What got you into cosplay?
My sister and I got into anime a smidge. She got hooked and decided she needed to dress me up. Now I love it. I won't even let her help me make my costumes and she went to school for sewing. xD
What was your first costume and why?
My first costume was Vash the Stampede from Trigun.
I cosplayed Vash cos I'm 6'4" and it was one of the earlier anime's I really enjoyed. I liked the character a lot. I always felt I've shared a similar personality with Vash.
What is your favorite costume and why?
Dante Alghieri from Dante's Inferno.
I like this costume cos I busted MY ASS on it and it totally paid off. I had never competed in a masquerade before so I entered novice and took best in show at a moderately large convention.
It was pretty fucking awesome.
Do you have a dream costume you'd like to make?
I have a few. I started my next serious project that I hope to have completed in the next 3 months. I've seen it done wrong a few times so I really wanna do it right.
What has been your most memorable cosplay experience?
The masquerade at Anime Detour 2010 was probably my most memorable experience to date mostly cos of the emotional roller coaster to con staff put me through.
Those bastards tricked me into thinking I didn't win anything at all until half the awards were already handed out. Then the lady in charge of the back stage coordination ushers me from the green room and they didn't clue me in that I won anything til the crowd was going nuts about them announcing best in show and my costumes name got shouted over the PA system.
Do you participate in masquerades?
Only as of this year. I plan to keep competing in the future as long as I keep making costumes I feel are worthy of the stage.
What was your best masquerade experience?
Kinda went over that already..
Have you won any awards for your costumes?
Yep, just the one
Tell us a little about yourself
I'm currently a Junior in a Civil Engineering program at the University of Minnesota: Duluth.
I freelance web design and market for a couple companies/studios.
I work part time buying/selling antique toys and collectibles with my father. (It's gypsy work but it's kinda the family business.) I love it.
Besides cosplay and prop building; I love to read, write, and draw. I want to learn to paint better. I play the bass guitar and I collect interesting objects.
My favorite anime
Golden Boy. Eureka 7.
My favorite game(s)
Lufia II: Rise of the Sinistrals
The earlier Final Fantasy Games
Left 4 Dead
My favorite book(s)
Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett
My favorite character(s)