What got you into cosplay?
Feeling underdressed at Wizard World Chicago my first two years.
What was your first costume and why?
My first "costume" was just a typical schoolgirl outfit with cat ears. Neither specific nor special, yet people still took my picture. Because of that, I was hooked.
What is your favorite costume and why?
Vilkas from the Companions of Skyrim, debuted in Anime Central 2013. That costume took nearly 200 hours just to complete to the point that I found it wearable, and incorporated a lot of different techniques that I'd ever used before, such as sculpting, making armor, using wonderflex, working with faux fur, doing facial hair makeup, etc.
Do you have a dream costume you'd like to make?
I would love to do a series of costumes based on the Aeons (summons) from FFX. Ifrit and Ixion in particular.
Aside from that, I have ALWAYS wanted to do Sephiroth, with accurate coat, belt, pants, pauldrons, boots, the whole get-up. I can't wait to show the world that Sephiroth /wigs/ do not have to--nay--SHOULD not ever, look like absolute bunk.
What has been your most memorable cosplay experience?
Hm. Being chased around by a random Grell yelling "SEBAS-CHAN" at ACen 2010. Not saying this was a /good/ experience, but it was certainly memorable, as was the time that a stranger jumped on my back as Yoshi and tried to ride me.
Do you participate in masquerades?
Yes! I have participated in three now at Anime Central 2011, 2012 and 2013 as walk-ons and have been judged for craftsmanship all three times, but have not yet won.
What was your best masquerade experience?
I think my best experience was in 2013, if only because the walk-on itself received the best applause of any of our troupe's walk-ons yet.
Have you won any awards for your costumes?
Nope! NOT YET.
Tell us a little about yourself
I have a BA in Creative Writing from DePaul University and am a professional writer. I am engaged to a beautiful and fantastic woman named Amy who makes me happier than anything <3
I spend most of my time working on costumes, roleplaying online, playing video games, drawing, writing/editing.
Is there anything else you'd like to add?
I am a martial artist of the Kyuki-do style!
My favorite anime
Peacemaker, Inu Yasha (don't hate <3), Pretear, Majin Tantei Nougami Neuro, Witch Hunter Robin, Hellsing, Azumanga Daioh, Outlaw Star, Gundam Wing, Cowboy Bebop, Kyou Kara Maou, Fruits Basket, Spiral, S-cry-ed, Excel Saga
My favorite game(s)
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Halo, Borderlands, Assassin's Creed, Dragon Age, Chrono Cross, Final Fantasy (VII/Crisis Core/Dirge of Cerberus, X, Tactics, IX), Kingdom Hearts , Katamari, Legacy of Kain, Left 4 Dead 2, Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne, Legend of Zelda
My favorite book(s)
The Abhorsen Trilogy by Garth Nix, The Death Gate Cycle by Margaret Weiss, Thank You For Smoking, Harry Potter, Shade's Children, Then We Came to the End, The Road by Cormac McCarthy
[Manga/Manwha] Card Captor Sakura, Dragon Knights, Rebirth, Tokyo Babylon, The Wallflower, X-Day
My favorite character(s)
Angeal Hewley, Axton, Brynjolf, Coach, Dean Winchester, Ellis, Farkas, Gaston, Hijikata Toshizo, Jean Luc Picard, Lex Luthor, Nick, Nougami Neuro, Okita Sojirou, Sakurazuka Seishirou, Sasazuka, Seely Booth, Sephiroth, Sohma Hari, Sohma Yuki, Sumeragi Subaru, Temperance Brennan, Zack Fair
My favorite movies(s)
30 Days of Night, Aladdin, American Psycho, Anastasia, The Avengers, Beauty and the Beast, Blood Work, Biodome, The Day After Tomorrow, Edward Scissorhands, Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children, Harry Potter, Hook, A League of Their Own, Lord of the Rings, Meet Joe Black, Mulan, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Peter Pan, Prince of Egypt, Silence of the Lambs, Silent Hill, Snatch, V for Vendetta
My favorite actors/actresses
Jensen Ackles, Anne Hathaway, Brad Pitt, Johnny Depp, Robert Downy Jr. Chris Hemsworth, Hugh Jackman, Scarlett Johanssen, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Michael Rosenbaum, Patrick Stewart, Eric Vale, Crispin Freeman, Dustin Hoffman, Anthony Hopkins