF-ASSED.
- I WILL NOT LET YOU DOWN, I PROMISE.
- [gasps] - OH, NO! - WHY DIDN'T YOU, LIKE, EMBED WIRE INTO IT? - WE HAVE TO MAKE THE WIG FROM CREPE WOOL, OR WE CAN USE THIS SYNTHETIC STUFF.
- AREN'T YOU ALLERGIC TO WOOL? - YES, I AM.
I FEEL LIKE THIS IS A SMALL PRICE TO PAY FOR AN AMAZING COSTUME.
[vomits] - WE REALLY WANT TO WIN.
I WANT TO HAVE PEOPLE THAT ARE ON MY LEVEL.
- WE WANT YOU TO HANG OU WITH US, AND WE LIKE YOU.
- [snaps fingers] THE FUN IS JUST ABOUT THE START.
narrator: AND TONIGHT, ON HEROES OF COSPLAY - FOR THE FIRST TIME IN FOUR YEARS I'M COMING OUT OF COMPETITION RETIREMEN TO COMPETE WITH MONIKA AND RIKI.
- I'VE NEVER MADE A SCULPTED DRESS BEFORE.
I DON'T KNOW WHAT I SIGNED UP FOR.
- MAKE I JUST A LITTLE SHORTER.
- MY DAD DID THE VISUAL EFFECTS ON THE ORIGINAL STAR WARS.
HE'S REALLY GOOD AT MAKING STUFF.
IS THAT GONNA WORK? - I'M WORKING WITH HOLLY AND JESSICA ON THIS ONE.
I CAN MAKE SOMETHING THAT IS ON THEIR LEVEL.
- IT'S A MASSIVE TRAVESTY IN THE BUTT AREA.
I'M GONNA BE THE PANTS-LESS WONDER.
- THIS IS A [bleep] TRAIN WRECK.
DO YOU REALIZE THAT? - LIKE, ONE SHO AT CUTTING THIS ELK PART.
I'VE LOS TWO COMPETITIONS IN A ROW.
I REALLY WANT THIS WIN.
- ONE THING THAT YOU SHOULDN' DO, IT'S COSPLAY ALONE.
all: HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON! - WHOO! [upbeat techno music] @Cwluc == S01E05 Planet Comicon - Part 1 == narrator: THE NEXT STOP FOR THE HEROES OF COSPLAY IS KANSAS CITY'S PLANET COMICON.
KANSAS CITY COMICON IS THE MOS POPULAR POP-CULTURE EVEN IN THE MIDWEST, DRAWING THOUSANDS OF FANS FROM ALL OVER THE COUNTRY.
PLANET COMICON IS A THREE-DAY EVEN THAT HAS NOT ONE, BUT TWO COSPLAY COMPETITIONS: AN INDIVIDUAL COMPETITION, AND ONE DEDICATED TO GROUP SKITS.
IN LOS ANGELES, DYNAMIC DUO HOLLY AND JESSICA ARE THROWING A COSTUME-THEMED BARBEQUE AS PICARD AND RIKER FROM STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION.
- HEY, EVERYONE.
all: HEY! ARE YOU READY TO "ENGAGE?" [laughter and groaning] WE'RE BACK FROM ANIME MATSURI.
NOW, WE'VE DECIDED TO HAVE SOME FUN, SO WE'RE GONNA HAVE A COSTUME PARTY.
- WE'RE GOING TO INVITE SOME COSPLAYERS WE KNOW AND JUST HAVE A BARBEQUE AND HAVE FUN.
[all cheering] - OH, NICE.
- MAYBE.
I ALSO DOUBLE AS A BEAN BAG CHAIR.
- GOD, IT'S LIKE A [bleep] BUILT-IN CHAIR, I'LL TAKE IT.
- SO HOW ARE YOU FEELING? 'CAUSE I KNOW YOU WERE HAVING PROBLEMS AT MATSURI.
- UM, I'M NOT THROWING UP ANYMORE.
- [laughs] OH, GOD.
- OH.
- HERE, LET'S GE OUT OF THE SUN.
LET'S GO OVER THERE.
THIS'LL BE AN AWESOME OPPORTUNITY FOR US TO REALLY GET TO HANG OUT WITH BECKY AND TRY AND FIND SOME KIND OF FANDOM THAT WE ALL THINK IS GOING TO BE A COOL COSTUME TO MAKE.
YOUR COSTUME IS SO CUTE.
I LOVE THAT OUTFIT.
- THANK YOU.
TRY TO TALK TO YOU GUYS, AND I CAN' TAKE YOU SERIOUSLY AT ALL.
SO AFTER THE WHOLE THING WITH MONIKA AND HOW SHE SAID THAT I WASN'T AT HER LEVEL, NOW, I AM SO EXCITED THAT HOLLY AND JESSICA WANT TO WORK WITH ME BECAUSE THEY'RE MUCH MORE EXPERIENCED.
- IT'S OKAY.
- NOW IT'S JUST A MATTER OF FIGURING OU WHAT IT IS WE WANT TO DO.
- WE SHOULD DEFINITELY FIGURE SOMETHING OUT.
- YEAH.
- I MEAN, YOU LIKE DRAGONS.
- I DO LIKE DRAGONS.
- OKAY, LET'S JUST START NAMING THINGS WITH DRAGONS IN THEM.
THERE'S DRAGON AGE, OBVIOUSLY.
LORD OF THE RINGS.
I'LL BE GANDALF.
- OH, REIGN OF FIRE.
NEVERENDING STORY.
- OH, THAT'S--YEAH.
- GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO.
COME ON.
- THERE'S NO DRAGONS IN THAT, HOLLY.
- I'LL LOSE 75 POUNDS.
I'LL GET NAKED ON STAGE.
- THAT'S SCARY.
- GAME OF THRONES HAS DRAGONS.
GAME OF THRONES.
- I HAVEN'T SEEN GAME OF THRONES.
- THINK OF CARTOONS.
THINK OF SOMETHING CARTOONY.
- HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON.
- WAIT.
- THAT'S GOT DRAGONS.
- WHO WOULD YOU WANT TO BE FROM HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON? - I'VE ALWAYS WANTED TO DO AN ASTRID COSTUME, SO THAT'S PRETTY APPROPRIATE.
- I LOVE ASTRID.
- YEAH, AND WE COULD MAKE SOME KIND OF DRAGON.
WE NEED, LIKE, A GIMMICK, THOUGH.
WE NEED AN ENEMY DRAGON.
WE CAN'T BE TOOTHLESS.
- WE COULD BE TWO OF THE VIKINGS, I MEAN-- - OH.
- I MEAN, WE DON'T HAVE A LOT OF TIME, BUT WE CAN FIGURE IT OUT.
- I AM TOTALLY STOKED TO DO HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON.
SO THE PLAN IS THAT HOLLY AND JESSICA ARE GOING TO COME UP WITH THIS AMAZING DRAGON TO BRING ONSTAGE, AND I'M GOING TO FOCUS ON WORKING ON ASTRID, WHO IS THE HERO, SINCE THE WHOLE PREMISE OF THE EVEN IS HERO VERSUS VILLAINS.
- ENGAGE.
I'M NOT ALLOWED TO SAY THAT, BUT I WANT TO SAY IT ANYWAY.
- YOU'RE NOT ALLOWED TO SAY THA 'CAUSE YOU'RE NO THE CAPTAIN! - SORRY.
- [laughs] narrator: AFTER BACK-TO-BACK LOSSES, JESSE IS BRAINSTORMING HIS COSTUME FOR PLANET COMICON, HOPING HIS NEXT IDEA WILL GET HIM A BEST IN SHOW.
all: [singing a sea shanty] - I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT I'M GONNA COME UP WITH FOR AN OUTFIT FOR KANSAS.
I'VE ALREADY DONE THE STEAM PUNK STUFF.
I'VE ALREADY DONE, YOU KNOW, FALLOUT STUFF.
WE'RE LIMITED TO MUSTACHES, OR COSTUMES THAT CAN GET AWAY WITH USING A MUSTACHE, WHICH IMMEDIATELY GOES BACK TO PIRACY.
both: YEAH.
- WHAT DO I LOVE MORE THAN, YOU KNOW, EITHER OF THOSE? PIRACY.
WE CAN DO PIRACY.
LIKE, EVERYBODY WOULD JUST BE LIKE, "OH, JACK SPARROW.
" LIKE, NO.
TRYING TO FIGURE OUT, WHAT PIRATE AM I GONNA DO? AND THEN THEN MAGIC HAPPENS.
