Behind the scenes at the Comic-Con Masquerade

Photos: Cheryll Del Rosario, Judy Grivich, A.J. Wu, Marc Aure, Ming Fu & Ann Grivich

One of the biggest costuming competitions happens at the Comic-Con Masquerade every year and it always draws some of the most elaborate and jaw-dropping entries. Everything from Sci-Fi to movies to videogames are represented and we have the behind-the-scenes look at the road to the Masquerade with my friend’s and our BioShock 2 group.

The process started a few months before the convention with a ton of sketches, squinting over in-game screen captures, scouring the internet for construction ideas and lots of discussion of what was possible over cups of tea.

Above: Want your own life-sized Bouncer Big Daddy? Hope you have a ton of cardboard and a yoga ball handy 

Above: The living room of my friend’s house was overrun with pink insulation foam, bits of supplies and numerous plastic bags from the local hardware store

Above: Both the Bouncer and Rumbler Big Daddies were constructed with fiberglass. The stuff isn’t really safe which meant bundling up in the garage during 80-degree summer weather

Above: The mess inside the house was further perpetuated in the garage. My friend’s neighbors absolutely love her now

Above: The Rumbler Big Daddy also started out as cardboard, Styrofoam and floral foam…

Above: Which, after a few layers of fiberglass and a lot of sanding, turned into this!

Above: Just how big is the Bouncer going to be? Big enough to comfortably sleep two!


Above: It was determined early on that the Bouncer would not be able to fit through regular doors. I imagine we may take it out sailing with the three of us at some point




  • soren7550 - July 30, 2010 3:35 p.m.

    Awesome. Just awesome.
  • philipshaw - July 29, 2010 10:38 a.m.

    Congrats, the coustmes looked great
  • SenatorPepper - July 28, 2010 2:18 p.m.

    Damn! Nice job.
  • rockstarsean - July 28, 2010 10:40 a.m.

    Wow that is amazing, definitely dressing as a splicer for Halloween now
  • JayBeat - July 28, 2010 7:16 a.m.

    Wow, that was amazing. You really went beyond earning that award!! Congratulations :)
  • WaffleLeech - July 28, 2010 6:51 a.m.

    That Bouncer costume was incredible. I've always wanted to build something like that. Glad all the hard work payed off.
  • GamesRadarCheryll - July 28, 2010 5:30 a.m.

    @Ampatent & @Ultimadrago — I'm pretty sure this is the last time we'll be competing as a group. It's too much time/energy/money for some of us. We'll keep cosplaying, just not competing. @NotBraze — We saw him at Dragon*Con last year and we're actually hoping to swipe his idea of doing a shoot at a local aquarium with all of us at some point.
  • Jadernader - July 28, 2010 5:07 a.m.

    Those are amazing costumes! haha i wouldnt mind having the big sister costume for Halloween, eh? thumbs up
  • NotBraze - July 28, 2010 4:34 a.m.

    Those are really cool! By far the best BioShock costumes I've seen this side of Volpin Prop's Bouncer: I'll definitely have to show this to the guys over at the 2K forums.
  • lovinmyps3 - July 28, 2010 3:47 a.m.

    Super awesome! You guys (girls) really put a lot of effort into that!
  • batman5273 - July 28, 2010 3:12 a.m.

  • Ultimadrago - July 28, 2010 1:42 a.m.

    Can we count on another submission from this group next year? Huh? Huh! *nudge* *nudge*
  • Ampatent - July 28, 2010 1:41 a.m.

    Top Notch stuff. Any plans for next year yet?
  • GamesRadarCheryll - July 28, 2010 1:36 a.m.

    @Silvermech — My friends and I have sworn off any more costumes involving armor for a while. We're going back to where it's safe and predictable... fabric! haha
  • juicenpancakes - July 28, 2010 1:30 a.m.

    Congratulations! It was definitely deserved. Damn, there is no way I could be patient enough to create something that incredible.
  • Silvermech - July 28, 2010 1:10 a.m.

    Damn! That's some impressive work you did there. I hope you had proper ventilation in the house and garage. You sould try Gundam next year, unless you've already tried that.
  • 435 - July 28, 2010 12:58 a.m.

    Congratulations on the award, Cheryl and co.! Those are amazing costumes you all put together.

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