What got you into cosplay?
A friend of mine started showing me how cosplay can be done tastefully, as well as open my eyes to the allure of conventions and spending all your free time thinking about cosplay.
What was your first costume and why?
Commander Amarao from FLCL. My friend wanted to go as baseball Haruko, and I've always really liked Amarao. Plus, he was a simple enough character that didn't require me to shave my sideburns.
What is your favorite costume and why?
I think I can't really escape Murderface, haha. Some of the most fun I've had at any conventions have been while wearing him, and It gives me the ability to be completely drunk and a dick, but remain in character.
Do you have a dream costume you'd like to make?
Monster Hunter Battle suit Big Boss from Peace Walker
What has been your most memorable cosplay experience?
Unfortunately, no-one could find any spirit gum for my nori eyebrows for Amarao. Instead, I (mistakenly under the harassing of my now ex-girlfriend) used rubber cement, which seeped into a blemish underneath the eyebrow and blistered it something awful. It burned and throbbed all day, but my girlfriend told me to stop whining. When she found out, she was quite sorry.
Do you participate in masquerades?
Not currently, but that's gonna change.
Have you won any awards for your costumes?
I think enough into my costume prospects, so I hope to eventually.
Tell us a little about yourself
I live and go to school in Milwaukee for the time being. If all goes according to plan I should be living in Santa Cruz, CA by next year. I work for my schools library, as well as a valet at a night club. I really like music, and I like to sing, play bass, and have a lot of ideas for musical projects that I want to start and be involved in.
Is there anything else you'd like to add?
If you would like to add to your facebook friend numbers, I'm on there. Add me if you wish! facebook.com/eliot.bilke
My favorite anime
Trigun, Eureka 7, Ouran High School Host Club, Midori Days, Deathnote, Captain Harlock, FlCl, Fullmetal Alchemist, Cowboy Bebop, Lupin the Third, Galaxy Express 999, Outlaw Star, Gundam 08th MS Team
My favorite game(s)
Metal Gear Solid, Pokemon, Shadow of the Colossus, Zelda, Tetris, Assassin's Creed, Diablo, Uncharted, Smash Bros., Final Fantasy, Elite Beat Agents, Mario Kart, Lunch Money
My favorite book(s)
I Am America (And So Can You), Looking for Alaska, An Abundance of Katherines, Another Note: The Los Angeles BB Murder Cases, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, The Genki Series... and DAMN do I like me some manga
My favorite character(s)
Big Boss, Nathan Drake, Lupin III, Kyon, Chibodee Crockett
My favorite movies(s)
To save space: I enjoy anything from Studio Ghibli, most things Tarantino-esque, Stephen Chow movies, plenty of other anime movies. My favorite style of movie is J-Horror, but my all-time favorite movie is InterStella 5555.
My favorite actors/actresses
Nathan Lane, Jim Carrey, Zero Mastell, Audrey Hepburn, Christian Bale, Zoey Duchanel