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Iron Cosplay Con Crunch Competition (IC4)

Picture this: Naka-Kon weekend has finally arrived and you've finished all of your crafting. The con-crunch is finally over, right? WRONG! Get ready because it's the return of  the Iron Cosplay Con-Crunch Competition! (IC4 for short).

This event is an Iron Chef-style project where teams of five will compete using their creativity, cooperation, and a random assortment of materials. Teams will create a theme-matching cosplay with supplies provided at the event, all within a 60 minute time frame.

Participation is free and crafting experience is not required, but teamwork skills and the ability to perform under time pressure are a must! IC4 takes place on Sunday, May 26 at 1:00 p.m. CT in Ballroom C!

General Rules

  • All participants must be registered attendees of Naka-Kon 2024.
  • All participants must adhere to any related Naka-Kon policies.
  • Teams must adhere to all safety provisions set forth by Naka-Kon.
  • Costumes and props crafted must adhere to Naka-Kon’s weapons policy and dress code policy, please contact if you have questions.
  • Cosplay contest staff reserve the right to disqualify or remove anyone for any logical reason, including but not limited to: cheating, inappropriate behavior at the convention, and offensive cosplays (see glossary for the definition of offensive cosplays). 
  • There is a limit of 35 participants, granted on a first come, first serve basis.
    • Teams with anyone under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult over the age of 18. 
    • Teams will consist of 5 individuals. Members of the teams must be identified at online signup, or if indicated, combined with other randomly selected participants.
  • Each team will be allocated floor space and supplies, but please notify us in advance regarding any special needs by contacting
  • Registration for participation begins on Tuesday April 23, 2024 at 6:00 p.m. CT and closes May 14, 2024 at 6:00 p.m. CT.
  • All participants should pre-register to participate using the online sign-up form. If you have a pre-planned group of 5, you may enter all participants at registration. If not, indicate your interest in joining a team on the registration form. We’ll find a great spot for you! There will be on-site registration for any remaining spots.
  • Teams will be notified of their participation status no later than 5 days before the event.
  • A representative of your team must confirm their participation on-site at the Cosplay Repair Station in Ballroom C on Sunday between 10:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. Any available spots will be available for on-site registration between 11:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. 
  • A follow up email containing team details and other event information will be provided no later than 5 days prior to the event.

Register here! on Tuesday April 23, 2024 at 6:00 p.m.! No entries will be accepted prior to this time.