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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A whole pic 'n' mix of updates because we're nice like that

We've been tinkering behind the scenes for a while and have finally been able to roll out a whole bunch of new features for you guys to enjoy. Here's are some of the highlights:

  • Weekly Costume Showcase - Each week we'll be showing a great example of costume work on the front page. All members will be able to suggest costumes for inclusion.
  • Manual Costume Ordering - You can now choose to manually control the order in which your costumes are shown on your costume list page.
  • Event Banners - You can now automatically create a banner to use on other sites to let people know which costumes you'll be taking to your next convention.
  • Photo Archives - You can now view a single page archive of all photos a member has uploaded. (This is linked from member's overview page)

There's also a whole ton more and we've included a full list below along with some more information about this new showcase system.

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Cosplay Events This February

There's a whole bunch of events running this February including Japan Underground club nights, SFX Weekender, Anime League's London Anime Con and MCM Midlands Expo. Read on below for full details of all these activities.

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Some quick tweaks and fixes

Our broken Twitter integration has been bugging me for a while so I decided to have a quick look at it yesterday. Most of you have probably been getting an unhelpful "User not found" error message recently. Well now instead you should get a nice little box showing your last 5 tweets.

While I was in the code I also added a "Recent Forum Activity" section to profile overviews. Which will show the last 5 threads a user has been posting in.

Also by popular request the costume list on event pages is now ordered by series instead of character name.

I know there are more important better features you guys want for the site but this was quick stuff I did while avoiding my paying work. So hopefully you'll enjoy them anyway.

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Don't be late for the ball

It's only two weeks now until the return of the Grand International Cosplay Ball. Running on Sunday 28th November at the Claphan Grand in London. As usual this promises to be a really great night out with an awesome set of live performances mixed in with DJ sets.

This year's event is themed around Arabian Nights so expect an Arabian Bazarr, belly dancers and a sword performance. Every year has brought new cosplay guests from around the world and this year is no exception with official Metroid cosplayer Jenni Kallberg (aka Pixelninja) from Sweden who will be showing off her brand new Varia armour!

But the real news is that right now if you buy tickets before November 20th using the discount code GB112810 you'll get £3 off the normal ticket price. So if you want to go and haven't already got your tickets then I would suggest you book now: http://www.grandcosplayball.com/tickets/index.php

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MCM London Expo this weekend!

Most of you will be aware of (and no doubt attending) the massive MCM London Expo this weekend, held at London Excel Centre. But hey, there is no harm in a quick reminder.

If you haven't booked advance tickets for the three-day event kicking of at 2pm on Friday, then you can buy a ticket on the day. There is more to do then ever this Halloween weekend as well, with more stages, panels and activities then ever before.

The schedule for cosplay events for the weekend can be found here - http://www.londonexpo.com/show/totallycosplay Highlights include the Euro Cosplay Championship finals, workshops from host of expert cosplayers and much more.

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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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