What got you into cosplay?
One of my best friends, Mikata, was going to miss Otakon 04 for the first time in 3 years due to work. I said, on a whim, "If you can come, I'll cosplay!"... I'm not one to back out on my word so... Yeah.
What was your first costume and why?
Inuzuka Kiba from Naruto. I was never big on the idea of cosplaying personally but I was huge into Naruto so I wanted to wear something not too outrageous but still cool so I went with Kiba.
What is your favorite costume and why?
My favorites tend to be the most recent costumes but I'd say any of my IIDX ones are my current favorites.
Do you have a dream costume you'd like to make?
A few. It's more a matter of having the body type and skill to pull off things.
What has been your most memorable cosplay experience?
It's all fun.
I just really like to meet new people. It's great being able to talk to other cosplayers and make friends that way.
Do you participate in masquerades?
That I do. I've also been one of the craftsmanship judges for Ohayocon 2009 and 2010.
What was your best masquerade experience?
I really don't have a "best" experience per say... I almost always have fun with it. I'd like to do something more than a walk-on sometime though.
Have you won any awards for your costumes?
Anime North 2005 Hall Contest for Chrno,
Youmacon 2005 Hall Contest Judge's Award for Kouga,
Anime North 2006 Journeyman; Craftsmanship award for "Best Tailoring" and presentation award for "Most Elegant Presentation" for Syaoran (Dragon) from Tsubasa,
Youmacon 2006 Craftsmanship Judge's Award for Kurogane/Tsubasa group,
Ohayocon 2007 Craftsmanship Honourable Mention Award for Tekka from Beatmania IIDX (group entry),
Anime Next 2007 Craftsmanship Honourable Mention for Shem from Beatmania IIDX,
Youmacon 2007 Hall Contest Honorable Mention for Sniper (Ragnarok Online with Kia); Best Journeyman for Shem (IIDX group entry),
Youmacon 2008 Hall Contest Best Master for Nix (Beatmania IIDX with ryuuraigeki),
Youmacon 2009 Hall Contest Best Friday for Yosuke (Persona 4 with TessCeres and Rynn)
Anime North 2010 Masquerade - Best Artisan for Commercial Happy Fun Time (Chrono Crusade, Tsubasa, Sailor Moon with Ochika, Uta Arashi, and Mekou)
FanEx 2010 Masquerade - Best Tailoring for Comfort Food Ned the Piemaker (Pushing Daisies)
Youmacon 2010 Hall Contest - Best of Weekend for Arch Bishop (Ragnarok Online with Ochika)
Tell us a little about yourself
I'm a nerd for severe weather, roller coasters, and Lee Pace
Is there anything else you'd like to add?
I hate carrots.
My favorite game(s)
Square Soft/Enix fanboy, but really most RPGs in general: Final Fantasy 4, 6, X, Chrono Trigger, Kingdom Hearts 1 and 2, Tales of the Abyss, Persona 4, Bioshock
My favorite actors/actresses
Lee Pace, Chris Evans, Hugh Jackman, Jeremy Renner, Reese Witherspoon, Lucy Liu