What got you into cosplay?
Anime North 1999. It was the first convention I'd ever been to and I hadn't realised there was such a thing as "cosplay" before then. A couple costumes really come to mind, though... An awesome attempt at Cloud's hair and a Yuffie cosplayer. After that point, I wanted to participate much more fully in the next con I went to...Sure, I didn't make a music video or do karaoke the next time, but I did cosplay! ^_^V
What was your first costume and why?
Kino Makoto (brown school uniform). Well, I really, really liked Lita and she was my favourite sailor scout...plus, she had my hair, so I decided that was a good place to start in terms of a simple cosplay attempt. This ended up getting delayed by a year, though, as well...things happened that prevented me from getting to AN'00.
Do you have a dream costume you'd like to make?
Odin from any of the FF's or Bahamut from FFX. Or maybe Diablos from FFVIII because wow...he has an overwhelming gothic grace about him and one day I'd like to either costume myself or someone else as him.
What has been your most memorable cosplay experience?
Having people fire foam projectiles at me and tape it for their future viewing pleasure at Anime North 2002. -_- They wanted to "kill" me for cosplaying a non-human character. Unfortunately for them, the head of security was standing right next to me at the time. *smirk*
What was your best masquerade experience?
Anime North 2003. We had an almost complete Kagrra band and our dance number went off without a hitch, for the most part. The fact that the crowd actually cheered for us and showed us so much support was an amazing feeling unlike anything I've felt before. O_o
Have you won any awards for your costumes?
Best in Class (Journeyman) for workmanship AND for presentation at Anime North 2003 for Isshi.
Best Group in Artisan at CNAnime '03 for LeBlanc. Best Choreography in Artisan at AN '04 for Xianghua (1P). Best Workmanship in Show at Toronto Trek 2004 for Leviathan. Best Game/Masters and Best in Show Workmanship at CNA'04 for Xianghua (2P) and Xianghua (1P). Best Interpretation for Quezacoatl at TT05.
Is there anything else you'd like to add?
I've always found it odd how someone as shy as me can crave attention when it comes to cosplaying. Weird. I can hardly talk to people and yet here I am wishing people would comment in my photo gallery.
My favorite anime
X, Neon Genesis Evangelion, Shoujo Kakumei Utena, Angel Sanctuary, Tenjo Tenge
My favorite game(s)
Final Fantasy VI, Final Fantasy VII, Star Ocean: The Second Story, Legend of Legaia, Final Fantasy Tactics, Bust-a-Groove, Star Ocean: Till the End of Time
My favorite book(s)
Lord of the Rings, Little Women, The Crystal Cave, Mists of Avalon, The Last Herald-Mage Trilogy
My favorite character(s)
Edgar Roni Figaro (FFVI), Vanyel (Last Herald-Mage), Ruka Tsuchiya (Utena), Setzer (FFVI), Nanaki (FFVII), Uriel (Angel Sanctuary), Kira Sakuya (Angel Sanctuary), Yuuto (X)
My favorite movies(s)
Little Women, Hamlet (the Branagh version), Adolescence of Utena, Cowboy Bebop: Knockin' on Heaven's Door, Shakespeare in Love.
My favorite actors/actresses
Patrick Stewart, Brent Spiner, Kenneth Branagh, Johnny Depp.