What got you into cosplay?
What was your first costume and why?
Lloyd...cuz I liked his character, I'd get a chance to make a big fleshy light-up prop, and someone said I apparently had his nose.
What is your favorite costume and why?
I guess...I shall say...Nightmare...? Because I would be harassed if I don't choose him.
Do you have a dream costume you'd like to make?
Um...I keep ending up -making- my dream costumes. My dream is actually just to finish all the projects I've started. ^_^;
Still to tackle in the foreseeable future is Vincent ( and all of his guns ) & Lloyd's full armor!
Wait...and like 80% of the cast of Mass Effect. *_* Gotta get rocking on some Farscape and Transformers, too.
What has been your most memorable cosplay experience?
I think the most worthwhile experiences involved cosplaying for Psycho le Cemu at each their concerts over here - because they were actually surprised, very receptive and genuinely appreciative.
Do you participate in masquerades?
...Only under coercion - and even then, I have to be juried in &/or have a significant message to warrant a skit. ^_^; Otherwise, I'd much rather use my con time exploring cool places for photo-shoots because an award doesn't mean as much to me personally than a nice photo does.
To be honest, though, I've very rather enjoyed being a judge &/or greenroom staff, and even though it is hectic and stressful, I'd much rather contribute to the masq in that fashion by helping others.
What was your best masquerade experience?
As a judge, I've *highly* enjoyed every Youmacon, and look forward to it every year.
As a participant...well, Archon is still hands-down the most amazing, professional and comfortable masquerade experience you could imagine. Actually, it's beyond what you can imagine. They give you personal minions before, hot food during and a full-scale party afterward. (Anime cons still have much to learn from decades-old sci-fi cons, though at least Youma is getting close to that level.)
Have you won any awards for your costumes?
A few. Mostly in the "Best Most Creative Craziest Use of Materials" category. I have no idea what class I'm in, though. It's kinda arbitrary.
Tell us a little about yourself
I own a business jointly with the awesome Saeru, so I don't get to make as many costumes for myself these days since I'm making them for other people. (Still, I'd never go back to the alternative.) ^_^; I also freelance across the board in such tasks such as illustration, restoration, web design/coding, product photography, book-keeping, writing and research…and so on, eternally.
Basically: I work at home, and I am *always* working.
Also, I've staffed &/or judged at a plethora of conventions, run panels on various subjects and also volunteer as moderator here on cosplay.com.
Is there anything else you'd like to add?
When I grow up, I intend to be a giant robot.
My favorite anime
My default answer is always Berserk & 12 Kingdoms, but the truth is that I don't watch enough anime to have favorites, really. Saiyuki, Fruits Basket & Cowboy Bebop are also up there though. Unless we're counting non-Japanese shows, in which case: Gargoyles, ReBoot, Avatar, Transformers (G1 + Beast Wars/Machines + Animated)...um & Storm Hawks. ^_^;
My favorite game(s)
Vagrant Story! Final Fantasy Tactics! Also...FF7, FF6, FF4, Grandia II, Star Ocean 2-3, Wild ARMs 1 & 3, Arc 4, Suikoden series, Xenogears, Legend of Dragoon, Tales of Destiny, Kartia, Genji, Chaos Legion, Myst, Castlevania series, Breath of Fire series, Mana series, SaGa Frontier & Romancing SaGa MS, most of the Zelda's...plus Crazy Taxi, Katamari, Guilty Gear X, the Soul Calibur series and Smash Bros.
I'm in this cosplay mess today because of video games, if it isn't obvious! Hmm, a lot of that is kinda old by this point. ( For the record, I rate Kingdom Hearts as a fairly blah series - I'm just all obsessed about it cuz of the Organization. XD )
...Dude, and Mass Effect! How did I exist prior to it?
My favorite book(s)
Last Unicorn, Good Omens & the Discworld series
My favorite movies(s)
FF7AC, VHD Bloodlust, Hero, Mystery Men, the Adventures of Baron Munchausen...and MST3k's