What got you into cosplay?
Honestly, my friend Heather. I'd always appreciated the work people put into their costumes, but it wasn't until she ranted and raved about putting together a Sciezka cosplay for Reactor 2006 that I decided I was going to do it.
Once the seed was planted, I ran with it. And it became more about making things as accurately as possible for me. Nowadays I get hung up on correct placements of seams, types of fasteners, and material choices. It's a problem.
What was your first costume and why?
Christie from Dead or Alive 4. Aside from the fact that I've always had an obsession with assassins since I was little, her character is awesome. She's strong, she's cold, she's lethal. What's not to love? ...and her physics defying jacket is something to admire.
What is your favorite costume and why?
Lilith (Borderlands) : while dressed as her, a little girl ran up to me, asked for a hug, and then said, "Lilith, I want to be as pretty as you one day!" Seriously. I can't make that up. It was so cute, it almost killed me.
Do you have a dream costume you'd like to make?
Dizzy from Guilty Gear and Elesh Norn from MtG.
What has been your most memorable cosplay experience?
Winning the Hall Cosplay Best Group at ACen 2010 with my boyfriend for our Borderlands costumes. I loved those costumes, and the judges really made us feel like our work really paid off.
Have you won any awards for your costumes?
Best Group - ACen 2010 - Borderlands ;
Third Place - Marvel Costume Contest, SDCC 2012 - Genderbent Avengers (Hawkeye)
Tell us a little about yourself
Recent graduate from University of Illinois at Chicago with an MS in Biomedical Visualization, specializing in serious game design, concept art, and graphic + web design.
My favorite anime
Berserk, Death Note, FLCL, Fullmetal Alchemist, Hellsing, Naruto, One Piece
My favorite game(s)
Borderlands, Devil May Cry, Dragon Age 2, Guilty Gear, League of Legends
My favorite character(s)
Lilith + Mordecai :: Borderlands ;
Christie :: Dead or Alive ;
Dante :: Devil May Cry ;
Fenris + Merrill :: Dragon Age 2 ;
Jean Havoc, Roy Mustang, Envy, Greed, + Izumi Curtis :: Fullmetal Alchemist ;
Shikamaru + Kakashi ::Naruto ;
Zoro + Hawkeyes Mihawk :: One Piece ;