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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Amecon 2010 registrations open this Monday!

Registrations for the biggest UK anime convention of 2010 - Amecon - open this Monday (15th February).

Held at Keele University near Newcastle-under-Lyme, the convention will run from 13th - 15th August with a capacity of 1000+. Onsite accommodation will be available to book upon registering.

For those who have not been to Amecon before, I thoroughly recommend attending. It is a weekend of pure anime joy from panels, guests, screenings, dealers and some of the best parties you will ever go to! Cosplay is also huge at Amecon, with the vast majority of attendees wearing it and then strutting their stuff at the always popular masquerade. The final night also plays host to a formal Cosplay Ball, which is a great way to round off the weekend.

For those of you who have been before, you know it'll be awesome!

I'm sure you all join me on Monday in registering for the event on their website here - http://www.amecon.org.uk

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A stranger in cosplay land

Yes it's another news post from me, don't worry I won't let this become a habit. However you may be interested in a short documentary about a normal guy taking his first trip to a UK anime convention and trying out Cosplay.

This 15-minute version is available to view free online, and apparently a 40-minute version is forthcoming. I for one am glad to see some nice UK cosplay video coverage where I didn't have to edit it myself ^_^

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Better late than never

With the Grand Cosplay Ball Valentine's Prom just around the corner I figured it was time to get the video report of last year's ball edited and put up on the site. Nia brings you intereviews with one of the ball's organisers and one of the acts, so please check it out.

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Win 2 tickets to see Utada Hikaru in London

Competitions have returned to Cosplay Island in style. On Friday 12th February (that's next week), the amazing Japanese music artsist Utada Hikaru is playing at the O2 Academy Islington in London. The show is completely sold out but Cosplay Island has two tickets to give away to one lucky winner.

These tickets have been going for over £100 each on eBay and it's not surprising as Utada is one of the biggest artists in Japan and rarely tours even back home. Personally she's my favourite Japanese artist so this promises to be a fantastic concert.

UK competition law dictates we need to ask you some sort of question if you want to win, so all you have to do to win these tickets is send an email to support@cosplayisland.co.uk with the answer to this question: "What is the name of the song Utada Hikaru recorded for the film Casshern"

The closing date is this Thursday night at midnight UK time. One winner will be picked at random from the correct entries. That way we can mail the tickets out on Friday to make sure they get to you in time for the concert. Obviously only enter if you are able to get to London next Friday and attend.

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Grand Cosplay Ball Valentine's Prom announced!

Upcoming event news! Many of you attended The Grand International Cosplay Ball last year and thoroughly enjoyed this unique event on the cosplay calendar, now happening annually in November. Well you will be pleased to hear that the organisers will be staging a Valentine's Prom, giving you all another chance to break out those formal cosplays!

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Anime events this January and February!

Well the party season is now behind us along with a great year of events. With more conventions then ever before, anime fans were definitely spoiled for choice and it was encouraging to see such a varied calendar throughout the year. Hopefully 2010 will turn out to be event better!

Included below is a quick run down of all the events you might be interested in throughout January and February.

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Anime events this December!

If you thought the Grand International Cosplay Ball was the last anime event of the year, and December was a quiet period for anime events, then worry not! You don't have to spend this festive period just spending all your cash on presents and partying with work colleagues you don't like. There are two party events happening this month - WOTA London and the Bristol Cosplay Night.

WOTA London takes place on Friday 18th December and will feature a mixture of J-Pop and anime themes, or anything else otaku related. Held at Juno nightclub in Shorditch, London and running from 9pm to 3am, it is a great chance for anime fans in London to party, or anyone wanting to make the journey. Cosplay is not essential but I'm sure most of you reading will be anyway!

The Bristol Cosplay Night will be running for the seventh time on New Years Eve. What better way to ring in 2010 then dancing to a range of anime themes with a host of cosplayers? Held once again in its regular venue of the Cavern Club in The Crown pub, Bristol, the cosplay night will be held from 8pm to 3am so just as well we will all have the New Year weekend to recover! It is worth noting that you will get a discount if you show up in cosplay, which I am sure you all will!

So the 2009 anime calendar ends with two big parties. Lots of cosplay events have already been confirmed for 2010 and it looks set to be a great year!

News provided by Animetion

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Documentary featuring UK cosplayers

I don't normally post cosplay related updates but this came in at 1 in the morning and all the more sensible members of the CI team are asleep so here we go.

NHK's TV documentary show "imagine-nation" is broadcasting a 30 minute episode about Cosplay in London. The show apparently includes interviews from cosplayers taken at London MCM Expo including Emily Bastian (Orihime), El Angeles (Rosiael), Ling Duong and Lilith Borgia in their Axis Powers Hetalia costumes who take part in a special behind-the-scenes feature on the London cosplay scene. On top of which they interviewed a bunch of other cosplayers so keep an eye out for people you know.

You can watch this in the UK on channel "NHK World" if you have Sky Digital (Channel 516) or Freesat (Channel 209) or watch a streaming feed on their website. It's going to be first shown tonight, Tuesday at 23:30. And then repeated on Wednesday at 3:30, 7:30, 11:30, 15:30 and 19:30. So with 7 showings you've got very little excuse not to check it out.

We're going to try and get a recording of this ourselves and if some nefarious individual naughtily puts it up on YouTube we'll let you all know. Not that we approve of that sort of thing of course.

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A Time To Look Back

Well it's a been a while since the big summer convention, Aya Revolution 09. Hope you all had an awesome time, and it was great that so many of you dropped by our Cosplay HQ room. Aya should hopefully be back in 2011 and we can't wait.

Of course I imagine right now most of you are hard at work on last minute fixes for costumes you'll be wearing at this weekend's Grand Cosplay Ball. There's also a special event running on the Saturday at TokyoToys (as you can see from our new banner ads) including a signing session by Yaya Han and Giorgia Vecchini. We will of course be at both events bringing you the best coverage.

Speaking of coverage, now that we're nearing the end of the year, why not read back and remember some of the fantastic events held over the last 12 months in our articles section.

Our resident ninja nert has written round-ups for both May London MCM Expo and Aya Revolution.

And if that wasn't enough we've also got the Cosplay Island video shown at the opening of the Aya masquerade, looking back on a recent history of UK cosplay.

Take a look!

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Cosplayers Take Over Oxford Circus

London's Oxford Circus was taken over by cosplayers this morning as they assisted with the opening of a new diagonal pedestrian crossing, inspired by the famous scramble crossing in Tokyo. A team of British cosplayers held red banners across the road before Mayor Boris Johnson made it official by hitting a giant gong, backed up by a troupe of taiko drummers.

The Cosplay Island team were on hand to record footage of the opening ceremony before testing out the crossing ourselves.

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