Cosplay & Convention News

We try to keep our members up to date with the latest cosplay news, event updates and competition announcements, as well as anything of general interest to cosplayers! We also occasionally use this to inform everyone of any major site changes. If you know anything interesting that we haven't mentioned, or are an event or competition organiser with any press releases, please drop an email through to news@cosplayisland.co.uk and we'll spread the word.


Calling all wig stylists - Wig Masters 2012

The guys over at Coscraft are starting their year off by running an awesome new competition called Wig Masters. Open now and running until the 30th April (so you've got no excuse, plenty of time!) they are looking for submissions to find the best wig stylists in the UK. The overall winner will receive 8 wigs of their choice from their site, which is worth up to a hefty £300, along with prizes for runner ups!

Also don't panic if you're not planning any complicated styling for your current costumes, because they are also accepting wigs that were created before the competition. We know we've seen some amazing wigs go up on here, so good luck to everyone entering!

So to take part in Wig Masters 2012, head on over to the Coscraft website for the full set of rules and info on how to enter!

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2012 gets rolling!

Hopefully by now you've recovered from the festive season, and whatever you did on New Year's Eve! Welcome to 2012, where the cosplay season is kicking off earlier than usual!

Firstly, on Jan 6th registration opens for the first ever UK selection for the World Cosplay Summit, being held at Hyper Japan. Compete for a chance to represent our country in this famed competition - you have until February 14th to enter, with Hyper Japan being held on 24th-26th Feb. Check out the Hyper Japan Cosplay Facebook page for more details and to chat with other possible entrants!

Remember the deadline for the Namco Bandai UK SoulCalibur V costume contest is the 23rd January, so only a few weeks to finish your costume and get your photos in! Read our previous news post for all the details.

Lastly Minamicon 18 has put live it's masquerade registration forms, it may be a small con but places are still limited so get yours in before the convention to guarantee a spot. (And it's possibly less likely P-chan will muck up your audio on the day if you get in early!) Pop over to the Minamicon 18 site to get your entry in.

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Merry Christmas to you all!

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!

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

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

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!

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!

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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Autumn Updates

We've got a small batch of site changes for you this week!

You may have already noticed the new site banners at the top of the page, each month we'll swap a few new ones in too. Read on for the full list of updates.

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Lantern Parade & Theatrical Costume Sale

There's some unique things going on down South this September that might interest you.

The Akari Lantern Project are looking for a small number of Cosplayers with traditional Japanese costumes to take part in the Thames Festival Night Carnival on 11th September. This is to raise funds for the Japan Society Tohoku Relief Fund which supports people affected by the earthquake. If you are interested in taking part, please send a photo (or a link) of your cosplay to Mark McEvoy. For more information on the Akari Lantern Project, visit their site.

At the end of the month grab a fantastic bargain at the Royal Opera House costume sale! With prices from £20 upwards there should be some exciting things to pick up! Head over to their workshop in Purfleet, Essex on 24th/25th September. Let us know if you find anything special!

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