What got you into cosplay?
I'd attended Ohayocon when I was 15 or so and thought that cosplay was the coolest thing since sliced bread. I've been interested in cosplaying for a very long time, but I never had friends who were serious enough about it before to encourage me and support me in the endeavor, and so I didn't participate until recently.
What was your first costume and why?
My first costume was a Navi gijinka. I love designing gijinka costumes, and it just so happened that I had a really good one for Navi planned out that would be easy to get started on.
What is your favorite costume and why?
Anarchy Stocking! This was the very first costume I made from scratch and I'm just very proud of what I was able to accomplish. I never dreamed I could look that great cosplaying, yet I stuck to my guns and completed the project!
Do you have a dream costume you'd like to make?
I'm sure I do, but for whatever reason, I can't think of what it is at the moment.
What has been your most memorable cosplay experience?
Everyone at Youmacon freaking out when they would hear my Navi sound effects issuing forth from my costume -- I loved seeing the light of discovery in their eyes when they connected the sound of my iPod/wings to the costume, and then to my gijinka identity. It was rather entertaining!
Do you participate in masquerades?
No -- I really just like taking pictures with my friends and seeing people smile when they recognize my costume.
Have you won any awards for your costumes?
Tell us a little about yourself
I have graduated from college, majoring in Japanese, and minoring in Multi-age Education and Music. I still live at home trying to find a job that isn't cashiering at a grocery store. I enjoy lolita fashion and I am an active member of the Ohio community. Like most cosplayers, I'd consider myself a hobby artist.
Is there anything else you'd like to add?
My sweet tooth is insatiable. Also, just in case you see it in pictures and are wondering if it's make-up or part of the costume, I do have a rather sizeable port-wine stain birthmark on 75% of the right hand side of my body, and I fully embrace and love it! I'd never let my birthmark stop me from cosplaying any character!
My favorite anime
Cardcaptor Sakura, Gurren Lagann, The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, One Piece, Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt, Puella Magi Madoka Magica, Tsubasa Chronicle
Also, not an anime, but I highly enjoy Avatar: The Last Airbender and the Legend of Korra
My favorite game(s)
Space Channel 5, Final Fantasy, Kingdom Hearts, Gitaroo Man, Parappa the Rapper, Um Jammer Lammy, Mass Effect, Portal
My favorite book(s)
Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, Geisha: A Life, Kamikaze Girls
My favorite character(s)
Anarchy Stocking, Aerith Gainsborough, Tomoyo Daidouji, Li Syaoran, Yue (AtLA), Sanji (OP), Oerba Dia Vanille, Ulala, Rapunzel (Tangled), Flynn Rider
My favorite movies(s)
Howl's Moving Castle, Arietty the Borrower, Tangled, Little Miss Sunshine, Four Lions, The Game, Leon (The Professional), Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Moon,