A New Era on the Island
Article by Richard Perrin (PerrinAshcroft) posted Tuesday 1st April 2008
As the article was posted at midnight on 1st April you might already suspect everything below is intended as a joke. We don't run this site as a business and will NOT be charging for memberships! All is well. ^_^
Well it's been a busy few months on Cosplay Island, we've got more members than ever and we're glad to see the site so busy. Of course we always meant to run this site as a business and we think it's finally time to start offering paid accounts. Other sites such LiveJournal and CosplayLab run successful paid services and we think we've got a good deal for you. For £5 a month you will be able to post unlimited pictures on your costumes, will get priority on appearing on the front page and an exclusive automatic Photoshop filter effect to all your photos. Right now free accounts will still be available but we hope to phase them out in the next 6 months, in the meantime we will be reducing the number of photos free users can upload to make space for our premium users and removing free members from the user directory. This is not all, we've got even more cool plans in store...
We've also been approached by the Flora Spoil advertising agency who we've agreed to sell copies of costume photos from the site for use in their ad campaigns. Obviously as part of the terms and conditions of the site you've agreed to let us use your photos in this manner, but we're looking out for you guys as much as ourselves and 1.8% of all money we make from Flora Spoil will be shared with the member whose photos we're using.
Finally, and possibly most excitingly, we're planning to run our own cosplay event to rival AmeCon and Expo. We'll be booking two whole convention rooms in the Excel Centre making it the biggest anime event in the UK. Events will include Cosplay Chess, Cosplay Speed Dating, Cosplay Slumber Party, Cosplay Gladiators, Cosplay Where's Wally and more!