What got you into cosplay?
During my freshman year of college I got really into anime, especially "Fushigi Yuugi". When I was invited to Otakon, I wanted to do a costume, and Suzaku no Miko was it. My boyfriend agreed to cosplay Tamahome, my friends thought I was nuts but were encouraging. Now most of them are into cosplay too!
What was your first costume and why?
See above! I just really like the character and wanted to try a new creative outlet.
What is your favorite costume and why?
This keeps changing! Currently I wear Rose Tyler a lot, and plan to make more of her outfits.
Do you have a dream costume you'd like to make?
I have a gigantic wishlist, hopefully they'll all get done eventually. As time goes by and I learn new skills what once seemed impossible looks manageable.
What has been your most memorable cosplay experience?
I have so many, it's hard to choose one. It's always special when the creator of what you're cosplaying from recognizes you, it's happened with my 'Flower' costume and recently with Peter S. Beagle and my Molly Grue costume.
Do you participate in masquerades?
What was your best masquerade experience?
Every skit I do with friends is a lot of fun. My top two are the "Death Note" skit from Katsucon 2008 and "Halo Kitty" from Katsucon 2009. Each provided its own set of challenges (10 foot tall puppets, mascot costumes), and were very personally rewarding experiences.
Have you won any awards for your costumes?
Yes, for both craftsmanship and performing.
Tell us a little about yourself
Totally. I make jewelry and other crafty items when I'm not focused on cosplay. I have a very wonderful and supportive circle of friends, they mean the world to me. My husband is great, he cosplays too and makes most of our props. We do a few sappy couples, but sometimes it's more fun to cosplay characters that antagonize one another.
Is there anything else you'd like to add?
Thanks to everyone who comments on my costumes and skits, and visits me in artist alleys.
My favorite anime
Shoujo Kakumei Utena, Sailor Moon, Fruits Basket, Spirited Away, Fushigi Yuugi, Alice 19th, Haibane Renmei, Paradise Kiss, Full Metal Alchemist, One Piece, Nana, Read Or Die, Death Note, Puella Magi Madoka Magica,
My favorite game(s)
Dance Dance Revolution, Elemental Gearbolt, Lunar SSSC and EB, Disgaea: Hour of Darkness, Dynasty Warriors, Folklore, Katamari Damacy, Flower, Kingdom Hearts, Fire Emblem: Awakening, the silly Mii Plaza games for the 3DS
My favorite book(s)
Anne McCaffrey's Pern and Freedom Series, Sophie Kinsella's Shopaholic novels, Richard Adam's Watership Down, Lois Lowry's The Giver, Beagle's The Last Unicorn, Chynna Clugston Major's Blue Monday series, just about anything Neil Gaiman touches.
My favorite character(s)
Juri and Nanami (Utena), Ami (Sailor Moon), Clover (Blue Monday), Haku (Naruto), Yukari (Paradise Kiss), Laharl (Disgaea), Maggie (R.O.D. the TV), Misa (Death Note), Mami Tomoe (Madoka Magica), Molly Grue (The Last Unicorn)
My favorite movies(s)
Lord of the Rings, Princess Bride, Empire Records, The Last Unicorn, Chicago, Brigadoon, Love Actually, and just about any musical.