The annual Saturday night CCI Masquerade is something that I consider to be the All-Star game of convention costume contests. I am not kidding, the best of the best cosplayers come from all over Earth to show off what they have here in a combination of skits and costumes to bring home the grand prize of Best in Show. There is some serious dedication with this lot too as several members involved in this plan out their costumes at the latest a full year in advance just for a few moments up on the stage.
The July 1st deadline is approaching and for just this once I wish I could be in the CCI offices as the submission applications come rolling in just so I can see what we are in for. The costumes, the skits, the cheers of fans as they see their favorite characters come to life in a fashionable manner, this is an event that I will now be sure to at least stop in and check out for a bit if I cannot see the entire set.
Held in Ballroom 20, the room’s 4200 seats fill up VERY quickly and the remainder of the audience are placed in the Sails Pavilion where they can enjoy the show through large HD screens. The show runs from around 8:30 – to 11:30 and doors will open at 7:45. To ensure you can get in to the Ballroom 20 and see the event with your own eyes make sure you pick up your FREE tickets starting at 3:30 Saturday afternoon at the Masquerade Desk. In the past they have held a post Masquerade party in the Sails Pavilion that ran until 1:30 AM and I assume this will be the same this year. We will keep you updated as soon as we get some more information on that.
So tell me, will YOU be one of the few to take this home this year?
Here is also apartial list of this year’s prizes.
Sideshow Collectibles: Do you think your costume entry into this year’s Masquerade contest will elicit lots of ooooo’s and ahhhhhh’s from the crowd? If that’s the case, you’ll be in the running to win a $350 gift card from Sideshow Collectibles for use on their web site! So bring that WOW factor to Comic-Con’s annual Masquerade contest and you might walk (or strut) away with Sideshow’s prize.
The Costume Designers Guild, Local 892, the labor union representing Hollywood Costume Designers and other costume professionals in film and television, will present to their favorite entry in the show a CDG Masquerade Award statue, a subscription to the Costume Designer magazine, and a generous gift certificate.
The David C. Copley Award for Most Innovative Costume: Oscar-nominated costume designer and David C. Copley Center director Deborah Nadoolman Landis, costume designer of Raiders of the Lost Ark, An American Werewolf in London, Coming to America, Michael Jackson’s Thriller and recently the 2010 horror-comedy Burke & Hare, and UCLA’s David C. Copley Chair in Costume Design, will present the UCLA David C. Copley Center for The Study of Costume Design Award of $250 cash, plus her book: Dressed: A Century of Hollywood Costume Design, (cover price $75) to her favorite entry.
JetMadam.com, professional jet aircraft brokers who also happen to be great fans of convention costuming, will present an award of $250 cash to the Masquerade costume entry they select as being the Most Beautiful in the show.
Anime Social Scene will award $100 cash plus prizes to the best single or group anime presentation in the Masquerade. Also, TME That’s My Entertainment will award $100 to the Best Movie Representation, plus, $100 for the People’s Favorite! Courtesy of their parent company, The Testmarket Evolution (thetestmarketevolution.com).
Frank And Son Collectible Show, of the City of Industry, CA, will present to the costume entry they deem the audience favorite a very impressive crystal trophy and $1,000 cash.
DC Comics representatives will present a special DC DIRECT collectible valued at $300 to the finest costumed entry portraying a DC Comics character or characters.
Lucasfilm Ltd. will award the best Star Wars costumers with fabulous items from their Licensing Archives. The finest entry from the Star Wars galaxy will be selected by a Lucasfilm representative to receive special limited-edition collectibles.
Century Guild will present, to the costume they select as best portraying elements of Art Nouveau or fantasy, the winner’s choice of either $200 cash or up to $400 credit for fine art at their exhibit hall booth.
Lynn Perry of DarkDesires.biz will award $150 cash to the best costume entry inspired by horror or other dark genres, such as vampires, demons, creatures of the night, creepy alien monsters, and so on.
For more information and a list of last year’s winners please click here.