What got you into cosplay?
Anime + Halloween + feeling that I could pull off the character + conventions.
I started out in 2007 trying to figure out a costume for Halloween when I realized "how cool would it be if I tried Alucard from Castlevania?" I had a lot of the clothes and even a decent sword. So that year I went to my friend's Halloween party and everyone loved it, but I wasn't 100% satisfied.
From that point on, I always wanted to find the perfect character to dress up as...the perfect image of a character that encompasses me and which I can bring to life. It wasn't until 2011 that I discovered how much the humanoid typhoon, Vash the Stampede, and I were alike.
I began building much too late in the year to really get a costume to do Vash justice. But in the beginning of 2012, I sat down and decided that I will really give the costume the kind of dedication it deserves. I would spend the next 5 months up to the very day of New York Comic Con 2012 planning, executing, and monitoring my Vash the Stampede 2.0 project.
Why do I cosplay? To pay homage to the series, creator, community, and character.
What was your first costume and why?
Alucard Tepes. I wanted to dress up for something on Halloween and didn't really know what, but realized that I had a lot of (somewhat) normal things around that I can put together to make a half decent cosplay of Alucard. Things such as a military coat with gold buttons at the chest and wrists, a long and thin cape-like trench coat, pirate boots, and a thin similar sword to his.
What is your favorite costume and why?
Vash the Stampede. It is the one I put the most time and effort into, is the one character I connect best with, and is of a classic anime that is still revered which I plan on keeping the cosplay of, alive!
Do you have a dream costume you'd like to make?
A Vash the Stampede in his "rage form" (i.e. blue eyes). It sounds simple while at the same time it is not...unless someone knows something? :D
What has been your most memorable cosplay experience?
New York Comic Con 2012
Do you participate in masquerades?
Have you won any awards for your costumes?
My favorite anime
Yu Yu Hakusho, Trigun, Death Note, Full Metal Alchemist, Code Geass, Dragon Ball Z, Slayers, Cowboy Bebop, Avatar: The Last Airbender
My favorite game(s)
Legend of Zelda, Call of Duty, Metal Gear Solid, Assassin's Creed, Castlevania, Final Fantasy, Soul Calibur, Super Smash Bros., Metroid Prime, Uncharted
My favorite character(s)
Vash the Stampede, Yusuke Urameshi, Hiei, Kurama, L, Misa Amane, Edward Elric, Lust, Goku, Broly, Tapion, Link, Zelda, Ganondorf, Solid Snake, Alucard Tepes, Vincent Valentine, Rangiku Matsumoto, Morrigan Aensland.
My favorite movies(s)
Inception, Underworld, Blade, Sleepy Hollow, Titanic, The Matrix, The Others, The Crucible, Sybil, Edward Scissorhands, Lord of the Rings, Braveheart, Angels and Demons, National Treasure, Prince of Persia, Hackers, The Fast and the Furious, Rocky, Iron Man 1 & 2, The Expendables, The Dark Knight, Avatar, Sucker Punch, Thor, Harry Potter 1-7