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12 Oct 2007 - 15:02518
Cosplay Convention
Just wondered how many people would be interested in attending a convention where you can learn cosplay skills in workshops throughout the course of 3 days stuff like

Using a Sewing Maching
Using a pattern (Sewing instructions)
Talks on wig care & Styling
Talks with an experienced cosplay panel (sort of like a live Q & A Thread)
How to's on prop building and using materials

As well as the usual Omake, Masquerade, Dealers room and convention parties, fun and games...

Please say if interested and say what most interests you
Also if you think its a bad idea id like to hear that too

Also if you are an experienced cosplayer would you be interested in hellping out and lending your skills to help someone new to cosplay Please leave a message too


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13 Oct 2007 - 05:38519
If I was near enough to the con, I'd love to attend! It would be a really useful experience =)

I think I'd be most interested in the prop building side of it - I like to make props and such for cosplays, so it would be great to get some tips on making them!



Last edited by Mungojerrie (13 Oct 2007 - 05:39)
14 Oct 2007 - 17:08523
Hmm, essentially what you've described there is a regular anime convention (minus guests and video rooms, of course )

Maybe an idea would be to petition the likes of Minami and Amecon to consider running more events tailored to the construction side of cosplaying?


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14 Oct 2007 - 22:57526
It sounds awesomeness hopefully its close! I can make my Sakura Haruno costume now!! >w<


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15 Oct 2007 - 00:08527
Maybe not an entire Convention but a one day event would be quite good.

I think that there isn't enough for a full weekend thing, but a one day "Workshop Day" could work really well. Maybe do it somewhere like a Uni campus, or College and have different rooms for different "Workshops".

I'd love to run a bit of a skit/stage style Workshop, would take me back to teaching Drama


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15 Oct 2007 - 12:32528
I was thinking of something like a useual convention with all the partying fun and games maybe just a few less video showings, but with the benefit of live cosplay tutorials, PM had hit the nail on the head with the different lessons probably Sewing, Prop making, Stage Craft & a Q&A Cosplay Panel of experienced cosplayers maybe one or a few of these what ever prooves to be more popular..
Also i thought it would be a good idea if there was fabric/material/sewing supplies for sale as this is aimed more to cosplay.
And invite a table of people from other Uk Cons as people have trouble finding them i thought it makes sense to make them a bit more public and have them join in.


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16 Oct 2007 - 02:38533
I'd definitely go.

I agree with Mark - I think a one day event would be the best thing to do for a first time, see how much interest you get.

Someone teach me how to make bootcovers please!


24 Oct 2007 - 06:43554
mike this is quite possibly the best idea ive ever heard! i think this coud work as a weekend event.itd have to be a weekend really - if someone was travelling from a long distance theyd want at least 2 days...well i would anyway

if there were less videos and such etc... and more cosplay related events eg.omake,masquerade,competetions,workshops
so it basically just becomes a cosplay convention with probably a few dealers on the side, and i like the idea of it selling fabrics and any other useful materials.

Id be willing to hlpe out with a prop making workshop, iv got experience with mdf swords, craft foam armour and polystyrene foam horns lol!


i reckon this would be a great convention, like mark said, would be good if it was held at a uni campus so everyone could stay on site in the halls!


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24 Oct 2007 - 19:20561
I can see both points of views

3 Days would attract more people and its a good idea to do a single day to test the waters :S

What to do :S


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24 Oct 2007 - 20:00565
Do a one day test first, it will also help offset the cost a little as it costs a fair amount of cash to do all this stuff and you need to make sure you can pay for what you need.

Just like a costume, always best to test the water first.
You have more then enough people to offer help and tutorials, and perhaps if you can get it rather awesome I can see about getting some rather famous US cosplayers as guests.

Test first. You also need to think of a date.

Feb = Midlands
March = Minami
May = Expo
August = Amecon
September = Midlands
October= Expo

I would put it between Minami and May Expo, or between May Expo and Amecon.


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24 Oct 2007 - 22:18570
Wherever you do this can it be near me please?! xD I live in Kent and nothing is ever near me. ;_;

Quote PrincessMark:
Do a one day test first, it will also help offset the cost a little as it costs a fair amount of cash to do all this stuff and you need to make sure you can pay for what you need.

Just like a costume, always best to test the water first.
You have more then enough people to offer help and tutorials, and perhaps if you can get it rather awesome I can see about getting some rather famous US cosplayers as guests.

Test first. You also need to think of a date.

Feb = Midlands
March = Minami
May = Expo
August = Amecon
September = Midlands
October= Expo

I would put it between Minami and May Expo, or between May Expo and Amecon.


Mm mid to late June would be a nice time. Warm but not boiling and far enough apart from other things to not be a problem.

Wouldn't getting 'famous' cosplayers over here be well expensive though? Since I'd imagine they'd want their flights/rooms etc paid for. As nice as it may be for some people, I dunno. I think we have enough awesome cosplayers in the UK. I've never really got the cosplayers being famous thing.. ¬_¬

Edit: Forgot to mention. xD I can't style a wig and I'm hardly the person to ask for props but I'm experienced enough in using a sewing machine and I can draft patterns fine. If it goes ahead contact me. I've been collecting all my degree work together and I could easily set up a panel on grading patterns/dart manipulation etc. I could probably be begged to bring one of my machines with me, but it can only be one really. It'd either be an overlocker or the sewing machine with embroidery stuffs on it.



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24 Oct 2007 - 23:16572
Like I said on the Neo thread, I think this sounds awesome! Maybe the first one should just be a one day event and if it's successful enough, you can move on to doing a weekend long event?

