WonderCon Anaheim Masquerade Winners
The 14th annual WonderCon Masquerade, once again staged in the Anaheim Convention Center Arena, was a Saturday evening of great costumes crafted by and creatively presented by our talented attendees. The 36 entries included some group entries, the largest consisting of “Golden Afternoon’s” 7 costumes, and with 4 Young Fan entries, making for a total of 56 costumes appearing on stage. Our Master and Mistress of Ceremonies were the always entertaining artists and writers Phil Foglio and Kaja Foglio of Studio Foglio, and our judges included Andrea Davis, Amber Brite, and Max Cervantes, all with considerable resumes of professional Hollywood film and TV costume and prop experience, as well as being long-ago convention costumers themselves. For the judging intermission there was an impressive 20-plus member story-show by the Saber Guild Performance Group and their artfully choreographed light-saber fighting, then an amazing Broadway-style DC Comics-themed dance show by several members of The Corps Dance Crew. Special pre-show movie trailers were provided by Jeff Walker. Our audience was estimated at 3,000, with the stage competition starting at 8:30 PM and the event ending at 11:05 PM.
2018 WonderCon Trophy Winners
Best In Show:
“The Hunchback of Notre Dame” (Re-creation of Frollo and Esmerelda, based on Sunset Dragon art), worn and made by Angie Viper and Dresses & Capes.
“The Fifth Element” (6-person Re-Creation from the film), worn and made by Ali Williams, Steve Davie, Chris Vick, Rashon Wilson, LeRoyal Tutt, and Utahime Cosplay.
“The Queen of Hearts” (Re-Creation), worn and made by Christina Jesenski.
Best Original Design:
“Princess Lolly” (Original), worn and made by Nina London Cosplay.
“Wonder Woman Warrior” (Original interpretation of the comics character), worn and made by Victoria Mason.
“Sanderson Sisters” (Re-Creation from the movie), worn and made by Liz, Prudence, and Brenda, of Ambrose Cosplay and PrueDuctions Cosplay.
“Art Nouveau Raven” (Re-Creation), worn and made by Pastel Jellies Cosplay.
Best Young Fan:
“Teen Titan Robin” (Re-Creation), worn and made by Nathan Elizondo.
All the winners above also received complimentary 3-day badges to WonderCon Anaheim 2019, our extra thanks for all the hard work, talent, and dedication!
Honorable Mention for Judges’ Choice:
“Golden Afternoon” (7-person Original interpretation of Disney’s animated Alice in Wonderland), worn and made by Cindy, Mike Lynleigh, Kie, Ashley, Martin, and Kate of Cosplay On The Rocks.
Honorable Mention for Young Fan:
“Jedi Temple Guard” (Young Fan Star Wars Re-creation), worn and made by Brooks Smith.
Honorable Mention for Presentation:
“Belle” (Beauty and the Beast Re-creation with an Original twist), worn and made by Amy Spence.
Winners of the Industry and Organization Awards
Frank & Son Collectable Show of the City of Industry, California, took a break from their very popular bi-weekly mini-cons to generously present to the entry they deemed the Audience Favorite $500 in cash, given to “Sanderson Sisters” (Re-creation), worn and made by Liz, Prudence, and Brenda, of Ambrose Cosplay and PrueDuctions Cosplay.
DC Comics awarded, for the best costumed entry from the DC Universe of comics and films, a special limited edition designer Batman statuette from their impressive on-line collection at ShopDCEntertainment.com to “Teen Titans Robin” (Re-Creation), worn and made by Nathan Elizondo.
Costume-Con 36 presented a complimentary full membership to its 2018 convention to “Belle” (Re-Creation), worn and made by Amy Spence. ALSO, a second full membership to “Princess Nuala of Bethmoora” (Re-Creation from Hellboy II), worn and made by Maddie Caffarel. Costume-Con 36 is May 11-14 in San Diego this year, with multiple Masquerades, panels, exhibitors, social events and much more, a fan convention all about cosplay and costuming.
The Costumer's Guild West bestowed to what they deemed the most promising costumer, a full scholarship to Costume College 2018 or 2019 and one night's stay at the con hotel, to “Batgirl (Stephanie Brown)” (Re-Creation), worn and made by Ayla Trayer. Costume College’s annual 3-day costuming arts conference offers lectures, workshops and demos on all things costuming, and is held each July at the Warner Center Marriott in Woodland Hills, CA.
The Motion Picture Costumers, Local 705, the professionals who make and supply the costumes for Hollywood movies and TV, presented a fabulous trophy designed by their members and a $250 gift card to International Silks and Woolens for Best Technical Costume Construction to “Hera Syndulla” (Re-Creation from Star Wars), worn and made by Lunar Lyn. AND another trophy in their youth category Costumer of Tomorrow to “Poison Ivy at the Gotham Gala” (Young Fan Original Design), worn and made by Alexandra Nash.
Cosplayverse.com, a marketplace and online community offering high quality yet reasonably priced science fiction and fantasy leather accessories and other costume items, from boots to belts, banners, and buckles, awarded a leather replica Jedi belt and matching leather pouches (valued at $400) to the entry they deemed the best Sci-Fi Re-Creation to “Fifth Fleet Monster Hunter” (Re-Creation), worn and made by Chris of the Broken Blade Workshop.
WonderCon Anaheim gives a hearty thanks to all the contestants who participated in the show, to all the companies and organizations and judges that generously donated their time and their prizes, to Phil and Kaja, to the Saber Guild and The Corps Dance Crew, and to all the volunteers behind the scenes that made this unique event possible.