About Me / Q&A

What got you into cosplay?
At ACEN 2001, I saw lots of idiots dressing up in costumes and I ridiculed them the whole time. 2 years later, I was introduced to Fansview.com, a cosplay photo site. I still thought these so-called "cosplayers" looked like said idiots, and spent hours laughing at them while I should have been doing homework. Hmm. I guess deep in my heart I've always wanted to be an idiot.
What was your first costume and why?
Rydia. Because I love her.
What is your favorite costume and why?
All the ornate ones are difficult to wear. All the recognizeable ones are overplayed. All the obscure ones are never recognized. All the comfortable ones are too simple. I guess I hate them all equally. D:
Do you have a dream costume you'd like to make?
Yori from the movie Tron. *rubs hands together*
What has been your most memorable cosplay experience?
Photoshoot in Berlin for my Lola Rennt cosplay, at the locations where the movie was shot. I can die a happy and complete cosplayer now.
Do you participate in masquerades?
I'd rather be a heckling audience member.
Have you won any awards for your costumes?
I've won many awards, but have retired from competing. Nowadays, if I'm lucky, I get to be a craftsmanship judge in my crotchety geezer years.
Tell us a little about yourself
I work for Cosplay.com. Yes, really. Like, in exchange for real money, that I pay bills with. I know it's hard to believe. I don't really believe it either.
Is there anything else you'd like to add?
If you can do the Bots Master rap with me, I will marry you.
My favorite anime
Dragon Half, Bastard!, Berserk, Kodcha, Hare no Guu, Escaflowne, Trigun, Cowboy BeBop, and unfortunately... Marmalade Boy. MANGA: Orion, Blade of the Immortal, Paradise Kiss, Peach Girl, NaNa
My favorite game(s)
Katamari Damacy, FFIV, Dr. Mario, Chrono Trigger, Wild Arms, The Bouncer, Animal Crossing. Umm, Dominos. And old skool D&D.
My favorite book(s)
Dangerous Angels, Hitchhiker's Guide series, any and all Phillip K. Dick short stories, Sherlock Holmes short stories, Enders Game, Enders Shadow. COMIC BOOKS: Tank Girl, Transmetropolitan, Kabuki, and anything by Adam Warren and Mr. David Reese.
My favorite character(s)
Rydia (FFIV), Mink (Dragonhalf), Sana (Kodocha). For guys - Dark Schneider (Bastard!), Jaraiya (Naruto).
My favorite movies(s)
Lola Rennt, The Fall, Afterlife, V for Vendetta, Zoolander, The Producers (musical version)

Jia Jem

United States



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