What got you into cosplay?
This is actually an interesting story. I was into anime a bunch in High School...but eventually I let that interest rest in college. However, during my final year of College, i started to become a member of "The Backloggery" which kinda reignited my interest in gaming. I started chatting with alot of the members, and them being a fan on anime got me talking to them about it. Eventually, I thought about cosplay and how it was something i never got to do. Then at the chance to go to ACEN with my friend, I decided I was going to go with my first costume. And the rest as they say is history.
What was your first costume and why?
My first was Locke Cole from Final Fantasy VI. I like the character alot, and it was an easy costume for me to make on a college budget.
My first Con costume was Hiro from Lunar 2. See below.
What is your favorite costume and why?
Well, I've only done a few, but I can overall say that my favorite costume is Hiro. Its my first (real) costume that I made, and I thought it turned out amazing! There are a few things that I need to fix, but I want to bring it back to other cons in the future.
Do you have a dream costume you'd like to make?
Really, my dream costume is any costume that I could dress up as with someone else. Like a g/f, fiancee, wife, whatever, I've always wanted to do that. Hopefully in the future, that'll happen.
That being said, i do have a few costumes I would like to make in the future:
Welkin Gunther (Valkyria Chronicles)
Future Trunks (Dragon Ball Z)
Mystic Gohan (Dragon Ball Z)
Cecil Harvey Paladin Form (Final Fantasy IV)
Setzer Gabianni (Final Fantasy VI)
Ghaleon (Lunar: Silver Star Story)
If I think of others, I'll put them up.
What has been your most memorable cosplay experience?
I have three from ACEN 2010
Friday: We were doing a Lunar gathering, and at some point, Luna (TR Rose) and I grabbed the plush of Nall and Ruby (respectively) and started having a plushie fight. I also enjoyed 'killing' Ramus, and having Lucia put her cape around me.
Saturday: When I dressed up as Ness. During the Nintendo Gathering, I had one of the Links throw his (her actually, the cosplayer was a girl) Bomb at me so I could hit it with my bat. I ended up hitting it, and it flew and hit Mario right in the nads! He was shocked, said something funny, and then immediately died. I laughed myself to tears.
Sunday: During the Final Fantasy gathering, I dressed up as Locke, and we decided to do a crossover photo. I ended up getting paired with Hope, and we ended up having a battle. It was very epic, but we ended up being friends at the end.
Do you participate in masquerades?
When I can I do. Sometimes I dont have a good costume to show off...but when I do, I try to. I've only one award for a skit.
What was your best masquerade experience?
Just walking on stage was amazing and posing in my costume. Its not about winning a contest, but the experience.
Have you won any awards for your costumes?
I won a Technical Award at a small con after doing a skit with a Solid Snake Cosplayer. It basically turned into an all out brawl as I was Ness and even Link, Zelda and Shiek came on to battle.
Tell us a little about yourself
I recently graduated college, and now im looking for a full time teaching job teaching music or math. In the meantime, I substitute grades K-12 while trying to figure out life.
Is there anything else you'd like to add?
My faith as a Christian is HUGE to me. I know it might be kinda weird seeing a Cosplayer who's a Christian, but I do try my best to not cause any unnecessary drama towards others. I try not to judge people on their beliefs, and if I somehow come across as doing that, i deeply apologize. I'm not perfect, and i have NO right telling anyone else that. I'm pretty friendly, so feel free to shoot me a message and maybe get to know me :)
My favorite anime
Gundam, Cowboy Bebop, DBZ, Slayers, Slayers Next, Ranma 1/2, Last Exile, Tenchi, Outlaw Star
My favorite game(s)
Final Fantasy series, Lunar series, Metal Gear Solid, Street Fighter, Sonic, Mega Man, Metroid, Uncharted 2
My favorite book(s)
Harry Potter, To Kill a Mocking Bird, Every Man's Battle
My favorite character(s)
Locke Cole, Setzer Gabianni, Terra Bradford, Hiro, Guy (Final Fight), Link, Samus Aran, Gohan, Auron,
My favorite movies(s)
Star Wars, Forrest Gump, (500) Days of Summer, Aladdin, The Lion King, Tron, Aliens, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, Serenity, Indiana Jones,
My favorite actors/actresses
Allison Mack, Denzel Washington, David Tennant, Catherine Tate, Zooey Deschannel