Plenty of animation as fans celebrate

MAICon Around the World Sailor Moon characters Ben Deavin, Jacob Hodgetts, Chris Stirling, Jason Hammond, Sarah-Jane Clarke, Pat Clarke, Dan Chugg and Chris Dolbey with Shar Sward as Luna the cat, all of Launceston, at the University of Tasmania's Newnham campus . Picture: PAUL SCAMBLER
MAICon Around the World Sailor Moon characters Ben Deavin, Jacob Hodgetts, Chris Stirling, Jason Hammond, Sarah-Jane Clarke, Pat Clarke, Dan Chugg and Chris Dolbey with Shar Sward as Luna the cat, all of Launceston, at the University of Tasmania's Newnham campus . Picture: PAUL SCAMBLER

THE University of Tasmania's Newnham campus was overrun with colourful costumes yesterday as fiction fans soaked up pop culture at this year's MAICon event.

The display was a celebration of all things to do with the internet, anime, computer games, movies, television and more.

MAICon committee member Gemma Woodwell was managing entries, dressed as an admission wristband.

"So far we've had between 400 and 500 people come in - unfortunately it's not 'over 9000'," Ms Woodwell said, referencing a Dragon Ball Z internet joke.

"This is our little event, we hold AICon in Hobart in March, which will be in its 10th year."

Not only did the convention have several incarnations of The Doctor from Dr Who, stormtroopers, pirates and maids — it also played host to Launceston's most bearded Sailor Moon tribute.

Adam's apples, tattoos and an astonishingly well-complimented set of hairy legs provided contrast to the skirts and wigs of the popular Japanese animation characters.

More impressive than some of the scouts to run in high heels was the costume of Luna, the cat, entirely homemade by Launceston's Shar Sward.

The group gained applause during the cosplay competition — arriving separately and disguised in one-piece suits until they were called to the stage.

A beautiful rendition of Let It Go from the animated movie Frozen ended in hilarity as performer Dean Dix transitioned into Eduard Khil's I Am Glad, 'Cause I'm Finally Returning Back Home.

Those less familiar with the Russian tune may know its more commonly used internet name Trololo.

Cosplay judge Liz Corrick said this year's competition had been tight, between those who were in it for fun and the day's more serious competitors.