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.

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Londoners! Support Cancer Research UK with cosplay

Calling all London-based (or near to London) cosplayers! Cancer Research UK hold a night time marathon to raise awareness and funds for their cause each year - "Shine London" is being held on Saturday 29th September, with 10,000 fundraisers parading through the capital.

Now here's where you guys come in - Cancer Research are looking for cosplayers to get into costume & character and cheer on the participants throughout the course, to keep the mood fun and to give them the energy to finish. You'll be arranged in groups or pairs so this is awesome for a bunch of friends to join in with, or to meet new cosplayers from your area.

This sounds like it could be a fun event, and even better that it's all for charity.
Find more information and get chatting with others in the forum post here, and email Lizzie if you're interested in taking part.

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Expo masquerade sign-ups - opening tonight 7pm!

With summer over and all eyes looking towards London MCM Expo, it's time for that twice-yearly rush of sign-ups to be part of this country's largest competitive masquerade! There will be a full masquerade on Sunday, but on Saturday as the Euro Cosplay Championships are taking place, there will be a 'mini' masquerade that day on the Totally Cosplay Stage at lunchtime.

Registrations will be opening TONIGHT, Tuesday 11th, at 19:00 BST, so make sure you're online if you want to bagsy your place! You can find all the rules and useful information on the Expo website.

If you have any queries about the Masquerade or are interested in running activities or taking the stage in the Totally Cosplay area over the weekend drop an email to cosplay@mcmexpo.net or find them on the Expo messageboards, Facebook or DeviantArt. Good luck to those signing up!

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Cosplay Clubnight & New Article

Hopefully you're slowly recovering from the AmeCon weekend and we're looking forward to the flood of photos!

If you're in the Bristol area the Cosplay Clubnight is returning for a fun filled evening with DJ Digi and DJ Shenny on the 21st September at The Crown Pub. To find out costs and more information check out their facebook page.

Have you ever fancied giving vacuum forming a go but don't have the tools? TheKillingDoll has written a fantastic tutorial for making your own vac-forming machine for under a tenner!

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Representing the UK for WCS!

Late last week our World Cosplay Summit representatives, Lex and Sands, flew out to Japan to meet up with the other participating countries in Nagoya. More than just a performance competition, the guys will be taking part in a range of activities from parades, parties and press conferences, to meeting government officials! You can follow all their adventures on their blog and see what they get up to - the final WCS performance and competition event is this coming Saturday, August 4th. Wishing best of luck to the both of them!

If this inspires you and you want to follow in their footsteps, the selection for next years representatives will be chosen at Hyper Japan Christmas 2012, running 23rd-25th November! You can find information and sign up forms on the cosplay section of Hyper Japan's website and will be able to sign up from September the 1st.

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Amecon registration closing this Friday!

If you haven't already, make sure you get your place at Amecon this week, as registration is closing on Friday 27th. Returning to Keele University, Amecon promises a weekend full of panels, events and parties to keep you more than occupied. Find out more details and sign up on the Amecon website.

And if the sunny weather keeps up (although calling your con 'Rain-con' is never a good sign!) be sure to get some amazing photos outdoors. If you haven't seen it already, Nert has posted a brilliant map of awesome photo locations at Amecon for everyone to use. Keele provides such a variety of different backdrops around the campus, make sure you scout out the perfect one for your costume.

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Sign up for cosplay @ Amecon!

With the summer well underway (although you wouldn't have guessed it from the weather) things are starting to roll for events at Amecon! Their submission forms are now available on the site where you can sign up for the three biggest cosplay events of the convention. Strut your stuff on the catwalk for the Masquerade, entertain the masses in the Omake, or indulge your competitive side and take part in the Cosplay Competition. You can also put yourself forward to be selected as the 2nd and final UK qualifier for EuroCosplay 2012. Could you be representing your country in the finals at October London Expo? Be sure to sign up to all the events asap to avoid disappointment!

For further information and all submission forms, check out the Amecon website, and if you haven't already make sure you register to confirm your place!

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London Film & Comic Con

A reminder to anyone attending LFCC next weekend (6th-8th July) that this year they've moved from their usual London venue to the Olympia Grand Hall. Please make sure you're travelling to the right place! For those who haven't been to LFCC before cosplay is really growing at this event, so check out what's on offer in the Cosplay Zone and any Game of Thrones fans are in for a treat with the chance to get photos on The Iron Throne!

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Eurocosplay qualifier results & Cosplay Night in Croydon

We have our first UK representative for Eurocosplay! Congratulations to Yukioto who beat off the competition at May Expo in his Five Star Stories costume. He'll go onto compete against the rest of Europe at October Expo alongside our 2nd UK representative, to be selected at Amecon in August. We can't wait to see who'll join him!

London-based and stuck for something to do over the long bank holiday weekend? Then check out Bad Apple in Croydon who are holding their Cosplay Night on Monday June 4th. All types of cosplay welcome (free entry with a costume!) and there will be a variety of events throughout the night with a best dressed competition, professional photographer and retro games stall alongside a night of good music. Check out the Bad Apple facebook page for more information, please note this event is 18+ due to the venue!

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Last stage of Coscraft Wig Masters 2012!

We're into the final stage of Coscraft Wig Masters 2012 where it's all down to you guys to pick the winner! Vote for your favourite stylist via their facebook group before the 20th May, and they could win up to £300 worth of wigs from Coscraft.co.uk. Remember that you have to click LIKE on the album cover pic to count.

Vote for your favourite stylist on Facebook now!

Also if you've been hiding under a rock for the last few weeks you may have missed this, but even if you haven't you should watch it again! Nert from ManyLemons.co.uk has gone back to his video roots and made an awesome cosplay video from his footage at Kitacon 4. Check it out at www.manylemons.co.uk or youtube.

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Euro Cosplay 2012

EuroCosplay launches for the 3rd year running, this time even bigger at 26 countries with the addition of Romania, Turkey and Russia! A huge competition looking at both craftsmanship and performance with each country sending two representatives to battle it out at London MCM Expo in October.

The first UK round of Euro Cosplay 2012 qualifiers is not far off, hosted at London MCM Expo 25-27th May 2012. Be sure to grab your chance to enter as registration for the masquerade opens tonight!

If you won't be ready by May or fancy a second attempt, the final qualifier will be at AmeCon in August. Returning to Keele University, Staffs, Amecon registration is now open and competition details will be released closer to the event.

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