What got you into cosplay?
Well, my friends went to the A-kon before my first one and everyone else was doing it. Yep. I'd jump off a cliff. XD
What was your first costume and why?
Subaru from .hack//SIGN. I'd just recently watched the show and thought it was awesome. Sadly, the costume wasn't as awesome as the show. Anyway, I really like .hack...
What is your favorite costume and why?
Emeraldas because it was the first one where I had to draft patterns from scratch (the dress/tunic thing and the top part of the cape). Plus I finally discovered the wonderful substance known as interfacing. It changed my life forever.
I also like Velvet, but wearing it is kind of a pain in the butt. e_e
Do you have a dream costume you'd like to make?
Saber from Fate/Stay Night. She kicks butt, but I'm too lazy to make armor... and she's a blond with her hair pulled back and I'm a brunette. Horrible things are sure to happen if I ever actually do this project.
I also really want to cosplay Seong Mi-na from Soul Calibur IV, but I just don't have the time or the money for the materials for such a costume. ;_;
What has been your most memorable cosplay experience?
Getting glomped by a spandex-wearing Envy while dressed as Hawkeye. The person was actually airborne before I was taken down. No one was hurt, but it was certainly memorable...
Do you participate in masquerades?
Yes, though I probably won't be for much longer.
What was your best masquerade experience?
Winning Best Craftmanship for the first time at Animefest 2008 with emukatze. I'm still rather shocked.
Have you won any awards for your costumes?
Two judges awards on my Emeraldas and another judges award and Best Craftmanship for Velvet.
Tell us a little about yourself
I now go by ★Li (pronounced StarLi or ALi), but cosplay.com won't let me change it. I'm a Media Arts and Animation major at the Art Institute of Houston. Obviously, I like anime, but I also watch western cartoons, especially Pixar. I work in a library as a page (I shelve stuff for $) and I practice Muso Jikiden Eishin Ryu iaido, in which I am currently a godan in seitokai ranking. I enjoy working with computers, sewing, and drawing. I also collect several things, including action figures, Pinky:st, plushies, DVDs, and I have one ball jointed doll, a DOD Leya named Mirabel that I kind of ignore 90% of the year...
Is there anything else you'd like to add?
I love wearing butt capes. Don't know why, but I find butt capes amusing. Normal capes are cool, too.
My favorite anime
.hack//SIGN, Space Pirate Captain Harlock (plus other related series), Mahou Tsukai Tai (Magic User's Club), Shinesman, Darker Than Black, Noein, Full Metal Alchemist, Macross, Studio Ghibli stuff, The Slayers, Michiko and Hatchin, Fate/Stay Night, Shakugan no Shana, Eden of the East, Durarara!, etc.
My favorite game(s)
.Hack, .Hack//GU, Odin Sphere, Soul Caliber IV, Final Fantasy III, VIII, IX, X, XII, Little Big Planet, Metal Gear Solid IV
My favorite book(s)
I'll... list authors in no particular order:
Diana Wynne Jones, Garth Nix, Neil Gaiman, Timothy Zahn, Patrick O'brian, etc.