News

Hopefully you've noticed we've done a bit of renovation work!

Check out all the details in this news article and feel free to leave us any feedback (or if you spot any bugs) in this chatter.

2020-11-11

We've deployed a small update this evening, mostly little bug fixes and tweaks, but we have a couple of new things...

Firstly on your costume list you're now able to filter by Planned, In Progress and Complete once again! Thanks for your patience while we got this added back in.

Secondly, you might notice on this filter there's a few new fields. When creating or editing a costume, you can now set the costume 'Condition' - whether it's 'Ready to wear', 'Needs repairs' or 'Retired'. This is a completely optional field and can be left as 'not set' if you prefer not to use this feature, but can be used to help you organise your costume list even further and keep track of which costumes are ready to go for that spontaneous convention! (Haha, well maybe not in 2020....)

Let us know how you get on, and as always if you find any wobbly bits of the site, ping us at support@cosplayisland.co.uk





2020-11-01

We missed October due to our site upgrade, but we think everyone needs a bit of encouragement this year!

We challenge you to take part in Sew-vember - try and do a bit of costuming each day, and post your progress on Cosplay Island.
To encourage you all along, every Progress Journal you post on Cosplay Island during November will earn you an entry into our prize draw, with 3 chances of winning a prize!

The main winner will be drawn on 1st December, bagging themselves £30 Coscraft vouchers, who are very kindly sponsoring this event. But that's not all - this year you have even more chances to bag a prize, with a further two runner ups being selected, winning £10 Coscraft vouchers each.

For full details and the legal bit of the prize draw, head to https://www.cosplayisland.co.uk/sewvember





2020-10-08

Mix up your Saturday night entertainment by hopping on to Youtube and watch the second Cosplay Central Virtual Cosplay Championships! Hosted by Jaremi Carey and joined a panel of expert guest judges, find out who claims the top prize.

Join the channel at 7:40pm UK time to take part in chat and see the show live! For those who can't make the time, it'll be available on the channel afterwards for catchup.





2020-10-03

You might have noticed a few changes around the site! We've finally upgraded the CI foundations to a modern framework, allowing us to build way more features and cool stuff going forward. Please read on for a few points of note!

  • Private Messages - these are currently disabled while we work on the module, and hope to have this up and running for you soon. In the meantime if you have any support issues, please email support@cosplayisland.co.uk
  • There are a few bits of functionality around the site such as searching & filtering which we're still working on, again bear with us!
  • Terms of service - as with the site, we've done a refresh of the ToS, and removed a lot of content that was no longer relevant. The remaining terms haven't changed but please read & re-accept them to continue using the site. If you have any questions drop a line through to support@cosplayisland.co.uk

The new site should work much better on mobile and tablets, and best of all you can now upload phone photos without them going sideways (that's what you get for using a system designed before phone photos were a thing...) among lots of other tweaks.

If you have any feedback, spot any bugs or find anything that looks odd please let us know in this Chatter, or email through to support@cosplayisland.co.uk and we'll get on them asap.





2020-08-27

New to wigs? Want to know how to keep them in top condition? For all these tips and tricks you're in luck, as Coscraft have started a Youtube Channel. There's a few videos already up, so go give them a watch and subscribe for future vids!





2020-07-17

We know the lack of events are hitting people hard, so it's great to hear that team behind MCM are putting together a digital event in August! One of the components is a massive cosplay competition, with varying levels of entry so that all cosplayers can take part.

Entries are open now, and will close on the 29th July (or sooner if all slots are filled) so get your submission in ASAP. There are also vouchers to be won for winners and runners up in each category! You can find all the rules & guidelines here.

We look forward to watching the competition online in August and seeing all the pretty costumes!





2020-06-17

No conventions in your calendar? No problem, as Virtucon have you covered this weekend with a series of cosplay panels, showcases and social hangouts being hosted on zoom. Organised by Deafantasy on instagram with content by cosplayers across the community, check out the great lineup below.

