What got you into cosplay?
I was going to my first convention with the anime club from school. A lot of people were dressing up as characters from Gravitation and I had just watched the show and fallen in love with the character Seguchi Tohma, so I decided to dress up as him.
What was your first costume and why?
Seguchi Tohma from Gravitation. The cutest villian ever with the best warddrobe in anime.
What is your favorite costume and why?
I have several favorites. Probably highest on my list though is my manga Fai coat. The original version was something I was very proud of because it was one of my first real sewing undertakings. Now that I have updated it it is still one of my favorites to wear. Fai is a very popular character and he is my absolutely favorite and the coat is just fuzzy and warm and fun.
Do you have a dream costume you'd like to make?
I have several costumes I would like to make...not necessarily any dream ones. Someday I will have Fai from Tsubasa's entire wardrobe XD
What has been your most memorable cosplay experience?
The Jyunnishi Challenge from Otakon 2003. A group of us held this challenge where if you found all of us and glomped us you would win a special prize from Tohru at the end of Saturday. We got glomped a ton and did the Masguerade in our Fruits basket outfits. We handed out pins to anyone who glomped us and it went over really well. I cosplayed as Haru.
Do you participate in masquerades?
I've done a skit at almost every convention I've gone to. We used to only do them at Otakon every year. But now we have also done several at Katsucon, Nekocon, and Animazement.
What was your best masquerade experience?
Probably the Yami no Matsuei skit at Katsucon in 2007. The crowd loved it, I got to dance with a six foot tail dragging behind me, and we actually won awards for the first time ever for a skit. It was a great experience. However, winning Best in Show at Nekocon in 2009 was amazing. It was our first Best in Show and to win it for a skit that I wrote was very exciting. Also winning Best Overall Craftsmanship for the first time at AMA 2010 for my Fai Flame kimono ranks up there.
Have you won any awards for your costumes?
Honorable Mention - Dilandau from Escaflowne (nekocon 2003),
Best Novice Craftsmanship - Byakko from Yami no Matsuei (nekocon 2006),
Hall Costume Award - Fai from Tsubasa manga cover version (Ohayocon 2007),
Most Original Skit - Yami no Matsuei (Katsucon 2007 - Byakko from Yami no Matsuei),
Best overal Journeyman Skit - The Daily Show with Tsuzuki Asato (Katsucon 2007 - Byakko from Yami no Matsuei),
2nd place Intermedicate Skit - The Muppet Show (animazment 2007 - I wore Sasuke from Naruto and my sister wore my Itachi outfit),
2nd place Advanced Craftsmanship - Fai from Tsubasa manga cover verison (Animazement 2007),
Best Journeyman Craftsmanship - Cain from Trinity Blood (Nekocon 2007),
2nd place Veteran skit - Naruto Grease (Animazement 2008),
3rd place Veteran Craftsmanship - Fai (jade country) from Tsubasa (Animazement 2008),
Best Journeyman Skit (A little Priest - Nekocon 2008),
Honorable Mention Veteran skit - Cardcaptor Syaoran (Animazement 2009),
Honorable Mention craftsmanship - Ferio from Magic Knight Rayearth (AMA 2009),
BEST IN SHOW - Sakura from Tsubasa (Nekocon 2009), BEST IN SHOW - Allen Walker from D.Grayman (Ichibancon 2010), Judges Award Craftsmanship and Cosplay Idol award - Yusuke from Yu Yu Hakusho (Katsucon 2010),
Judges Award Most Graceful - Fai (flame kimono) from Tsubasa (Anime Mid-Atlantic 2010), BEST OVERALL CRAFTSMANSHIP - Fai (flame kimono) from Tsubasa (Anime mid-Atlantic 2010), Honorable Mention for Craftsmanship - Angel Sanctuary Group (Otakon 2010), Limebarbs Judges Award - Prince Sakura from Cardcaptor Sakura (Anime Weekend Atlanta 2010),
BEST IN SHOW - Fai d. Flourite (manga cover/Yuui/and Infinity Sakura costumes - Nekocon 2010),
Third Place Craftsmanship - Tamaki Souh (zuka club dress) - Ichibancon 2011, First place Advanced Craftsmanship - Fai D. Flourite (manga coat) - Nashicon 2011,
BEST MASTER CRAFTSMANSHIP - Fai D. Flourite (manga coat) - Animazement 2011, BEST MASTER PRESENTATION AND BEST OVERALL CRAFTSMANSHIP - Ashera from Fire Emblem - Anime Mid-Atlantic 2011, BEST IN SHOW - Mikage from 07-Ghost - Nekocon 2011, 3rd place master performance - Kotetsu/Wild Tiger (Moves Like Tiger) - Ichibancon 2012, Judges performance award - Ellis from Left 4 Dead - Katsucon 2012, Judges award - Ravage from Transformers - Nashicon 2012, BEST MASTER CRAFTSMANSHIP and BEST PERFORMANCE - Rin Okumura from Ao no Exorcist - Triad Anime Convention 2012, BEST IN SHOW - Ellis from Left 4 Dead at Ani
Tell us a little about yourself
I attended Hollins University and graduated in May of 2004. I was a communications major and I enjoy anime (duh), horse back riding, writing, painting, and playing video games.
Is there anything else you'd like to add?
Not that I can think of at the moment ^^
My favorite anime
Saiyuki, Gravitation, Gundam wing, Fushigi Yuugi, Hikaru no Go, Naruto, X/1999, Cosboy Bebop, Trigun, Fruits Basket, Jing: King of Bandits, Card Captor Sakura, Bleach, Trinity Blood, Naruto, Tsubasa: reservoir chronicles, Eureka 7, Full Metal Alchemist, Gundam Seed
My favorite game(s)
Any of the FInal Fantasy games, NASCAR racing games
My favorite book(s)
My favorite character(s)
Tasuki and Suboshi (FY), Trowa (GW), Hakkai (Saiyuki), Sasuke and Itachi (Naruto), Tohma (Gravi), Hikaru and Sai (HnG), Subaru and Seishirou (X), Kyou and Haru (Furuba), Jing, Syoaran Li (CCS), Dearka (Gundam Seed), Fai (Tsubasa)
My favorite movies(s)
Matrix, Ghostbusters, Space balls, Independence Day, Moulin Rouge, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Transformers
My favorite actors/actresses
Jim Carrey, Heath Ledger, Johnny Depp