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 and we'll spread the word.

Hyper Japan

Hyper Japan starts tomorrow! With a variety of cosplay guests and panels, plus the Hyper Japan COSParade on both Saturday and Sunday, there's plenty to keep cosplayers happy.

The European Cosplay Gathering qualifiers are also being held on Sunday, so come along and see who'll be our UK representatives next year, following the UK's stunning showing in 2014!

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MCM Scotland masquerade signups!

Signups for the MCM Scotland masquerade (6-7th September) open tonight at 19:00 BST - if you're one of our cosplayers who lives North Of The Wall (or is popping up for a visit) then sign up quickly, as places in MCM masquerades are often filled pretty swiftly!

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Cosplay Island's new Facebook page!

Cosplay Island has finally joined the world of Facebook!

News, events, articles and anything else we feel is relevant will also be posted there, so you can now get your Cosplay Island info sent straight to your Facebook feed by giving the page a like- Facebook's page settings allowing, of course.

Of course, news and other information will still be posted here on the front page, so don't worry if you're not a Facebook fan, you can still keep up to date.

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New staff member!

We are delighted to welcome a new member of the team on board here at Cosplay Island. Annette, more commonly known as Mighty Odango, has joined us as News Editor!

She will be mostly assisting us in keeping the site updated with events and news from the cosplay community - a job Amy and I really suck at - so for once you'll be hearing of things in advance, with proper grammar! So please welcome her aboard, and if you have any news, events or interesting articles, please drop her a PM on her account.

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AyaCon Cosplay Ball - 6th September

Looking for some elegant evening entertainment in Autumn? The AyaCon team are running a one off event in London on 6th September, The AyaCon Cosplay Ball.

Promising an evening of dancing, music and fancy dressed people this should be a fun night out and an excuse to wear those huge ball gowns and glorious outfits. Tickets, entertainment and venue information can be found on their website. We hope to see people there!

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Victory for the UK at ECG in Paris

A massive congratulations to our UK ECG reps who took a clean sweep of the awards yesterday in Paris, at Japan Expo.
For the solo category, Lex took 1st place with her stunning Satine from Moulin Rouge. Germany took 2nd with France & Italy drawing for 3rd place. For the groups, Laura and Ben wowed the judges with their Avengers costumes to take 1st place, with France as 2nd and Spain taking 3rd. Looking forward to seeing the photos and videos of all the fantastic entrants!

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WCS UK 2014 representatives Lauren and Emi in the house!

A rare news post from me to let you know this years UK representatives to the World Cosplay Summit Lauren and Emi will be heading out to Japan later this month facing up against incredible heat and even more incredible cosplayers from around the world in a battle to the death to decide who’s truly the best. Okay it’s not to the death, they phased that bit out in favour of combination of costume making and performances. You can follow their Facebook page and their new blog as they begin their final preparations. There should be a live stream of the actual performances if previous years are indication so pay attention to Twitter and Facebook and someone should have a link. So follow their pages, support them and all that, y’know for queen and country.

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Britain attempts invasion of Paris through the medium of cosplay

In my haste to post about the WCS stuff coming up later this month I totally forgot that they’re not the only cosplayers out there right now waving the flag for Queen Lizzy. In fact this very weekend Lex, Laura and Ben are off in Paris doing their bit for this scepter’d isle. The European Cosplay Gathering is taking place over the next few days at Japan Expo. It's only across the pond so you could probably still swim over there if you're stuck without much to do this weekend. If you want to see their progress leading up to the event check out their team Facebook page. Not sure if there’s going to be a live stream or anything as ECG update their website about as often as we do (sick burn) but I’m sure their Facebook page will have all the latest.

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EuroCosplay 2014 First Qualifier

Last weekend MCM London Comic Con selected our first UK representative for EuroCosplay 2014! Congratulations to Kei Lin Sama who wowed the judges with her Gate 7 costume.
For a chance to join her at the final, the second qualifier will be held at MCM Manchester Comic Con which takes place 19th-20th July and the masquerade signups open Tuesday 3rd June 7pm.

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Guinness World Record - X-Men cosplayers!

Up for trying to break a record? Have a costume from X-Men, or currently making one? Then check out this group on Facebook! They are trying to break the record for the most amount of X-Men cosplayers in one place at the premier of X-Men: Days of Future Past on the 12th May.

Check out the group for info and organisation, there's also a topic on the forums with a few people going from here. Good luck!

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