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Megacon 2009 Costume Contest! (Public Post)

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The list of winners! Photos from CosplayLab and American Cosplay Paradise.

Best in Show
Rob, Faith, and Dominique as Tsuzuku, Owaru, and Amoru from Soryuden
Walk On
The detail in these costumes were amazing. Everything was there, even if you couldn't see it. If you see them, you'll agree.

Best Individual
Miko as Minato Arisato and Orpheus from Persona 3
Everything she wore was clean and professional in appearance. The Orpheus was to scale and even lit up! Lots of engineering put into this baby.

Best Group
Andrea and Amanda as Almaz and Mao from Disgaea 3
Again, very clean and professionally finished. Teamwork was also present, which is key for any group entry. Looked uniform together, neither seemed out of place in the duo.

Best Kid
Ryan as Link from Twilight Princess
He was so proud of himself. He made the shield himself, painted the sword, picked out all the fabrics, etc. When the kid is involved in the costume more than just a model, it stands out!

Best Technical
Clutch as Yoshimitsu from Tekken Tag
The entire thing was body cast and vacuum sealed. All armor is fiberglass. Also has reflective tape on the sword to make it glow in the flash of the camera.

Best Prop
Val as Shanoa from Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia
**We did not chose this award. This award was chosen by the group that donated the prize, a replica of a sword from WoW.** Her sword was trimmed in El Wire and the orb was actually a hamster ball so it could double as a purse.

Best Catgirl
Kala as Lolita Naruto from Naruto
Very clean, even considering being her first solo project. Although I'm not a fan of original versions of characters, we all agreed that this was very cleverly done and executed well.

Best New Comer
Summer as Shao from Mamotte Shuogogetten
Everything was clean, finished, and well executed. We were almost fooled that it was her first contest and first solo project.

Tay as Edea from Final Fantasy VIII
The helmet was completely hand crafted, she had puff paint on her face, and the engineering for the back piece was very well done.

Honorable Mention
Katie as Utada Hikaru
The train was filled with beach balls and she actually used a curtain lining for the bottom so it could easily be cleaned. The train also is removable.

Stitches as Angewoman from Digimon
She did a really good job at the bodysuit, and there was two pounds of feathers on this thing, each put on separately. Everything was also sculpted by hand. Extra tidbit: she's allergic to feathers.

Brian as Travis Touchdown from No More Heroes
He made the beam sword from the ground up, and we were all quite impressed. The costume was made by Laina, who was present for prejudging and talked us through the process. Completely hand drafted jacket and the pants were cut up and resewn to have the seams in the correct location.

Judge Awards
Stacy's: Spookloops as Oracle from Final Fantasy Tastics
All the detail on the outside of the jacket was hand painted, the inside was hand painted and embroidered. The hat was made from scratch and everything was nice and clean.

Mine: Britt as Lion Sora (in the style of Julie Taymor's designs for The Lion King on Broadway) from Kingdom Hearts 2
She made the head from scratch, as well as the Circle of Life keyblade. If the detail was present for the broadway version (ie, the triangle on the chest is the mane, and since Simba as a cub doesn't have one, it isn't fully filled in), it was present in the costume.

Kaze's: Shane as Talim from Soul Calibur IV
All the details were present and were well done. He didn't care that he was dressed as a girl, just that he was dressed as his favorite costume.

Dottie's: David as Action Bastard from Shin Chan
Walk On
Besides loving saying his name, it was nice seeing a rare character. The mask was once a Batman mask, and the belt buckle was off-center to be like the crazy Shin Chan art.

Fan Favorite
Chase, Carl, and Ivan as the Pocky Posse
Walk On
They got the crowd cheering, out of their seat, and chanting. Plus they Rick-Rolled the contest.
  • I will agree all those are amazing costumes, and well deserved wins.

    However, I don't know if anyone else realizes this, but Clutch has entered that costume many times before, and has won just as often (rightfully, the costume is extremely well done).

    There really should be a rule that costumes that have already won awards should not be allowed to be re-entered without major upgrades. Its not fair to other contestants.

    Edited at 2009-03-02 09:12 pm (UTC)
    • I can honestly say, I've never seen the costume before. I was told yesterday that he's entered and won many times before... I had no idea.

      And I actually agree. There should be a rule about it, or at least be a requirement that they acknowledge that.

      Edited at 2009-03-02 09:14 pm (UTC)
      • Its not the fault of those who don't know (I only know because I saw photos from Janicon, and he entered a costume contest I was judging later that year).

        Maybe next year there can just be a bi-law stating against entering costumes that have already won. Granted, enforcing would be hard, but acknowledging it at least is something?
    • I like it when a contestant says that they won something for the costume/prop before, but they either are just entering as a walk-on or they changes some aspects.
      • Yeah, one contestant came in and said, "I won best prop at *insert con here*. So you know." We thought it was admirable.
    • I was about to say the same thing. Yes the costume is amazing, but even amazing costumes should stop once they've won a major award. It's nice to win, but one should be happy with their costume and achievements on a personal level enough to feel it is unnceccessary to keep competing with it and taking awards from other, well-deserving contestants who are entering with fresh material.
      • I saw your name with Wander on the list and told Carmel that you said you weren't attending Saturday anyway, but if you were you wouldn't have entered because of the BoS at Ohiyocon.
  • I didn't mention it before, but we had no idea anybody had even come to judge Brian's prop :/ Some guys had come in line and asked him a few questions about it but that was it. He had no idea they were from weapons master or were judging it or he would have had them look at it up close and actually explained how it was made x_X
    • Ah, yeah. Those two guys came by and looked at our flag, and I was a little confused. I asked them who they were, and they said "Nobody." That explains it!
    • Same experience here! I didn't really explain how Orpheus was made because I didn't know who they were o_o But I guess they wanted to be secretive. I'm glad now that they were legitimately part of the contest because I was kind of confused.
  • Ah! I wish I could have seen the costume contest!
    From the photos, everyone looked great! And soooo awesome for Dom, Rob and Faith! I know how hard they've been working on those costumes, and they totally deserved that win!

  • Thank you guys, it was a good contest :)
  • Thanks for the kind words! :)
  • Just wanted to say thanks so much for the Honorable Mention (my first award at a BIG con)! (I was the Utada Hikaru)
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