Over 20,000 weekend passes and thousands more daily passes were sold leading to quite a lineup to get inside. That's not bad for a government town.
Check out the gallery below for some cosplay photos.
The masquerade allowed for extra contestants to enter to meet the demand and they did not miss a beat. There was a nice variety of costumes from Games, Comics and Anime. Most contestants were in the novice category, some participating in their first masquerade ever, but the skill level was amazing. There was a perfectly constructed master Chief costume, a killer Pyramid Head, and lots of lovely Marvel costumes. Forgive me for not having photos of the participants, judging duties came first.
We had an amazing MC for the show who really animated the introductions of the cosplayers, and the crowd was lively and encouraging. Kudrel, Marie-Claude Bourbonnais and I judged the presentations and we dodged death in the form of a flying ax head that hit our table during the show :o
Deliberations are always hard, but in the end the Pyramid Head came on top with his creepy performance and great construction of his costume. He made an apron of skin with papertowels and liquid latex, plus he made fake arms by painting his own 17 times with liquid latex!
I helped out Kudrel by co-hosting her Cosplay 101 panel. It was a full room and I'm glad knowing that people left with a little more cosplay knowledge.
Wrapped up the day by handing out the masquerade awards then heading home to relax. Cons are so draining for me lately.