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 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?
That I've personally worn at a convention? Right now, it's probably my Lucille cosplay from Gundam X. No one's recognised it, but I love it because it's so unique, and no one else has done anything like it before that I've ever seen.
Do you have a dream costume you'd like to make?
One that I plan to work on over the fall/winter is Seiji's Message OAV armor from Samurai Troopers. Everyone does the more well-known TV show armors, so I'm looking to do something different!
What has been your most memorable cosplay experience?
Wizard World Chicago 2005, when my now-fiance and I dressed up as two different versions of Nightwing--he was the B:TAS version, while I did a female version of what was the comic outfit at the time. People loved it and took lots of photos, and some of the artists working on the comic at the time were there and complimented me on my attention to detail.
Do you participate in masquerades?
I've never participated before, mostly because I've either not made the entirety of my costume(s), or I've gone to cons where there isn't one.
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 engaged to the same person I've been with since 2002 (wedding date still unknown), and 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, but now I've just started a new job at another embroidery shop! Outside of cosplay, I love to knit, stitch, draw, and do Gunpla.
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)
-Way too many more to list!
(I'm also a very big Power Rangers/tokusatsu fan, and 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)
-Adam Park, Power Rangers
-Jamil Neate, Gundam X
-Date Seiji, Samurai Troopers
My favorite movies(s)
Way too many to list!