Cosplay Events at JAFAX 2023

For several years now, JAFAX has welcomed a diverse array of cosplayers to the event, and hosted a Cosplay Contest to award creativity and performance. If you've ever thought you'd love to dress up as your favorite character from animé, games, or manga, we'd love to see your fandom brought to life!

JAFAX Cosplay Weapons Policy

To keep the event safe and fun for all whom attend, please follow the rules below. Note that these rules are enforced by JAFAX Staff and Convention Security. Unapproved items may be confiscated. This policy applies both to attendees and vendors at all times during the event:

  1. BB, cork, airsoft guns, or any weapon that operates based on gas, spring, or are NOT allowed under any circumstances (even unloaded).
  2. Plastic toy guns that shoot foam projectiles (such as Nerf guns) are allowed, but must be brought to our IRT staff to be peace-bonded.
  3. All prop guns must have orange-painted tips and/or otherwise be clearly marked and identified as fake. There must not be any confusion that the prop might be considered real by others (especially the Grand Rapids Police).
  4. Metal blades or anything sharp (edged or pointed) are NOT allowed. This includes apparel such as ice skates. Even if the blade isn't sharpened. All prop melee weapons must be wooden, foam, or any soft material. Example: A Kunai from Naruto.
  5. If you are purchasing a blade from the Dealers Room, you must have the blade boxed, tied closed, and the purchase must be taken immediately to your car or hotel room for the duration of the convention.
  6. Completely wooden implements are allowed. This includes canes, staffs, wands, or practice swords such as bokken and shinai.
  7. Firearms and explosives of any kind (including fireworks) are NOT allowed, this includes weapons that were real at one point (eg: the firing mechanism was removed).

JAFAX 2023 Cosplay Fashion Show

Day of Show: Saturday June 10th, 2023
Time of Show: 4:30PM
Location: Main Events


JAFAX Cosplay Crafting Competition

If you wish to prove your skill at crafting costumes, why not sign up for our Cosplay Crafting Competition below?

JAFAX Cosplay Crafting Competition Rules and Information

Day of Show: Saturday, June 10, 2023
Time of Show: 5:30PM
Location: Main Events


If your cosplay does not meet the requirements to enter in the Craftsmanship Competition but you would still like to participate, please sign-up for the fashion show segment of the event. To sign up, please stop by Cosplay Ops/Repair during the convention.


Judging scores will be determined by the following 5 categories, all judged on a 1-10 rubric (with 1 being "not at all" and 5 being "Excellent"):

Award Levels

Your level is determined by the amount of experience you have. Be as honest as possible. Please be aware, these are guidelines of categories. We encourage you to challenge yourself and don't underestimate your abilities.

  1. Novice: At least 50% of the cosplay must be handmade/self-crafted
    1. First time crafting cosplay
    2. First time entering a contest
  2. Journeyman: At least 65% of the cosplay must be handmade/self-crafted
    1. Have completed more than 3 cosplay
    2. Have previously entered cosplay competitions
  3. Master: At least 75% of the cosplay must be handmade/self-crafted
    1. Have completed 5 or more cosplay
    2. Have placed in previous contests

Best in Show: This award is chosen based on which cosplay the judges believe exemplified the greatest display of skill and craftsmanship. All entrants from all other categories are automatically eligible to win this prize.

Judges Picks: These awards will be given on judge's discretion.

Good luck and happy creating!

If you have any questions, concerns, or comments, please reach out to our Cosplay Coordinator

If you wish to enter, fill out and submit this form: