Masquerade tickets assure a seat, but not required:

Rather than see attendees line up for hours to be certain they get a seat, free tickets will be given out at 12 noon on Saturday to those lining up near Ballroom 20 and will be available again from 3:00-5:00 PM at the Masquerade Desk until all are given out. Once you have your ticket you are guaranteed a seat, and you can go enjoy other programming and line up later knowing there’s a chair for you.  After the ticket-holders line has gone into the ballroom, it becomes open seating for anyone who shows up until the room is filled, no ticket is required.

Professional badge holders who are program participants, and a limited number of press with verified credentials, may obtain tickets ahead of time at the Masquerade Desk near Ballroom 20 on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 10:00 to 5:00. Special invited guests of the convention may request VIP seating. Disabled attendees should visit the Deaf and Disabled Services desk to learn about their special seating for the show. As always, there will be a signer for the hearing impaired.


No flash photography is allowed of the stage event, although non-flash photography and video recording are welcome. There will be a flash-allowed Photo-Op area within a nearby room where contestants will go after their stage presentations, and photographers or press wishing Photo Area access should reserve a spot in advance by writing to

How to Enter:

To request a contestant spot in the show, download the complete Masquerade Information & Rules and Entry Form from this webpage, fill it out, and email it soon to A photo of your crafted costume is required for review before you can be fully accepted. It may be possible to also sign up at the convention at the Masquerade Desk in the Convention Center on Thursday IF there have been cancellations and spots have opened up. Photos of the costume you will be wearing (or if a group entry, photos of all the costumes) are needed for reviewing before acceptance. Contestants must be at least age 12 to participate. Deadline for Entries is July 5, but usually we fill up weeks earlier.

Masquerade Information & Rules and Entry Form

Comic-Con Trophies awarded in several categories:

Our Comic-Con trophy medallions, custom-designed for us by popular fantasy artist Sue Dawe and fabricated by the same company that produces awards for the Emmy®, Golden Globes®, and People’s Choice® Awards, are bestowed by the guest judges panel in categories of Best in Show, Judges’ Choice, Best Re-Creation, Best Original Design, Best Workmanship, Most Humorous, Most Beautiful, and Best Young Fan. Those trophy winners will also receive Free 4-day badges to Comic-Con 2024.

Additional Awards:

Several companies and organizations are generously supporting the event by offering cash and other prizes of their own, and will be awarding winners selected by their representatives:

  • Frank & Son Collectible Show of the City of Industry, California, “The first and last stop for all your collectible needs” will take a break from their large bi-weekly mini-cons to present a generous $1,000 cash prize, plus a beautiful trophy, to the entry they deem to be the Audience Favorite (so be sure to generously applaud your favorites!).
  • The Art Directors Guild, IATSE Local 800. The ADG, which has presented panels at Comic-Con for over a dozen years, has among its members art directors, graphic artists, illustrators & storyboard artists, model makers, pre-vis artists, production designers, scenic artists, set designers and title artists of the motion picture, theater, and TV industries. The ADG is presenting two $500 awards: The Art Directors Guild Cosplay Award for Original Concept Design, presented to the entry most exemplifying a wholly original concept, and The Art Directors Guild Cosplay Award for Best Visual Media Design, presented to the entry whose design best interprets a character or concept from a television show or motion picture.
  • The Costume Designers Guild IATSE Local 892.  Hollywood costume designers from the CDG will present to their favorite entry a Costume Designers Guild trophy designed and crafted by Thingergy, the premier special FX costume/prop/makeup shop in Burbank, California, plus a $500 gift certificate from International Silks and Woolens in Los Angeles! The Costume Designers Guild is Local 892 of the International Alliance of Theatrical and Stage Employees (I.A.T.S.E.) and represents costume designers, assistant costume designers, and costume illustrators working at the highest levels of expertise in motion pictures, TV, commercials, music videos, and new media.  
  • The Costumer’s Guild West (CGW), southern California’s costuming fandom group, will present a one-year membership to CGW, as well as a full scholarship and a complimentary one-night hotel stay to their weekend conference, Costume College®, held the last weekend in July (winner may choose 2024 or 2025) in Los Angeles, CA, to the entry their representatives select as showing the most promise. Costume College provides educational lectures and workshops in every aspect of costuming.
  • Comic-Con International will present a special award given in memory of a long-time Committee and Board member, Alan Campbell, who passed away and is sorely missed. Alan was a great fan of the Masquerade, at times generously donating his own prize. The Alan Campbell Award will be $500 cash, presented to the entry deemed Best Re-Creation of a Comics or Related Media Character or Characters, as selected by a representative of the Board of Directors

More prizes may join this list as the convention approaches. Please check the website for updates, and start planning now how to dress to impress at Comic-Con!