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03 Sep 2010 - 11:2539880
I got a cosplay.com account first, but the difficult interface put me off slightly. When I heard about CI, and how it's UK based, I immediatly signed up. I liked how it listed only UK events, which was useful because then I could plan costumes for events - with cosplay.com, they lsit events from all over the world and it can be confusing trying to find the event you want; some UK events aren't listed on cosplay.com at all!

I rarely post on there now, just to upload my complete costumes. I sometimes look at the forum to see advice for cosplay bits and pieces, but if I ever have a problem I will most likely ask on here first

03 Sep 2010 - 13:0239893
Well, I had a cosplay.com, but it was buggy as hell and really hard to navigate. I made a new account because I couldn't be bothered going through and deleting everything and restarting again, but the second account was even more buggy and has a mega glitch that hasn't been fixed, so I just deleted all the pictures on it and don't use it.

I then got a CURE cosplay because it's much easier to upload pictures. It's like my own little collection, thing. That's my main one.

And then I found this place, which caters for the UK so I signed up here. There is nowhere else with as many people from the UK so I thought this would be a good place to sign up.

I know some people have loads and loads of accounts for different reasons, I'm not sure about exposure but I guess you meet different people if you are on loads of different sites? Tbh I cba with the upkeep of them all.

03 Sep 2010 - 13:4139897
Quote Freyarule:
with cosplay.com, they lsit events from all over the world and it can be confusing trying to find the event you want; some UK events aren't listed on cosplay.com at all!

They have a form you can submit to get an event listed as long as you know the dates and where it's being held. I've added a few UK events to the calender list by doing this =)

03 Sep 2010 - 14:1039901
Quote Leonie Heartilly:
Quote Freyarule:
with cosplay.com, they lsit events from all over the world and it can be confusing trying to find the event you want; some UK events aren't listed on cosplay.com at all!

They have a form you can submit to get an event listed as long as you know the dates and where it's being held. I've added a few UK events to the calender list by doing this =)

:o really? I never knew that xD that's interesting to know, thanks

26 Sep 2010 - 21:4341654
I don't live or have lived in UK.
I'm on cosplay.com and hate it there.
The forums are what I joined this place and
cosplay.com because I just like talking and meeting new
fun people. The forums are why I'm on both sites.
Plus, I like to stay unknown so when someone
I don't like dissapears, they be all "where's joe?"...

"You can't please one person without displeasing another."
26 Sep 2010 - 22:4641659
I must agree with a phew people, I love this being a uk based website, getting to know people who live in the same country as you! If people from around the world join such as europe and even America, I does not bother me if they attend Uk events, I don't understand why someone who has not intention of going to uk events would want to come onto a uk based cosplay website. But that's just me XD.


26 Sep 2010 - 23:0441662
hmm tricky being a uk cosplay site i think id like it to be just uk cosplays kind of a specil thing for uk talent and to show what good cosplayers there are here, to be are own little site to be proud of ^^

but i think its selfish to say people outside the uk cant post here, it wouldnt be right, because ive posted mine other places too and everyone should be able to show there cosplays to whoever they want.

i guess its more a pride in uk cosplayers wanting to see more of them, but i love seeing cosplayers from all over too so its great seeing people from other countries and there cosplaying talent, its great to meet new people and learn more about them and cons that happen all over. ive seen some amazing cosplays on here ^^

Last edited by timpey (26 Sep 2010 - 23:05)
27 Sep 2010 - 01:0341667
OH NO!!! I'm not from UK. But I dont want to go back to cosplay.com forums, they are mean there T-T
Sure I've got more comments but, the forums are brutal man, BRUTAL!!!
I like the people on CI even though most of them are from cosplay.com, just means they get it XD
How meny people here are not from UK? stupid question to ask, but I'm not....*searches UK on the map* See I'm kind of there XD

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27 Sep 2010 - 07:4441673
Welp, I live in.... Denmark, but I only really go to UK cons now.
This is the only place I have a cosplay account as well.

I have been discussing this with people many times before. I think that as long as the foreigner is attending UK cons, its alright.

