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.


Japan Underground club night next month!

Next month will see the launch of new event in the form of club night Japan Underground, to be held on Wednesday 17th November 2010.

The event will run from 7pm - 2pm at The King Pin Suite, Bloomsbury, London and will be loosely based around the Capcom franchise Sengoku Basara, screening the anime as well as offering attendees a chance to play the video game. Japanese music will be played throughout the night, varying from J-Pop, J-Rock, gaming, anime, etc.

There will be live performances from bands "HITT" and "10". Karaoke machines will also be available for those who like to sing. Cosplay Portrait will also be there providing both Purikura style photos and professional shoots, with photos being printed there and then for you to take home.

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Euro Cosplay news!

The final weekend of October (29th - 31st) sees massive MCM London Expo return, with the added addition of playing host to the Euro Cosplay Championships. Expo goers will be treated to a range of cosplay talent across Europe, with Cosplay Island users SephNoir and Fatkraken representing the UK.

A host of international guests will be judging at the event, as well as hosting panels.

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Anime All-nighter line ups announced!

Often spend long nights watching random anime and wishing they would show it more in cinemas? Well the twice-yearly anime all-nighter, part of the Sci-Fi London Film Festival, has announced TWO anime all-nighters for next month, both held at the Apollo Cinema in Piccadilly Circus!

The fantastic anime all-nighters have been a staple of the festival for some years now and, with free drinks, ice-cream and a bag goodies included in price of seeing a great range of anime on the big screen for just £30, they have been unsurprisingly successful. Read on for the full line up.

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MCM Expo masquerade registrations now open!

Registrations for one of the biggest events of the year - the MCM London Expo masquerade - opened yesterday (26th September).

The Expo masquerade is always a big event, and looks set to be even bigger on Halloween weekend with a better stage and the added excitement of the Euro Cosplay finals. As always there will be a dedicated cosplay with area, with a cosplay desk, workshops, panels and more. It is always one of the best places to chat with fellow cosplayers.

For more information visit the MCM Expo website here - http://www.londonexpo.com/show/totallycosplay where you can find the registration forms for masquerade and performance entries.

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Win great prizes at Hyper Japan!

Next week sees the arrival of Hyper Japan London 2010. This is going to a be huge Japanese pop culture event running from Friday 1st to Sunday 3rd October. The event itself looks to have an impressive line up of activities including street fashion, voice actors, manga seminars, and anime screenings. There's also going to be an array of Japanese goods on sale including a chance to sample a whole variety of Japanese foods.

Now what's really going to matter to cosplayers is that there are going to be three cosplay competitions running over the course of the weekend. With the top prize being a holiday to Japan including 5 nights in a 4-star hotel so read on for more details.

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Grand Cosplay Ball tickets now on sale!

Tickets for what is seen by many as the last big event of 2010, the Grand International Cosplay Ball (GICB), are now on sale priced £18.

The GICB is a formal event held at the The Clapham Grand in London, which was originally a Victorian Theatre. This makes it an ideal location for the event as it plays host to several stage performances as well presenting a night of ballroom dancing and partying. Read on for more details.

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Suffering from post con blues?

If you are one of the many that attended the spiffing anime convention Amecon and the post con blues have hit, due to you being unable to party and cosplay amongst your brethren, then you can take some solace in being able to plan for upcoming cons. In the coming year there will be AyaCon 2011, KitaCon, Hyper Japan, London MCM Expo, Auchinawa, Cosplay Ball, AlCon and J-CulutreCon.

So read on for more details of all these great events.

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Anime events this August

Well we are half way through 2010 now, but there is still plenty more to come in what has been a great year for anime events. August sees three large events happening, including Amecon which is, for many, the biggest event of the year. So keep reading for details of what you can get up to this coming month.

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A 3 year milestone, updates and our thanks

Today we're happy to celebrate Cosplay Island's 3rd birthday! After every con we still see a surge in new members and we're really happy to still see a lot of regulars on the site. Many thanks to everyone who helps out with the site (no matter how little or much) and above all thanks to you, our community, for making this place what it is. Lastly a personal thanks to the one who keeps this site running smoothly, constantly full of ideas and without whom we'd definitely have problems. Three cheers for Amy-Lou!

As a mark of 3 years, we've also got some updates for you all (as proof that we haven't forgotten!) including some new cool features such as a watch list, embedded youtube videos, a shopping list tool and searchable photos. Read on for more information, and let us know any feedback in the forum or by contacting me.

Here's to the next 3 years!

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Amecon cosplay events - registration open!

With less than four weeks to wait, Amecon has opened registration for it’s cosplay and performance events! The traditional cosplay events have returned - the catwalk-style Masquerade on the Saturday evening, the Omake on the Sunday and the Competition. These are your chances to show off your best costumes, indulge in your competitive nature or use your talents to entertain an audience.

This year Amecon also plays hosts to the Eurocosplay 2nd qualifier. The first qualifier was held at May Expo with SephNoir going through as the UK’s first representative - we can’t wait to see who will be the second! (For those entering Eurocosplay, you need to enter the same costume in the Competition and the Masquerade.) Full info for all the events can be found on the links below, as well as extra cosplay events such as the Cosplay Ball.

If you want to take part in any of the events, make sure to sign up as soon as possible to have your places confirmed! So, who has finished their costumes yet..?

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