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.


A fond farewell!

As I mentioned last week we’re closing the showcase for a while as we do some work on the site, but for the last one we thought we’d take the opportunity to showcase someone who’s utterly going to hate it, but deserves it! So this week’s showcase isn’t really about the costume, but the person - we present Perrin :D

Perrin is stepping down from the Cosplay Island team to focus on his own projects, and we want to give a huge, massive thanks to him for all the work of the last many years. Without him, the site would never have made it online, never would have had so many features and would have been super ugly! From the initial version of the site to what we have now, thank you for all your hard work and dedication, the late nights and strange adventures!

See you space cowboy~

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New UK representatives!

This weekend at MCM Comic Con London the UK qualifiers for two international competitions were held, and our UK representatives were chosen!

For the long running World Cosplay Summit (WCS), we're sending Moonlilly and Frederica la Noir off to Japan to compete for us in summer, wowing the audience with their costumes of Sakura Kinomoto and Yuuki Ichihara from Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle.

For the International Cosplay League (ICL), a new european cosplay competition this year with the September finals in Madrid, we're sending a duo and a single entry to fly the flag. The solo entry went to Apollo Cosplay as Angela from Marvel, and the duo are KingdomCrafts as Yuna and Valefor from Final Fantasy X.

A massive congratulations to all the reps, and well done to everyone that entered - we saw some amazing costumes over the weekend!

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London MCM Update

In the wake of yesterday's events, Excel have release an official statement for those travelling to and attending MCM Expo. Please read, digest and be sensible - Excel Statement.

There's also a very sensible post and discussion over at UK Cosplay. Our thoughts go out to the victims, friends and families who were affected in the attack yesterday.

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Spring Cleaning & changes ahead

Hello all~ Spring is a time for change, and we have a lot of that coming up on the site! We’re doing some spring cleaning, a server move and a new focus in future for cosplay Island which we hope you’ll all enjoy. It’ll be a busy few months over here at CI Headquarters!

This is an initial heads up to all our users - over the next few weeks we’ll be decommissioning a few of the older parts of the site, features that are not used or we don’t feel they are up to standard anymore. A few other features will be taken offline temporarily while we do the move & upgrades, and will be relaunched in the future. These changes are purely to do with additional site features, and we won’t be making any changes to your profiles or costumes. So what’s changing very soon? Read on!

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Registrations open for May MCM London's cosplay competitions

Registration for the masquerades and cosplay competitions at MCM London Comic Con, held at the end of May, is now open.
This includes the registration for this year's World Cosplay Summit qualifiers; the winning pair will be sent to Japan to represent the UK at the WCS finals. The qualifiers will take place on the Saturday.
There is also a brand new international competition, the International Cosplay League. This will have two qualifiers: a competition for pairs held on Saturday and based around both performance and craftsmanship, and a solely craftsmanship based competition for individual entrants which will be held on the Sunday. The winners of each qualifier will be sent to Madrid at the end of September for the ICL finals.
There will also be the usual masquerades taking place on both days.
More info and link to entry forms here!

We look forward to seeing who will represent the UK for both competitions - good luck, and get crafting!

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New convention on the block!

This November there's some fresh new blood entering the convention scene, Hibanacon! Running in Milton Keynes from November 10th-12th, they've already got a chunk of events confirmed and registrations have opened recently. It's a small con running at 350 spaces so if you're interested get in there early as smaller cons tend to fill up quickly.

Interested? Check out all the info on their site.

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MCM London Comic Con October masquerade registration opens

Registration for the masquerades at MCM London Comic Con, held at the end of October, is now open.
On Saturday 29th October, there will be a "mini masquerade" on the Pop Asia stage followed by the EuroCosplay finals on the main stage, where finalists selected from all over Europe will be competing for the grand prize.
On Sunday 30th October, there will be a regular masquerade including the qualifiers for Clara Cow's Cosplay Cup, the winners of which will go to the finals at Animecon in the Netherlands.
More info and entry forms here!

Please be aware that weekend priority tickets for the event have already sold out, and you will need to have a ticket to participate in the masquerades, so if you haven't already, you can buy day tickets from the MCM store here.

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ECG Finals - cheer on the UK

The European Cosplay Gathering finals will be held later today at Japan Expo in Paris. Please join us in giving Kenny Cosplay and his cosplay partner Kerry Cosplay our support in the group competition, where they will be wearing their League of Legends costumes, and also to Clockwork Dandy Noodles who will be in the singles competition wearing her Warhammer costume.

Best of luck to them, and we can't wait to see their performances!

UPDATE: We hear that Clockwork Dandy Noodles came third place in the Solo category - huge congratulations to her!

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MCM Costume competitions - RWBY, Fallout and Suicide Squad

There's plenty of stuff for cosplayers at the upcoming MCM London Comic Con at the end of the month! As well as the regular masquerade and WCS selections, there are a number of smaller cosplay competitions for costumes from specific sources.

For those RWBY cosplayers amongst you, Rooster Teeth are sponsoring a competition to be held on the Pop Asia stage on Sunday (29th) at 13:30.
More info and entry forms here!

For the more post-apocalyptically inclined, Bethesda are sponsoring a Fallout cosplay competition at 15:00 on both the Saturday and Sunday of the show. Lone Wanderers, Sole Survivors, and all the other inhabitants of the Wastelands welcome!
More information can be found here.

Finally, Warner Bros and MCM Comic Con are offering you the chance to win prizes including tickets to an exclusive "Suicide Squad" preview in London! Grab at least one mate, don your Suicide Squad cosplays, and pop over to the "Suicide Squad" photo wall to have your photo taken in order to enter the competition.
More information can be found here.

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World Cosplay Summit qualifiers and London MCM Comic Con masquerade entry

As you may have heard, the qualifying event for the World Cosplay Summit will be held at London MCM Comic Con at the end of May!
There are still spaces available for the qualifiers, so get your entries in for the chance to represent the UK in the Japanese finals. WCS is a pairs/performance competition, so there must be two of you and you must have a skit prepared. The WCS qualifiers will be held on the Saturday. If you want to check up on the rules and regulations for the competition, they can be found here and here.

Entry for the regular MCM masquerade on both days is also open, so come and strut your stuff!

Entry form for both WCS qualifiers and regular masquerades can be found here

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