Heroes of Cosplay found at SDCC


Heroes of Cosplay at SDCC 2014

I’ve recently turned into a bit of a fan of the Heroes of Cosplay show put on by SyFy. It’s currently sort of in it’s second season, although I think it’s officially slated as 1.5, there are 12 episodes out right now. I hoped that I would have a chance to run into some of the cosplayers from the show while at San Diego Comic Con this year.. and I wasn’t disappointed.

Monika Lee
I decided first to try to find Monika Lee. She was by far the easiest to find since I knew where I would likely find her, at the Blizzard Booth. She’s interning for a second summer in a row and was at the booth as expected. I showed up on Preview Night, hoping to find her in costume, but she was running the registers and helping a hoard of customers. I decided to try back later.

Monika Lee


I tried again on Friday, and again Monika wsa helping to run the booth. I decided I likely wouldn’t find her when she was roaming around in costume and whispered at her asking if she was allowed to take photos. She motioned just a sec, finished with her current customer and then motioned me over. We got a quick snapshot and she tried to get back to work. Unfortunately the photo quickly drew a small crowd as others tried to do the same thing. A Blizzard booth supervisor or someone had to step out and block the crowd while she got back to work.

Thanks Monika for pausing a second to get a quick photo. Sorry to have gotten you in a bit of a pickle.

Holly Conrad and Jessica Merizan
Holly and Jessica are a team of cosplayers running their own costume fabrication shop Crabcat Industries
Holly and Jessica are probably my favorite cosplayers on Heroes of Cosplay. They like to build challenging costumes and do so quickly which helps to showcase their talents as fabricators. I think my favorite thing about them is how much they embrace the spirit of cosplay and are huge team players. Inviting lots of others to help and join in their cosplay groups.

Holly & Jessica

I had the chance to meet them at the Spreckles theater while waiting for the Thrilling Adventure Hour & Welcome to Night Vale crossover to begin. I didn’t want to be intrusive, but snuck over and introduced myself. They were very gracious and we talked about the Night Vale podcast for a while. I was more familiar with Thrilling Adventure Hour, but they were right, Welcome to Night Vale is a pretty awesome podcast. The crossover was great and we posed for a quick selfie before I excused myself. Thanks you two for being awesome!

Chloe Dykstra
Chloe Dykstra is a fun one on the show. Daughter of John Dykstra of Star Wars prop fame, Chloe has gone on to make a name for herself on a Just Cos web series put on by Nerdist Industries. Fun and outgoing, it’s been a pleasure to watch her on SyFy’s Heroes of Cosplay.

One early morning at SDCC, when I left my hotel at 3:30 AM to get in the autograph line there were these two very drunk girls stumbling across the street behind me. I turned and looked and it very much looked like Chloe Dykstra and a friend. I didn’t want to harass someone who was clearly going to have a difficult enough time finding her way home. I did send out a speculative tweet to confirm if it was or was not her I had seen. Not surprisingly, no reply.

Chloe Dykstra

I thought that would be the end of it, but I ended up bumping into her shopping at a booth where we got a quick photo. I didn’t ask her about Friday morning, but if for some reason you see this article Chloe, I’m very curious if you were stumbling around drunk on Friday morning this year at Comic Con.

All of you guys were great to see and a very fun part of my own con experience this year. Should you come to any of the conventions in Salt Lake, let’s get in touch and grab dinner and maybe an interview, yeah?


Trevor Nielson
Writer & Photographer at ComicCon.tips
Trevor began his forray into nerdom as a kid peddling his bike all the way to the local bookstore to purchase comic books. The boring superhero comics weren’t good enough for Trevor, he wanted the real ones. The ones with ducks. Now who's laughing while he’s on his way to cash in all those valuable Ducktales comics. Soon he’ll have his own money bin full to the brim. These days, to fill the time before the money bin construction completes (and begins), Trevor fills his time with photography, movies, television and comic book conventions. You can find his cosplay Meet & Greet mini-shoot and articles on this site as well as prints of his photographs being sold by cosplayers throughout the land.

P.S. Trevor converted to Marvel & DC comics and movies later on, so no heartburn on that one, right?