What got you into cosplay?
I went to Botcon '99 with my friend Lizzard in July 1999. We didn't want to go back to Botcon, but heard about Anime Expo and decided to go there instead. She told me, "Lots of people go in costume!" ...so after some thinking and some discussion, we decided to do Emeraude and Ferio from Magic Knight Rayearth.
What was your first costume and why?
For Halloween in 1998, I made Optimus Prime out of a bunch of boxes and duct tape. It was truly ghetto. My first true anime costume was Ferio from Magic Knight Rayearth. I wore that to Anime Expo 2000.
What is your favorite costume and why?
Renamon was my first full-body costume. It's still my favorite because I have so many good memories as a result of it...and it's very comfortable to wear.
Do you have a dream costume you'd like to make?
Halo armor would be fun. I'm a fan of vacuform armor...but have never made or worn any.
What has been your most memorable cosplay experience?
Walking out in Renamon for the first time at Anime North 2002 was great fun. It got so much attention and yet nobody knew who I was. It was common for me to hear "Is that a girl or a guy in there?"
Do you participate in masquerades?
Yes, from time to time. However, due to a horrible experience backstage at Anime Expo 2004's masquerade, I will not enter theirs again while Kenji is involved with it.
What was your best masquerade experience?
Katsucon 9 (the snow one) was great fun. We re-created the "Bridge of Death" scene from Monty Python and the Holy Grail using Digimon Tamers characters and sound clips from Monty Python and Digimon Tamers. Renamon and Rika digivolved into Sakuyamon on stage. We won a craftsmanship award and Best Journeyman.
Have you won any awards for your costumes?
Yes. I've won awards at Anime North, Katsucon, PortConMaine, TotemCon, and elsewhere.
Is there anything else you'd like to add?
My favorite anime
I enjoy (in no particular order): .hack//SIGN, Iria: Zeiram the Animation, Macross Plus, Cowboy Bebop, R.O.D the TV, Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, Angelic Layer, Voltron, and Gatchaman.
My favorite game(s)
For video games, I enjoy the .hack games, driving games, World of Warcraft, Starcraft, Marathon, Ultimas 1 through 6, and Draw Poker for the Commodore Pet.
For non-video games, Fluxx, Chrononauts, and Lazer Tag are some of my favorites.
My favorite book(s)
Ready Player One by Ernie Cline
My favorite character(s)
Matt Green from Dramacon
My favorite movies(s)
Back to the Future, Star Wars, and Guardians of the Galaxy
My favorite actors/actresses
Adam Savage and Chris Pratt