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Cosplay Island On The Move!

Article by Richard Perrin (PerrinAshcroft) posted Sunday 10th April 2011

UPDATE: The site has now been sucessfully moved over to the new server. Huzzah!

Later tonight Cosplay Island will be down for a few hours, we're thinking around 10pm, as once again we're moving servers. I don't think it will have escaped your notice that the site has been getting slower and slower over the past 6 months. We've been doing everything we can behind the scenes to speed things up but we are simply a victim of our own success. If you want the more boring technical specifics I'll post them below. For the rest of you just have your fingers crossed that when we come back up things will be running a fair bit smoother.

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We Love Japan Fundraiser gig this weekend

Article by Tom Phillips (drowned_panda) posted Thursday 31st March 2011

If you are one of the few that will not be partying at the (now full) convention Kitacon this weekend, there is still a chance to party.

Japan Underground are hosting a night of live music, comedy and karaoke to raise funds for the recent earthquake & tsunami disaster which hit Japan.

Held at The Relentess Garage in Highbury, London the event will feature acts such as iMMa, sets by Akira The Don and Iain Lee of Absolute Radio, as well as a headline set by 80s legend Adam Ant. Other live music acts will feature and there will be a karaoke machine with 600,000+ songs, purikura photo booths, raffles, auctions and more. Japanese celebrities will also be appearing via video messages to express their graditude.

Tickets are £10 in advance, £12.50 on the door. To book online click here http://www.hmvtickets.co/events/2718

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Japanese earthquake and tsunami appeal

Article by Tom Phillips (drowned_panda) posted Monday 28th March 2011

On Friday March 11th a huge 9.0 magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of a country which all hold dear to our hearts, Japan.

The resulting tsunami has claimed the lives of over 10,000 people and just under 17,500 are still missing (according to reports at the time of writing). Many survivors have been left homeless by the disaster, as well as making many children orphans.

Being the country which is the origin of the hobby which unites this website, many of you may feel an affinity with Japan and may wish to donate to the relief effort. You can do so by visiting the British Red Cross website here - http://www.redcross.org.uk/Donate-Now/Make-a-single-donation/Japan-Tsuna...

Thank you.

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Minamicon footage and Kitacon reminders!

Article by Kat B (Delusional) posted Sunday 27th March 2011

Minamicon is over for another year, and shockingly enough we already have the footage from the masquerade! Edited by Perrin, you can find it in the articles section - Minamicon 17 Masquerade.

But the con season has definitely started, with Kitacon kicking off this coming Friday 1st April! If you want to enter the masquerade, the deadline is the 30th March and they won't be accepting registrations at the convention - so make sure you send your entry in by Wednesday!

For the more competitive types, they are also holding a cosplay competition over the weekend as a separate event where you are interviewed by a panel of friendly judges about your costume. You need to sign up for this event separate to the masquerade and there are a few spaces left, so give it a go and get your entry in now.

Good luck and have fun to everyone entering, and we look forward to seeing all the photos go up after the convention!

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Cosplay Events for March

Article by Amy Lou (Amy-Lou) posted Friday 4th March 2011

We're spoilt for choice this spring with a whole bundle of cosplay events across the UK!

This weekend we have D-Con in Dundee and Bunkasai in London. Bunkasai is also hosting the European Cosplay Gathering, which our very own Sjbonnar did some detective work on. See the links below for his report and more info on the events.

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A whole pic 'n' mix of updates because we're nice like that

Article by Richard Perrin (PerrinAshcroft) posted Saturday 19th February 2011

We've been tinkering behind the scenes for a while and have finally been able to roll out a whole bunch of new features for you guys to enjoy. Here's are some of the highlights:

  • Weekly Costume Showcase - Each week we'll be showing a great example of costume work on the front page. All members will be able to suggest costumes for inclusion.
  • Manual Costume Ordering - You can now choose to manually control the order in which your costumes are shown on your costume list page.
  • Event Banners - You can now automatically create a banner to use on other sites to let people know which costumes you'll be taking to your next convention.
  • Photo Archives - You can now view a single page archive of all photos a member has uploaded. (This is linked from member's overview page)

There's also a whole ton more and we've included a full list below along with some more information about this new showcase system.

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