What got you into cosplay?
I was going to Anime Central 2000, and someone told me people wore costumes. It all went straight to hell from there.
What was your first costume and why?
Aerith Gainsborough from "Final Fantasy VII," because it seemed easy at the time. It wasn't.
What is your favorite costume and why?
Yu Kanda's 3rd uniform from D.Gray-man. I busted my ass on the little details, and I'm proud of how it came out.
Do you have a dream costume you'd like to make?
Anything from Otoyomegatari.
What has been your most memorable cosplay experience?
Getting filmed by some dork at Megacon while Yaexrae and I were standing in line for the masq green room eating crepes in our costumes. We won an award, but watch THAT footage be what ends up on Syfy. I snapped at him when I noticed him and he high-tailed it out of there. What a douche.
Do you participate in masquerades?
Yes. I've done a lot of walk-ons. I also do skits with Amestris Military Choir and Dog Lovers' Society.
What was your best masquerade experience?
Anime Crossroads 2010. Definitely the most movement we've done in a skit. Leading up to the con, Yaexrae and I WORKED LIKE DOGS, mostly while drinking and in the middle of the night, to get the choreography down. Neither of us had ever done stage-fighting before. Somehow it worked and we destroyed our props, just as planned.
Have you won any awards for your costumes?
Best Beginner Presentation at AnimeIowa 2007, for Olivier Armstrong • Judge's Choice for uniforms at AnimeIowa 2008, for Yu Kanda's 3rd uniform, with ChibiSoujiro as Allen Walker • Judge's Choice for Button Construction at AnimeIowa 2008, for Yu Kanda's 3rd uniform • Best in Show, Sogen Con 2008, for Yu Kanda's 3rd uniform • Best in Show, Anime Crossroads 2009, for Olivier Armstrong • Runner-Up Master Craftsmanship, Colossalcon 2010, for Grell Sutcliffe • Best Master Workmanship, AnimeIowa 2010, for Grell Sutcliffe, with Shinitama as Sebas-chan and Seventh_Sin as Will • Best in Show, Anime Crossroads 2010, for Grell Sutcliffe, with Seventh_Sin as William T. Spears and Yaexrae as Sebastian • Technical Achievement, Megacon 2013, as Terezi Pyrope with Yaexrae as Kanaya Maryam, in designs by mookie000 • Best Group Construction, ACen 2013, as E%ecutor Darkleer, with Yaexrae as Kanaya Maryam and seventh_sin as Terezi Pyrope.
Tell us a little about yourself
I'm a law librarian in Miami. I've been cosplaying since 2000. I live in a studio apartment overwhelmed by small animals, plants, books, origami cranes and craft supplies. I have two cats, a turtle and some goldfish. Someday I aspire to raise chickens.
My favorite anime
Fullmetal Alchemist, Yandere Kanojo, Mushishi, Magi, Hourou Musuko, Silver Spoon, Otoyomegatari
My favorite game(s)
Portal, Dance Dance Revolution, Sonic the Hedgehog, Age of Empires
My favorite book(s)
Anything by Vivian Vande Velde or Terry Pratchett.
My favorite character(s)
Haruhi Fujioka from Ouran, Izumi Curtis from Fullmetal Alchemist
My favorite movies(s)
V for Vendetta
My favorite actors/actresses
Stephen Colbert, Johnny Depp, Cate Blanchett