Better Late Than Never: 110 Photos Of The SDCC Masquerade

One of the highlights of each San Diego Comic-Con is the annual Masquerade, the showcase of costumes and costumed performances that anchor Saturday night's programming.

2017 was no slouch for entries; the amazing realistic Ursula went viral the day after the contest when the wearer Joo Skellington posted this video to his facebook page:

Needless to say, there were some pretty epic entries for the 2017 Masque. We'll have a list of winners after the gallery. Here are just a few photo highlights from Bleeding Cool contributor Erika Svensson:

Here is the official list of winners from the 2017 Comic Con International Masquerade as posted on the official SDCC website, as well as the prizes awarded!

Trophy medallion winners:

Best in Show – Dawnseeker Ix'kin, Arakkoa Sun Sage. Worn By: Malis Vitterfolk. Designed and Made By: Malis Vitterfolk.

Judges' Choice – Onslaught. Worn By: Jason Aulicino – Nerd Alert Cosplay. Designed and Made By: Jason Aulicino.

Best Re-Creation – Empress Fe'ir. Worn By: Rebecca Roberts Ryan. Designed and Made By: Rebecca Roberts Ryan.

Best Original Design – Flight of the Hydrangea Fairy. Worn By: Melynda Blanchard-Williams. Designed and Made By: Royal Dreams Costumes by Melynda Blanchard-Williams.

Best Workmanship – Darkwraith from Dark Souls. Worn By: Edgar Mayoral. Designed and Made By: Edgar Mayoral.

Most Humorous – Samurai Jack. Worn By: Blair Heald. Designed and Made By: Blair Heald.

Most Beautiful – Willie Scott at Club Obi-Wan. Worn By: Samantha "Major Sam" Mansfield. Designed and Made By: Samantha "Major Sam" Mansfield.

Best Young Fan – Hanzo Shimada (From Overwatch). Worn By: Gabrielle Jones. Designed and Made By: Gabrielle & Brad Jones.

All the winners above also received free full memberships to next year's Comic-Con (up to 4 memberships per winning group).

In addition, the judges awarded:

Honorable Mention for Judge's Choice – Tim Burton's Edward Scissorhands. Worn By: Ashley Evans. Designed and Made By: Ashley Evans.

Honorable Mention for Best Re-Creation – Hawkman. Worn By: Cap Santiago. Designed and Made By: Cap Santiago.

Honorable Mention for Most Humorous – The Legend of Samurai Link. Worn By: Joshua David Sprague. Designed and Made By: Joshua David Sprague & Lisa Adena Fellows.

Industry Awards:

Over $4,000 in gift certificates were given to winners, over $1,000 in cash, plus many other great prizes by companies, organizations, and institutions:

DC Comics – Hawkman. Worn By: Cap Santiago. Designed and Made By: Cap Santiago.

Anime Pavilion – Best Anime: Northern Water Tribe. Worn By: Petah Valdivia Jr., Michael Jeff Golden Mariman, Michelle Joy Princess Mariman. Designed and Made By: Petah Valdivia Jr.;

Best Young Fan Anime: Designation – 1 of Me. Worn By: Alyssa Morales. Designed and Made By: Alyssa Morales & Amy Morales.

The Will Eisner Spirit of Storytelling Award – Mayhem of the Music Meister. Worn By: Joe and Lucas Queen, Jeanie Lopez. Designed and Made By: Joe and Lucas Queen, Jeanie Lopez.

The David C. Copley Award for Most Innovative Costume – Ursula the Sea Witch. Worn By: Jose Davalos. Designed and Made By: Jose Davalos.

The Costume Designers Guild IATSE Local 892 – Empress Fe'ir. Worn By: Rebecca Roberts Ryan. Designed and Made By: Rebecca Roberts Ryan.

Motion Picture Costumers Union, Local 705 – Costumers' Choice: Willie Scott at Club Obi-Wan. Worn By: Samantha "Major Sam" Mansfield. Designed and Made By: Samantha "Major Sam" Mansfield.;

Young Costumer of Tomorrow: Hanzo Shimada (From Overwatch). Worn By: Gabrielle Jones. Designed and Made By: Gabrielle & Brad Jones.

The Art Directors Guild (ADG, IATSE Local 800) – Cosplay Award for Original Concept Design: The Legend of Samurai Link. Worn By: Joshua David Sprague. Designed and Made By: Joshua David Sprague & Lisa Adena Fellows;

Cosplay Award for Best Graphic Design: Dawnseeker Ix'kin, Arakkoa Sun Sage. Worn By: Malis Vitterfolk. Designed and Made By: Malis Vitterfolk.

The Costumer's Guild West – Dar Ember the Dragon Empress. Worn By: Melissa Manhart. Designed and Made By: Melissa Manhart.

Costume Con 36 – Ursula the Sea Witch. Worn By: Jose Davalos. Designed and Made By: Jose Davalos.

Sideshow Collectibles – Daenery Targaryen. Worn By: Adria, Bryan, Caitlin, Caroline, Charlie, Eric, Jennifer, John, Lieven, Rogue, Roxanna & Zach. Designed and Made By: Adria, Bryan, Caitlin, Caroline, Charlie, Jennifer, Jim, John, Lieven, Rogue, Roxanna, Shea & Zach.

Frank & Son Collectible Show – Ursula the Sea Witch. Worn By: Jose Davalos. Designed and Made By: Jose Davalos.

Also, thanks to YouUuber RipCurl808 for their fabulous vids of the 2017 Masquerade entries, which you can watch here.

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About Mary Anne Butler

Bleeding Cool News Editor Mary Anne Butler (Mab, for short) has been part of the fast-paced world of journalism since she was 15, getting her start in album reviews and live concert coverage for a nationally published (print) music magazine. She eventually transitioned to online media, writing for such sites as UGO/IGN, ComicsOnline, Geek Magazine, Ace of Geeks, Aggressive Comix (where she is still Editor-in-Chief), and most recently Bleeding Cool. 

Over the past 10 years, she’s built a presence at conventions across the globe as a cosplayer (occasionally), photographer (constantly), panelist and moderator (mostly), and reporter (always). 

 Interviews, reviews, observations, breaking news, and objective reporting are the name of the game for the founder of Harkonnen Knife Fight, a Dune-themed band with an international presence. 

 Though she be but little, she is fierce. #MabTheProfessional
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