All the events are being hosted on zoom, use the corresponding IDs in the timetable to join! We're looking forward to it~




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Friday

Time Panel Room ID
12pm - 1pm Cel shading with Markversecosplay 875 5760 5734
1pm - 2pm Face casting with Madcatprops 878 4959 8417
2pm - 3pm Wig styling with Snowflakehime 825 0750 8828
3pm - 4pm Making the most of conventions with Cornilogical 822 1707 9761
4pm - 5pm Distressing and weathering clothing with Deafantasy 897 4898 7236
6pm Cosplay hangout 972 349 9327



Saturday

Time Panel Room ID
10am - 11am Cosplay and fitness with Ugoandcosplay 816 9810 9319
11am - 12pm Tiktok tricks and tips with Rhilentless 853 8641 3800
12pm - 1pm 3D printing with Charliemotts and R.M_Cosplay 894 7508 1747
1pm - 2pm Foam crafting with Sumisu_cosplay 841 5661 3198
2pm - 3pm Cosplay videos with 86thfloormusic 837 0029 4866
3pm - 4pm Cosplay confidence with Imijean and Gatheringstormcosplay 868 8148 4469
4pm - 5pm Voice acting with Frankie_lollia 873 5791 3577
6pm - 7pm Professional cosplay with Amazoniancos 819 8171 6614
7pm Cosplay Showcase 819 6224 9470



Sunday

Time Panel Room ID
10am - 11am Basics of sewing with Millycosplay 885 0283 4196
11am - 12:30pm Bodypaint and cosplay makeup withe Alftheelf 828 8507 1366
2pm - 3pm Acting for cosplay with Heodekuuu 883 5355 5220
3pm - 4pm Lights and how to diffuse them with Sadalsund.cosplay 827 6874 5238
4pm - 5pm Cosplay on a budget with Killerouinncosplay 827 9264 0166
6pm - 7pm SFX makeup with Shirakcosplay 891 3916 9716
7pm Cosplay Showcase 846 2994 6187




2020-05-26

With conventions being postponed due to the current worldwide situation, what’s happening with all the international competitions? If you haven’t been following their individual announcements, we’ve summarised the current state of play below.



World Cosplay Summit

With the Olympics postponed, WCS was sure to follow - and indeed has been postponed to 2021. The finalists who have already qualified (Tsupo and Clood for Team UK) will keep their place and compete next year instead.

EuroCosplay

Although the team are hopeful that October MCM will still run, due to the fact that most of the qualifying events have been postponed the competition will not run this year, and will instead be held in October 2021. Any finalists who already qualified will keep their spot for 2021. The UK rep had not been selected at this point (planned to be at Manchester), so as long as it is permitted to run this will happen at Birmingham in November 2020.

European Cosplay Gathering

With the host event Japan Expo cancelled, season 10 of the European Cosplay Gathering will now take place in 2021. All previously qualified finalists will keep their places, which for the UK is Felixize for the solo, and Parallel Works Cosplay for the team.

Clara Cow’s Cosplay Cup

The final year of this fun competition has sadly also been postponed, but will play out in 2021. Finalists already selected (Nomes and Minney for Team UK) will roll their entries over to next year.

Global Championships of Cosplay

Due to the cancellation of the spring and summer based MCMs, a single qualifying event for the UK will take place at Birmingham in November 2020, to qualify for the Finals in Chicago for 2021.

International Cosplay League

With a large amount of qualifying events postponed, ICL have also taken the decision to postpone this year’s competition to 2021, with any finalists who already qualified keeping their spot. The UK doesn’t currently have a qualifying event for this competition.


Please note all of the above is subject to change depending on how things go with the world! But for now please go give your support to the finalists & event staff who are working hard to bring conventions back when they can. Stay home, stay safe!





2019-11-20

With the final MCM of the year out of the way, that means the Championships of Cosplay have their UK representative! Read on to see the winner of the 4th qualifying event, and the chosen UK finalist who was selected at Birmingham Expo this weekend gone.

Cauldron of Mischief progressed to the final, with their Rian from The Dark Crystal, with Helen Alice Sews and Ju Tsukino as runners up:

Out of the four representatives selected during the nationals, a winner was then chosen. Calley Macleod was crowned the 2019 MCM Champion of Cosplay and will be heading to the Crown Championship at C2E2, Chicago!





2019-11-02

Cos-tober is now over and we wanted to say well done and a massive thank you to all who took part during the last month. We've loved seeing all your progress go up and we hope it inspired a few of you to get productive!

Read on to find out the lucky winner...

We'd also like to give an enormous thank you to Coscraft for providing a great prize to be won, allowing us to run this promo.

So without further ado, randomly selected by the Cos-tober elves, the winner of £30 Coscraft vouchers is...

Lady Bahamut

(We'll be in touch through the site, please keep an eye on your inbox!)

We hope you all enjoyed the promo and look forward to seeing you around on the site~