Sebastian Thomas tops costume contest

Saturday, September 01, 2018

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SEBASTIAN Thomas was the big winner at Anime Picnic 7.0: The Summer Edition held at Vin's Oasis, St Andrew, recently.

“I felt elated to win,” Thomas told the Jamaica Observer.

Dressed as the Mortal Kombat X video game character Smoke, his costume captured the judges attention with its detail, including the ability to emit smoke as per the namesake. It wasn't an easy win as he placed first over fabulous showings from Steffani Singh and Rhea Rampair, who finished second and third respectively.

“I really liked the character from the game and wanted to give myself a challenger,” Thomas said.

A prop and costume designer by trade, Thomas said he spent three months working on the costume and its practical smoke effects. For his efforts he received $5,000, a certificate of participation, a gold medal, and the adoration of the Jamaica cosplay community.

Event organiser Tianna Powell, president of Anime Nerds of Jamaica (ANJ), was happy with how the event, went.

“We have to say it went really well, even though there were hiccups. We were able to execute exactly what we wanted for our patrons from this edition,” she explained.

ANJ's next event will be on a smaller scale, Air Gear, which Powell hopes will expand their line-up.

“We're currently planning on adding more attractions to that event so it can hold its ground like our other two, Anime Picnic and Maid & Butler Café. Anime Picnic will be even bigger next year as we try our best to make each event better than our last.”

— Rory Daley

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