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Costume Contest Guidelines

You must have a valid Air Capital Comic Con Admission in order to participate.

Entrants 13 and under must have their parent's permission to enter, and must be accompanied by a
legal guardian or adult relative at the contest.

By entering this contest you agree to read and abide by the rules as posted and that failure to do so
will result in your disqualification from the contest and/or removal from the event.

Air Capital Comic Con and its staff reserve the right to refuse entry to anyone to the Cosplay event
for any reason.

Individual Contest - Saturday

Registration and Pre-judging 10:00 AM to 2:30 PM

Costume Contest Start 4:00


All Contestants MUST be signed up by 2:30 PM on Saturday

Prejudging will start at 10:00 AM on Saturday.

In prejudging you will have approximately 5 minutes to present your cosplay.

Please bring a printed photo of your character.  Photos of you making the cosplay would be helpful but are not required..

Prejudging will end at or before 3:00 PM.


Stage Judging

Contestant will need to arrive at the stage at 3:30 PM.

There is a limit of 50 entries in the Stage Cosplay Contest.

The contest will officially start at 4:00 PM. You will have thirty seconds maximum on stage to strike poses and present your cosplay to the judges.  The juniors category will be first, followed by beginner entries, and advanced contest entries.


Stage Rules

Everything brought onto the stage must be removed at the end of the time limit.  Messy substances including confetti, glitter, flower petals, and water are not allowed to be brought on the stage or backstage area.  You may not throw anything off the stage or into the crowd.

Climbing on to the stage or leaping off the stage is prohibited.



1st Place - $25

2nd Place - $15

3rd Place - $10



1st Place - $25

2nd Place - $15

3rd Place - $10


1st Place - Prize Pack

2nd Place - Prize Pack

3rd Place - Prize Pack

Best in Show - $50 plus prize pack

Meet The Judges 2023


Hi! I'm Mavis. A plus size cosplayer putting the play in cosplay!

I have been cosplaying for about 7 years now, starting off by putting together cosplays from normal clothes I had laying around to now branching out and making my own! I like to teach people how to cosplay on a budget as cosplay shouldn't always break the bank! I also promote the view that cosplay is for everyone!

I have attended all of Wichita's Conventions and branched out to Kansas City for the first time this year to attend Naka-kon! I am hoping to branch out even further in 2024 with Nebkon, Okicon and maybe Anime Milwaukee!

You can follow my socials through my link tree below to catch up on everything Fandemonium!

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Bethany Janssen

Bethany is the owner of The Sewing Center. As a lifelong artist, and former high school art teacher, Bethany brings a wide range of skills and interests to The Sewing Center. She's worked in costume design for theatre, managed community art projects and developed arts programming for Wichita's public school system. Her passion for community and sustainability shine through at The Sewing Center. She is committed to sourcing environmentally friendly and fairly traded fabrics and materials for her customers, as well as finding unique vintage and historical prints that bring back fond memories, tell interesting stories or otherwise intrigue. Bethany lives just blocks away from The Sewing Center in historic Riverside with her doting husband and two mostly well-behaved children.



Hello My Name is Mikael Clear and I just wanted to let you know a little about myself. 

I've been doing Steampunk Costumes for about 10 years now and have Won several of the Steampunk Contests at Cowtown and the Local Steampunk Expo here in Wichita.

I have been a Judge at the Air Capital Comic Con before and My most recent Costume Contest was at the "Burrow" where I won First Place!


You may register on Saturday and on Sunday from 10 AM to 12 PM. Fashion Show starts at 1 PM. You will need to be lined up at the stage upstairs at 12:30 PM.

Come out on Sunday, walk across the stage and strike a pose!  Show off your custom costume creations.

Costumes from all genres (comics, anime, manga, scifi, video games, etc.) are welcome in the

The cosplay contest is a PG-13 event.  Offensive language and sexual humor is not allowed.
Judgement on appropriateness of material is left to the discretion of the Cosplay Coordinator and
Cosplay Staff.  Please do not use any skin color changing makeup (blackface, etc).

Casual clothing will not count as a costume, all contestants must be in costume attire.
All costumes must provide as much body coverage as a bikini.  Body paint, latex pasties, thongs,
etc. are not considered adequate body coverage on their own.

Props must be able to pass the prop check and be peace bonded (see below).

Any Cosplay that has won an award at a previous convention of cosplay event may not be entered
into the Air Capital Comic Con Cosplay Contest.

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