With its new competition reality show, "Cosplay Melee," Syfy is helping the cosplay subculture -- in which hobbyists make costumes and props based on their favorite fictional characters -- cross over into the mainstream. In each episode, four contestants compete to create costumes for a panel of expert judges, but also to show off their passion to a wide audience. As premiere episode contestant Fred Reed <a href="https://www.thewrap.com/syfy-cosplay-melee-crazy-lifestyle/">explained to TheWrap</a>, it's not really about making the best costume, but learning from your fellow competitors, and engaging with people who love the same thing you do.
"It was the ultimate three-day con crunch, with some great friends in the best equipped hotel room on the planet," Reed says. "We had a blast."
Check out a preview from Tuesday's premiere episode, along with some of Reed's homegrown creations.