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.

TypeTitlesort iconAuthorAdded
ReportAmeCon 2007nert6 years 44 weeks ago
ReportAmeCon 2008nert5 years 40 weeks ago
ReportAya Revolution - August 2009nert4 years 47 weeks ago
VideoAya Revolution Masquerade IntroPerrinAshcroft4 years 46 weeks ago
ReportEuropean Cosplay Gathering - March 2011sjbonnar3 years 28 weeks ago
ReportGrand Cosplay Ball - November 2009nert4 years 10 weeks ago
VideoGrand International Cosplay Ball 2009PerrinAshcroft4 years 32 weeks ago
TutorialGuide - Buying and Working with WigsAngelphie6 years 46 weeks ago
TutorialGuide - Essential Glue ReviewIlpala3 years 9 weeks ago
VideoJapan Expo 08PerrinAshcroft6 years 9 weeks ago
ReportLondon MCM Expo - May 2009nert5 years 3 weeks ago
ReportLondon MCM Expo - October 2007nert6 years 44 weeks ago
ReportLondon MCM Expo - October 2009nert4 years 10 weeks ago
ReportLondon MCM Expo May 2008nert6 years 12 weeks ago
VideoLondon MCM Expo May 2008PerrinAshcroft6 years 11 weeks ago

Tutorials

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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 - 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 - Steampunk Fascinator Hat

Tutorial by Louise Collis (GunstarVixen) posted Sunday 19th April 2009

I was recently asked how I made my fascinator hat for my Lady Gunstar costume, as they can be incredibly expensive to buy, and often come adorned with feathers etc, which as any steampunker will agree, just doesn’t work!! (most of the time anyway!)

This can be adapted to any size hat (potentially a full size hat, but I have to try that) the only limitations are your imagination (and well, your budget!) My version cost less than £5 – not including the watch parts.

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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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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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MinamiCon 15 2009

Report by Jonathan Cullinane (nert) posted Tuesday 21st April 2009

15 years old, the big brother of UK anime conventions celebrated in sentai style!

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The Grand International Cosplay Ball

Report by Jonathan Cullinane (nert) posted Wednesday 10th December 2008

An unsuspecting newly refurbished ballroom in London lay unaware of a slightly different clientèle heading its way on a Sunday evening, as the most.. fashionable cosplay event of the year took place in the Clapham Grand.

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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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Video Games Live 2008

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

Video Games Live returns for its third London trip, and we were waiting for it...

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Videos

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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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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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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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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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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MinamiCon 14 2008

Video posted Thursday 20th March 2008

Video coverage of the MinamiCon masquerade.

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MinamiCon 17 2011

Video posted Wednesday 23rd March 2011

Highlight footage from Minami's masquerade event

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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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