What got you into cosplay?
I liked going to conventions and thought it would be fun to dress up as my favorite characters. But it was a dream that propelled me to buy the materials.
What was your first costume and why?
Emeraude from MKR. This is my favorite anime and manga and she is my favorite female character in it. AND I had a dream where I was cosplaying her that launched me to buy the dress and materials to make her costume.
What is your favorite costume and why?
Either my Eternal Emeraude manga version dress or my Sara Trantoul outfit. And now my Oscar uniforms as well. Of course, my Zelda one gets me the most attention.
Do you have a dream costume you'd like to make?
The only one major character I like that I have yet to cosplay is Allura from Voltron.
What has been your most memorable cosplay experience?
Hard to pick. A good nominee is posing with the Magic Knights and plushies of our favorite bishounen at Shoujocon 2002. Another good one is my friend and I being Sugar and Ginger and glomping each other a lot at MegaCon 2003. And also convincing my friend to be Quistis with my Rinoa, then finding a Selphie at Megacon 2004. I also like it when relatively obscure characters get recognized- such as Sachiko from Maria-sama getting recognized at Metrocon 2005.
Do you participate in masquerades?
I love the spotlight and attention. I am the kind of person who happily jumps onstage and I am NOT afraid of speaking in public.
However, I do not really participate in masquerades anymore. The reason is pretty simple- too many fun things and friends going on at a con for me to waste so much time waiting in line.
What was your best masquerade experience?
Dancing to "Carry On" at AFO3.
Have you won any awards for your costumes?
Kotori- Best Costume - Anime Pavilion November 2002 Events
Ruri- First Place Anime- Tampa Comic Book and Toy Convention.
Sara- Second Place. Fantasy Hero Con IV.
Aravis Tarkheena- Best Original Costume. Lioncon 2008.
Tell us a little about yourself
I am a reference librarian. Other hobbies of mine include reading, art, music, collecting dolls, and exercising.
Is there anything else you'd like to add?
ENTJ 3w4 sp/so/sx
My favorite anime
Anime- Magic Knight Rayearth, Rose of Versailles, Escaflowne, Record of Lodoss War, Snow Fairy Sugar, Scrapped Princess, Angelic Layer, Pretear, Kaleido Star, Sakura Wars, The Count of Monte Cristo, Maria-sama ga miteru, Hana no Ko Lunlun, Voltron, Gatchaman.
Manga- Magic Knight Rayearth, Rose of Versailles, Basara, Sailor Moon, Card Captor Sakura, XXXHolic, Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicles, RG Veda, Wish, Cantarella.
My favorite game(s)
Zelda II, Chrono Trigger and Cross, Final Fantasy VI, Tetris, DDR, MKR and SM RPGs for the SNES, Legend of Dragoon, Castlevania: Lament of Innocence.
My favorite book(s)
The Chronicles of Narnia, Matilda.
My favorite character(s)
Tomoyo, Zagato, Emeraude, Rinoa, Elios, Sara Trantoul, Oscar, Andre, Raquel, Millerna, Ruri Hoshino, Juri Arisugawa, nearly everyone I've cosplayed.
My favorite movies(s)
Princess Bride, Ever After, The Wizard, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.
My favorite actors/actresses
Nobody really. I prefer historical people who invented/discovered nifty things, were great leaders, or made the world a better place.