What got you into cosplay?
I went to my first anime con and fell in love with an excellent Manga Spawn a guy named Jeff did. I decided I wanted to try my hand at it...
What was your first costume and why?
Rude from Final Fantasy VII, because I shave my head and have a goatee that's never getting shaved off. So my cosplay choices are limited. My first Mecha cosplay was Sachiel from Evangelion, just because he's the most badass of the Angels.
What is your favorite costume and why?
Of my work, the Evangelion Unit 02 that my daughter wore. She was just great in it.
Do you have a dream costume you'd like to make?
Gundam Epyon and Mazinkaiser. Both are on my list of upcoming costumes.
What has been your most memorable cosplay experience?
When my daughter met Tiffany Grant while wearing an Asuka costume. The picture of both of them is still on Tiffany's website. My personal experience was posing for pictures with my daughter as Sachiel and Eva Unit 01.
Have you won any awards for your costumes?
A few, but I'm in it for the fun, not the accolades.
Tell us a little about yourself
My family and I have been cosplaying together for years and we don't plan on stopping any time soon. I work in a warehouse, so I get several of the materials I use for my costumes for free. I have my whole department trained not to throw something away unless I tell them I don't need it for costume material first. They all think I'm a nerd, but they think I'm a TALENTED nerd.
Is there anything else you'd like to add?
I'm really, really, really good at nunchucks. Bruce Lee is my hero.
My favorite anime
Evangelion, Cowboy Bebop, Gurren Lagann, Excel Saga, Robotech, Dragonball Z, Golgo 13, anything by Go Nagai and anything by Hayao Miyazaki.
My favorite game(s)
Anything with giant robots or zombies. My favorite is probably Xenogears (still great even though it's a classic now), and my favorite series is either all the Final Fantasy games or all the Metal Gear games, even the classic ones for the original NES. I'll also beat your ass at Street Fighter. I know you think you're all Billy Badass with your little Ken or Ryu and all their cheap combos, but I have been picking guys like you apart for years.
My favorite book(s)
I'm a big fan of Douglas Adams, so all of the Hitchhiker's Guide books are my favorites.
My favorite character(s)
In Anime? Kamina, the first fictitious character whose death really got to me. Shinji, whiny little bitch? Yep. But, he can literally defy the will of God and get away with it. I bet your favorite anime character can't do that. Char Aznable. Most badass Gundam pilot in the history of the planet. He's so badass, the characters that are nothing more than Char rip offs are badass.
My favorite movies(s)
Movies aren't my thing. The only movies I really watch are comic book and horror movies. My favorites are Dark Night, the first Iron Man, the not-yet-released Green Lantern (best superhero ever!) and almost anything with zombies.
My favorite actors/actresses
Ryan Reynolds and Scarlett Johansson are two of my favorites. Is there a better looking couple anywhere? I also like Robert Downey Jr and Heath Ledger. I know, those are all actors from comic movies. I told you, movies really aren't my thing.