FanX® Salt Lake Comic Convention™ is home to some of the best cosplay in the world! Our Official FanX® Salt Lake Comic Convention™ Cosplay Contest draws impressive entries and thousands of attendees each year. Scheduled times for fandom Cosplay Photo Meet-Ups allow you to meet and hang out with fellow fans and cosplayers. Professional cosplayers will be on hand for autographs and pictures.
Join the cosplay crowd and dress up as your own favorite superhero, pop culture icon or anime character. Or take cosplayer photos and enjoy the incredible costumes around you!
These are the Cosplay Rules for FanX® Salt Lake Comic Convention™ Thank you for your continued support and contribution to making this the best show ever.
Event Floor Cosplay Rules
FanX® Salt Lake Comic Convention™ is a family-friendly convention. Please use common sense, be considerate of other attendees and be aware of your surroundings.
Cover your body parts. “No costume” is not a costume. “Paint” and/or “pasties” are not a costume, either. No intentional or unintentional “wardrobe malfunctions” allowed. Please make sure your costume is sturdily constructed; this includes proper undergarments. If your costume is deemed to be too revealing or offensive, you will be asked to cover up or change.
Protective footwear is highly recommended, but not required.
All military, law enforcement, and other emergency service costumes should be easily distinguishable from official uniforms.
Hate symbols, even historical hate symbols like swastikas, will not be tolerated at FanX® Salt Lake Comic Convention™.
Rollerblades, roller skates, and skateboards will not be allowed in the convention center.
Stilts are allowed, as long as you are wearing them.
Please, no signs offering services or making requests to be hugged or touched. We want everyone to feel comfortable.
Service Animals are allowed, assuming they are wearing the proper identification and you pick up after them.
There will be a cosplay “first aid” location on-site. Please do not bring items such as hot glue guns, scissors, needle, and thread, etc., as any costuming issues will be able to be resolved by professionals.
No functional weapons are allowed at FanX® Salt Lake Comic Convention™. Simulated or costume weapons are allowed as a part of your costume, subject to prior approval by security and compliance with the following guidelines:
ALL costume weapons must be inspected at the Weapons Check area. Security will thoroughly inspect and mark weapons of any kind to ensure that they are safe and inoperable.
All costume weapons must conform to state and federal law.
All weapons must be easily distinguishable from real weapons and must be constructed from safe, lightweight material. Approved materials for weapons are wood, plastic, foam, rubber, cardboard, paper, and thermoplastics (worbla, sintra, etc.). Metal fashionings may be used to accent the cosplay items, but must not be used as the primary construction material.
After each weapon has been checked, it will be tagged by security. Security will escort you to the Weapons Check area for inspection if weapons or props have not been properly tagged. Once your weapon(s) have been inspected, do not remove the tag for any reason.
No ‘Live Steel’ Weapons are allowed on the show floor. ‘Live Steel’ refers to any bladed article, sharp or otherwise. Eg. no swords, knives (of any kind), “Wolverine” claws, “Freddy Kruger” finger gloves, or other similar items.
All prop firearms must be incapable of firing projectiles and have an orange cap on the barrel. Projectiles or any type of ammunition are forbidden. BB guns, paintball guns, dart guns, blow guns and water guns and their accompanying ammunition will NOT be permitted. Air-soft guns must be rendered completely inoperable before entering the event. Nerf guns are allowed, but ammunition of any kind (foam or otherwise) is prohibited. Nerf guns must pass weapons check and will have triggers zip-tied to prevent guns from firing.
Real firearms, regardless of any degree of disassembling, are forbidden.
Small, lightweight, metal objects like Sonic Screwdrivers, Lightsaber handles, umbrellas, Captain America shield and wooden wands a la “Harry Potter” are allowed, but must not be used as functional weapons. These items will all be subject to weapons check.
Shields will be permitted regardless of construction material.
Arrows and bolts for bow and crossbows must be fashioned out of approved materials (not metal). The tips for these items must not be metal or sharpened.
Costume swords/daggers made from approved materials are allowed, but may not have any sharp edges. Wooden swords are allowed but must be tied to your costume in such a way that they cannot be drawn or unsheathed. Security will zip-tie swords to their sheaths to ensure that they cannot be drawn. If you wish to draw your sword to pose for a picture, it must be made of approved materials. Metal blades are not allowed, whether they are sheathed or not.
No wooden or aluminum/metal bats are permitted. This includes baseball bats, cricket bats, clubs, paddles, golf clubs, and similar objects. Bats made from approved materials are allowed.
Saws, brass-knuckles, nunchucks, or other types of weapons, may not be crafted from metal. These items must be used in a display function and not used for engagement.