I THINK I MAY HAVE SOLVED OUR COSTUME PROBLEM.
THEY'VE RELEASED THE TRAILER FOR ASSASSIN'S CREED 4, WHICH TURNS OUT TO BE A PIRATE VERSION OF ASSASSIN'S CREED.
THIS GAME ISN'T OUT YET.
I'M GONNA BE THE FIRST ONE OUT OF THE GATE WITH THE ICONIC ASSASSIN'S CREED 4: BLACK FLAG, LIKE, PROPER PIRATE COSTUME.
I WANT TO SHOW EVERYBODY THAT I CAN DO I AND GO ALL THE WAY WITH IT.
HOW BADASS DOES THAT LOOK? - IT DOES LOOK PRETTY BADASS.
narrator: IN ATLANTA, YAYA, RIKI, AND MONIKA ARE OUT SHOPPING, AND WITH PLANET COMICON APPROACHING, YAYA HAS A UNIQUE COSPLAY PROPOSAL FOR HER FRIENDS.
- BEING IN DENMARK REALLY KIND OF OPENED MY EYES.
LIKE, ALL OF THEM DID AMAZING SKITS, TOP-NOTCH, THEATRICAL, YOU KNOW, MIXED MUSIC, VOICEOVERS.
IT WAS SO MAGICAL, LIKE, WE WERE JUST, LIKE, STARING.
JUST LIKE, "WE DON'T KNOW WHO TO PICK.
" WHAT I SAW BLEW ME AWAY, AND IT MADE ME RE-THINK HOW I WANT TO COSPLAY AND HOW COSPLAY IS HERE IN AMERICA.
- WHY CAN'T, LIKE, CONS IN THE U.
S.
OFFER STUFF LIKE THIS? - SEE? THERE'S A CONVENTION IN KANSAS CITY THAT IS HOSTING A GROUP SKIT COMPETITION.
I'M KIND OF TEMPTED TO ENTER.
THERE IS A CONVENTION COMING UP.
THEY'RE HAVING A SKIT COMPETITION, AND I THINK I WAN TO MAYBE DO A SKIT.
IT'S BEEN FOUR YEARS SINCE I COMPETED, SO THIS IS PRETTY CRAZY.
I WOULD LIKE TO ASK IF BOTH OF YOU WOULD MAYBE WANT TO DO IT WITH ME? - OH.
- LIKE, DO A PERFORMANCE TOGETHER? - WORKING WITH THE BES OF THE BEST IS YAYA AND RIKI.
I CONSIDER MYSELF LUCKY TO BE KIND OF LET IN THEIR GROUP BECAUSE I'M THE YOUNG UN, THE 20-YEAR-OLD, AND THESE ARE, LIKE, THE SEASONED COSPLAYERS.
- NO, WE WANT TO DO IT.
- THAT'S THE POINT.
- I MEAN, I'M FLATTERED YOU'D ASK.
- AW, MEOW, MEOW, MEOW.
- I DO.
I WANT TO DO IT WITH YOU GUYS.
- AW.
- SERIOUSLY, I CAN'T THINK OF ANYBODY ELSE I'D WANT TO DO IT WITH.
- AW, GROUP HUG.
- IT'S AN HONOR TO BE ASKED BY YAYA, ESPECIALLY WITH HER STANDING THE COMMUNITY.
I MEAN, SHE COULD ASK ANYBODY AND THEY WOULD PROBABLY JUMP AT THE CHANCE.
I'M TOTALLY DOWN.
- I'M DOWN.
- I MEAN-- - ARE YOU DOWN? I'M DOWN.
- YEAH.
- I INVITED MONIKA AND RIKI TO DO THE SKIT COMPETITION WITH ME BECAUSE THEY'RE REALLY GOOD COSPLAYERS, BUT WHEN I COMPETE, I GO ALL OUT.
- AFTER WORKING WITH US, YOU MIGHT BE LIKE, "THOSE BITCHES.
" - [imitates gunshot] [laughter] narrator: IN LOS ANGELES, CHLOE'S BEEN BITTEN BY THE COMPETITIVE COSPLAY BUG AND IS STARTING WORK ON HER COSTUME FOR PLANET COMICON.
- A LOT OF WORK TO BE DONE.
FOR MY SECOND COMPETITION EVER, I'M GOING TO DO GAIGE FROM BORDERLANDS 2.
SHE'S JUST VERY FEISTY AND ANGRY AND VIOLENT, AND SHE'S THIS LITTLE BALL OF RAGE, AND I THINK THA THAT'S SOMETHING THAT I WILL NEVER ACTUALLY BE IN MY REAL LIFE, SO IT'S FUN TO GET TO BE HER FOR A DAY.
MY BIGGEST CHALLENGE IS GAIGE HAS ARTICLES OF CLOTHING THAT I CAN'T JUST BUY.
I HAVE TO MAKE IT.
SO I DON'T KNOW WHERE THIS IS SUPPOSED TO GO.
SHOOT.
THINGS THAT HAVE BEEN LESS INTIMIDATING THAN A SEWING MACHINE: LEARNING HOW TO RIDE A BIKE, THE STOMACH FLU, SURGERY.
I AM JUST AS NERVOUS FOR THIS COMPETITION AS I WAS THE FIRST TIME I WENT ONSTAGE, MAYBE BECAUSE WHEN I AM DOING "JUST COS," I GET TO TALK TO PEOPLE ABOUT THEIR COSTUMES.
IT'S NOT ABOUT ME, IT'S ABOUT THEM, BUT WHEN I'M COMPETING, IT'S ABOUT ME, AND THAT MAKES ME NERVOUS [laughs].
WELL, THAT'S NOT RIGHT.
WHAT HAVE I DONE? WHAT AM I DOING? narrator: IN LOS ANGELES, VICTORIA'S WITH JINYO GOING OVER DESIGN IDEAS FOR HER NEXT COSTUME.
- WHAT ARE YOU THINKING ABOUT WEARING? - UM, I'M NOT SURE.
THEY'RE VERY MUCH LIKE, "BE CREATIVE, THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX.
YOU KNOW, HAVE FUN.
" - MM-HMM.
- AND ONE IDEA I HAD WAS TO BE LITERAL WITH THEIR CATEGORY OF COMIC BOOK HERO - MM-HMM.
- AND MAKE AN OUTFI THAT'S OUT OF COMIC BOOKS AND LITERALLY BE A COMIC BOOK HERO.
I DON'T KNOW HOW MANY PAGES OF COMICS I'LL NEED TO DO WHAT I WAN IN MY HEAD.
- YEAH, AND-- - IT'S GONNA BE A LOT.
- WELL, I THINK THA IT'S A GREAT IDEA.
GALAXY OF COMICS! I LOVE THIS PLACE.
narrator: VICTORIA IS TAKING A BOLD RISK WITH HER PLANET COMICON COSTUME, WHICH WILL BE A DEPARTURE FROM HER NORMAL COSPLAY REPLICATION STYLE.
- SO HOW DO YOU SEE I COMING TOGETHER? - IN MY HEAD, I SEE THIS OUTFIT IN WHITE.
- MM-HMM.
- BUT OBVIOUSLY I'M USING COLOR.
MAKING AN ORIGINAL OUTFI IS SOMETHING THAT I ADMIRE IN PEOPLE.
YAYA HAN IS A GREAT EXAMPLE BECAUSE SHE FREQUENTLY COMES UP WITH HER OWN COSTUME DESIGNS, AND THEY'RE INCREDIBLE, BUT I HAVE NEVER BEEN ABLE TO COME UP WITH AN ORIGINAL IDEA AND ACTUALLY FOLLOW THROUGH WITH IT.
I HAVE NO IDEA HOW MANY WE'RE GONNA NEED.
I THINK VISUALLY, THAT WOULD LOOK REALLY NICE, LIKE, ON A CORSET AND BOTTOM AND--AND STUFF.
- YEAH, I THINK THAT'LL HAVE A NICE PUNCH TO IT.
- I THINK I ACTUALLY WANT TO GO WITH SOME SILVER AND GOLD AGE ERA COMICS.
IT ALLOWS YOU TO GE POPS OF COLOR WITHOUT BEING TOO OVERPOWERING.
- HAVE A GOOD ONE.
- YOU TOO, GUYS.
- SEE YOU AGAIN.
- THANKS FOR COMING IN.
narrator: BACK IN ATLANTA, YAYA IS HAVING RIKI AND MONIKA OVER TO HASH OUT IDEAS FOR HER BIG COMEBACK SKI FOR THE GROUP COMPETITION AT PLANET COMICON.
