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 and we'll spread the word.

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All aboard the Cosplay Cruise!

Are you in London 6th July and looking for a unique cosplay event? The Cosplay Cruise team have you sorted! Join them and up to 600 other cosplayers aboard the Dixie Queen, the largest pleasure boat on the Thames, for a night of entertainment and music through the heart of London.

With DJs, Karaoke and live bands, photographers and great photo opportunities against the beautiful London skyline, this is an event not to be missed. Find out more and get your tickets now on their website.

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1st ECC UK qualifier & last chance to join the CI gallery!

Well done to everyone who took part in the masquerades at MCM Comic Con this past weekend, we love seeing all the photos going up on the site especially of people we missed on the day!

A huge congratulations to Lucy 'Dragonfly Cosplay' as Daenerys Targaryen, who took the place as the first UK qualifier for EuroCosplay 2013. She'll go on to compete in the finals in October, alongside the second qualifier, to be chosen at AyaCon later this year.

Don't forget, this Friday (31st) is the last day you can enter the Cosplay Island Gallery - read about it here!

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London MCM Comic Con Masquerade Reg Opens Tuesday

It is time for the twice yearly rush for places as people look to show off their craftmanship and performance skills at this huge event. Anyone looking to take part in the Saturday and Sunday Masquerades should apply when registrations open at 19:00 BST on Tuesday 09th April on the MCM website.

One participant in Saturday's Masquerade will be selected to represent the UK in the EuroCosplay Championships 2013 Final, along with a second representative to be selected at Ayacon later this year. No special invitation is needed- it is open to any Masquerade entrant who is a) at least 18 years old on or after 25th October 2013; b) a registered citizen of the UK or from a neighbouring unrepresented European country; and of course c) not directly involved with the organisation of any EuroCosplay events- strange that!

The MCM Masquerade Rules are on the website as well and budding performers should note that performances no longer have strict costume requirements- you can now perform in bought costumes to encourage a wider variety of entertainment.

If you have any queries about the Masquerade drop an email to or find them on the MCM messageboards, Facebook or DeviantArt.

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Take part in the Cosplay Island Gallery!

For a few conventions we've displayed a printed Cosplay Island Gallery at the event, a celebration of all things cosplay and to show off the talent of our members. This August, we're doing it again - and we need you and your cosplays!

All you have to do to take part is to submit up to three photos of your favourite costumes you've worn, and we'll handle the printing and display. There are no requirements to take part, you do not have to have won awards or competitions with these costumes - we just want your favourite cosplays shown off for others to see!

Submit your three photos, or read on for more information.

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Insomnia Cosplay Competition

Good news for any cosplayers in the Telford area! This month the Multiplay Insomnia Gaming Festival is including a cosplay competition on Friday 22nd March. Get your best game character on to have a chance at cash prizes, check out their website for further details. If you're not familiar with this event you can see the previous competition here.

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2013 con season kicks off with Midlands Expo!

The first con of the year, Midlands MCM Expo on the 16th Feb, isn't too far away now! If you're planning on entering the masquerade the forms went up tonight, so get your entry in quick. Check out the Midland MCM Expo website for the full rules and registration form.

Continuing the Expo theme, the second EuroCosplay 2013 UK qualifier has been confirmed, running at AyaCon in August. This gives you a second chance to qualify for the finals in October if you aren't ready for London MCM Expo in May!

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Merry Christmas!

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from all of us here at Cosplay Island. We hope you all have a wonderful holiday and look forward to seeing all your new costumes in 2013 :)

Did anyone receive any cosplay or sewing related gifts?

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Selections made for ECG and WCS!

This weekend saw Hyper Japan return once again, with more events, guests and workshops to take part in than ever before. But what we're more excited about is the selection of our representatives for the international competitions of the European Cosplay Gathering and the World Cosplay Summit!

Yuka and Taruto impressed the judges with their Final Fantasy IX outfits of Vivi Ornitier and Eiko Carol and will be travelling to Japan next summer to take part in the World Cosplay Summit. You can follow their progress on their Facebook page.

Heading to Paris to do us proud as a pair are Tsupo and Clood, who entered as Frodo Baggins and The Witchking from Lord of the Rings. For the solo entry, Sketch Mc. Draw wowed the audience with Kuma from Afro Samurai!

A huge congratulations to all the winners, make sure to give them your support as they represent us in Paris and Japan next year! Photos of the selections are up on the Hyper Japan cosplay Facebook page.

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Euro Cosplay 2012 Winners

This weekend saw the return of EuroCosplay finals at the London MCM Expo. Ever expanding with 44 entrants from 24 countries it was a stunning display of cosplay dedication.

Congratulations this year go to:
1st Place - Alana, The Netherlands with Skull Kid from Majoras Mask
2nd Place - Kairi, Poland with Onion Knight from Final Fantasy Dissidia
3rd Place - Refira, UK with Toothless from How to Train your Dragon

Check out Foxy's photos of the full event.

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Countdown to Expo!

With less than a day to go, I hope everyone's costumes are ready for those attending the London MCM Expo this weekend! With the fun kicking off 2pm on Friday at the Excel Centre we can't wait to see everyone's costumes and find out the results of the EuroCosplay 2012 final on Saturday! Best of luck to all entrants and a huge cheer for our two UK representatives Yukioto and Refira.

In exciting news just before the event starts, the Expo cosplay team have finally revealed this year's judges for EuroCosplay, and we've also got news for anyone wearing a Metal Gear Solid costume to Expo - read on for more details!

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