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Cosplay on steroids! The impressive costumes of the Comic-Con Masquerade competition

Cosplayers take their costumes to another lever to wow the judges at Comic-Con’s 44th Masquerade Costume Competition. Check out the mind-blowing creations from the contestants.

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The Masquerade Costume Competition

Get ready to be amazed by the talent of the contestants of Comic-Con's 44th Masquerade Costume Competition that took place on the third official day of the convention. 

Ballroom 20 was once again the perfect venue to host over 100 costumes that can be completely original or a re-creation of a favorite fandom but the trick is that contestants have to make the costume themselves.

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Let the contest begin

The contestants must do a performance to go along with the costume on stage for the three judges and the audience. The categories to win are: Best in Show, Judges' Choice, Best Re-creation, Best Original Design, Most Beautiful, Best Presentation, Most Humorous, Best Workmanship, and Best Young Fan.

I was in the photographer's section for the first time so I did not get to see the performances but I can show you the hero poses and war faces contestants made for the camera. 

We didn't get any introductions so for the largest groups I will be mentioning the names that we received in the list for the photographers.

Let's check them out in the order they performed, starting with Killer Frost from The Flash. The outfit was created and designed by Amber Bates.

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Killer Frost

Amber is only 12 years old and started the show by performing to Taylor Swift's "Look What You Made Me Do".

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Ursula the Sea Witch

This costume was designed and made by Kyra, Carmen and Kevin Kasner.

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Ursula the Sea Witch

Kyra Kasner is showing off her best Ursula impersonation.

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Katsuki Bakugou

Gabrielle Jones models her version of Katsuki Bakugou from My Hero Academia.

Gabrielle was the Best Young Fan Award winner.

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Katsuki Bakugou

Designed and made by Gabrielle and Brad Jones.

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Iron Man Mark 1

Ethan Stroh shows off his Mark 1 from the original Iron Man.

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Iron Man Mark 1

Ethan made and designed this impressive armor.

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Release the Krakken!

A three piece costume worn by Diana and Nicole Arnold. Diana was in charge of making it and worked on designing it.

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Doctor Strange

Ryan MacCodach gives us his version of Doctor Stephen Strange.

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Doctor Strange

I really like the details on the back of the cape.

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Doctor Strange

And you can't have a Sorcerer Supreme of Earth's Universe without a little magic.

Ryan made it and also did the design.

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Disney's Fairy Tale Doll Collection

Jacqueline and and Robert Devaney are performing a scene of Rapunzel. This was quite funny and the pose was a request from one of the photographers.

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Rapunzel Meets Flyinn

It was fun to see him removing the chair arms from his arms. 

The costumes were created and designed by Jacqueline and Kathleen Devaney.

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The Last Day on Krypton

A super family portrait performed by Ken Hezelett, Natalie Lawson and Bryn Hazelett.

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The Last Day on Krypton

The three costumes were designed and made by Natalie Lawson.

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Soundwave

Jason Alucino from Nerd Alert Cosplay is wearing Soundwave from Transformer.

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Soundwave

Of course it had to include the cassette.

Jason made and designed the impressive Decepticon.

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Davy Jones

This jaw dropping costume of Davy Jones was worn by Jose Davalos. I wanted to show you a close up of the details of the face.

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The back

Incredible detail all around.

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The complete look

Jose Davalos was the designer and he also made it.

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The Sole Survivor and Deathclaw

Vanessa Maiko and Amy Spencer are the cosplayer and they also created the costumes. 

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Deathclaw and The Sole Survivor

A look at the back of the costumes. That was a very long gun.

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A Beautiful Golden Afternoon

This beautiful ensamble transports us to Alice in Wonderland. The performers are part of Cosplay on the Rocks.

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The white rose

I had to share the white rose from up close. Stunning!

The costumes were designed and made by Cindy, Lynleigh and Kie from Cosplay on the Rocks.

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The War Machine

Jezzer Reyes and Davidson Sim worked hard on their costumes and added a prop that seemed pretty heavy. 

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La Muerte

Tala transformed in beautiful Catrina and takes us to Día de los Muertos.

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La Muerte

Tala made this costume with the help of her mother.

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La Muerte

The complete dress from the back.

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Big Daddy Delta and Big Sister Eleanor

Angus and Aubin Duff transformed into Big Daddy Delta and Big Sister Eleanor from BioShock.

This pair was the Judges' Choice winner.

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Big Daddy Delta and Big Sister Eleanor

Great craftsmanship on the backs. They both made and design the costumes.

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Batman Cavaet Emptor

Allan Lavigne, Davey Halley, Joseph Palone, Jeff Knight and Ismael Gomez are the performers of the scene.

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Batman Cavaet Emptor

Allan Lavigne designed and made the costumes. 

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The Golden Circle Presents

Jen King and Peter Burt are showing off the costumes made by Jen.