- I WAS HOPING WE COULD MAYBE DO ALICE.
- OH.
- THAT COULD WORK.
- I THINK THAT MIGHT BE A REALLY GOOD IDEA FOR A SKIT.
WE'VE DECIDED TO DO ALICE IN WONDERLAND.
IT'S BASED ON THE VIDEO GAME BY AMERICA MCGEE, AND ALL THE CHARACTERS ARE VERY DARK, VERY TWISTED, AND SORT OF EVIL.
- SO WHO WOULD YAYA BE? - SHE'S BOTH.
- I GUESS THE QUEEN.
- THE QUEEN.
- I WOULD BE THE RED QUEEN.
I CHOSE THE EVIL QUEEN BECAUSE SHE HAS AN ELABORATE COSTUME AND I CAN DO A VERY THEATRICAL PERFORMANCE WITH HER.
IF YOU DID, LIKE, A GIRL VERSION OF THE CHESHIRE CAT.
- IF I HAD, LIKE, A MASK OR SOMETHING WHERE YOU CAN SEE THE SMILE AND THE GLOWING CAT EYES.
I WAS A LITTLE NERVOUS AT FIRS DOING THE CHESHIRE CA BECAUSE I'VE SEEN A LOT OF PEOPLE DO INTERPRETATIONS OF ANIMAL CHARACTERS, AND IT COMES OU KIND OF HOKEY OR TACKY.
- I'M DIGGING THIS ONE, 'CAUSE I CAN-- I CAN DO--I CAN SCULP AND MOLD THAT REALLY FAST.
- OOH, THIS ONE IS REALLY COOL.
- OKAY, WHAT WOULD THIS BE MADE OUT OF THOUGH? - PROBABLY JUST URETHANE, RUBBER.
FOR MY ALICE COSTUME, I HAVE A BIG REVEAL WHERE I PULL OFF THE ICONIC OUTFI AND I REVEAL MY UNDERDRESS, WHICH IS MADE OUT OF MEAT.
- I OBVIOUSLY HAVE THE BIGGES COSTUME TO MAKE, BUT I AM--I CAN DO IT.
- BOY, YES.
- IT'S ACTUALLY KIND OF UNFAIR NOW THAT I THINK ABOUT IT.
YAYA GETS THIS BEAUTIFUL, CRAFTED, QUEENY DRESS, AND MONIKA GETS TO BE THIS CUTE, SEXY KITTEN, AND THEN I'M WEARING THIS GROTESQUE MEAT THING.
LIKE, I'M DEMANDING NEXT COMPETITION, I GET TO BE THE CUTE ONE.
WELL, I GUESS BECKY APPROACHED HOLLY AND JESSICA, AND THEY'RE GOING TO ENTER THA PARTICULAR COMPETITION TOGETHER AT PLANET COMIC CON.
- I'M NOT WORRIED ABOUT BECKY.
WELL-- - WHAT ABOUT HOLLY THOUGH? - LET'S JUST SAY I'M NOT WORRIED ABOUT BECKY.
[laughter] narrator: WITH HER GROUP COMPETITION COSTUME DECIDED WITH HOLLY AND JESSICA, BECKY NOW TURNS HER ATTENTION TO HER COSTUME FOR THE INDIVIDUAL COMPETITION AT PLANET COMICON.
- IT'S REALLY ABOUT HAVING SOMETHING THAT'S, LIKE, BOOM, IN YOUR FACE.
- YOU HAVE TO HAVE SOMETHING THAT PEOPLE REMEMBER.
- YEAH.
- YEAH.
- I'M COMPETING IN THE SOLO COMPETITION ON THE FIRST DAY, AND THEN THE GROUP COMPETITION WITH HOLLY AND JESSICA ON THE SECOND DAY.
THIS IS A CHARACTER THAT I LOVE TO DO.
FOR THE INDIVIDUAL COMPETITION AT KANSAS CITY PLANET COMICON, I'M DOING ELIZABETH FROM BIOSHOCK INFINITE.
BIOSHOCK IS MY FAVORITE GAME SERIES OF ALL TIME, AND I'M SO EXCITED TO PORTRAY HER.
YOU KNOW, I'VE DONE ELIZABETH BEFORE, AND WE'VE ALREADY GO THE MAJORITY OF THE COSTUME.
WE'D JUST NEED TO TWEAK IT AND THEN ADD THIS WOW SHOW-STOPPER.
YOU KNOW HOW IN THE DEMO SHE SHOOTS ROSES? - LIKE, SHOOT WHATEVER FROM-- - YEAH.
SHOOT ROSES OUT OF MY WRISTS.
THAT SHOULD BE EASY, RIGHT? - UH, I WOULD NEED TO GO AND FIGURE OU HOW TO MAKE THE AIR SYSTEM.
- GOTTA BE AWESOME.
narrator: COMING UP - IS THAT GONNA WORK? - GONNA MAKE I JUST A LITTLE SHORTER.
- MY DAD DID THE VISUAL EFFECTS ON THE ORIGINAL STAR WARS.
HE'S REALLY GOOD AT MAKING STUFF.
- I WANT TO MAKE MY ENTIRE OUTFIT OUT OF PAPER.
- I THINK THAT'LL LOOK COOL.
- I'M GONNA HAVE TO FIGURE OU HOW TO GET A SMALL AIR CANISTER TO NOT EXPLODE WHILE SHE'S WEARING IT.
[loud pop] [bleep]! narrator: WITH ONLY A WEEK LEF UNTIL PLANET COMICON, YAYA IS DISCOVERING THAT NOT EVERYONE IS TAKING HER RETURN TO COMPETITIVE COSPLAY AS SERIOUS AS SHE IS.
- [scoffs] GOT TO BE KIDDING ME.
BRIAN? - DID YOU CALL ME? - I'M ON TWITTER, AND GUESS WHAT MONIKA IS DOING? - WHAT? - SHE'S PLAYING TOMB RAIDER.
SHE'S SUPPOSED TO BE WORKING ON HER COSTUME, AND SHE'S PLAYING TOMB RAIDER.
ALL SHE'S BEEN SAYING IS, "I'M TOO BUSY, I HAVE SCHOOL.
I DON'T KNOW WHEN I'M GONNA BE ABLE TO WORK ON THIS.
" I REMEMBER BEING MONIKA'S AGE AND LEARNING HOW TO JUGGLE MULTIPLE OBLIGATIONS.
HOWEVER, THIS IS MY REPUTATION AND BRAND ON THE LINE HERE, AND I CANNOT AFFORD TO LET HER SLACK OFF.
OKAY, I DON'T NEED THIS HOOP SKIRT ANYMORE.
I'M PUTTING EVERYTHING I HAVE INTO THE SKIT AND COSTUME, AND I EXPECT MONICA AND RIKI TO DO THE SAME THING.
STILL TOO BIG.
I HAVEN'T COMPETED IN YEARS, AND A LOT OF PEOPLE WOULD LOVE TO SEE ME FAIL.
WE ONLY HAVE A FEW DAYS TO FINISH REHEARSING AND GET OUR COSTUMES READY BEFORE THE COMPETITION.
[whispering] NEED A BRIDGE BETWEEN THE TWO.
narrator: IN LOS ANGELES, HOLLY AND JESSICA AND BECKY ARE FINDING OUT THAT THEIR DRAGON BOAT PROP FOR THEIR SKI MIGHT BE MORE THAN THEY CAN HANDLE ALONE WITH THEIR LIMITED TIME FRAME.
- SO I INVITED A BUNCH OF PEOPLE OVER SO THAT WE CAN HAVE A DRAGON-MAKING PARTY.
- [gasps] YAY, PEOPLE! - SO-- - OH, IS THIS A BOAT? both: YES.
- [gasps] - THIS IS THE BEGINNING OF THE DRAGON BOAT.
- SO WE'RE BEHIND SCHEDULE ON THE HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON PROP, SO WE'RE GONNA HAVE A DRAGON-BUILDING PARTY.
AND NONE OF THEM HAVE ANY FABRICATION SKILLS.
YOU GUYS ARE ON THE JAW TO FIGURO USE TOOLS AND HOW TO USE GLUE AND HOW TO DO IT ALL RIGHT THEN.
SO WAIT, BEFORE WE START, ROSS IS USING THE ROTARY TOOL TO MAKE THE BOA LOOK LIKE WOOD.
SO THIS IS OUR PIECES.
