What got you into cosplay?
The anime club at our college hosted a Halloween party, and they encouraged us to cosplay. I threw together a quick costume for the chomp cat from Azumanga Daioh...I was hooked ever since.
What was your first costume and why?
The chomp cat from Azumanga Daioh was my first cosplay (looked surprisingly decent considering it was made from sweatpants and paper mache). ;D I wanted something simple that would still be funny and stick out - and at the time I had no idea how to sew clothing.
What is your favorite costume and why?
It's a toss-up between Yoshimori from Kekkaishi and Wolfwood from Trigun.
Do you have a dream costume you'd like to make?
A huge cat bus from My Neighbor Totoro operated by two people.
What has been your most memorable cosplay experience?
I made a quadsuit of one of the wolf pups from Princess Mononoke, and I walked into the hotel elevator on all fours (and took up the whole thing of course). When I came out, the hotel worker standing there yelled "What the hell?!". We also had a group of friends attending the same con, and they saw us walking around and got our pictures...but had no idea it was us. XD
Do you participate in masquerades?
What was your best masquerade experience?
Hmm, I'd have to say Anime Iowa 2010. It was a very long wait for judging, but they are pretty well organized and I managed to convince three of my friends to enter as well.
Have you won any awards for your costumes?
Anime Iowa 2009 - Judges Choice Best Recreation (Masters) - Princess Mononoke
Tokyo in Tulsa 2010 - "Pokelini PJ Award" - Northern Italy
Tokyo in Tulsa 2010 - Fan Favorite -Northern Italy
Anime Iowa 2010 - Best Workmanship (Masters) -Luxray
Anime Iowa 2010 - Best Performance (Masters) - Luxray
Tell us a little about yourself
I own and run the custom mascot & fursuit business, Stuffed Panda Studios. I make mascots for a living, and I sew cosplays for fun. My hobbies are sewing (duh!), watching anime, playing the occassional video game, and flow-wanding.
Is there anything else you'd like to add?
You can check out all my cosplay and non-cosplay work here! www.stuffedpandastudios.com!
My favorite anime
Fullmetal Alchemist, Steins;Gate, Trigun
My favorite game(s)
Pokemon, Okami, Mario Kart (Wii & 3DS), Katamari Damacy
My favorite book(s)
The Hunger Games
My favorite character(s)
Wolfwood (Trigun), Ed & Ein (Cowboy Bebop), Ed & Armstrong (FMA)