FOR the past two months, Sharyl Sward has worked tirelessly to get her Thranduil costume just right.
Ms Sward, of Riverside, will attend MAIcon for the fourth year in a row next month and said that no matter how many times she went, she still got excited to attend the event.
MAIcon, or miniature AICon, is a convention held in Launceston each year based on Hobart’s larger Anime Island Convention.
The day is an opportunity for anime fans in the North to get together and talk about all things anime.
From a Cosplay competition to a miniaturised games room and a traders’ hall, the growing event attracts fans from across the state.
Although many Cosplay costumes are available online, Ms Sward – along with many others attending the conference – chose to create her own.
Her costume of Thranduil, a character from The Hobbit, took more than two months to produce. Ms Sward said that after a lot of hard work, she was happy with the finished product.
‘‘It was made out of fibreglass which I had never used before in my life so I had to learn how to use new things,’’ she said.
‘‘It can be difficult, you have to be very creative with what you use. I’ve used some pretty odd things in my costumes.’’
Ms Sward said that one thing she was looking forward to most at MAIcon was catching up with friends she had made through the convention.
MAIcon will be held at the University of Tasmania in Launceston on September 5, 9.30am to 6pm. For more information visit www.aicon.org.au.