THESE WERE OUR ORIGINAL PIECES, BUT THESE ARE THE TWO JAW PIECES THAT WE NEED TO HOOK TOGETHER.
EVEN THOUGH WE WERE ON A TOTAL TIME-CRUNCH AND IT WAS REALLY, REALLY AWFUL, IT WAS GREAT TO HAVE OUR FRIENDS THERE LEARNING NEW THINGS AND KIND OF ENJOYING THE BES PARTS OF COSPLAY WITH US.
- TWO, THREE.
all: HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON! [all cheering] - ALL RIGHT.
narrator: ACROSS TOWN, BECKY'S ROOMMATE, LANCE, HAS STARTED WORKING ON A UNIQUE CONTRAPTION SHE HOPES WOWS THE AUDIENCE DURING HER INDIVIDUAL COMPETITION.
- BECKY HAS HIRED ME TO TAKE THE ELIZABETH COSTUME, WHICH IS A FAIRLY BASIC, SIMPLE-ISH KIND OF A COSTUME, AND ADD A SPECIAL EFFECT TO IT [loud pop] TO BE ABLE TO SHOOT THESE ROSES OUT FROM HER WRISTS.
SO I'M GONNA HAVE TO FIGURE OU HOW TO GET A SMALL AIR CANISTER TO NOT EXPLODE WHILE SHE'S WEARING I BECAUSE THIS IS GOING TO BE COMPLETELY CONCEALED UNDERNEATH HER OUTFIT.
[sighs] narrator: IN PORTLAND, JESSE IS HARD AT WORK ON HIS ASSASSIN'S CREED PIRATE COSTUME, WHICH MIGHT BE HIS LAST CHANCE TO FULFILL HIS DREAMS OF A CAREER AS A PROFESSIONAL PROP-MAKER.
- I DON'T HAVE A CHARACTER THAT'S UNDER MY BELT YET.
MONIKA, YOU KNOW, SHE'S GO THE LITTLE SISTER FROM BIOSHOCK.
WHEN ANYBODY TALKS ABOUT IT, YOU KNOW, IT'S USUALLY HERS THEY'RE REFERRING TO.
I DON'T HAVE THAT YET, AND I NEED ONE.
THERE'S QUITE A SLEW OF CHALLENGES THAT I'M FACING DOING THE EDWARD KENWAY DEFINITIVE COSTUME, BUT I THINK THIS IS THE PERFECT, PERFECT ANGLE.
BOLTS ARE ALL DONE.
WANT TO SEE? WANT TO SEE? - YEAH.
- WANT TO SEE? WANT TO SEE? - SHOW ME, SHOW ME, SHOW ME.
- THIS ONE I'M SUPER EXCITED ABOUT ACTUALLY.
- THAT'S THE BALDRIC PIN? - YEAH.
LOOKS PRETTY GOOD.
THE SKULL'S A VERY ICONIC PIECE.
IT'S A PIECE ON THE BALDRIC THAT REALLY-- I CAN'T MESS THIS PART UP.
I'M GONNA CAST I IN SILICONE, AND THEN I'M GONNA POUR I AND MAKE IT OUT OF RESIN.
IT'S THE ONLY WAY THE BALDRIC'S REALLY GONNA GET DONE.
OH, LOOK AT THAT MOLD RELEASE.
BAM.
HOW AMAZING DOES THAT LOOK, THOUGH? THE MORE STUFF THAT GETS DONE ABOUT THIS COSTUME, THE BETTER I'M FEELING ABOUT IT, HONESTLY.
- HOW MUCH TIME DO WE HAVE? - SHH.
narrator: IN LOS ANGELES, VICTORIA BEGINS CONSTRUCTING HER DRESS MADE FROM COMIC BOOKS, HOPING AN ORIGINAL DESIGN WILL BE A BIG HI WITH THE PLANET COMICON JUDGES.
- IT'S LIKE, I WANT TO TREA THIS AS IF, LIKE, YOU KNOW, IT WAS DESIGNED IN A NORMAL OUTFIT, LIKE, THAT WAS MADE OUT OF FABRIC.
- WELL, I AM PLAYING AROUND WITH DIFFERENT WAYS TO USE PAPER TO TRY TO MAKE IT MORE INTERESTING.
I THINK THAT'LL LOOK COOL.
THEN MAYBE WE CAN INTEGRATE THAT INTO THE COSTUME.
- BUT, LIKE, I DON'T WANT THIS JUST, LIKE, RIGHT ON HERE.
IDEALLY, I WANT THERE TO BE A PAPER-LINED CORSET.
KIND OF, LIKE, YOU KNOW, LINDA CARTER STYLE, A SKIRT OR PAPER-COVERED BOOTS AND BRACERS, AND IT'S JUST A LOT OF LITTLE DETAILS I'D LIKE TO ADD, BUT IT ALL COMES DOWN TO TIME.
- THIS IS, LIKE, A DIAMOND TESSELLATION.
THIS IS ANOTHER TREATMENT.
KIND OF A SCALE-MAIL LOOK TO IT.
- I WOULD USE THA IN THE CROTCH AREA.
- MM-HMM.
- 'CAUSE I'D WANT TO USE I THE WAY AQUAMAN AND ROBIN ALWAYS HAD THAT KIND OF SCALE, LITTLE, LIKE, UNDEROOS THING GOING ON.
I WANT TO MAKE MY ENTIRE OUTFI OUT OF PAPER, WHICH HAS ALWAYS FASCINATES ME.
I LOVE WHEN I SEE OUTFITS IN MAGAZINES AND ON TV WHERE IT'S AN EXPERIMENT, IT'S KIND OF A PIECE OF AR THEY'RE DISPLAYING.
IT'S A VERY WONDER WOMAN-ESQUE TYPE OF ARMOR.
AW.
narrator: MEANWHILE, CHLOE'S WORKING ON HER COSTUME, GAIGE FROM BORDERLANDS 2.
- SHE'S JUST AWESOME.
SHE'S THIS BALL OF ENERGY.
SHE JUST SCREAMS, AND SHE'S PUNKY, AND I WAS JUST, LIKE, "I GOT TO DO THIS.
" GAIGE HAS A WIG, SHE HAS A PAIR OF SHOES THAT ARE VERY CARTOONY.
SHE'S GOT LEGGINGS THAT ARE STRIPED.
THERE'S A LOT.
narrator: SHE'S ALSO DECIDED TO INCORPORATE DEATHTRAP, GAIGE'S ROBOT, INTO HER COSTUME, WHICH ISN' GOING TO BE EASY, SO SHE'S CALLED IN THE BES PERSON SHE KNOWS TO HELP.
- GONNA MAKE I JUST A LITTLE SHORTER.
- MY DAD DID THE VISUAL EFFECTS ON THE ORIGINAL STAR WARS, WHICH IS KIND OF COOL TO SAY NOW BUT DIDN'T REALLY DO MUCH FOR ME WHEN I WAS A KID.
WE'RE USING SOME TUBING AS A WAY TO KEEP THE SUSPENSION UP BECAUSE THIS IS GONNA BE A FAIRLY HEAVY ROBOT.
THE GOOD THING ABOUT HAVING A DAD THAT'S BEEN IN THE VISUAL EFFECTS BUSINESS FOR MANY YEARS IS THAT HE'S REALLY GOOD AT MAKING STUFF.
- IT DIDN'T WORK.
- WE GOT TO FIGURE OUT A WAY TO GET IT TO SI ON TOP OF THE THING.
WE TOOK OUT THE SUSPENSION OF THE RC CAR AND WE MOUNTED THE ROBO ON TOP OF THE RC CAR USING FOAM AS A BASE.
- I'M SURPRISED IT'S OFF-BALANCED.
- THIS IS MUCH MORE COMPLICATED THAN I ORIGINALLY THOUGHT IT WOULD BE.
[laughs] IS THAT GONNA WORK? I DON'T KNOW IF THIS WAS THE BEST PLAN.
AND THERE'S A LOT OF WORK TO BE DONE.
OH! narrator: COMING UP.
- IT'S A MASSIVE TRAVESTY IN THE BUTT AREA.
THIS IS A [bleep] TRAIN WRECK.
DO YOU REALIZE THAT? - I'VE LOST TWO COMPETITIONS IN A ROW.
I REALLY WANT THIS WIN.
narrator: IN ATLANTA, RIKI IS WORKING ON THE CLAY SCULP OF THE MEAT DRESS SHE WILL WEAR FOR HER ALICE CHARACTER AT THE PLANET COMICON GROUP SKIT COMPETITION.
- I JUST NEED TO GET IT DONE FASTER.