As long as theyre here for attention, well, it can be tolerated, but its not very well looked upon. D:

27 Sep 2010 - 22:0041747
No o0
Cause then thats just annoying for people who want to investigate Uk cosplay and chat to people.

27 Sep 2010 - 22:0041748
No o0
Cause then thats just annoying for people who want to investigate Uk cosplay and chat to people.

27 Sep 2010 - 22:3041753
I disagree that it should be purely UK cosplayers. If something is aimed at a particular group usually it could be acceptable for someone outside the group to take part if they have some participation in one form or another, and this site is an example of that.

I have a cosplay.com account but I never use it as it feels no where near as welcoming as CI. Sure, I would go there every now and then for tips and researching cosplays I plan to do but would actually update it or even touch my account less than half a dozen times a year!

Im aware that some of them go to UK based cons, which is perfectly fine. Its understandable that people outside the UK would sign onto CI as its genrally a friendly community and is so user friendly. I have no problem at all with people outside the UK signing up. I think it is wonderful how there is such intreast in the UK cosplay scene from overseas

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02 Oct 2010 - 08:0642058
Personally I think its fine for people overseas to join up. Its a great way to meet people and it keeps things interesting.

I do think that if they are to join they should be active on the site even if they don't attend events in the UK.

But otherwise, I don't have a prob with it. I think its great and I think its flattering to the ci creators that so many prefer this site as its so user friendly.

02 Oct 2010 - 10:2142061
I just have two things to say regarding this

1. Personally, the more the merrier, the fact someone is not from UK should not hinder the fact they should be allowed to join up to CI-it's always an extra friend, and maybe someone we could learn from.

2. Ahem - attention seekers? Umm...at the end of the day aren't ALL cosplayers attention seeking to one extent or another ? Don't you guys be telling me you're making epic armours, beautiful ballgowns and fabulously intricate work just to be ignored!! xDD


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02 Oct 2010 - 10:5542063
I'm new to all of this and I found cosplay.com first, i set up my account but i've never posted or added anything because i found it rather difficult to use. I also found it was oversaturated and with no decent advanced search options it's difficult to find anything.

I then found CI and I love that it's UK based. It's user friendly and the people here are so friendly too! Why make something so good exclusive?

As long as it remains UK based I can't see a problem.

02 Oct 2010 - 12:4242069
I think that though CI is UK based, we shouldn't try to deter other people, because to be honest, interest from other countries could actually help better the UK cosplay scene by providing new opportunities etc ^^

Also,I agree on the usability side of things. When I first got into cosplay I joined cosplay.com,and I found the costume upload options reeeally confusing (not to mention I asked for help on a costume on the forums,and got told before I even started I should lose weight, and that wasn't the advice of a troll either >> Cosplay Island is alot more friendly and usable than most cosplay communities i've frequented, so I'm not surprised that people want to 'exibit' their stuff here, because they can actually work out the CI interface XD

22 Oct 2010 - 14:0643426
It's true when people say that all cosplayers are attention-seekers - that's one of the reasons we make the costumes. We always want people to notice our hard work.

Equally, cosplay is for everyone and while this is a UK-'only' website, remember that it is a website and that this is the internet. We can't control who can join the site, and why should we want to if cosplay is a growing worldwide phenomenon?

22 Oct 2010 - 14:2043427
We can't make the site UK-only! Then how will I be able to stalk Denmark and K-A-N-A? ;__;

19 Apr 2011 - 14:1054437
I really like how this site is UK focused and I think it should stay like that, but I don't think people should be banned or anything just because they aren't from the UK!

19 Apr 2011 - 14:5254438
Quote Yuka:
We can't make the site UK-only! Then how will I be able to stalk Denmark and K-A-N-A? ;__;

Its bad that this was also my first thought as well XD

19 Apr 2011 - 17:4254441
I'd agree with what most people said, I like how this site is UK based, and is a more friendly site than Cosplay.com in my opinion.
But no it can't be exclusive just to UK cosplayers,there's alot of talented people out there, and cosplay is a global community after all.

19 Apr 2011 - 22:1654455
I like the way it is based in the UK.

Cosplay.com's calendar submitting form is useless, I've tried to submit dates 3 times, and none of them are on there.

