What got you into cosplay?
A little too much theater and a little too many sewing machines around the house. I've always loved costuming, I just didn't really think it could be applied to anime until my first convention.
What was your first costume and why?
Sailor Pluto from Sailor Moon R. She was really cool to a nine year old. I realize now I'm far too short and boyish to pull off a character that tall and elegant, but hey... I was nine.
What is your favorite costume and why?
Hands down, Locke. Mostly because I worship the ground Yoshitaka Amano walks on and he said it was a good costume... He liked it... **squee**
I'm also really fond of D when space allows. My latest love is Kefka cause he's a creepy clown. I think I might have a thing for Amano shinies... I dunno.
Do you have a dream costume you'd like to make?
Der Tod from one of the Takarazuka productions of Elizabeth. Or a really good Tasuki from Fushigi Yuugi. My dream-everything changes every five minutes, so that's kind of hard to say.
What has been your most memorable cosplay experience?
Probably at Video Games Live in June of 2006. strange_mikoto and I were there in our Kingdom Hearts 1 stuff and this little boy (he couldn't have been more that 7 or 8) came up to me saying "I've played Kingdom Hearts and Riku's my favorite character. Can I take a picture with you?" It was so incredibly adorable and I saw the kid and his mom after the show, he was still telling her how cool Riku is. I realize it seemed kind of sappy and more that little geeky, but it felt really cool to make someone that happy, just by making a costume.
Do you participate in masquerades?
Sometimes. I don't like the long wait they typically require and beyond that many of them seem either rigged, or like the judges have no clue what they're doing.
If I ever got a none-flakey group that could just go in and clean up then that might change... Or if they ever got an actual design/construction teacher for a judge... Than at least I could appreciate the standards.
What was your best masquerade experience?
A-fest 2007. Some things definitely need to be improved on, but over all the Cosplay Director (the guy dress as Cid) had a good feel for things. That and getting to chill with all my friends in line was cool. Yay for random dancing and costumes that make it impossible to sit normally in a chair! <3
Have you won any awards for your costumes?
~Judge's Award at New York City Comic-Con 2011 for West Coast Avengers (Hawkeye)
~Best of Show at the New York City Asia Society Cosplay Contest 2010 for Vampire Hunter D
~Best Skit at A-Kon 2008 (with Boom Presentations)
~Best Craftsmanship at Anime Matsuri 2008 for Kefka Palazzo
~1st Place Advanced Hall Cosplay at Ikkicon 2008 for Zidane Tribal
~2nd Place Overall at Oni-con 2007 for Vampire Hunter D
~Judges' Award at Anime-Fest 2007 for Zidane Tribal (with Remy as Steiner)
~1st Runner-Up for Advanced Hall Cosplay at Ikkicon 2008 for Zidane Tribal
Tell us a little about yourself
I'm a 21 year old geek and fashion stylist living in New York City. I still have a deep interest in Japanese popular culture, but in the last few years my cosplay-related interests have jumped primarily to Western Comics.
My family includes my mother, girlfriend, cat and turtle. And I enjoy walks around the Village in the rain, and hunting for really good comic art at conventions.
My favorite anime
Cowboy Bebop, the Rose of Versailles, Ghost in the Shell, FLCL, Evangelion, Legend of the Galactic Heroes, and Fushigi Yuugi
My favorite game(s)
Final Fantasy VI, Marvel vs Capcom, Katamari Damacy, Star Fox 64, Metal Gear Solid 3
My favorite book(s)
Hokkaido Popsicle by Isaac Adamson, the Great Gatsby and the Beautiful and the Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger, Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk, the Vampire Hunter D series by Hideyuki Kikuchi, Kafka on the Shore and the Wind Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami, Watchmen by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons, Asterios Polyp by Dave Mazzucchelli, Shimotsuma Monogatari by Novala Takemoto
My favorite character(s)
Locke Cole, Stephen Strange, Oliver Queen, Pietro Maximoff, Jason Todd, Oscar Francois de Jarjayes, Reinhard von Mussel, Der Tod, Holden Caulfield, Amory Blaine, Jay Gatsby, Victor von Doom, Rorschach, Jon Osterman (too many really)
My favorite movies(s)
Shimotsuma Monogatari, Midnight in Paris, Thor, the Great Gatsby, The Adventures of Robin Hood, The House on Haunted Hill, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
My favorite actors/actresses
Haruno Sumire, Vincent Price, Errol Flynn, Val Kilmer, Emma Stone, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Patrick Stewart, Takashiro Kei, Gary Oldman