About Me / Q&A

What got you into cosplay?
I have always enjoyed costuming. Any time I had an opportunity to make a costume - I would go for it. I lived for Halloween every year, challenging myself to make something even MORE amazing than the previous. But then, I got older and found less opportunity to create costumes. THEN - I found an Anime Convention... and it was a dream come true!
What was your first costume and why?
My first costume was Card Captor Sakura Summer Uniform. Why? I only had ONE week to make something. There was aboslutely no planning for the event. I had a little black skirt... and that was it. I bought a pair of shoes, and whipped up the sailor top, Kero purse and small key in the time allotted. People knew who I was! :)
What is your favorite costume and why?
My favorite costume is always the one that is after the one I'm working on. Of course. :)
Do you have a dream costume you'd like to make?
The lovely red dress from Dracula. Want to have that one. Someday, I hope to make it.
What has been your most memorable cosplay experience?
I was running late to the Masquerade. My kiddos were already on their way, but I had forgotten something in the room. Rushing through the convention center, I got a phone call from the Hall Costume competition head saying I had won an award! I was soooo excited! :D
Do you participate in masquerades?
Have participated at masquerade for AnimeIowa every year since 2008 and enjoyed every experience. I have also participated at ACEN and Dragon*con.
What was your best masquerade experience?
By far the best experience was the standing ovation that my two daughters and I got at ACEN. Even a judge stood up for us and cheered. It was great for the girls (who were a little scared) and such a happy moment for me as well!
Have you won any awards for your costumes?
Pretear - Snow White Version: Judge's Award Hall Cosplay ACEN 2008 Sugar, Pepper & Ginger: Best in Class Workmanship AnimeIowa 2008 AND Best in Class Cosplay AnimeIowa 2008 CardCaptor Sakura as Prince Charming, Shaoron as Sleeping Beauty, Naoko as the Good Fairy and Meiling as the Wicked Witch won Best in Show Workmanship AnimeIowa 2009 Tohou Project group won Best in Show Workmanship and Judge's Choice at AnimeIowa 2010. Somomo Wakey, Wakey Skit won Best in Show Stage at AnimeIowa 2011. Kamikaze Girls Skit with Ichiko, Momoko and Unicorn Riyogi won Best in Master Category Stage at AnimeIowa 2011. Kamikaze Girls with Ichiko & Momoko won Best Group at Dragon*Con Anime Track Costume Competition.
Tell us a little about yourself
I sew all the time. I just need motivation. Something OTHER than a deadline would be great... but I procrastinate. Every time. Sad.
My favorite anime
Fushigi Yugi, Ceres, Vampire Knight (YEAH! Finally will BE an anime), Pretear, Ouran High School Host Club, Fruits Basket.... And hundreds of others.
My favorite book(s)
Mirror of Her Dreams & A Man Rides Through by Stephen R. Donaldson. Any and every book written by Sharon Shinn, especially Fortune and Fate. The Bard series by Mercedes Lackey.
My favorite character(s)
Keely from Jennifer Roberson's shapechanger series book Daughter of the Lion.
My favorite movies(s)
Labyrinth.

KeelyVH

United States



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