What got you into cosplay?
A sudden invite to Animazement '04. I knew to really enjoy my first con, I should cosplay... I haven't stopped since...
What was your first costume and why?
Count D from Petshop. Love the character, love the manga. That's all the reason I need!
What is your favorite costume and why?
My favourite so far... Hard to say. Since I started doing more silly costumes, I've been having more fun, though I'm still a pretty fabric whore. For the lulz, King of All Cosmos. For the serious, Sadako because I made a Princess Zelda cry, making it win in my book. For the pretty, Himiko or Celes. I'd say Bird of Paradise, but I don't think it's good enough anymore.
Do you have a dream costume you'd like to make?
I'd like to revisit Count D now that I've learned a thing or two about sewing. I'd like to try more advanced technical sewing now that I've survived a full ball gown.
What has been your most memorable cosplay experience?
Metrocon: Amano's World, being a Roving Cosplay Medic. I'm very introverted, but I'm also very altruistic, so having such an opportunity to help people out when they have wardrobe malfunction was also a good way for me to break the ice. I remember being stuck somewhere and have some issue arise and wonder "if only someone could come save me!" - Well, I wanted to be that person for other people. This really enhanced my con experience, and I really enjoy trying to figure out how to fix various problems. It's a very fullfilling role in the Cosplay World.
Winning my first award, as Bird of Paradise from PoH, was pretty darn memorable too! :)
Do you participate in masquerades?
Yep! (wow, a non verbose answer for once!!)
What was your best masquerade experience?
That feeling of the world stopping for an instant when I heard my name announced and people started cheering for me at Megacon 2007. On the same note, that was also the most terrifying experience ever for an introvert like me... but I'm a glutton for punishment, so I'll do it again!
Have you won any awards for your costumes?
Tell us a little about yourself
I have a normal "day job". I love to cook, read, draw/paint, play bass, and listen to music. I adore my cat, who has been with me for 10 years now. I like the challenge of cosplaying and appreciate that it forces one to think outside of the box sometimes when it comes to building these things.
Is there anything else you'd like to add?
My favorite anime
Hellsing. Perfect Blue. Lain. Paranoia Agent. Lupin. Cowboy Bebop, Samurai Champloo, Millenium Actress, Requiem. Most Miyazaki (prefer older stuff). D. Gray-man, Gankutsuou, Samurai Horror Stories. Manga: Inuyasha, Gon, Alichino, Mythical Detective Loki, Bizenghast, Petshop of Horrors, Lady Snowblood. Reiko the Zombie Shop, and random J-horror manga that people never heard of.
My favorite game(s)
Katamari. Any Final Fantasy except FF5 - the story just didn't grab me.... I haven't played anything past 9 yet because I started playing them all in order, but I'm getting there. ChronoTrigger and ChronoCross. Okami. Genji. Super Puzzle Fighter II. Sonic Adventure for Dreamcast (remember those? HA!). The second Starwars Lego game. Blowing up the cantina and zipping around the Deathstar in a golf cart rawks!!
My favorite book(s)
Too many to list but here's a couple: Slapstick by Vonnegut. Brave New World by Huxley. Anything by Tolkien. Any of the Maggody mystery books by Joan Hess. Anything by Lovecraft. Any of Moliere's stuff. Chelsea Quinn Yarbrough stuff.
My favorite character(s)
Alucard from Hellsing. Jigen from Lupin. Brian from Family Guy. Gon from Gon. T-chan from Petshop. More, depending on mood.
My favorite movies(s)
Too many to list, but here's a few: Band of Brothers. King of Hearts. Brazil. Lord of the Rings. most of the Godzilla movies, but not the American one. Hero. Man Bites Dog. Der Untergang. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead. V for Vendetta.
My favorite actors/actresses
Don't really have favourites, though I like Christopher Walken. Have a few I can't stand though, such as Jim Carrey and Will Ferrell. I'd like to inflict pain upon them.