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.

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ReportVideo Games Live 2007nert6 years 41 weeks ago
ReportEuropean Cosplay Gathering - March 2011sjbonnar3 years 25 weeks ago
ReportGrand Cosplay Ball - November 2009nert4 years 7 weeks ago
ReportLondon MCM Expo - October 2009nert4 years 7 weeks ago
ReportLondon MCM Expo - May 2009nert5 years 5 days ago
ReportAya Revolution - August 2009nert4 years 44 weeks ago
ReportMinamiCon 15 2009nert5 years 18 weeks ago
ReportThe Grand International Cosplay Ballnert5 years 37 weeks ago
ReportLondon MCM Expo Oct 2008nert5 years 37 weeks ago
ReportLondon MCM Expo - October 2007nert6 years 41 weeks ago
ReportAmeCon 2007nert6 years 41 weeks ago
ReportMinamiCon 14 2008nert6 years 23 weeks ago
ReportLondon MCM Expo May 2008nert6 years 9 weeks ago
ReportAmeCon 2008nert5 years 37 weeks ago
ReportVideo Games Live 2008nert5 years 37 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 - 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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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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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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Technique - Female to Male Crossplay

Tutorial by Annette W (Mighty Odango) posted Thursday 12th June 2008

There are a number of things to consider when attempting an effective female-to-male crossplay. No matter how androgynous both you and the character you intend to cosplay may be, it is always important to make an effort if you wish to pull off a truly convincing crossplay. This tutorial will discuss a number of the things that should be taken into account to effectively masculinise yourself.

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Walkthrough - Budget Prop Making - Zabimaru

Tutorial by Pheebs Wouldn't you like to know my surname? (Odd-One-Out) posted Wednesday 11th June 2008

Hello all! I am sure that some of you do not have access to proper metal or wood tools, and that some of you simply don’t have the money to build props after an exhausting day at Fabric Warehouse. I enjoy constructing things out of cheap or even free materials such as cardboard and newspaper. Never underestimate the power of these materials!

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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 - 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 - 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 - Classic Tutu

Tutorial by Stephen Pryce (Ranma1-2) posted Wednesday 7th July 2010

Quite a few people ask me how I made my tutu for Princess Kraehe and what pattern I used so I have made this tutorial to help anyone with the same questions.

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Reports

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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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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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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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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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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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AmeCon 2008

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

The UK's largest dedicated anime convention was back in town; bigger and badder than ever for its fourth run totalling nearly 1,500 people! We figured we should probably be there, so we were.

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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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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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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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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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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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MinamiCon 14 2008

Video posted Thursday 20th March 2008

Video coverage of the MinamiCon masquerade.

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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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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 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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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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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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MinamiCon 17 2011

Video posted Wednesday 23rd March 2011

Highlight footage from Minami's masquerade event

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