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03 Nov 2011 - 23:2673723
Hello from across the pond
Hey, I'm an American cosplayer currently living in New York. I joined this site because I'm looking to move to Glasgow in about a year and I really don't want to have absolutely no cosplay friends when I move. Who will I have sewing parties and go fabric shopping with?

I know the cosplay scene is quite a bit different over there and I hope I can get to know a few of you before I make the big move.


04 Nov 2011 - 13:1373747
Hi, I live in Hastings which is in the South East of England quite far from Glasgow but I thought I'd say hi anyway. Also I might be going to York for University which is much closer. The cosplay seen over here is good, smaller of course as it's a smaller country but there are a lot of really good conventions so I'm sure you'll still be able to get your cosplay fix =P

05 Nov 2011 - 14:3473818
How are the cons over there? Do they typically have Artist Allys? How many people do your cons get? What are the top cons I should check out?


Also if anyone is near Glasgow, I'll be over there from December 25th - January 4th if anyone wants to have a bit of a meet up.

05 Nov 2011 - 14:4173819
Hi there! welcome to CosplayIsland! We have a smaller amount of Cons and Expos here, but the cosplay scene is growing And we do have Artist Alleys here, there so cool!

as for upcoming events, heres the thread list on CL:
Upcoming Events


Last edited by KawaiiKira (05 Nov 2011 - 14:41)
05 Nov 2011 - 14:4173820
Conventions like Ayacon, Amecon and Kitacon are probably the standard as far as things go here, there's loads of similar events that are perhaps newer so I've heard less about them. And then there's tonnes of smaller events each year, and there's the MCM Expo events for a more general experience. Suffice to say, there's a lot to choose from 8D

Pretty much all conventions here have Artists' Alleys. Number of attendants depends on the con - MCM Expo (although not really a con, is the biggest event we have so it still makes it onto the list) gets something like 50000 visitors over its weekends when it runs. Conventions that have a limited number of places normally have somewhere around a thousand places.


Last edited by HystericalDame (05 Nov 2011 - 14:46)
06 Nov 2011 - 17:4573874
I'm guessing MC expo is probably something like our New York Comic Con.

I'm actually getting really excited about checking out the cons over there!

06 Nov 2011 - 18:0373875
Welcome to the site! I have to admit I've been a bit of a fan of yours for a while, ever since I saw a picture of your gorgeous Eric costume on Livejournal a few years back and then found you'd also done a beautiful version of Dinah's plague dress as well!

There is actually a dedicated Scottish convention called Auchinawa which will, I believe, be running late next year. The convention scene in Scotland is even younger than in England, partly in terms of attendees' actual age but mostly in terms of how long it's been going, but they throw an excellent party.

Probably the best convention for someone just coming to the UK is the big summer convention. Next year's will be Amecon (traditionally Amecon and Ayacon run on alternating years). It's much better than the Expos in terms of meeting people and actually getting to hang out and chat and has great parties in the evenings.

Unfortunately I'm down near London, although I have a number of good friends in Glasgow that I manage to visit now and then. I'm sure you should be able to find each other. The Scottish are a welcoming bunch!

06 Nov 2011 - 18:5073878
I was looking at your gallery and you seem to be quite talented yourself. Unfortunately I can't seem to post comments on costume just yet.

I'll look into Amecon, it's right about the time of one of the trips I'll be taking pre-moving.

07 Nov 2011 - 20:5573940
Hi, welcome to the site! Happy to also admit I’ve previously admired your costumes online so it’s great to hear you’ll be making your way to the UK.

I currently live in Edinburgh and visit Glasgow fairly frequently - I’m quite sure myself or others can point you in the direction of a few fabric shops (although they're nowhere near as awesome as New York’s!)

There are anime/cosplay groups around in Scotland and occasional small events along with the convention Auchinawa, but in general, most of us travel down to England for conventions. Travel isn’t that expensive or inconvenient so it doesn’t make much difference that the overwhelming majority of events are south of the border. I’d definitely second the recommendation of AmeCon for a 2012 con to aim for.

09 Nov 2011 - 22:0474052
Hiya, you'll like Glasgow ^^ Main fabric shops are Remnant Kings and Mandors, both in the city centre. Remnant Kings is cheaper but Mandors has more variety. Hope that helps!

11 Nov 2011 - 19:1174168
Hi and welcome to the board. Love your costumes and hope you enjoy coming to the UK.

12 Nov 2011 - 17:0174205
I am from Germany <3 Hope to get some good informations here for Cons etc ;D

12 Nov 2011 - 21:1974218
Heya, you will like your stay here, I promise

12 Nov 2011 - 23:3374229
thank y ou dear^^ i hope so

this site is so confusing and i made a new thread where i asked for help. 75 views 0 replies WHAT? OO

14 Nov 2011 - 10:4774279
Quote Athena:
Do they typically have Artist Allys?

In my experience, the idea of artists alley dffers somewhat on both sides of the Atlantic. In the UK, an artists alley is generally a room full of art supplies, where artists can meet, chat, draw, and hold competitions. At the USA cons i have experience with (either attending, or through stateside friends telling me about them), your version of artists alley tends to be more independant artists selling their wares... like an independant, arty dealers room? in the UK, people wanting to do that just mix with the regular traders in the dealers room.

i may be wrong though, and perhaps it varies between events in the USA (it is a huge country afterall). my experience of USA cons is limited to Anime Detour in Minneapolis, and word of mouth from cons like Kumoricon in Oregon and Tokyo in Tulsa, and other small local events in these areas.

anyway, hope this helps, and i hope to see you around :3

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