What got you into cosplay?
If you define cosplay loosely, and count all replica costumes regardless of genre, it would be Star Wars: Episode 1. I HAD to have a Jedi robe, and it snowballed from there.
What was your first costume and why?
In 1999 I first made a set of Jedi tunics, replica of Qui-Gon's, because he's my favorite character.
My first anime costume was a set of Dragonball fight togs, the kind chibi Goku and Krillin wear, because I wanted a comfortable costume to wear at DragonCon.
What is your favorite costume and why?
I have over 30 costumes, I can't pick a favorite.
Do you have a dream costume you'd like to make?
Dark Paladin (Yu-Gi-Oh Duel Monsters)
What has been your most memorable cosplay experience?
Kicking off my shoe while doing the can-can on stage during a Masquerade was pretty unforgettable...
Do you participate in masquerades?
What was your best masquerade experience?
CONvergence '09 - reaching Master level by winning Best in Show with Ferid and Arshtat from Suikoden V.
Have you won any awards for your costumes?
At least 18 awards total, with the largest being Best in Show at CONvergence 09 for Ferid Egan, and Best in Show Workmanship at the Sci-Fi/Fantasy Masquerade at CostumeCon 31 for Sima Zhao.
Tell us a little about yourself
I am a full-time commissioner with a sole-proprietor business, Strange Land Costuming. In my spare fandom time I write fanfic, play video games, roleplay, and do lots of other creative things that don't earn me money but are lots of fun.
Is there anything else you'd like to add?
I've been around the block a few times but I'm still open to sharing my experience with young costumers who need a mentor.
My favorite anime
One Piece, Tiger & Bunny, Bleach, Yu-Gi-Oh!, Kyou Kara Maou, Saiyuki, YuYu Hakusho, Dragonball/DBZ
My favorite game(s)
DDR, Suikoden series, Dynasty Warriors/Samurai Warriors/Warriors Orochi series, Kaizoku Musou series, Katamari Damacy
My favorite book(s)
Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter
My favorite character(s)
Everyone I've ever cosplayed.
And a lot of Dynasty Warriors I haven't.