SAN DIEGO >> A group of rampaging burlesque-inspired Godzilla monsters walked away with the top prize at Saturday's Masquarade at Comic-Con International.
The foursome — Lisa Truong, Lynleigh Sato, Wendy Colon, Cindy Purchase — wore bedazzled and bejeweled costumes that turned classic monsters, Godzilla, Mechagodzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah, into Las Vegas showgirls. With a kick in their steps, they destroyed a cardboard city with style and panache, and was a hit with fans as well as with the judges.
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“That is just really creative and funny,” said Elizabeth King of New Jersey. “I like seeing the over-the-top costumes, but the ones that are different and have that extra bit of creativity — to me — are the best.”
The group also took home the Costume Designers Guild Award.
The 40th Comic-Con Masquerade at the convention drew in more than 6,000 spectators. Most managed to snag a seat inside Ballroom 20, while others were moved into overflow rooms 5AB, 6A and the Sails Pavilion at the San Diego Convention Center.
The panel of judges included former Broadway performer Diane Duncan, costume and motion picture effect designers Dragon Dronet and Wanda Piety of Hollywood's Renegade Effects as well as experienced convention costumer Jeanne Clason.
Another group that took a top honor was one simply called “Twelve,” featuring all twelve of the Time Lords from “Doctor Who.” The 12 doctors burst from a Tardis onto the stage and took home the Judges' Choice Award on Saturday.
San Diego native Andrew Valenzuela impressed with his costume for Raiden from the video game, “Metal Gear Rising,” and was awarded the Best Re-Creation Award. Valenzuela, who said he holds a degree in electrical engineering, added a moving face guard to his costume that brought a few ooos and ahhhs from the crowd.
A total of 41 entries walked across the stage of Ballroom 20 and performed intricate skits for the crowd.
But the fun wasn't over when the last award was handed out. It was then followed by the Masquerade Ball in the Sails Pavillion where hundreds danced into the early morning hours.
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