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.

Tutorials

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Technique - Cosplay Photography: Think before you shoot

Tutorial by Nic Walker (nic0) posted Wednesday 14th November 2007

by Nic Walker

With the ubiquity of cheap digital cameras today, any given anime convention is awash with people photographing the costumes on display. Traipsing through the aftermath of conventions on forums and photo sharing websites one would be perhaps forgiven for being a little disappointed at the thought that goes into some of the photos on display. They can often be hurriedly composed, one-shot affairs taken more as a record of the event - a reminder of a costume - than an honest effort to record the quality of it.

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Guide - Buying and Working with Wigs

Tutorial by Angela Hacket (Angelphie) posted Sunday 4th November 2007

by Angela Hacket

Wigs are often useful for costumes. They save you from cutting, dying or styling your own hair, allow you to create insane styles, and you can put one on and be ready to go instantly – it only ever needs styling once! Furthermore, you can sew, glue, and do all sorts of things to wigs which aren’t possible with real hair.

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Walkthrough - Making a latex character mask

Tutorial by Jonathan Cullinane (nert) posted Monday 3rd September 2007

by Jonathan Cullinane

I thought I'd throw together this walkthrough of Kimura from Azumanga Dioh, or "The making of a Slackjaw Schoolteacher". This is mostly photos with very little explanation but you should get a pretty good idea of the process that went into making the mask.

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Walkthrough - Making a fursuit head with a movable jaw

Tutorial by Karen Dawson (Fatkraken) posted Monday 3rd September 2007

by Karen Dawson

When I made this head for once I got a pretty good series of progress pictures, especially through the early stages. So what follows is a "How Fatkraken makes a fursuit, with movable jaw" type...thing. There are some missing stages; I don't go into the eyes, or much of the detailing, since that's specific to the suit being made. However for the basic construction, I've not seen other tutorials that are quite like this, so this is a process you can use, abuse and alter as you see fit.

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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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MinamiCon 14 2008

Report by Jonathan Cullinane (nert) posted Thursday 20th March 2008

The UK's longest running anime convention returns in full swing for its 14th birthday, the Cosplay Island team decide to investigate whether or not it can pilot mecha yet.

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AmeCon 2007

Report by Jonathan Cullinane (nert) posted Wednesday 14th November 2007

Nert takes a look back at the year's biggest anime convention. What were the cosplay trends? What the hell is Chair-chan? Find out here.

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London MCM Expo - October 2007

Report by Jonathan Cullinane (nert) posted Wednesday 14th November 2007

Two days, thousands of attendees and hundreds of cosplayers, London MCM Expo is one of the biggest UK cosplay events and we were there to find out why.

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Video Games Live 2007

Report by Jonathan Cullinane (nert) posted Wednesday 14th November 2007

The annual live video game music event now includes cosplay, so of course Cosplay Island was in attendance to see what happened.

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Videos

MinamiCon 17 2011

Video posted Wednesday 23rd March 2011

Highlight footage from Minami's masquerade 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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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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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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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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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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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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MinamiCon 14 2008

Video posted Thursday 20th March 2008

Video coverage of the MinamiCon masquerade.

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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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