SO FOR THE ALICE SKIT, I HAVE TO MAKE THE MEAT DRESS THAT GOES UNDERNEATH, WHICH IS GONNA BE SCULPTED, MOLDED, AND CAST.
I'VE NEVER MADE A SCULPTED DRESS BEFORE, SO I DON'T KNOW HOW THAT'S GONNA WORK OUT, AND I DON'T KNOW WHAT I SIGNED UP FOR.
- HAVE YOU ORDERED EVERYTHING YOU NEED? - BURLAP, PIECE WAX, CHIP BRUSHES, GLOVES.
- YOU KNOW THIS IS PROBABLY, LIKE, ANOTHER $200 HERE? - THE THING THAT BOTHERS ME THE MOST IS THIS WOULDN'T HAVE BEEN MY FIRST CHOICE OF COSTUME, SO NOW I DROP $500 ON A COSTUME THAT I LIKE BUT I'M NOT IN LOVE WITH FOR THE TEAM.
AS COOL AS IT IS, THIS IS NOT A COSTUME THAT'S GONNA GET ME RECOGNIZED, OR GETTING JOBS ON MOVIES, OR EVEN, LIKE, GETTING A JOB IN, LIKE, A COSTUME STUDIO.
THIS IS NO A PORTFOLIO PIECE TO ME.
narrator: MEANWHILE, IN PORTLAND, JESSE IS BEGINNING WORK ON ONE OF THE MORE IMPORTAN AND EXPENSIVE FACETS OF HIS EDWARD KENWAY COSTUME.
- I DON'T KNOW IF THIS ELK IS WIDE ENOUGH.
CAN WE JUST FIGURE OUT HOW THIS WHOLE THING FITS ON HERE? AFTER LOOKING AT THE TRAILER, FOR THE EDWARD KENWAY CHARACTER, I'M GONNA GET THINGS THAT LOOK AS PERIOD AS POSSIBLE.
THE VEST ON THIS OUTFIT, IT WOULD BE MADE OUT OF ELK.
ELK HOLDS UP BETTER IN SALT WATER.
LIKE, ONE SHO AT CUTTING THIS ELK PART.
I REALLY HOPE THIS STUFF WORKS.
[laughs] I HAVEN'T WORKED WITH ELK YET.
ELK IS STUPID EXPENSIVE.
[laughs] I'VE LOST BACK-TO-BACK AT PORTLAND AND EMERALD CITY COMICON.
YOU KNOW, I'M GONNA MAKE I OR BREAK IT WITH THIS COSTUME.
narrator: ACROSS TOWN, HOLLY IS WORKING ON THE DRAGON BOA FOR THE HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON SKIT, WHILE HER TEAMMATE FOR THE GROUP COMPETITION, BECKY, IS HARD AT WORK ON HER OWN PROPS.
SHE HAS TO MAKE ASTRID'S ICONIC BATTLE AXE FROM SCRATCH USING L200 FOAM.
- MY ASTRID COSTUME IS REALLY, REALLY IMPORTAN 'CAUSE I'M WORKING WITH HOLLY AND JESSICA ON THIS ONE.
THEY'RE MUCH MORE EXPERIENCED, SO IF I CAN'T BRING MY "A" GAME, THEN IT'S ALL ON ME, AND HONESTLY, I'M AT A POINT NOW IN MY COSTUMING WHERE I CAN MAKE SOMETHING THAT IS ON THEIR LEVEL.
[groans] IT'S HARD.
narrator: BACK IN PORTLAND, JESSE IS COMPLETING HIS COSTUME FOR THE INDIVIDUAL COMPETITION AT PLANET COMICON, BUT HE STILL HAS ONE THING LEFT TO DO.
- LOOK AT THAT.
THAT LOOKS PERFECT.
THE VEST ITHE VEST IS LOOKING R, BUT IT'S LOOKING TOO GOOD.
SO HERE'S THE MANNEQUIN WITH THE VEST ON.
EVERYTHING ABOUT THIS COSTUME HAS GOT TO BE VERY WORN.
IT'S LIKE EDWARD HAS LIVED IN THIS STUFF, AND THAT'S THE WAY SAILORS WOULD DO IT.
THEY WOULD LIVE IN THIS GEAR FOR MONTHS AT A TIME.
narrator: TO GET THE AUTHENTIC SEA-WORN LOOK HE NEEDS, JESSE WEN STRAIGHT TO THE SOURCE.
- I'M GONNA GO FOR A SWIM.
WHY NOT CHRISTEN THIS PIRATE? LET'S GET THE SALT WATER INFUSED IN THIS ELK.
LET'S MAKE SURE THIS THING IS AS PERIOD AS POSSIBLE.
HOWEVER, THE PACIFIC OCEAN RIGHT OFF PORTLAND IS NOT WARM.
I'M FEELING REALLY, REALLY GOOD ABOUT THIS OUTFIT, BUT AFTER CHRISTENING THIS THING IN THE OCEAN, I'M FEELING EVEN BETTER.
TIME FOR A BONFIRE, I THINK.
narrator: IN ATLANTA, WITH PLANET COMICON APPROACHING AND THEIR COSTUMES ON TRACK, YAYA, RIKI, AND MONIKA ARE FINALLY PRACTICING THEIR SKI FOR THE GROUP COMPETITION.
- I ACTUALLY HAVE TO MAKE TWO COSTUMES.
I HAVE TO MAKE THE MEAT DRESS, BUT ON TOP OF THAT, I ACTUALLY HAVE TO SEW AN ALICE DRESS THAT'S OVERSIZED BUT ALSO TEAR-AWAY, SO IT'S ALL THIS, LIKE, ENGINEERING.
- RIP AWAY! [overlapping chatter] - SO IT BREAKS AWAY A LITTLE DIFFERENTLY THAN WE HAD TALKED ABOUT, SO WE'RE GONNA HAVE TO PRACTICE HOW YOU WANT I TO BREAK AWAY.
THE BIG TRANSFORMATION SCENE IN OUR SKI IS WHEN I PULL OFF THE BLUE ALICE DRESS.
I HAVEN'T HAD A LOT OF TIME TO FOCUS ON THE BLUE DRESS, SO I QUICKLY JUST TRIED TO PUT SOMETHING TOGETHER THAT I COULD JUS PRACTICE IN BECAUSE IF WE CAN'T TEAR THIS DRESS OFF, IT'S GONNA GO SOUTH FAST.
- ALL RIGHT.
LET'S DO A RUN THROUGH.
- ALICE.
- A COSPLAY SKIT IS LIKE A MINI THEATRICAL PRODUCTION, CREATING SETS, CREATING DIALOGUE AND PRE-SET MUSIC, AND GIVES THE AUDIENCE MORE THAN JUS LOOKING AT THE COSTUMES ONSTAGE.
WE HAVE TO CREATE A KICKASS PERFORMANCE SO THAT MY REPUTATION STAYS INTACT.
- OH, YOU AGAIN, CAT.
- OH, ONE-- - YOU'RE SUPPOSED TO SPIN ME.
- OH, I FORGOT, SORRY.
- [laughs] - MONIKA AND RIKI AREN'T REALLY PUTTING THEIR HEARTS INTO THIS SKIT, AND I KNOW IT'S JUST A REHEARSAL, BUT WE DON'T HAVE TIME TO PLAY AROUND.
WE HAVE TO GIVE IT OUR ALL FROM DAY ONE.
YOU'RE ALREADY AT HER.
[playback music and effects] OKAY, HOLD ON, HOLD ON, HOLD ON, HOLD ON.
A COUPLE OF NOTES.
EVERY MOVEMENT YOU DO, EXAGGERATE IT.
LIKE, WHEN SHE GOES, "ALICE, ALICE," YOU WANT TO, LIKE, LOOK UP LIKE, "WHERE'S THIS COMING FROM?" GET UP, SHOW OFF THE MEAT DRESS.
IT'S A TRANSFORMATION.
YOU'RE IN POWER.
- I KNOW YAYA HASN'T COMPETED IN AWHILE, SO SHE IS TAKING THIS VERY SERIOUSLY.
- OKAY, I'LL DO BETTER, BOSS.
I'LL DO IT.
- NO, I'M SORRY.
IT'S JUST, IF WE HAD MORE TIME, I WOULD NOT BE SO BOSSY.
- YAYA'S BEING, LIKE, PAGEANT MOM.
WHEN WE FIRST STARTED THIS OUT, I KNEW THAT SHE WAS GONNA BE CRAZY ABOUT IT.
