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Merry Christmas to you all!

Article by Kat B (Delusional) posted Saturday 24th December 2011

With Christmas only one day away, it's time to say Merry Christmas from all the staff here at Cosplay Island. We hope you're spending the festive season with loved ones and that you get some lovely gifts that you wished for - I wonder how many sewing machines Santa is carrying this year? If you get any cosplay presents, let us know in the comments!

So, wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! See you in 2012 and we look forward to another year of cosplay from you all :D

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Competition Time with SoulCalibur V!

Article by Amy Lou (Amy-Lou) posted Wednesday 7th December 2011

If you've been eyeing up the new SoulCalibur V costumes now is the perfect time to get making, because Namco Bandai UK want to see your best shot!

The lucky winner will receive a Playstation®3, a copy of SoulCalibur V and the chance to shoot with a top fashion photographer at an exclusive London studio in their winning cosplay.

To enter, all you have to do is email three photos of you and your SoulCalibur V cosplay to uk-competitions@namcobandaipartners.com. Contestants have until January 23rd to get their entries in and must be available on the 28th January for the photoshoot. Full terms and conditions for entry can be found here and if you're after some inspiration check out the character bios on their Facebook page.

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Celebrate New Year's Eve at the Cosplay Clubnight

Article by Kat B (Delusional) posted Saturday 3rd December 2011

Not got a plan for New Year? Based in the South West? Then definitely check out the Cosplay Clubnight's Annual New Year's Bash held in Bristol at The Crown Pub.

The clubnight is now in it's fourth year and only getting stronger, with multiple nights running throughout the year culminating in the special New Year's event. Resident DJ's Digi and Shenny promise to run a full night of anime, Jpop and Kpop tunes from the hours of 9pm to 3am. For anyone arriving in cosplay it'll cost you a mere £4 for entry (£5 if you're boring and come in normal clothes!) and looks to be a fun evening with prizes throughout the night.

Due to the venue it's an 18+ event, you can find the full details of the event and contact details on the Cosplay Clubnight website. They are also accepting music requests so get in touch if there's a something special you definitely want to dance the new year in with!

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UK Victory for EuroCosplay 2011

Article by Amy Lou (Amy-Lou) posted Friday 11th November 2011

The second EuroCosplay final has been and gone in a blaze of glory. With even more countries involved and everyone raising the bar on last year it was a fantastic show. Congratulations to Netherlands and Spain for 2nd and 3rd place respectively and our very own Xaerael for securing a 1st for England! Our second finalist, theKillingDoll, also made the top 10 (see the final scores here).

2012 will also see the UK join the World Cosplay Summit for the first time! If you've ever wished you could compete with a partner then this is your chance. The WCS UK Preliminary will take place at Hyper Japan on Saturday 25th February 2012. For more info on the competition please see the Hyper Japan website.

Read on to see the EC 2011 winners!

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Expo this weekend!

Article by Tom Phillips (drowned_panda) posted Thursday 27th October 2011

This weekend sees the return of the biggest event on the UK anime event calendar: the MCM London Expo. The show covers a whole range of cosplay events, including the second final of the successful Euro Cosplay event. And, with ticket pre-sales already higher than that of last MCM London Expo, this one is set to be the biggest yet. Read on for full details.

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KOF battle at Expo? Ready...Go!

Article by Kat B (Delusional) posted Wednesday 19th October 2011

The Expo team and Rising Sun Games are taking cosplay to the next level this October. Got a King of Fighters costume? Know your character inside out? Then take part in their King of Fighters competition on the Saturday of Expo and battle it out on the Totally Cosplay stage. Judged on both your costume and your attitude as your chosen character, this looks like it'll be good fun both as a contestant and a spectator so make sure to check it out!

If you want to take part, contact the MCM Cosplay Team by emailing cosplay@mcmexpo.net to express interest, or to enter at the event head to the Totally Cosplay area on Friday 28th or by noon on Saturday 29th October. More information found on the Expo cosplay forums. October London Expo is running from 28th to 30th October at ExCeL London.

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