If there’s one thing San Diego Comic-Con is synonymous with, it’s amazing cosplay. And that’s always most true during the annual masquerade, when contestants show off their amazing (and sometimes hilarious) creations. More, you never know who will stop.
Registration is now open for Masquerade 2022, and you can find the official rules and registration for on their site.
The event, to be held on Saturday July 23 in Ballroom 20 at 8:30 p.m., draws a crowd of 4,000 attendees (with another 2,000 spectators in the Sails Pavilion and other rooms, which act as an overflow) . As in previous years, the masquerade is free for anyone with a Saturday badge.
Competitors can enter as an individual or as a group, and medallions will be awarded to winners in the following categories:
- Best of Show
- Choice of judges
- Best recreation
- Best Original Design
- best work
- The most humorous
- The most beautiful
- Best Young Fan
Winners of the above categories will also receive a free 4-day badge for San Diego Comic-Con 2023 – which is a wholesale price in itself. In the event that a group wins, up to five memberships will be granted.
Additionally, several companies and organizations offer cash prizes for sponsored rewards, including:
- Frank & Son collection exhibition from the City of Industry, Calif., “The First and Last Stop for All Your Collectible Needs” will be taking a break from their bi-weekly big mini-cons to present a generous $1,000 cash prizes, plus a handsome trophy, on entry which they deem to be the crowd’s favorite (so be sure to give your favorites a big round of applause!).
- Art Directors Guild, IATSE Local 800. The ADG, which has presented panels at Comic-Con for more than a dozen years, counts among its members art directors, graphic designers, illustrators and screenwriters, layout artists, pre-vis artists, production designers, scenic artists, set designers and titles. Artists from the film, theater and television industries. The ADG awards two prizes: the Art Directors Guild Cosplay Award for Original Concept Design, awarded to the entry that best exemplifies an entirely original concept, and the Art Directors Guild Cosplay Award for Best Visual Media Design, awarded to the entry whose the design best interprets a character or concept from a TV show or movie. Each award is accompanied by a $500 price.
- The Western Costumers Guild (CGW)the costumed fandom group from Southern California, will present a one-year CGW membership, plus a full scholarship and a free hotel night at their weekend conference, Costume College®, held the last weekend of July at the Warner Center Marriott in Woodland Hills, CA (winner can choose 2023 or 2024) to the entry its representatives select as the most promising. Costume College offers educational lectures and workshops on all aspects of costume.
- 3DHQa popular convention exhibitor, will present each Comic-Con trophy winner with a Free 3D digital Self Avatar and create a free 3D figure of them in their winning costume, taken at the 3DHQ Exhibit Hall booth on Sundays (regular cost $324), plus a fast pass to the start of the line. The Best of Show winner will receive a larger size figure. If a group wins a category, only one member will receive the figurine, but all participants, winners or not, who are available to be scanned on Sunday can receive a free 3D digital Self Avatar of themselves in their costume.
- International Comic-Con will present a special award in memory of longtime committee and board member Alan Campbell, who passed away and is dearly missed. Alan was a huge fan of the Masquerade, sometimes generously donating his own prize. The Alan Campbell Award will be $500 in cashpresented to entry judged to be the best re-creation of a comic book character or characters, as selected by a representative of the Board of Directors.
For those just hoping to watch the competition, as always, free tickets will be available beginning at 12:00 p.m. PT on Saturday for those queuing near Ballroom 20, and again available from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. p.m. at the Masquerade Office until all are distributed.
You can find more information about the masquerade at Comic-Con International’s website.
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