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?
That I've personally worn at a convention? It's probably a toss-up between Seiji/Sage and Touma/Rowen. They're my favorite characters from Samurai Troopers/Ronin Warriors, and the street clothes outfits were easy to put together.
Do you have a dream costume you'd like to make?
One that I plan to work on next 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?
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) 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 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, 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)
-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)
-Adam Park, Power Rangers
-Jamil Neate, Gundam X
-Seiji Date, Samurai Troopers
My favorite movies(s)
Way too many to list!