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Anime events this July

Article by Tom Phillips (drowned_panda) posted Sunday 11th July 2010

Welcome to another monthly event update on Cosplay Island. Many of you will no doubt be attending Amecon on 13th-15th August for a weekend of solid anime fun. If you can't wait until then to get your event fix though, then there is plenty happening this month to keep you occupied. So read on for a full round up of what's to come.

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New content, and don't miss the boat for the Cosplay Cruise!

Article by Kat B (Delusional) posted Wednesday 7th July 2010

A few content updates for today! Courtesy of Ranma1-2 we have two new tutorials on the site - very useful step-by-step guides on how to make thigh-high boot covers and a ballet tutu. We love receiving articles like these and hope you find them as handy as us.
To add to this, we also have a couple of reports covering the October London Expo and the Grand Cosplay Ball from our man on the scene - Nert (Okay, we're long overdue but they're up - that's what counts, right?)

Also, in London this weekend the Cosplay Cruise is setting off! A first of it's kind, this event promises a five hour long party down the Thames with entertainment all night. They've extended the ticket deadline until Friday 9th July, so make sure you get yours before then else you won't be able to join in. Full details on the cruise can be found at their website:

We know cosplayers can take hours to get ready and love to be fashionably late, but please remember to get there early and make sure you are on board before 7pm otherwise they'll leave without you!

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Cosplayers needed for documentary in San Diego

Article by Tom Phillips (drowned_panda) posted Friday 18th June 2010

News has reached us that Morgan Spurlock, director of Super-Size Me, will be filming at the upcoming San Diego Comic-Con for his new documentary. The aim of the documentary is to look at the appeal of cosplay and Spurlock is keen to interview cosplayers the world over whom are attending the event. Interestingly Spurlock has stated that he is making the film as a fan and wishes it to be a 'celebration of fandom and creativity'.

The San Diego Comic-Con will be held from July 22nd - July 25th 2010 and is one of the biggest comic-cons in the world, with special guests such as Stan Lee and at which big film announcements are often made. Although the event is sold out and not UK-based, it is worth mentioning in case anyone reading this is planning to attend but is not aware of the documentary. Given the growth of UK cosplay over recent years, it would be great to see a UK cosplayer in this documentary.

For further information, please click the below links:

http://comic-con.morganspurlock.com
http://www.comic-con.org/cci/cci_reg.php

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MCM Expo coverage on the BBC

Article by Tom Phillips (drowned_panda) posted Wednesday 9th June 2010

Those of you attended the MCM London Expo last weekend may have noticed that the BBC were filming footage of cosplayers there. Well they weren't filming for nothing, as a segment on cosplay appeared on the recent episode of weekly BBC entertainment show E24.

To view the coverage, click the link and watch from 8:20 onwards.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment_and_arts/10243810.stm

It is encouraging to see that BBC approached this without pre-conception, as opposed to the recent Sunday Telegraph article on AyaCon which had a cynical undertone. Hopefully the BBC will return to the MCM Expo in October and give the world of cosplay more exposure.

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Expo aftermath and anime events this June

Article by Tom Phillips (drowned_panda) posted Thursday 3rd June 2010

Well one of the biggest event of the anime calendar - MCM London Expo - has been and gone and will be back in October. Many of you reading this were no doubt there and may agree with me in saying it was one of the best Expos yet. Bigger and more spacious then previous Expos, it also showcased a dazzling array of cosplay talent largely thanks to the Euro Cosplay qualifiers. Many congratulations to SephNoir for winning the qualifier in her Ectvarr cosplay, she will be representing the UK in the Euro Cosplay championships at October MCM London Expo. Well done to all the other cosplayers also, seeing your creations made for one great weekend!

If you did attend Expo and are craving more anime events, then read on for some great stuff coming up this June.

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Anime events this upcoming Bank Holiday weekend

Article by Tom Phillips (drowned_panda) posted Wednesday 28th April 2010

Planning a getaway this for the upcoming May Day Bank Holiday weekend? Well if fancy something to suit your hobby then you've got a choice of the Asahi Anime Festival in Brighton or Sci-Fi London's Manga All-Nighter.

Read below for full details of these two great events for anime and cosplay fans.

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