IT'S JUST THA WHEN IT'S HAPPENING, I DON'T LIKE IT.
narrator: WITH ONLY ONE DAY UNTIL PLANET COMICON OPENS, THE HEROES OF COSPLAY COMPETING IN THE INDIVIDUAL COMPETITION ARE STARTING TO ARRIVE IN KANSAS CITY.
- IT DOESN'T SEEM TOO ROUGHED UP FROM SECURITY.
EVERYTHING SEEMS TO BE ALL RIGHT.
THERE YOU GO.
- WHOA! - OOH.
WE'RE FEELING FANCY ABOUT THIS TODAY.
- YEAH.
- I'VE LOST BACK-TO-BACK.
I'M GONNA WIN SOMETHING IN KANSAS, OR MAYBE IT'S TIME TO JUST BACK OFF AND NOT--YOU KNOW, NOT PURSUE THIS DREAM YET.
- SO? - SO.
- ROOM SERVICE AND-- - ROOM SERVICE AND MOVIES IN OUR FANCY ROOM? - YEAH.
THIS ONE'S GONNA BE GOOD.
- ALL RIGHT, PHEW.
- [sighs] ALL RIGHT, HERE WE GO.
OH, AWESOME.
WE'RE RIGHT BY THE ELEVATOR.
- JIN AND I HAVE JUST ARRIVED IN KANSAS CITY, AND WE NEED TO UNPACK, GET ALL OF OUR GEAR OUT, INCLUDING THE SEWING MACHINE.
WE'VE GOT A LOT OF WORK LEF TO DO ON THIS COMIC BOOK OUTFIT.
PLEASE DON'T GET DISTRACTED, BECAUSE WE HAVE JUST ENOUGH WORK THAT WE NEED TO WORK ALL NIGHT, BUT NOT SO MUCH THAT WE CAN'T GET IT ALL DONE.
I'M REALLY NOT LIKING THE PATTERN I SEE OF ALWAYS BEING IN THE HOTEL ROOM WORKING ON MY COSTUMES LAST MINUTE.
narrator: BECKY AND LANCE HAVE ARRIVED IN KANSAS CITY WITH ONE THING ON THEIR MINDS-- "HOW WILL THE ROSE EFFECT WORK?" - GOT IT? - DAY BEFORE THE COMPETITION, I'M IN CRUNCH MODE, AND I STILL DON'T KNOW IF THIS AIR SYSTEM IS GOING TO WORK.
- JUST REMEMBER WHILE YOU'RE WORKING ON THIS, THERE ARE, LIKE, MAJOR STAKES FOR US FROM A COMPETITION ASPECT.
I KNOW THAT LANCE HAS BEEN STRUGGLING WITH THE CANISTERS AND THE EFFEC FOR THE ELIZABETH COSTUME.
I HAVE NOT EVEN SEEN THE PROP FULLY TOGETHER AT THIS POINT, SO YEAH, I'M A LITTLE WORRIED.
- I'VE BEEN TREATING THIS LIKE YOU HIRED ME TO DO A COMMISSION.
WHEN I GET IT DONE, I'LL HAVE YOU COME OVER TO THE ROOM, OR I'LL SHOW IT TO YOU OR WHATEVER, AND THEN WE CAN FIGURE OU HOW TO PRESENT I SO THAT IT'S THE BES THAT IT POSSIBLY CAN BE.
- OKAY.
WITH THE INDIVIDUAL COMPETITION TOMORROW, I HAVE NO CHOICE BUT TO TRUST HIM.
: IT'S THE OPENING DAY WITH THE INDIVIDUAL OF PLANET COMICON IN KANSAS CITY AND THE CONVENTION CENTER IS FILLING WITH FANS HUNGRY FOR THE FIRST COMPETITION, WHICH WILL SEE THE TOUGHES COSPLAYERS IN THE MIDWEST.
- NOW WHAT THE HELL AM I DOING? narrator: LANCE HAS WORKED ALL THROUGH THE NIGH AND COME UP WITH A SYSTEM TO DELIVER THE ROSES FOR BECKY'S ELIZABETH COSTUME ONSTAGE DURING THE COMPETITION.
- OH, BECKY? - YO.
- I HAVE SOMETHING TO SHOW YOU.
IT'S DONE.
THE ROSE SYSTEM WORKS.
HOPEFULLY, SHE LIKES IT.
IS IT A LITTLE BIT BIGGER AND BULKIER THAN WE WANTED ORIGINALLY? YES, IT IS, BUT YOU KNOW WHAT? IT'S A LITTLE MORE THEATRICAL.
THIS IS GOING TO WOW PEOPLE ENOUGH THAT WE'RE GOING TO GE SOMETHING OUT OF THIS.
AS YOU CAN SEE, WE HAVE ALL KINDS OF BEAUTIFUL EPIC-NESS AND ROSES.
PIPE, WHAT? WHAT? WHERE'S THE CANNON? I DON'T KNOW, WHERE IS IT? IT'S RIGHT THERE! [laughs] AND I TOTALLY MISFIRED ON IT.
- THAT'S IT? TWO ROSE PETALS? [imitates pathetic rose petal gun] IT'S COMPLETELY DIFFEREN FROM WHAT WE HAD TALKED ABOU AND WHAT WE PLANNED THIS ENTIRE TIME.
I NEED THIS PODIUM TO WORK.
narrator: IT'S HOURS BEFORE THE COMPETITION, AND VICTORIA AND JINYO ARE FINDING OU THAT USING PAPER LIKE CLOTH IS NOT AN EASY ENDEAVOR.
- HOW'S THIS ONE LOOK? [laughs] IT STANDS OUT.
YEAH, IT STANDS OUT A LOT.
- YEAH.
- [groans] IT'S SUCH A LITTLE TRAVESTY.
THIS THING IS SUCH A JOKE.
I DON'T KNOW, IT'S JUST-- ACTUALLY, IT'S LOOKING TERRIBLE NOW, AND IT'S TEARING AND STUFF.
I DON'T KNOW IF IT'LL HAPPEN.
THIS WENT FROM, LIKE, LOOKING LIKE IT MIGHT WORK TO JUST BEING A HUGE MESS.
IT'S NOW BECOME APPAREN THAT THE SKIRT IDEA IS NOT GONNA WORK.
IT'S JUST A SAD AND HILARIOUS DISASTER.
YEAH, IT'S JUST-- 'CAUSE IT'S A MASSIVE TRAVESTY IN THE BUTT AREA.
COME ON.
SKOOSHING IT DOWN IS NOT REALLY HELPING.
I'M GONNA BE THE PANTS-LESS WONDER.
THIS IS A [bleep] TRAIN WRECK.
DO YOU REALIZE THAT? - [sighs] narrator: JESSE IS FEELING THE PRESSURE OF UNVEILING THE WORLD'S FIRS EDWARD KENWAY COSPLAY FROM ASSASSIN'S CREED 4: BLACK FLAG.
- I'VE LOS TWO COMPETITIONS IN A ROW.
I'M TRYING TO PSYCH MYSELF UP AND GET INTO MY PIRATE MODE.
I HAVE TO PUT MY FULL PIRATE PERSONA INTO THIS.
I WANT TO MAKE PROPS.
I WANT TO MAKE COSTUMES FOR A LIVING.
I WANT TO QUIT MY DAMN DAY JOB.
I REALLY WANT THIS WIN.
[dramatic music] narrator: CHLOE IS PUTTING THE FINISHING TOUCHES ON HER CELL-SHADED MAKEUP FOR HER GAIGE CHARACTER AND KNOWS SHE HAS TO TOP HERSELF AND IMPRESS HER FANS IN THIS COMPETITION.
- THIS IS MY SECOND COMPETITION EVER.
I AM JUST AS NERVOUS AS I WAS THE FIRST TIME I WENT ONSTAGE 'CAUSE I FEEL LIKE I GOTTA TAKE IT TO THE NEXT LEVEL.
SMASH THE SYSTEM! [dramatic music] - THANK YOU.
- YEAH, NO PROBLEM, THANK YOU.
narrator: BECKY IS RELYING ON LANCE'S ROSES-SHOOTING PODIUM TO GET HER A PRIZE AT PLANET COMICON.
- [laughs] - DID YOU POP OUT? - ALMOST, HOLD ON.
- [laughs] - I REALLY NEED THIS WIN, MAINLY FOR MYSELF, JUST TO KIND OF SOLIDIFY THE FAC THAT I AM A GOOD COSPLAYER, AND I AM LEGITIMATE AND WORTHY OF BEING UP ON THAT STAGE.
