What got you into cosplay?
I'm not into cosplay in the sense that most everyone here is. I simply enjoy the fantastic work that people put into their costumes, and want to take pictures of them. I lack the necessary skills to do really great costumes. I also enjoy doing costumes for Halloween. Not quite cosplay in the true sense, but still fun.
What was your first costume and why?
I made a Operations gold Starfleet uniform for my Star Trek club in college. It was just the uniform top from the latter seasons of Star Trek: The Next Generation.
What is your favorite costume and why?
My Halloween costume from 2 years ago was a Twister game board. I used colored fabric markers to color spots on white thermal long johns. I attached the spinner to my wrist for people to take spins. It was one of the funnest and sexiest costumes I've ever done.
Do you have a dream costume you'd like to make?
I would love to do an avatar from the James Cameron 2009 blockbuster. Unfortunately, I'm too fat to do it, and don't have anyone to paint my body blue. A spandex bodysuit version would work as well.
I'd also like to do a Mark/Ken or Jason/Joe costume from Battle of the Planets/G-Force/Gatchaman. Given my current size, Tiny/Ryu may be a better fit. I'd also love to do a Thundercats or Robotech costume. Switching to the movies, I'd love to do the Disney version of Rocketeer.
What has been your most memorable cosplay experience?
I did the "modern" red Mr. Incredible costume at the 2009 Dragon*Con. Even though the character slims down by the time he gets the new red version in the movie, he's still overweight. Therefore, it's a size appropriate costume for me.
The experience was mostly positive. Yeah, I heard a few snickers and behind my back comments about a fat guy in spandex, but I had tons more people rushing to take pictures with me or of me. Fortunately, I don't think I've ended up on any spiteful fail sarcasm sites. Therefore, I'll probably return as Mr. Incredible in the future.
Do you participate in masquerades?
Nope. I don't need the humiliation. And the contests focusing on craftsmanship are way out of my league.
Have you won any awards for your costumes?
Not at a convention, but I did win "Most Original Costume" at a Halloween party with about 50 people present. I went as the 300 lb. Bubba Spartan. Raise a Spartan warrior as an overweight, hillbilly red neck, and you got the costume. I was in Daisy Duke cut-offs instead of leather briefs, with a KFC bucket helmet, pizza box shield, and a fishing rod spear.
My favorite anime
What I like most isn't anime in the traditional sense. I LOVED Battle of the Planets/G-Force/Gatchaman as a kid. Seeing it as an adult is almost painful. I've also become a big fan of Avatar: The Last Airbender. The story is so epic, but that gets ruined sometimes for the sake of humor and childishness.
I don't watch most anime, though I admire them for their artwork. The senseless violence, gore, and objectification of women of most anime bothers me. I've seen Akira, Ghost in the Shell, and a few others, but they don't do much for me. I am a product of the 80's team of 5 cartoons adapted to American TV: Voltron, Thundercats, Silverhawks, and more.
My favorite game(s)
Not anime related, but I grew up playing Ultima. I love the rich back-story and plot of the games. I also enjoy most tycoon/city building/god games like Zoo Tycoon, RollerCoaster Tycoon, Sim City, The Sims, Caesar, etc. I also own all the other popular games like Star Trek, Star Wars, WarCraft, etc., but I rarely play them.
My favorite book(s)
The Dark Tower series by Stephen King and The Vampire Chronicles by Anne Rice. I also loved the Beggars in Spain (Sleepless) story by Janet Kagan and the Mirabile stories found in Azimov's SF Magazine.
My favorite movies(s)
Star Trek series, Star Wars series, Aliens series, Avatar, Batman series, Lord of the Rings series, and many more.