What got you into cosplay?
I've always just loved to dress up in costumes and be someone else for a day/weekend/whatever, and so when I learned that this was a common thing at conventions, it made me want to do it myself!
What was your first costume and why?
My very first cosplay was Tiffa Adill from Gundam X, way back at Anime Central 2001. Gundam X has long been my favorite Gundam series, and it's always been a sorely underrepresented series when it comes to cosplay. A few people even recognised the costume there, but unfortunately, no photos exist of it anymore.
What is your favorite costume and why?
Tyrannoranger Geki from the Zyuranger sentai series. It's become my most popular cosplay, it's the one I've put the most effort into over time, and it also has the very rare honor of gaining the full approval of the one who originally played the character on the show!
Do you have a dream costume you'd like to make?
One that I plan to work on evventually is Seiji's Message OAV armor from Samurai Troopers. Everyone does the more well-known TV show armors (I'm no exception), so I'm looking to do something different! Other dream cosplays include the Kikoutei/Inferno armor, Queen Dianna Soriel from Turn-A Gundam, and various sentai/Power Ranger heroes.
What has been your most memorable cosplay experience?
Power Morphicon 2014, where I debuted the original, very thrown-together-at-the-last-minute version of my Geki cosplay. I never expected it to get anything more than casual approval, but instead I ended up with the "real" Geki himself as my #1 fanboy and now as a friend of mine on Facebook!
Do you participate in masquerades?
I've never participated before, mostly because I've either not made the entirety of my costume(s) by hand, or I don't feel it's something worthy of such a thing.
Have you won any awards for your costumes?
Not yet, but someday, I hope to do something impressive enough to win an award!
Tell us a little about yourself
I'm in a relationship with someone I've been with since 2002, but it's rather more complicated than that. I also still live at home because the job market has been brutal and I'm autistic. I spent two years working in an embroidery shop running the machines there before I was let go and ended up unemployed for a year, and then spent 10 months at another one before being let go there as well, and I'm looking for work again. Outside of cosplay, I love to knit, stitch, draw, and do Gunpla, and have been known to dabble in the art of AMVs as well.
Is there anything else you'd like to add?
My car's license plate is "Newtype." Yes, really. I love Gundam that much.
My favorite anime
-Pretty much all Gundam series (although my top favorite is Gundam X)
-Yoroiden Samurai Troopers (aka Ronin Warriors)
-Sailor Moon (plus the '90s/early '00s musicals)
-Way too many more to list!
(I'm also a very big Power Rangers/tokusatsu fan, and also enjoy American animation like Avatar/Korra, My Little Pony, and Adventure Time.)
My favorite game(s)
-World of Warcraft
-Elder Scrolls series
-Various fighting-type games
My favorite character(s)
-Tyrannoranger Geki, Zyuranger
-Adam Park, Power Rangers
-Jamil Neate, Gundam X
-Seiji Date, Samurai Troopers
My favorite movies(s)
Way too many to list!