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Beyond epic

bajans turn out in droves to support annual fantasy show

“It’s beyond epic”.

It was the tag line for the just concluded AnimeKon 2012: Heroes vs Villains, and by all indications, the fabulous showing at this third annual event for the organisers lived up to the hype.

More than anything else perhaps was the tremendous turn-out by those who decided to get involved in the cosplay element of the pop culture convention, which saw dozens of young people decked out as their favourite hero or villain, in a lot of case in complete character as well.

Director Omar Kennedy, who organised the convention with partner Melissa Young, said this year’s event even surprised them.

“Based on all the feedback and how tired we are, it had to be fantastic. It was beyond our wildest expectations and Joe [Hallett] and Christian [Howard] with Xtreme OMG, they were really impressed and had a good time.

“In fact the presenters from Bang-Zoom brought in by the US Embassy said that our convention stacks up to international ones which is fantastic for a young convention like ours,” said Kennedy.

He said one of the highlights this year was the fact that for the first time they had overseas entries from Trinidad, and the US.

“There was also a group from Omega Nexus that sold out their entire stock of books on the first day, so they were very happy. On the second day they spent that networking because they had nothing else to sell,” he noted.

The pride for them as organisers, he said, came from the fact that patrons were declaring this year the best so far, particularly with the increase in cosplay.

More than 30 persons entered the costume competition, a massive improvement from about 10 last year.

“And the sessions we had with Alison Sealy-Smith, who joined the duo from Bang-Zoom for the voice training showcase, there was standing room only and we had brought in more chairs…

“We try each year to bring three to five new things and that is what we will be doing next year. I think we would like to have a cosplay for children and then one for adults next year as well as some other activities for young children,” said Kennedy, who added that plans for AnimeKon 2013 had already begun. (LB)

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