HOW'S IT LOOK? - HUZZAH.
- YEAH? - MM.
- AWESOME.
[dramatic music] both: THANK YOU.
narrator: HAVING DITCHED THE PAPER SKIR SHE HAD PLANNED TO WEAR, VICTORIA HAS TO TURN TO LEGGINGS TO KEEP HER ORIGINAL COSTUME IDEA PG-13.
- I'VE GOT THIS OUTFI AS FINISHED AS IT'S GOING TO BE.
IT KIND OF REMINDED ME WHY I ENJOY MAKING COSTUMES, WHY I LOVE TO COSPLAY, BECAUSE IT'S ABOUT THE CREATIVITY AND THE EXPERIMENTATION.
[dramatic music] - THIS IS, LIKE, MY SECOND TIME EVER COMPETING, SO THE COMPETITION IS ABOUT THE START.
I'M REALLY NERVOUS.
I'M LOOKING AROUND AND EVERYBODY LOOKS AMAZING, AND IT STARTS TO POP IN MY HEAD, I'M LIKE, "AM I-- SHOULD I BE COMPETING?" [cheers and applause] - PLANET COMICON, A ROUND OF APPLAUSE FOR JUDGES.
[cheers and applause] PLANET COMICON, I WANT YOU ALL TO BE LOUD THIS EVENING, BECAUSE THE PEOPLE HERE, AS USUAL, HAVE WORKED VERY, VERY, VERY HARD.
THE WINNERS THIS YEAR, ONE FOR EACH CATEGORY, A MALE AND A FEMALE, WILL BE PRESENTED WITH CHAMPIONSHIP BELTS.
[cheers and applause] - I'M GETTING READY TO GO ONSTAGE.
I'M FEELING PRETTY GOOD ABOUT IT.
I'M TRYING TO PSYCH MYSELF UP AND GET MYSELF INTO MY PIRATE MODE.
- FIRST PLACE, $1,000! [cheers and applause] THAT'S A WHOLE LOT OF SCRATCH.
ARE YOU READY TO SEE SOME COSTUMES? [cheers and applause] - LET'S GET THIS STARTED! [cheers and applause] - [wolf whistle] [cheers and applause] - PLEASE GIVE IT UP.
FROM THE VIDEO GAME CATEGORY, JESSE LAGERS AS EDWARD KENWAY FROM ASSASSIN'S CREED 4: BLACK FLAG.
- OH, MY BALDRIC JUST POPPED.
HELP ME OUT.
THIS GOES OVER THE TOP.
ALL DAY LONG, THIS BALDRIC'S BEEN PERFECTLY FINE.
TAKE ONE STEP ONTO THE STAGE, MY BALDRIC POPS OPEN AND EVERYTHING STARTED TO SLIDE OFF ME.
- KEEP CHEERING.
[cheers and applause] - I NEED TO BUY MYSELF SOME TIME RIGHT NOW TO GET THIS THING FIXED.
OH, DAMN IT! narrator: THE PLANET COMICON'S COSTUME COMPETITION IS UNDERWAY.
- FROM THE VIDEO GAME CATEGORY, JESSE LAGERS.
- OH, MY BALDRIC JUST POPPED.
narrator: AND ONE OF OUR HEROES IS FINDING HIMSELF IN TROUBLE.
- EVERYTHING'S STARTING TO COME UNDONE.
MY BALDRIC'S POPPING OFF.
I HAVE A FREAK-OUT MOMENT.
I CAN'T DO-- I CAN'T DO THE COMPETITION.
HELP ME OUT.
THIS GOES OVER THE TOP.
- KEEP CHEERING.
[cheers and applause] [silence] [cheers and applause] LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, EDWARD KENWAY FROM ASSASSIN'S CREED.
[cheers and applause] HE'S GONNA BOARD YOUR SHIP.
- I LOVE THE GAME.
AND HOW MUCH OF THA DID YOU ACTUALLY MAKE YOURSELF? - ACTUALLY, THE PANTS I PREVIOUSLY HAD.
EVERYTHING ELSE, INCLUDING THE FULL ELK HIDE VES THAT I'M WEARING, BRACERS, THE BALDRIC, EVERY BIT OF BELT AND LEATHER ON ME I MADE ALL MYSELF.
- A LOT OF WORK.
- IT'S A LOT OF WORK.
[laughter and cheering] - LOOKS--LOOKS GREAT, JUST GREAT.
- I'VE EITHER SOLD I OR I'M GONNA FIND OU THAT, YOU KNOW, MAYBE I'M NO AS GOOD AT DOING THIS AS I THOUGHT I WAS.
- TAKING THE STAGE NOW FROM THE COMIC BOOK HERO CATEGORY, VICTORIA SCHMIDT.
[cheers and applause] - I'M A LITTLE WORRIED BECAUSE ORIGINAL OUTFITS ARE REALLY HARD TO JUDGE.
I MEAN, IT'S EASY TO LOOK AT SOMEONE BEING BATMAN AND BE LIKE, "ALL RIGHT, THAT'S EITHER, YOU KNOW, ACCURATE OR IT'S NOT.
" I MEAN, IF IT'S AN ORIGINAL OUTFIT, THERE'S ONLY SO MUCH YOU CAN CRITIQUE.
- YOU'RE PROBABLY TOO FAR AWAY TO SEE, BUT HER ENTIRE OUTFIT IS MADE OF SMALL COMIC BOOK PANELS THAT I WANT TO READ.
[laughter] - FIRST OF ALL, WHAT WAS YOUR INSPIRATION FOR THIS COSTUME? - I WANTED TO TAKE THE CATEGORY OF COMIC BOOK HERO LITERALLY, SO I THOUGH INSTEAD OF BEING AN ACTUAL, YOU KNOW, CHARACTER FROM ONE OF THE COMIC BOOKS, I WOULD BE A HERO MADE OUT OF COMIC BOOKS.
[laughs] - WHAT ARE YOUR SUPER POWERS? - UM, PAPER CUTS.
[laughter] [cheers and applause] KIND OF EXCITED, BECAUSE I THINK THE JUDGES ENJOYED AND APPRECIATED ME THINKING, YOU KNOW, OUTSIDE THE BOX, AND I THINK THE AUDIENCE ALSO REALLY ENJOYED SEEING SOMETHING DIFFEREN AND UNUSUAL.
- YAY! - IT'S SO CUTE.
- THAT WAS PRETTY AWESOME - [laughs] THANK YOU.
[cheers and applause] - [wolf whistle] [cheers and applause] - YOU ARE THE STUFF OF NIGHTMARES! [cheers and applause] - SO I'M LOOKING AT THIS PODIUM, AND LANCE STILL HAS NOT FIGURED OU WHAT HE'S DOING WITH THESE ROSES, AND I GOT TO BE HONEST, I AM REALLY SCARED.
YOU SURE THIS IS GONNA WORK? - I THINK IT WILL WORK.
- TAKING THE STAGE NOW, FROM THE VIDEO CAME CATEGORY, THIS IS BECKY YOUNG.
YOU MAY HAVE PLAYED THCENTLY.
IT'S BIOSHOCK INFINITE, AND SHE'S ELIZABETH.
[cheers and applause] - [gasps] BOOKER! [cheers and applause] - WHO MADE WHAT? WHO-- I KNOW IT'S A COLLABORATION.
- WELL, THE LITTLE MAN UNDER THE BOX UNDER HERE, THIS IS LANCE, HE'S ACTUALLY A BRILLIANT SEAMSTER HIMSELF, AND HE WORKED ON THE JACKE AND ALSO OUR PODIUM SYSTEM OVER HERE, AND THEN, I DID THE DRESS, THE OVERALL LOOK, THE HAIR, THE MAKEUP.
- GOOD JOB, GOOD JOB.
- THANK YOU.
- GIVE IT UP AGAIN FOR BECKY AND LANCE! [cheers and applause] - I DON'T WANT TO GE OVERCONFIDENT, BUT YOU KNOW, THIS IS WHAT I WAS BANKING ON.
IT WAS A REALLY COOL EFFECT.
THE AUDIENCE LOVED IT.
I'M FEELING THE JUDGE'S ENERGY OVER TO MY RIGHT, AND I'M LIKE, "YES, THANK YOU.
SOMETHING WENT RIGHT.
" - GOOD JOB.
- YAY! - SO YOU KNOW WHAT? I THINK I'VE GOT A CHANCE.
- COME ON UP! [cheers and applause] - AWESOME.
