What got you into cosplay?
I wanted to make a Link costume for Halloween 2007, but changed my mind to Alucard instead. When I realized Anime Iowa was only a couple of miles away from my apartment, I tried to finish my costume on time for that.
What was your first costume and why?
I suppose I can say it was my Princess Leia costume I wore for Halloween back in middle school. Otherwise, I didn't start making costumes til about 2003 or 04 when I started going to ren faires.
What is your favorite costume and why?
It's so hard to choose!
Do you have a dream costume you'd like to make?
The outfit Princess Leia wears while on Bespin in The Empire Strikes Back.
Do you participate in masquerades?
A few times so far.
What was your best masquerade experience?
Technically not a masq, but I entered a Halloween costume contest as Link at a local bar and ended up winning. I entered the competition thinking maybe I'd win something along the lines of $50 if I was lucky, so I was definitely shocked when they brought out a home entertainment system instead.
Have you won any awards for your costumes?
Yep, a few.
Tell us a little about yourself
You know, back in middle school when I was just starting to get into Star Wars more than just watching it every Christmas, I told myself I'd never be "that kind of geek," or rather, that type of person who would dress up and go to conventions. I really proved myself wrong there and am loving every minute of it.
My favorite anime
Cowboy Bebop, Hellsing, Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo, Howl's Moving Castle, Fate/Zero, Mushi-shi
My favorite game(s)
Pretty much any Legend of Zelda game, but especially Ocarina of Time, Link's Awakening, and Twilight Princess, Yoshi's Island, Super Mario Kart, Rogue Squadron, Goldeneye, Rock Band
My favorite book(s)
Captain Blood, Lord of the Rings, American Captain, Shadows of the Empire, Wheel of Time, Treasure Island, Scaramouche, Last of the Mohicans, Deerslayer, Vampire Chronicles, The Count of Monte Cristo, The Three Musketeers, James Harriot books, The Fortunes of Captain Blood, Dracula, The Historian
My favorite character(s)
Spike Spiegel, Indiana Jones, Sokka, Iroh, Han Solo
My favorite movies(s)
original Star Wars trilogy, Lord of the Rings, Pirates of the Caribbean, Last of the Mohicans, Indiana Jones, Princess Bride, Spaceballs, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure, Captain Blood, Interview with the Vampire, Robin Hood: Men in Tights, Sleepy Hollow, The Goonies, Labyrinth, Army of Darkness, Disney’s Robin Hood, Legend, Young Frankenstein, The Crimson Pirate, This is Spinal Tap, Sea Hawk, Lost Boys, A Knight's Tale, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Shanghai Noon, Blues Brothers, Dodgeball, Princess Mononoke, Animal House, Hot Fuzz, The Fearless Vampire Killers, Help!, A Better Tomorrow, Sweeney Todd, Prisoner of Zenda (Stewart Granger version), Arsenic and Old Lace
My favorite actors/actresses
Harrison Ford, Errol Flynn, Johnny Depp, Gene Wilder, Olivia de Havilland, Daniel Day-Lewis, Cary Elwes, Sean Connery, Bruce Campbell, Nathan Fillion