What got you into cosplay?
Well, I had been interested in the subject for some years now after viewing many talented cosplayers post their pictures online. It's always fascinated me how one could take the simplest of appliaces and material, and turn into an epic costume with a little hard work.
I put little costumes here and there and took pictures, but never to the magnitude of what most others have. Just recently with Katsucon 16 among us, I decided to try my hand at Cosplaying with the simple costumes first, and work my way up from there.
What was your first costume and why?
My first full costume, which will debut at Katsucon 16 is of Mad Max Rockatanksy from the Mad Max film trilogy.
I chose this character because of the influence it has had over not just Post-Apocalyptic fiction, but over Anime/Manga and even video games. You see the homages in titles such as Akira (outlaw biker gang), Fist of the North Star(outlandish mauraders and raiders in the Wastelands on dune buggies and bikes, a lone Warrior who hunts them).
Even in the Final Fantasy games you can see little homages to the Mad Max Universe. In FF7, look at Clouds outfit and compare it to Max's in The Road Warrior. You'll spot the similarities right away.
Obviously, The Road Warrior is the most popular of the trilogy, but I have a deep appreciation of the first Mad Max film, and I wanted to cosplay as Max when he was a police officer, long before he became a drifter in the Wasteland.
What is your favorite costume and why?
Probably my Mad Max costume, as it's the only one I've done so far!
Do you have a dream costume you'd like to make?
I'll get back on this, as I have too many I'd like to do.
Tell us a little about yourself
I'm in the Navy, and hopefully I'll find myself stationed in Japan so I can experience the culture to it's fullest extent.
In my spare time, I like to read and write stories, work out, practice martial arts, go for drives in my car, hang out with friends, do research on odd subjects, etc.
My favorite anime
Ohh, so many! The ones I can remember off the top of my head, and not in any particular order:
Bio Booster Armor Guyver (the first anime I ever watched), Akira, Fist of the North Star, Project A-Ko, Tenchi Muyo!, Ranma 1/2, Galaxy Express 999, Please Save My Earth, Neon Genesis Evangelion, Great Teacher Onizuka, Cowboy Bebop, Perfect Blue, Fatal Fury, Ronin Warriors, Sailor Moon, Voltron, Bleach, Trinity Blood
Like I said, I'm all about the classics!
My favorite game(s)
Grand Theft Auto, Final Fantasy 7, Fallen Earth, Need For Speed, Many NES and SNES games (retro-gaming FTW!).
My favorite book(s)
Clockwork Orange, Catcher in the Rye, Bad Ronald, Christine, Fight Club.
My favorite character(s)
Kenshiro (Fist of the North Star)
Onizuka (Great Teacher Onizuka)
Cloud, Tifa, Vincent, Sephiroth (FF7)
Ranma Saotome (Ranma 1/2)
Sho Fukamachi (Guyver)
Mad Max Rockatanksy (Mad Max Trilogy)
My favorite movies(s)
Mad Max Trilogy
The Dark Knight
Clerks and Clerks 2
Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back
FF7 Advent Children
Back To The Future Trilogy
Ghostbusters 1 and 2
The Dukes of Hazzard
The Lost Boys
The Lethal Weapon Films
My favorite actors/actresses
Mel Gibson, Christian Bale, Sam Worthington, Kristen Stewart (non-Twilight roles), Will Smith, Jack Nicholson, Kiefer Sutherland, Michael Biehn, Michelle Rodriguez, Paul Walker, Vin Diesel, James Marsden, Seth Rogen, Adam Sandler, Eddie Murphy, John Belushi, Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, Harold Ramis, Elizabeth Banks, Rosario Dawson