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Geek Picks Special Prize Winner at Comic-Con 2013 Masquerade

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Yep, we weighed in on the annual costume showcase.

Co-hosted by the husband-and-wife duo of Phil and Kaja Foglio (studiofoglio.com), the San Diego Comic-Con Masquerade is traditionally a raucous affair featuring creative makeups, comedic skits and, of course, costumes, with this year’s 38 entrants competing for an array of valuable prizes (but mostly bragging rights).

While 2013’s edition of the Masquerade unfolded on July 21 at the San Diego Convention Center with plenty of surprises, one of the biggest was that Geek magazine editor David E. Williams and contributor Nikki Griffin were invited to be among the judges seated front and center, the pair set to select a standout creation that would speak to the geek in all of us.

While there were an array of impressive creations on display — including a funny Bollywood interpretation of The Avengers, a clever West Side Story musical take on Star Wars, a elaborate ode to Galaxy Quest, several versions of Batman, a Lone Ranger, a Bioshock Infinite sketch and much more  — Williams and Griffin knew they had a winner once the Martian Ambassador and his two green-clad, gun-toting minions stormed the stage to recreate a scene from Tim Burton’s 1996 film Mars Attacks!, as inspired by the famed trading cards series from the 1960s.

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“The recreation of the Martian Ambassador was really impressive,” says Griffin, “and far more detailed than one might expect, from the cut of his cape to the sculpting of the mask. It looked right out of the movie. And the design, detail and color of the Martian soldiers was very accurate as well. There were so many cool entries, but as Dave and I watched the judging for the other awards take place backstage, we knew we had to pick this as our geeky favorite.”

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The trio of Red Planet invaders were designed and built by Lauren Marie, who wore one of her creations along with friends Paige Johnson and Maxx Johnson. For her efforts, Marie took home the latest edition of Geek magazine, a highly prized Geek T-shirt and a Paradigm Millenia CT self-powered speaker system valued at $700.

A sneak peek backstage with the Masquerade judges and presenters.

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