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.


2013 con season kicks off with Midlands Expo!

The first con of the year, Midlands MCM Expo on the 16th Feb, isn't too far away now! If you're planning on entering the masquerade the forms went up tonight, so get your entry in quick. Check out the Midland MCM Expo website for the full rules and registration form.

Continuing the Expo theme, the second EuroCosplay 2013 UK qualifier has been confirmed, running at AyaCon in August. This gives you a second chance to qualify for the finals in October if you aren't ready for London MCM Expo in May!

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Merry Christmas!

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from all of us here at Cosplay Island. We hope you all have a wonderful holiday and look forward to seeing all your new costumes in 2013 :)

Did anyone receive any cosplay or sewing related gifts?

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Selections made for ECG and WCS!

This weekend saw Hyper Japan return once again, with more events, guests and workshops to take part in than ever before. But what we're more excited about is the selection of our representatives for the international competitions of the European Cosplay Gathering and the World Cosplay Summit!

Yuka and Taruto impressed the judges with their Final Fantasy IX outfits of Vivi Ornitier and Eiko Carol and will be travelling to Japan next summer to take part in the World Cosplay Summit. You can follow their progress on their Facebook page.

Heading to Paris to do us proud as a pair are Tsupo and Clood, who entered as Frodo Baggins and The Witchking from Lord of the Rings. For the solo entry, Sketch Mc. Draw wowed the audience with Kuma from Afro Samurai!

A huge congratulations to all the winners, make sure to give them your support as they represent us in Paris and Japan next year! Photos of the selections are up on the Hyper Japan cosplay Facebook page.

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Euro Cosplay 2012 Winners

This weekend saw the return of EuroCosplay finals at the London MCM Expo. Ever expanding with 44 entrants from 24 countries it was a stunning display of cosplay dedication.

Congratulations this year go to:
1st Place - Alana, The Netherlands with Skull Kid from Majoras Mask
2nd Place - Kairi, Poland with Onion Knight from Final Fantasy Dissidia
3rd Place - Refira, UK with Toothless from How to Train your Dragon

Check out Foxy's photos of the full event.

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Countdown to Expo!

With less than a day to go, I hope everyone's costumes are ready for those attending the London MCM Expo this weekend! With the fun kicking off 2pm on Friday at the Excel Centre we can't wait to see everyone's costumes and find out the results of the EuroCosplay 2012 final on Saturday! Best of luck to all entrants and a huge cheer for our two UK representatives Yukioto and Refira.

In exciting news just before the event starts, the Expo cosplay team have finally revealed this year's judges for EuroCosplay, and we've also got news for anyone wearing a Metal Gear Solid costume to Expo - read on for more details!

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Londoners! Support Cancer Research UK with cosplay

Calling all London-based (or near to London) cosplayers! Cancer Research UK hold a night time marathon to raise awareness and funds for their cause each year - "Shine London" is being held on Saturday 29th September, with 10,000 fundraisers parading through the capital.

Now here's where you guys come in - Cancer Research are looking for cosplayers to get into costume & character and cheer on the participants throughout the course, to keep the mood fun and to give them the energy to finish. You'll be arranged in groups or pairs so this is awesome for a bunch of friends to join in with, or to meet new cosplayers from your area.

This sounds like it could be a fun event, and even better that it's all for charity.
Find more information and get chatting with others in the forum post here, and email Lizzie if you're interested in taking part.

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Expo masquerade sign-ups - opening tonight 7pm!

With summer over and all eyes looking towards London MCM Expo, it's time for that twice-yearly rush of sign-ups to be part of this country's largest competitive masquerade! There will be a full masquerade on Sunday, but on Saturday as the Euro Cosplay Championships are taking place, there will be a 'mini' masquerade that day on the Totally Cosplay Stage at lunchtime.

Registrations will be opening TONIGHT, Tuesday 11th, at 19:00 BST, so make sure you're online if you want to bagsy your place! You can find all the rules and useful information on the Expo website.

If you have any queries about the Masquerade or are interested in running activities or taking the stage in the Totally Cosplay area over the weekend drop an email to cosplay@mcmexpo.net or find them on the Expo messageboards, Facebook or DeviantArt. Good luck to those signing up!

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Cosplay Clubnight & New Article

Hopefully you're slowly recovering from the AmeCon weekend and we're looking forward to the flood of photos!

If you're in the Bristol area the Cosplay Clubnight is returning for a fun filled evening with DJ Digi and DJ Shenny on the 21st September at The Crown Pub. To find out costs and more information check out their facebook page.

Have you ever fancied giving vacuum forming a go but don't have the tools? TheKillingDoll has written a fantastic tutorial for making your own vac-forming machine for under a tenner!

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Representing the UK for WCS!

Late last week our World Cosplay Summit representatives, Lex and Sands, flew out to Japan to meet up with the other participating countries in Nagoya. More than just a performance competition, the guys will be taking part in a range of activities from parades, parties and press conferences, to meeting government officials! You can follow all their adventures on their blog and see what they get up to - the final WCS performance and competition event is this coming Saturday, August 4th. Wishing best of luck to the both of them!

If this inspires you and you want to follow in their footsteps, the selection for next years representatives will be chosen at Hyper Japan Christmas 2012, running 23rd-25th November! You can find information and sign up forms on the cosplay section of Hyper Japan's website and will be able to sign up from September the 1st.

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Amecon registration closing this Friday!

If you haven't already, make sure you get your place at Amecon this week, as registration is closing on Friday 27th. Returning to Keele University, Amecon promises a weekend full of panels, events and parties to keep you more than occupied. Find out more details and sign up on the Amecon website.

And if the sunny weather keeps up (although calling your con 'Rain-con' is never a good sign!) be sure to get some amazing photos outdoors. If you haven't seen it already, Nert has posted a brilliant map of awesome photo locations at Amecon for everyone to use. Keele provides such a variety of different backdrops around the campus, make sure you scout out the perfect one for your costume.

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