What got you into cosplay?
Cosplay is something expected at anime conventions, it's just something one must do to experience the whole thing. Everyone enjoys getting dressed up, too, so it's all good. I love the freedom and attention I get when I cosplay, as most of my life is restricted otherwise.
What was your first costume and why?
My first 'costume' was Yusuke from Yu Yu Hakusho because I was still a complete and utter n00b. It was a simple outfit someone with no experience like me could pull off.
What is your favorite costume and why?
Hmm... that's a tough question. I'm torn between Envy from Full Metal Alchemist, Kaitou from Hunter x Hunter and Greed!Hughes from Full Metal Alchemist.
Envy was fun because of all the work put in to pulling him/it together. My dream was to get a band of seven together and have all seven sins, but it fell through a month or so before the Con (Fanime06), and we ended up with only five. I was originally supposed to be Lust, but I fell in love with getting into the palm tree mood.
Hunter x Hunter, and hence Kaitou, are relatively unknown, so it wasn't the "OMG, I know who you are" photo-ops, it was the "OMFG, that scythe is HUGE, let me take your picture" photo-ops. I liked making that nine-foot scythe, and I LOVED carrying it around all day, and I had the time of my life destroying it at the end of the day.
Greed!Hughes comes from an RPG site I'm on, though it's since gone dormant. I love his concept and enjoy playing him, though. The memories are what count.
Do you have a dream costume you'd like to make?
These aren't so much dreams that I'd like to see myself in, but they're ones I'd like to see--done well, mind you.
Movie!Gluttony from Full Metal Alchemist--It would be the ultimate group cosplay!
Ryuk from Death Note--Just... Shinigami, man.
What has been your most memorable cosplay experience?
At FanimeCon06, I cosplayed Envy and participated in the Full Metal Alchemist photo shoot. First we were grouped and moved around and photographed, and regrouped and moved around some more, and photographed by the professional photographers. Then there were the fan service shots for the the yaoi/yuri pairings (I will admit I kissed an Ed. XD and had a mock-cat-fight... >.>U And got felt up by an Ed and a Roy... And had my skort looked up by several different characters... Neeway...)
After everyone was satisfied and the flashes stopped going off, we all headed down the block to Jack In the Box and got lunch, then headed back to the Convention Center and just hung out and got to know one another--the people behind the cosplay. It was a really great experience.
Do you participate in masquerades?
I haven't yet, but I've a plan with a friend willing to cosplay Greed to sing "Anything You Can Do I Can Do Better" with me as Envy (I hope everyone's seen the AMV). It's still in the planning stages, but I hope it works out.
What was your best masquerade experience?
Fanime06 (once again) was my first attendance of a Masquerade, and I must say it was the best four hours of my life. All the skits were wonderful, the announcer was amusing, and of course, there were the ever-present yet elusive "stage ninja" that you cannot see. Ever. XD
Have you won any awards for your costumes?
Not yet--but I hope to!
Tell us a little about yourself
I'm currently a Sophomore in college; I attend Pacific University in Oregon. I'm the President of its Japan Club and hope to start a convention on the college campus this year. I have been President of my high school Anime and Chess Clubs and was a member of GSA, Writer's Club, SPARE and NHS. I've run Cross Country and Track & Field for seven years; a back injury took me out my Freshman year of college and I'm really hoping to get back in it.
I don't have too many friends, but the ones I have are close. We do a lot together, and somehow always spend more time than we should in Borders at the mall. w00t for huge anime sections!
Family life... nngh. Let's not go there. We'll just say I will be a happy person when college comes, and when I'm legally free to move to Alaska and be ridden of them forever.
I love reading and writing, though have seemed to hit a bump in the road lately. I have had my first poem published, and the book was finally published after two years. Look for Soul Disclosure, and the poem "Artificial Dreams."
I also role play in my spare time. I run a Fullmetal Alchemist RPG (greed7.proboards57.com). I play Vampire: The Masquerade on downtown Mountain View's Castro Street on Friday nights. My character, Zaage, is a Brujah with multiple personalities. I also participate in a forum VtM (sanfranciscobynight.org). My character there, Lorelei Piazza, is a Toreador with deathsight.
Is there anything else you'd like to add?
Gorgeous times infinity.
My favorite anime
OMG. Only anime? There's no box for manga? LOL
Top Five Anime:
Yu Yu Hakusho
Hunter x Hunter
Full Metal Alchemist (+Brotherhood)
Yu Yu Hakusho
Full Metal Alchemist
Hunter x Hunter
Train_Man (densha otoko)
My favorite game(s)
Okay, I'm a bit of a geek. I love the Pokemon games for GameBoy. I own R/B/Y, G/S/C, R/S/E, D/P/Pl, and both Pinball games. I'm really behind in Platinum, though; I'm custom breeding my team in Diamond still. PM me if you want my friend codes. ^_~
My favorite book(s)
More like series...
Tanya Huff's Blood series and Smoke series
Smoke and Shadows
Smoke and Mirrors
Smoke and Ashes
Ian Irvine's View from the Mirror Quartet, Well of Echoes Quartet, Song of Tears Trilogy and The Fate of the Children
Jane Lindskold's Firekeeper saga
My favorite character(s)
Hands down, Kurapika from Hunter x Hunter. His background and his purpose are just..... wonderfully scripted.
My favorite movies(s)
Memoirs of a Geisha
To End All Wars
My favorite actors/actresses
Robin Williams--Anything he works in he brings greatness to.
Sandra Bullock--She's just easy to relate to, and so are her movies.
Chuck Huber: I want him to come to another Con! I want to meet him and shower him with my otaku obsessions (English voice of Hiei from Yu Yu Hakusho).
Vic Mignogna, Travis Willingham, Justin Cook, John Burgmeier, Christopher R. Sabat--heck, anyone from FUNimation!