They don't even have London Expo up there, and that is the most commercial event in the UK.

As much as I love Expo and all, and how much they try to force it on us, they will never be "London's Comic Con" - that title remains with the London Film & Comic Con, whose main focus is on Comics.

Cosplay.com is very confusing, I've been on there for months and still get lost.

All-in-all, if you're looking for a site with a huge variety of costumes from a number of series, go for an international site.
If you are looking to meet fellow cosplayers near you, go for a Local site.

With this site, you can look through the photos, see awesome cosplayers, realise they are from the UK and likely to be at your next event!

You also know when buying, that the stuff is coming from the UK, so you won't have to pay international shipping or wait a week for UK Border control to OK your new wig, props, etc.

Again, on the forums, you will start talking to people, and being from the same cosplaying island, it's likely they will be going to the same con as you, or can organise a meet-up.
On international sites, it's less likely that you'll get to meet people IRL as most of those with similar interests happen to live 50,000 miles away.

So, to answer your question, I'm gonna say Yes.

It would mean a lot if you could SO TOTALLY "LIKE" ME on Facebook! ^_^

My Cosplay plans change a lot! If they conflict with what I've written elsewhere, the most recent take preference.

Last edited by OptimisticRebel (19 Apr 2011 - 22:25) Reason: afterthought
19 Apr 2011 - 23:1154458
Quote Yuka:
We can't make the site UK-only! Then how will I be able to stalk Denmark and K-A-N-A? ;__;

Lol KANA came to mind when I saw this thread. She's a sweetheart, and one of the largest profiles here on Cosplay Island. XD

Response to OP's question...

From my understanding (knowing the folks who set up Cosplay Island) it's always been aimed at/focused on UK Cosplayers and Events. However, it's never been the intention to deter others from joining the website.

I don't think Cosplay Island will ever not be UK-focused, but I would be highly, HIGHLY, surprised if it ever excluded non-UK residents.

EDIT: Seems Perrin beat me to it on this one.

To add further, I think the majority of the "old hats" here used to have a Cosplay.Com account. Once Cosplay Island appeared, the majority of us just started using CosIsland instead.

I think that most people who do still maintain multiple profiles (DA, CosIsland, CosCom, etc) are just doing it because they are proud of what they do and want places to show it off. Sure, maybe there is an element of wanting to get more views/comments, but then I'm confident that the majority of people who cosplay are quite keen on being noticed and getting comments.

Just my two cents.

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Last edited by SherlockHulmes (19 Apr 2011 - 23:19)
20 Apr 2011 - 11:0754467
I think people pretty much have all of my feelings on this question covered.

CosplayIsland being what it is, it's always going to be focussed on the UK. If people from other countries are using it with no want or desire to ever attend any UK conventions that's fine, but they're not going to find the site as useful as people who DO come to conventions in the UK.

I don't think people outside the UK should ever be excluded, especially those who do come over for cons etc.

I'm the same in that I used to have a cosplay.com account, but I stopped using that a long time ago because I hated the interface, everything felt like a huge chore. I've never really deleted my account, but I've never really been back to it either. The only time I use it is to look at how other people have already done costumes I'm planning and see it from another person's perspective. Especially useful if no-one in the UK has cosplayed that character ^_^

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20 Apr 2011 - 18:1254480
I love how "small" this site is. When I first started to cosplay, I went onto cosplay.com. It's stupidly huge, and I found that I had issues with people being somewhat stuck-up if I asked them a question about their costume.

So I stopped using it. And just stuck to the London Expo site and forum. Then CI was pointed out to me, just at the same time when I "fell" out with friends who only use Expo forums (I don't know what word to use... When I started to feel weird? Like something was off with us).

So I moved onto here. It's easy to figure out and for new cosplayers it such an easy and friendly site.

I've not really met (from what I can know) non-UK cosplayers on here, so I don't know their reasoning to join - but for me, I'd choose this site over Cosplay.com anyday, even if I was state-side. It's small enough to understand, and friendly. Certainly brilliant if you're just starting out and you want to improve your cosplays before going on something like cosplay.com.

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