Staffs, staves, Escrima Sticks, bo-staffs, canes, or other types of weapons must be constructed from the approved list and not metal.
Bullwhips, lassos, ropes and other similar types of items must be coiled and secured to the Cosplayer.
Incendiary, spark-creating or other flammable weapons are PROHIBITED. Likewise, any items classified as an ECD (taser, stun-guns, etc) are PROHIBITED.
Metal Barbed-wire will not be permitted.
Do not display your weapons or props in a threatening or menacing manner. (For instance, it’s ok to pose for a picture, but cosplayers should not brandish weapons while walking the event floor.)
Keep prop weapons in convention areas. If you leave the premises or go out into public for any reason, please put away any and all prop weaponry immediately.
All prop/costume weapons purchased at the convention must be approved by FanX® Salt Lake Comic Convention™ security if they are to be carried during the convention. These items must also adhere to the weapons policy.
Bags and backpacks are allowed but are subject to a bag check at the discretion of FanX® Salt Lake Comic Convention™ staff and security.
If you do not want to have your costume weapons inspected and tagged or if you are unwilling to comply with these policies, please leave them at home. Failure to willingly comply with FanX® Salt Lake Comic Convention™ official cosplay rules and weapons policy may result in ejection from the convention (without a refund) and/or potential legal action, if necessary. ***All rules and regulations are subject to change. ***
FanX® Salt Lake Comic Convention™ reserves the right to inspect all costumes and weapons on an individual basis in order to ensure that the event remains completely safe and family-friendly. Those who violate these rules assume all responsibility in the event of injury.
PROPS/WEAPONS THAT, UPON INSPECTION, DO NOT COMPLY WITH THE ABOVE STANDARDS MUST IMMEDIATELY BE REMOVED FROM SALT PALACE PROPERTY OR THROWN AWAY
FanX® Salt Lake Comic Convention™
UNIVERSAL ANTI-HARASSMENT POLICY
As of May 24th, 2018 – For the most up to date version of our Harassment Policy, please CLICK HERE
FanX® Salt Lake Comic Convention™, also known as FanX® is dedicated to providing a harassment-free and safe convention experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, religion, marital status, veteran status, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age, dress, political affiliation, fandom preference or any other status protected by federal, state, or local law in any area, activity or operation of FanX®.
FanX® has a zero-tolerance Harassment policy and prohibits harassment of convention participants in any form. Convention participants violating these rules may be issued a warning, sanctioned or expelled from the convention without a refund at the discretion of the convention organizers if they do not comply.
FanX® Salt Lake Comic Convention™ is committed to providing a safe and accessible environment for all.
Harassment is defined by the victim and includes, but is not limited to:
Verbal comments, written comments or displayed images or any course of conduct, related to gender, gender identity and/or expression, sexual orientation, disability, body size, race or religion which annoys, threatens, intimidates, alarms, or puts a person in fear of their safety.
Verbal comments that reinforce social structures of domination related to gender, gender identity, and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age, religion, political affiliation
Inappropriate physical contact and/or unwelcome sexual attention
Deliberate intimidation, body policing, stalking or following
Unwanted photography or recording
Sustained disruption of panels, talks or other events
Quid pro quo–sexual harassment that occurs when one in an authority position requests sex or sexual favors in exchange for professional consideration or assistance
Hostile environment– sexual harassment which involves unwelcome or offensive behavior from one person to another, which causes the receiver to feel uncomfortable, scared, or intimidated
Advocating for, or encouraging, any of the above behavior
Exception: Discussion or images related to sex, pornography, discriminatory language, or similar is welcome if it meets all of the following criteria: (a) the organizers have specifically granted permission in writing, (b) it is necessary to the topic of discussion and no alternative exists, (c) it is presented in a respectful manner, especially toward women and LGBTQIA people, (d) attendees are warned in advance in the program and respectfully given ample warning and opportunity to leave beforehand or not attend. This exception specifically does not allow use of gratuitous sexual images as attention-getting devices or unnecessary examples.
Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately. If a participant engages in harassing behavior, event organizers retain the right to take any actions necessary to keep the event a welcoming environment for all participants. This includes warning the offender or expulsion from the convention with no refund. Event organizers may take action to redress anything designed to, or with the clear impact of, disrupting the event or making the environment hostile for any participants.
FanX® has a no tolerance policy for serial harassers, which means they will not be invited to attend a conference where they have disobeyed rules. The harasser may write an appeal to the committee for reinstitution. An appeal would only be considered with proof of lengthy rehabilitation and restitution. Notification of a harasser’s presence will be required at future events.