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Alice from Scissor Crown

Daniela was both the maker and designer.

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Alice from Scissor Crown

Daniela Lo Presti models her version of Alice.

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Crouching Prince, Hidden Dragon

Broke, Arron, Rob and Natasha Bowman with Jacob Rodebaugh. 

The hard work paid off because they won Best Presentation.

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Crouching Prince, Hidden Dragon

Broke, Arron, Rob and Natasha and Jacob designed this magnificent costumes.

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Outlander: The Wedding

Claire Fraser from the television show Outlander and the episode The Wedding.

This costume won the Most Beautiful.

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Outlander: The Wedding

Rebecca Roberts Ryan is the designer, the talent behind this dress and the cosplayer.

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The attitude

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Hawk Girl from Armored Vigil

Check out these incredible mechanical wings made by the hands of Julia Fields with help of Chris Muise.

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Hawkgirl

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Hawkgirl

Julia also deigned this costume with the help of Chris.

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Scorpio from Mortal Combat

Birdy showing us her Scorpio.

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Scorpio

Birdy also designed and made her costume.

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Timelord of dance

All of The Doctors are in the house! 

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The Green Paladin and Company

This costume was an impressive prop that included lights. Cessie Decicco performed with the help of Jeanie Herger. The Green Lion was so big that they couldn't use the stage.

Jeanie and Cessie designed and made the costumes together.

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Sylvanas Windrunner

Worn by Heather Water of Cosplay Siren.

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Sylvanas Windrunner

This character is also referred to as "the Dark Lady." The performance was in charge of Heather Waters.

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The Magical Doctor Strange

This cosplayer blew us away with a hologram to make his cosplay even more impressive. Wayne Harris made and designed this costume.

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Howl's Moving Castle

You have to see the complete set of pictures so you can appreciate the detail of the castle. Nina London Cosplay is the one showing us her design.

This cosplay took the Most Creative Use of Materials.

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Howl's Moving Castle

Incredible details on the castle from the classic Studio Ghibli film.

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Howl's Moving Castle

The back also has a lot of detail.

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Sarah and Jareth, The Goblin King

I totally started hearing David Bowies voice in my head. I also enjoyed the performance of Liz Todd and Heidi Schilling. They are the winners of Best In Show.

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Sarah and Jareth, The Goblin King

The perfect dance scene.

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Sarah and Jareth, The Goblin King

The costumes are creations of  Liz Todd and Heidi Schilling.

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Princess Venellope Von Schweetz... and Raplh

Bri Solth, Taylor Robison and PrueDense give us a little piece of Wrecked Ralph P. Bri and PrueDuctions Cosplay were in charge of the design and crafting of the costumes.

This ensamble won the Most Humorous award.

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Super Sci-Fi Inferno

This looks like a mash up between Guardians of the Galaxy and Elvis. Jeanie Lopez, Daniel Moyer, Lucas Queen, Joe Queen, Jarean Tavares and Daniel Crane made the costumes.

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Super Sci-Fi Inferno

Jeanie Lopez, Daniel Moyer, Lucas Queen and Joe Queen are the performers.

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Hiro Hamada

Nancy from Space Queen Cosplay gives us Hiro Hamada from Big Hero 6. She made and designed the costume.

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The Power of Beyskull

She-ra, Bat-Man and Catra Helen Simm, brought to you by Sofie Graham and Michael Mackie.

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Work it!

Mat-Bat has a great over the shoulder look. Helen Simm designed and made the  costumes.

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The Grand Apothecary, Putress

Vincent Clervi is under the costume of the chief apothecary of the Forsaken's Royal Apothecary Society.

This cosplay won Best Re-creation.

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Would you drink it?

This World of Warcraft character was designed by Vincent.

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The Grand Apothecary, Putress

This dark apothecary was also made by Vincent.

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Aunty Entity from Beyond the Thunderdom

This ruler of Bartertown Weapons Crossbow is presented by Catherine M. Fisher, she also help with the designing with the help of Dialogue & Stage Music by Dylan Warren and Enhanced by Ian B.

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Jenny XJ-9

Jenny from My Life as a Teenage Robot was designed and created by Imani Allen.

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Batman Ninja

That is a mighty cape.

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Batman Ninja

Gregory Price made Batman Ninja.

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Fauno from Pan's Labyrinth

It was fascinating to see her walking.

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Fauno from Pan's Labyrinth

Leah Thomas made this impressive Fauno.

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History Repeating

An incredible Star Trek ensamble by The Bodly GoGos. They also created and designed their costumes.

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Master and Mistress of Ceremonies

To guide us through the event we had the wonderful Phil Foglio and Kaja Foglio as Master and Mistress of Ceremonies. This year they had 39 contestants because sadly there was an incident on stage and one of them had to leave the show due to a broken ankle.

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