What got you into cosplay?
I joined the William & Mary Anime Society freshman year, and was pulled into a skit at Katsucon 6 to be an extra body (i.e. they dressed me as Rei Ayanami). Once I graduated, I kept on, even though I stopped competing.
What was your first costume and why?
Mil from 'Maze,' mainly because I was told I looked like her, but also because I had two friends (one male, one female) who looked eerily alike and wanted to switch off walking around with me at sunset.
What is your favorite costume and why?
Papillon Cosmos, as I voiced her for the Papillon Rose concept site, and because it was the first truly difficult costume I made unassisted. (It also got me disqualified from a masquerade for 'not being family-friendly,' which I take some pride in.)
Do you have a dream costume you'd like to make?
I'd love to do the Lady of the Lake's dress from the 'Find Your Grail' number in Spamalot ... unfortunately, it was added late in the run and was altered for the tour *and* West End production, so there are pretty much no references of it.
What has been your most memorable cosplay experience?
Meeting Yunmao Ayakawa while I was dressed as bunny!Haruhi, having her barrel up the aisle at me because she was so excited about the costume, and then challenge me to make a race queen (which I did).
Do you participate in masquerades?
I used to, but don't really anymore unless asked by a group I know is fun to work with.
What was your best masquerade experience?
Winning with WMAS for the Cell Shade Tango after more real-life crises than will fit in this box.
Have you won any awards for your costumes?
Mostly with WMAS, though I have gotten a few craftsmanship awards (mostly for hand-sewing).
Tell us a little about yourself
I'm currently working as an editor for a news website, and do far too much webcomicking on the side. At the moment I am the owner of four guinea pigs and a hedgehog. (Had to come in and change the count as one, Noriko, died recently of lymphoma.)
Is there anything else you'd like to add?
Not really, no.
My favorite anime
Mirai Keisatsu Urashiman, Ace o Nerae!, Top o Nerae! Gunbuster, Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuuutsu, Yuusha-ou GaoGaiGar
My favorite game(s)
Super Robot Wars anything but Impact, Tokimeki Memorial Girl's Side, Assassin's Creed
My favorite book(s)
Dark Tower series, Good Omens, The Liar
My favorite character(s)
Utsugi Mikoto, Oka Hiromi, Suzumiya Haruhi
My favorite movies(s)
The Fisher King, Withnail & I
My favorite actors/actresses
Robin Williams, Stephen Fry, Emma Thompson, Paul McGann