FanX® prohibits retaliation against an individual for engaging in activity protected under this policy, and interfering with rights or privileges granted under anti-discrimination laws. In addition, FanX® complies with applicable provisions of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (as amended), related Executive Orders 11246 and 11375, Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (as amended), Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (“USERRA”), and all local and state civil rights laws.
CODE OF CONDUCT
All participants in FanX® events and activities–including staff, volunteers, attendees, vendors, programming guests, and celebrity guests–are required to comply with the following anti-harassment code of conduct, which prohibits behaviors including (but not limited to), the following:
Please respect all participants, audience members, staff and volunteers at all times
Please do not hug, touch, kiss, graze, grope, spank, or engage in any activity that may be deemed as harassing to anyone, without first asking for and receiving permission.
Sustained disruption of talks or other events is not acceptable.
Please ensure any photography is non-disruptive, and respect the moderator and/or panelists’ wishes regarding taking of photos.
Do not touch any part of someone’s cosplay without permission and first asking. Cosplay construction can be delicate and much more fragile than it first appears. Remember: “A costume does not imply consent.”
If people tell you “no” or ask you to leave them alone, your business with them is done. If you continue to attempt to have contact with those people, you may be removed from the premises.
Do not touch people’s service animals or accessibility devices without their permission. Any animal on site is presumed to be a service animal by attendees and should be treated respectfully as such.
Do not assume a disabled person needs help. You may offer, but do not pressure a disabled person to accept help. They will ask for it if needed.
Do not evaluate or comment on other people’s disability or access. Not all disabilities are visible.
The moderator/organizer of any event, panel, presentation, or workshop has the right to ask anyone to leave the room.
Exhibitors in the convention hall, sponsor or vendor booths or similar activities are also subject to the anti-harassment policy. In particular, exhibitors should not use sexualized images, activities, clothing/uniforms/costumes, or otherwise, create a sexualized environment. Sexually explicit images in public spaces including vendor booths require a cover for people passing by on the vendor floor and should not be visible to the general public. Customers that are looking for explicit/nude art can still walk up to the vendor booth and remove the cover and browse the art for sale privately.
Harassment of any kind will not be tolerated at the convention. If you have been the target of harassment, please read below to learn who you can report your issue to. The sooner an issue is reported to us, the more appropriately we can address it.
We want you to be happy at our event. It is people like you that make our event a better place.
FanX® Salt Lake Comic Convention takes all allegations of harassment seriously. Every report will be investigated by a member of the Executive Team and Committee, and appropriate action will be taken upon completion.
Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately. If the behavior does not stop, or if the investigating committee deems it severe enough, the individual may face any of the following sanctions:
Immediate removal from the convention (without refund)
Loss of honorarium (for faculty or special guests)
Prohibition from future involvement as an attendee, volunteer, vendor, programming guest, or special guest
Denial of access to FanX® Salt Lake Comic Convention shows on a temporary or permanent basis
FanX® Salt Lake Comic Convention will make every reasonable effort to protect the confidentiality of all parties involved in investigations of alleged harassment, intimidation, or discrimination. However, confidentiality is not absolute, and those with a legitimate business reason to know and be informed of the allegations will be informed. All parties in the investigation should treat the matter with discretion and respect for the reputations of all involved.
The FanX® Salt Lake Comic Convention Anti-Harassment policy prohibits retaliation against any member of the community for reporting harassment, intimidation, or discrimination. The sanctions for retaliation are the same as sanctions for any other form of harassment listed here.
All guests that we announce have committed to attend the show. As is standard practice at comic convention and fan events around the country, they have the right to cancel their appearance, panels, special events, autograph or photo op sessions if there are circumstances that require it such as a film project, illness or force majeure. If one of our announced guests cancels their appearance or other participation, we will do our best to replace them with a similar and comparable guest. If you purchase a Photo Op, you will have the option for a full refund or you can swap or upgrade to another one.
FanX® Salt Lake Comic Convention™ events have a no-refund policy for all ticket sales. Please make other arrangements for your ticket such as gifting it away. FanX® Salt Lake Comic Convention™’s policy is no resale of Tickets, Photo Ops, Autographs, or other GrowTix products to protect Dan Farr Productions from fraudulent sale of tickets. Under certain extenuating circumstances, refunds have been considered on a case-by-case basis. If you have any questions or any issues with updating, upgrading, exchanging or swapping your tickets, please contact us
FanX® Salt Lake Comic Convention™ is not associated with San Diego Comic-Con. Tickets purchased on this website are only good for FanX Salt Lake.