ALL RIGHT, SHOULD WE JUST HIM READY? BEFORE I GO UP ON STAGE, I'M FREAKING OUT.
I'M NERVOUS.
I'M REALLY, REALLY NERVOUS.
YOU WOULD THINK THA AFTER COMPETING ONCE, I WOULDN'T BE AS NERVOUS, BUT I DEFINITELY AM.
- THIS ODD, LITTLE ROBOT.
OH, GOD, IT'S MOVING AT ME! ALL RIGHT.
ALL RIGHT, FROM THE VIDEO GAME CATEGORY, CHLOE DYKSTRA AS GAIGE FROM BORDERLANDS 2! - SMASH THE SYSTEM! [yells] - WHOO! I'M JUST MARVELING AT CHLOE.
IT--IT'S LIKE LOOKING AT THE CHARACTER FOR REAL, AS IF, LIKE, SOMEONE HAD HIRED HER TO PORTRAY THAT CHARACTER IN REAL LIFE.
JUST REALLY BLEW ME AWAY.
[cheers and applause] - WHAT DREW YOU TO THE CHARACTER? - I LOVE HER BECAUSE I THINK SHE'S JUST SUCH A BADASS, AND, LIKE, SHE DOESN'T CARE, YOU KNOW? SHE JUST DOES WHAT SHE WANTS TO.
- SO IS THAT WHY YOU CHOOSED HER? - I CHOSE HER BECAUSE I LOVE HER ROBOT, AND IT KILLS STUFF, AND I FIGURED THAT WAS A GOOD ENOUGH REASON.
RIGHT, GUYS? [all cheering] I DID IT, AND IT'S DONE, AND I FEEL GREAT.
I GUESS IT WOULD BE PRETTY COOL IF I WON SOMETHING.
[applause] OH, MY GOD! - THAT'S EVERYBODY.
GIVE EVERYBODY A ROUND OF APPLAUSE! narrator: THE INDIVIDUAL COMPETITION HAS CONCLUDED.
IT'S NOW TIME FOR THE JUDGES TO DELIBERATE.
- THE WORK IN THAT, THE DETAIL WAS AMAZING.
I'LL GIVE HER THAT.
YOU KNOW, EVEN THE BOOT WORK, AMAZING.
- I GOT TO GIVE THE GUY POINTS FOR TRYING, BUT HIS MATERIALS NEEDED-- IT HAD SOMETHING TO BE DESIRED.
- I LIKED HER.
I LIKED THE WAY SHE ACTED.
- BEST PROP WITHOUT A DOUBT, HAD A LOT OF ENERGY.
- SHE EMBODIED THE CHARACTER.
- EMBODIED-- I LIKE THE ENERGY, YEAH.
- HER COSTUME WAS IMPECCABLE.
- THE PROP IS CUTE, BUT OKAY, YOU GOT A CUTE IDEA, BUT IT JUST DOESN' HAVE ANY IMPACT.
- OH, MY GOD.
JUST SAY THE NAMES ALREADY.
- ALL RIGHT, JUDGES.
HAVE YOU COME TO YOUR DECISION? narrator: PLANET COMICON'S COSTUME COMPETITION - OH, MY GOD.
JUST SAY THE NAMES ALREADY.
HAS COME TO A CONCLUSION, AND THE JUDGES ARE STILL DELIBERATING TO FIND OU WHO WILL TAKE HOME A BEL AND THE ULTIMATE PRIZE-- BEST IN SHOW.
- HAVE WE COME TO A DECISION? - YES.
- WE GOT IT, WE GOT IT.
- EXCELLENT.
- BEST MALE FOR A COMIC BOOK.
IRON MAN, GREG JONES.
[cheers and applause] - BEST MALE FOR A COMIC BOOK.
[cheers and applause] - AND FOR BEST FEMALE IN THE COMIC BOOK CATEGORY SISTER OF PLENITUDE, JAMIE HARRIS.
- I DIDN'T WIN IN MY CATEGORY, BUT I ACTUALLY HAVE A CHANCE TO WIN.
I'M SUDDENLY FEELING REALLY CONFIDEN AND REALLY EXCITED THAT I MIGHT GET FIRST.
- FOR VIDEO GAME, OUR MALE, WE GOT DRAGONSLAYER, ALEX ARCADA.
[cheers and applause] - YOU KNOW, THIRD CONTEST THIS SEASON, SPENT THIS MUCH MONEY, AND I DON'T EVEN GET THIS AWARD.
LIKE, I DON'T EVEN PLACE HERE.
IT'S DIS-SETTLING.
- NEXT, FEMALE IN THE VIDEO GAME CATEGORY, GO.
[dramatic music] - CHLOE DYKSTRA.
[cheers and applause] - OH, MY GOD! OH, MY GOD, YOU GUYS! I WON! I WON! I AM SO HAPPY THAT I WON.
IT'S EXCITING.
I DIDN'T EXPECT IT.
- BOOM! - GETTING SOME SOR OF RECOGNITION FOR MAKING THE COSTUME MAKES I A LOT MORE SPECIAL, AND THE WRESTLING BEL DOESN'T HURT.
I DID NOT EXPECT THIS AT ALL.
- YOU GOTTA SHOW.
WE GOT TO SEE THIS THING.
- OH, MY GOD.
- THIRD RUNNER UP, BEST IN SHOW.
[cheers and applause] JUDGES? - THIS WAS A TOUGH ONE.
- ASSASSIN'S CREED, BLACK FLAG.
JESSE LAGERS.
[cheers and applause] - THIS RIGHT HERE IS EXACTLY WHAT I'VE BEEN WORKING FOR.
- THERE YOU GO, CAP'N.
ENJOY YOUR BOOTY.
- I'VE BEEN WORKING TOWARDS GETTING NOT ONLY THE CROWD RECOGNITION, BUT THE JUDGE RECOGNITION.
I'VE WANTED TO PROVE I TO MYSELF THAT I CAN DO I AND GO ALL THE WAY WITH IT.
AT LEAST I DIDN'T, LIKE, NOT PLACE.
[laughs] - YEAH.
- I WOULD HAVE BEEN REALLY DISAPPOINTED.
- SECOND RUNNER UP, BEST IN SHOW.
WHO IS COMING UP HERE? - DAMON BAIRD, CALEN HOFFMAN.
[cheers and applause] - GIVE IT UP FOR DAMON BAIRD! [cheers and applause] - BEST IN SHOW.
WHO'S IT GOING TO, JUDGES? - ABOMINATION, DAMIEN ZIMMERMAN.
- THAT'S RIGHT! GIVE IT UP FOR HIM! IT WAS JUST FREAKY, NO? BEST IN SHOW! [cheers and applause] - I WOULD LIKE TO WIN, BUT ONE OF THE THINGS I LOVE THE MOS ABOUT COSPLAYING IS JUST SEEING PEOPLE WHO PASSIONATELY LOVE THAT FANDOM AS MUCH AS YOU DO.
- WE DID IT! WE FREAKING DID IT! - [laughs] - I DIDN'T WIN ANYTHING FOR THE INDIVIDUAL COMPETITION, BUT I STILL HAVE THE GROUP SKI WITH HOLLY AND JESSICA, AND WE HAVE AN AMAZING CONCEPT.
WE'VE GOT A GREAT SKIT.
WE'VE GO SOME AMAZING PROPS, SO I REALLY THINK THA THIS IS WHERE I COULD SHINE.
- YOU GOT TO COME BACK NEXT YEAR AND DEFEND IT, THOUGH.
- I KNOW, YEAH.
- NO, I DON'T, IT'S MINE.
- THIS MEANS YOU HAVE TO DEFEND IT.
- YOU'RE LIKE, "COME AND FIND ME IN CALIFORNIA.
" - EXACTLY.
- COME AND TAKE I FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS! [laughter] narrator: THE INDIVIDUAL COSTUME COMPETITION IS CONCLUDED, BUT PLANET COMICON IS FAR FROM OVER.
DAY TWO FEATURES THE CONVENTION'S BIGGEST EVENT, THE GROUP SKI COMPETITION, WHERE TEAM LOS ANGELES AND TEAM ATLANTA GO HEAD-TO-HEAD FOR A CHANCE TO WIN BEST IN SHOW.
- PLANET COMICON NOT ONLY HOSTS AN INDIVIDUAL COSTUME COMPETITION, BUT ALSO A GROUP COMPETITION FOCUSED ON SKITS.
I'M COMING OUT OF RETIREMENT, AND I'M GOING TO TAKE COSPLAYING TO THE NEXT LEVEL.