I've got someone perfect for wooden prop talks, Daryll Scott at www.propsmith.co.uk. He's known as Water_Clone on the MCM forum.

I think it sounds amazing!


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25 Oct 2007 - 00:19574
Like I said on cosplay.com, I LOVE the idea of a cosplay convention! =D I'd definately go if it's somewhere near... Like Bristol or Exeter perhaps? ;D or even Taunton itself? XD [doubt it but worth a shot xD]

A one day event as a tester would be good like they did with the Midlands Expo =]... How about hold it in Feburary as MCM doesn't seem to be having a Midlands Expo in Feb. It'd certainly make a few MCM regulars happy for the disappearance of the Feb expo.

And I would definately love to learn more about prop making and patterns! XD


25 Oct 2007 - 03:23578
Like I said on the Neo forums I would love how to enhance my costume making experience.
I'm clueless in regards to using a sewing machine and sometime in the future I would love to make a prop


25 Oct 2007 - 04:40579
It sounds like a pretty damn good Idea, But I agree with alot of people that a one day trial would be the best way to try it out.

Depending on when and where (I have heavy uni commitments) I MAY be able to help with tips on pattern techniques, fit and proportioning a character to your figure.
I also have lots of experience with sewing techniques and use of a sewing machine!

Hope it works out!


25 Oct 2007 - 16:26581
This is a really good idea! I would definitely go if I had time/money ^^ I don't think mid-late June would be the best time though, most people have exams then so you wouldn't get as many people coming. In the summer, people might be on holiday too =/

I hope this all works out, I'd love to go, good luck


25 Oct 2007 - 16:53582
Ooh, I would love to go to something like this, as for the moment I'm just playing it by ear on making cosplay costumes I'd love to learn how to style a wig as well.

I think perhaps earlier in the year as there is no longer a MCM Midlands in February, and so it would fill up the gap somewhat between October and May Expos It would also, hopefully, mean missing everyone's exam times. I know, as an A level student, that I have exam commitments in January and May/ June, so I wouldn't be able to go to any during those times.

Hopefully this goes through!


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25 Oct 2007 - 19:05587
It does sound like a good idea. I know of a costuming group that does regular meets (they hire a hall in Reigate or hold it in someone's house) but it's pretty small, this sounds like it would have a few more attendees.

Personally I don't have any especial skills (jack of all trades and master of none, me) but if Nia helps I can do some stuff on cosplay makeup - she's better at the glamour stuff and I can do the SFX


30 Oct 2007 - 00:57662
I'd love to go to this! And I'm sure Daryl over at http://www.propsmith.co.uk/ would love to give a talk on working with wood!


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30 Oct 2007 - 02:45668
Quote Lex_is_evil:
It sounds like a pretty damn good Idea, But I agree with alot of people that a one day trial would be the best way to try it out.

Depending on when and where (I have heavy uni commitments) I MAY be able to help with tips on pattern techniques, fit and proportioning a character to your figure.
I also have lots of experience with sewing techniques and use of a sewing machine!

Hope it works out!


Oh we could organise doing some things together. ~ If we brought a machine each that'd work (assuming wherever this is held is not held TOO far away from London/Kent or I can get a lift by some awesome magical person).

Teaching the basics. Then possibly harder classes for more intermediate sewers. Maybe we could get some people making toiles of simple skirts/tops. Oh that could be a fun competition, which group can put together the best cosplay costume in an hour or something. xD We could get them the materials (and wigs if needed for extra lols), pick a simple cosplay and BOOM.

You have to make it fun afterall or people will die of boredom. I often find myself yawning at school 'cause they're teaching me basic stuff I don't need to know.

I have many more ideas. But I won't go on for other peoples sanity. xD;;


30 Oct 2007 - 03:05669
Well I'd love to be taught sewing techniques using machines etc. I have sewn everything by hand so far or had a friend guiding me through it LOL


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30 Oct 2007 - 03:23670
This sounds like a fantastic idea to me, I'd love to attend!

Though i also agree 1 day trial to see how it goes then make it longer if it was successful ^^


17 Nov 2007 - 00:081044
Great Idea I would definitely be up for that!!!


06 Feb 2008 - 08:551582
Quote Kelly:
Oh we could organise doing some things together. ~ If we brought a machine each that'd work (assuming wherever this is held is not held TOO far away from London/Kent or I can get a lift by some awesome magical person).

Teaching the basics. Then possibly harder classes for more intermediate sewers. Maybe we could get some people making toiles of simple skirts/tops. Oh that could be a fun competition, which group can put together the best cosplay costume in an hour or something. xD We could get them the materials (and wigs if needed for extra lols), pick a simple cosplay and BOOM.

You have to make it fun afterall or people will die of boredom. I often find myself yawning at school 'cause they're teaching me basic stuff I don't need to know.

I have many more ideas. But I won't go on for other peoples sanity. xD;;


Im liking all these ideas guys thanks you XD

Now i just need to think of how to get it all together


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14 Feb 2008 - 18:241619
This made me think of a convention they have in America... um... AnimeFriends? That might be it. Anyway, it's a really tiny convention and I think that you HAVE to wear cosplay to it, if I remember correctly XD Of course I could just be imagining this all ;;; *poor memory*

A con where cosplay was a requirement would be neat, though. Perhaps there could be less strict prop rules etc?

Regardless, attending a cosplay convention would be fun but it all depends on when and where it is. If it's only one day you save hotel room fees, but if it's a weekend the travelling and expenses seem more worthwhile... Decisions, decisions XD



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