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CLAMP competition winners announced!

Article by Kelly ♥ (Kelly) posted Wednesday 12th December 2007

This was an interesting one to judge! Whilst I didn’t suffer the same torrent of entrants as I did with the Final Fantasy competition, I was still very impressed with the quality of the entrants. It was pretty high, I think, and certainly wasn’t easy to judge. Many of my favourite titles are by CLAMP which made the judging especially enjoyable. Well done to all the winners, you did a great job.

Our competition sponsor TokyoToys is also running a Christmas party this Saturday (15th December) at their Greenwich store and I, along with the rest of the Cosplay Island team, will be there to cover the event. If you're around London this weekend hope to see you there.

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Recent Site Downtime

Article by Richard Perrin (PerrinAshcroft) posted Tuesday 27th November 2007

Those of you wise enough to visit the site a lot might have noticed we've been having some problems recently and the site has been up and down quite often. Thankfully the down time has been brief but I'm sure you'll agree it's frustrating. We think we've tracked down the problem, which seems to be spammers attacking a forum on a different site hosted on the same server. *shakes angry fist at spammers*

UPDATE: We will be moving Cosplay Island to another server tonight (Thursday 22nd November) after midnight. We'll try to keep downtime to a minimum during the transfer.

UPDATE 2: Sadly, the server drama continues. The move to the new server failed so we've turned on the old server again, which means there may be intermittent site crashes :( We'll try and get this all sorted as soon as possible.

UPDATE 3: Okay I think we're all sorted now, the server transfer is complete. You might notice we're sneakily directing you to our .com site for the moment. The UK address will be back to normal in a day or two but it should all be transparent to you. You may now use the site in peace. ^_^

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Fistful o' Site Updates

Article by Richard Perrin (PerrinAshcroft) posted Wednesday 14th November 2007

The whole Cosplay Island team has been very busy recently. As we've already reported Kelly is running a new look-a-like competition themed around CLAMP. Event editor Nert has written up some great reports on AmeCon 2007, London Expo October 07 and Video Games Live 2007. Nic Walker has provided us with a new tutorial on how to take great looking Cosplay Photography. Kat and I have been working on a bunch of improvements to the general usability of the site.

Full details in a moment, but to get a little techy, if anything looks weird while you're browsing the site you might want to force your browser to refresh (Ctrl + F5 on some browsers) as you might have the old style sheet cached.

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Final Fantasy Look-a-like Results & CLAMP Competition Announced

Article by Kelly ♥ (Kelly) posted Saturday 10th November 2007

Wow what can I say? I was overwhelmed with the entries this month. I can not express how difficult it was to choose winners! The calibre was really very high. I should have been more expectant really with just how popular Final Fantasy is. Due to this we decided to pick a couple of honourable mentions as well as the original 1st, 2nd and 3rd entries.

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Want to be on television? Sure you do!

Article by Richard Perrin (PerrinAshcroft) posted Wednesday 7th November 2007

The rather wonderful new Anime Central is looking for people over 18 to take part in an ad campaign that will be broadcast next year. They want to "get to know" the fanbase by interviewing cosplayers in your best outfits. So all they need now is cosplayers and that's where you guys come in.

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Wigs and Pages

Article by Richard Perrin (PerrinAshcroft) posted Sunday 4th November 2007

If you take a look over at the tutorials section you'll see that Angelphie has provided us with an absolutely extensive guide for UK cosplayers working with wigs. It's quite an epic piece of work so I'm sure many of your will find it very useful.

We've also been making some minor improvements to the site. So on the members, costumes and photos pages you will now see handy page selectors at the bottom.

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