Comic-Con 2012 is now accepting entries for the Masquerade competition!
Masquerade Contestant Information & Rules
What it is: The 38th annual Costume Competition, showcasing costumes inspired by movies, comic books, TV,
fantasy, Japanese animation, video games, and the imagination of our attendees. Note this is not a dance or party, but a
show on a stage. It is free for Comic-Con attendees to participate in or be in the audience. Most contestants provide
recorded music and choreograph dramatic or humorous action for their presentations. Some entries will be individuals,
others will be groups with a shared theme. Impressive Comic-Con custom award medallions, as well as cash and other
prizes will be given in various categories. The large stage will feature theater-style lighting and sound, and excellent
viewing for all in the audience will be provided by giant high-definition video screens suspended overhead.
When & Where: 8:30 p.m. Saturday, July 14 in Ballroom 20 of the San Diego Convention Center. The event will run three
hours, and doors will open at 7:45 p.m. for audience seating. As the line will start forming long before then, early arrival
is suggested. Tickets for seating will be given out FREE to people in the line beginning at 2:00 PM. A ticket guarantees a
seat, so you need not stay in line after you receive yours. After tickets have been distributed to the people in line, any that
may remain from the 3,900 available will be given out at the Masquerade Desk. Should you be unable to obtain tickets
there will also be overflow seating in the Sails Pavilion and in other ballrooms where the show will be projected on giant
screens. Reserved seating is available for convention special guests.
No flash photography of the show is allowed, and any photos or video taken must be for personal, non-profit use only!
Photographers who wish access to the flash-friendly Photo Area, where contestants will pose after exiting the ballroom
stage, should write to the Coordinator ahead of time to request a reserved spot, as only a limited number is allowed.
How To Enter: Send in an Entry Form no later than June 25, via mail, FAX, or e-mail. Some years we fill up as
early as April or May, so submitting a form early is recommended. A photo of the costume you’ll be wearing is also
required by that date, and until received your entry is only tentatively accepted. Photos may be sent via e-mail or regular
mail. A “work in progress” photo is acceptable if only a small amount of work remains to be done. Send it with your
Entry Form, or as a follow-up afterwards. If your entry is a group please provide photos of all costumes. This is to assure
costumes meet all the Rules criteria and to assist us in helping your presentation by letting us know what to plan for.
Photos will be kept confidential so that you will still be a “surprise” for the audience and judges. Many costumers reserve
a space months early, then send photos by June. Confirmation of receiving your form should arrive within two weeks.
To get your entry form follow this link to Comic-Cons official site: