Articles

Here on Cosplay Island as we're hoping to bring you the best, most interesting and useful coverage of the UK cosplay scene. If we don't quite manage that we'll probably at least manage a passable approximation.

So here in the articles section we've got written and video reports of all the recent major UK cosplay events. We've also got a selection of tutorials written by some fantastically skilled costume makers.

If you've learned something interesting while working on your latest masterpiece and would like to share it with the community or have some other cosplay related articles you're burning to write contact us and we'll be happy to consider your article for inclusion.


15 Latest Articles

Included below are the 15 latest articles uploaded to the site. Use the tabs above to view the archives of specific article types.

TypeTitleAuthorsort iconAdded
TutorialGuide - Buying and Working with WigsAngelphie6 years 41 weeks ago
TutorialWalkthrough - Making a fursuit head with a movable jawFatkraken6 years 50 weeks ago
TutorialWalkthrough - Steampunk Fascinator HatGunstarVixen5 years 18 weeks ago
TutorialGuide - Essential Glue ReviewIlpala3 years 5 weeks ago
TutorialWalkthrough - How to make skin tight glovesKhaosKreator1 year 27 weeks ago
TutorialTechnique - Female to Male CrossplayMighty Odango6 years 10 weeks ago
ReportVideo Games Live 2007nert6 years 40 weeks ago
ReportMinamiCon 14 2008nert6 years 22 weeks ago
ReportVideo Games Live 2008nert5 years 36 weeks ago
ReportMinamiCon 15 2009nert5 years 17 weeks ago
ReportLondon MCM Expo - October 2009nert4 years 6 weeks ago
TutorialWalkthrough - Making a latex character masknert6 years 50 weeks ago
ReportAmeCon 2007nert6 years 40 weeks ago
ReportAmeCon 2008nert5 years 36 weeks ago
ReportThe Grand International Cosplay Ballnert5 years 36 weeks ago

Tutorials

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Walkthrough - Boot Covers

Tutorial by Stephen Pryce (Ranma1-2) posted Friday 2nd July 2010

As some people have asked me, here is a detailed walkthrough for how I made the thigh-high boot toppings on my Catwoman costume.

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Walkthrough - Making a Headdress

Tutorial by Laura Sindall (Sands) posted Tuesday 9th December 2008

This is just a general tutorial on how I make the basic shape of my headdresses, with a few suggestions on how to make various accessories that may protrude from your headdress.

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Walkthrough - Silk painting and Gradient Dying Video

Tutorial by Laura Sindall (Sands) posted Tuesday 22nd December 2009

This was originally a hand written tutorial that was published in NeoMagazine. I decided to make this a video tutorial for those who may not have seen the original article. I'm sorry I don't have any videos of the dying process, but I hope this helps anyone who is looking to do gradient dying or silk painting.

I used this technique to create my obi ribbon for my Ayane costume from Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2.

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Walkthrough – Build Your Own Vacuum Former

Tutorial by Dr Bish (theKillingDoll) posted Tuesday 14th August 2012

This is a brief outline of how to construct a cheap vacuum-forming machine and use it to vacform plastazote, the results of which can be seen in parts of my Priss Asagiri hardsuit.

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Reports

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London MCM Expo May 2008

Report by Jonathan Cullinane (nert) posted Sunday 29th June 2008

The London ExCeL centre opened its doors once more to a cavalcade of becostumed Expo attendees, as the latest London MCM Expo weekend kicked off. We were all there, were you?

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London MCM Expo Oct 2008

Report by Jonathan Cullinane (nert) posted Tuesday 9th December 2008

Another October, another MCM Expo. With attendance sky-rocketing and a cosplay world record attempt on the agenda, there was certainly a big red ring around this calendar date!

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Aya Revolution - August 2009

Report by Jonathan Cullinane (nert) posted Monday 26th October 2009

Warwick Arts Centre finds itself decorated with a nostalgic mascot, as the AyaCon mermaid makes a glorious return!

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Grand Cosplay Ball - November 2009

Report by Jonathan Cullinane (nert) posted Wednesday 7th July 2010

A chilly November night saw the Clapham Grand open its doors to a menagerie of colourful eveningwear for a second Grand Cosplay Ball!

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European Cosplay Gathering - March 2011

Report by Sj bonnar (sjbonnar) posted Friday 4th March 2011

Sjonnar interviews Emily Bastian about Bunkasai and the European Cosplay Gathering; a new Europe-wide event with its final at JapanExpo in Paris.

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Videos

London MCM Expo October 2007

Video posted Monday 7th January 2008

Mark reports from the expo including interviews with MangaChild, Ashe and Sands and coverage of Saturday's masquerade.

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Japan Expo 08

Video posted Monday 14th July 2008

Rachel reports from Paris to give us an inside look at one of Europe's biggest cosplay events.

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Aya Revolution Masquerade Intro

Video posted Tuesday 3rd November 2009

For Aya Revolution we put together a montage of great UK cosplay from the past few years

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London MCM Expo May 2008

Video posted Monday 30th June 2008

Kelly and Rachel bring us complete cosplay coverage of both expo days including interviews and masquerades

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Oxford Circus Crossing Openning

Video posted Monday 2nd November 2009

Nia reports on this cosplay themed event on a cold London morning

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MinamiCon 17 2011

Video posted Wednesday 23rd March 2011

Highlight footage from Minami's masquerade event

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MinamiCon 14 2008

Video posted Thursday 20th March 2008

Video coverage of the MinamiCon masquerade.

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London MCM Expo October 2008

Video posted Sunday 15th March 2009

Kelly and Mark bring another great report from the ground of London's biggest cosplay event.

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Grand International Cosplay Ball 2009

Video posted Wednesday 3rd February 2010

Nia reports from the ball room floor bringing you interviews and footage of the acts

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