What got you into cosplay?
Seeing all the cosplayers at Kunicon St. Louis in 2005. There were some really cool costumes there, some of the best I have seen.
What was your first costume and why?
Ryou Bakura from Yugioh because I liked the character and I thought that I could pull it together in a very little time owing to the fact that he wears mostily everyday clothes.
What is your favorite costume and why?
My manga varient version of Ryou Bakura from Yugioh manga #10 because it's easy to wear and was the first costume that I had a good Ryou styled wig for. I also like my Mana from Yugioh costume because I've made everything for it myself and my Sunao costume because he's my favorite character at the moment.
Do you have a dream costume you'd like to make?
I have several and some of them are actually in the works.
Byakko-from Yami no Matsuei
Guardian Iatos card from Yugioh
Sunao Fujimori- episode 12 outfit
Ryou Bakura- White Magican version
Robin-Jason Todd version-Under the Red Hood
What has been your most memorable cosplay experience?
Getting pictures taken the moment my friend and I left the Hyatt at ACen 2005, She was doing Thief King Bakura and I was doing Ryou Bakura. It surprised me a bit at first.
Also winning Best in Class: Novice at Archon 2006 for a costume that spent many hours
Do you participate in masquerades?
Yes. Masquerades at Costume Cons and the Grand Masquerade at Archon. I also participate in hall contests.
What was your best masquerade experience?
The Masquerade at Archon. It was smoothly run and a lot of fun to participate in. The staff and other participants were very helpful and friendly wanting to put those of us who were new to it at ease. I enjoyed it and plan on participating in it as often as possible.
Have you won any awards for your costumes?
Hall Cosplay Award- Friday night winner- Show-Me-Con 2006- Change of Heart- Yu-Gi-Oh,
Hall Cosplay Award- Best Overall Costume- OMG!con 2006- Mana Yu-Gi-Oh,
Hall Cosplay Award- Anime Detour 2006- Sunao Fujimori Sukisho,
Best in Class: Novice for Workmanship- Archon 2006- Pharaoh Tutankhamum,
Friday Hall Cosplay Award- CostumeCon 25- Jounounchi Katsuya (Yu-Gi-Oh),
Saturday Hall Cosplay Award- CostumeCon 25- Sagiri (Suikoden V),
Sunday Hall Cosplay Award- CostumeCon 25- Sunao Fujimori (Sukisho),
Historical Maquerade Performance Award- "Boys Gone Wild"-CostumeCon25- Pharaoh Tutankhamun,
Historical Masquerade Documentation Award- "Best Documentation of Concept and Progress"- CostumeCon 25- Pharaoh Tutankhamun,
Best in Class Novice Workmanship- Archon 2007- Mana Yu-Gi-Oh,
Best in Show-OMG!!!con 2008- Sagiri Suikoden V,
Best Ensemble-Workmanship Journeyman-Archon 2008-Sugino (Tactics),
Best Anime- Archon 2008-Sugino (Tactics), Best Makeup- Journeyman- Archon 2009- Firelord Zuko (Avatar the Last Airbender), Best in Class Novice-Presentation-Earth Queen- Historical Masquerade Costume Con 28, Most Attention to Detail-Workmanship-Earth Queen-Historical Masquerade Costume Con 28, Most Creative Use of Source Material and It Made Us Laugh-Dai Li Sock Monkey- Costume Con 28 Doll Contest, Best in Show-Cosmetic Saleslady (Addams Family TV)-Archon 2010, Best in Show-Workmanship-Egyptian Prince-Archon 2011
Tell us a little about yourself
My hobbies are photography and sewing. I'm also a rabid St. Louis Cardinals fan. :)
My favorite anime
Yugioh, Yami not Matsuei, Sukishio, Peacemaker Kurogani, Full Metal Alchemist, YugioGX, Kyo Kara Maoh, Hikaru no Go, Tactics and Avatar the Last Airbender.
My favorite game(s)
Champions of Norrath, Champions Return to Arms, Suikoden, Dragon Quest, Lego Batman
My favorite book(s)
Harry Potter, LotR, Dark is Rising sequence and Historical mysteries