10 of the Best Things About SDCC 2014

Categories: Pop Culture

Photo by Chuck Cook Photography
San Diego Comic-Con may actually be the greatest show on Earth.
There is so much happening at San Diego Comic-Con that all any individual gets to see or do is a very small percentage of what's going on. There are, of course, the big Hollywood announcements that come from Hall H, but there's a whole world beyond the big panels that makes SDCC the amazing, compelling event that it is.

Here are 10 things that we saw that were completely awesome.

Photo by Chuck Cook Photography
"Best of Show" SDCC Masquerade Winners "Giant Monsters All-Out Attack"

10. The Masquerade

This was the first year that we had a photographer at the Masquerade, where costumers pull out all the stops to make a dramatic presentation that will impress the judges. The Best In Show winner this year was a group called "Giant Monsters All-Out Attack". Despite the name, it was a group a fabulous women in elaborate, monster-themed, sparking costumes.

Photo by Chuck Cook Photography
Well-regarded cosplayer Abby Darkstar as DC Bombshell Black Canary

9. The Rest of the Cosplayers

Part of what makes SDCC constantly entertaining are the cosplayers, who work their tails off on their costumes and seem to be everywhere. This year saw the appearance of two DC Bombshells groups, an expanded Trek Bunnies group and, of course, hundreds of individual cosplayers. Check out our slideshow from Friday.

Photo by Chuck Cook Photography
We sure hope that after this autograph session that he went back to writing the next Game of Thrones book.

8. George R.R. Martin

The Great Bearded Glacier was present for this Comic-Con. On Sunday alone, he hustled from signing "Game of Thrones" graphic novels at the Comixology books to Petco Park to "crown" winners of a cosplay contest. (The winners should be wary of him killing off their characters next.)

7. Espionage Cosmetics Nail Wraps

Seriously. This was one of the best and most fun products we found at SDCC: pop-culture themed nail wraps. We bought a pack to try them out. They not only come in whimsical designs, but they actually are easy to use. At $10 per pack, they're cheaper than a manicure.

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