What got you into cosplay?
Anime of course! Well, actually it was my roommate my sophomore year of college. She introduced me to manga, fansubs, and cosplay. Going to Dragon*Con in 2010 (my first convention) really reawakened my cosplaying side.
What was your first costume and why?
I went with Milly Thompson for two reasons: physical resemblance and ease of making. I was in college and had limited resources. So the fact that I had long, brown hair and am tall helped make that decision easy. Also finding what I needed to modify at Goodwill really helped.
What is your favorite costume and why?
At the moment it's Kaylee. She's such a fun character and it's one of the cosplays that reminded me how much fun it is to do.
That might change soon. Being able to run around in pyjamas all day sounds like so much fun!
Do you have a dream costume you'd like to make?
The Doctor's blue suit with red pinstripes. It's my favorite outfit of his. I don't know why. Maybe it's because I think David looks better in blue than brown. Also Columbia's Time Warp outfit. I'd love to do it, but I don't foresee having enough time or money in the near future.
What has been your most memorable cosplay experience?
At Dragon*Con I was recognized as Jane from behind! Also some roommates and my own husband didn't recognize me at first. :)
Do you participate in masquerades?
Not yet. But I'm seriously thinking of going for it at Dragon*Con 2012.
Have you won any awards for your costumes?
Not yet. Unless you count 2nd place at a Halloween party with friends.
Tell us a little about yourself
I graduated from The Ohio State University back in 2005. I'm currently a graduate student at Bowling Green State University studying Popular Culture. Yes, that really is a thing you can get a masters degree in. It's only at BGSU though. I'm thinking of looking into the subculture of cosplay either as a dissertation or just a project.
Is there anything else you'd like to add?
I have been playing the trumpet since 5th grade and still love it. I'm a huge Queen fan and a total bookworm. But I'm sure that's becoming evident in my cosplay.
I'm also really into webcomics. I try to keep up with MegaTokyo, Ctrl+Alt+Del, Unshelved, Not Invented Here, Applegeeks, and CONvicts.
My favorite anime
Trigun, Cowboy Bebop, Fullmetal Alchemist, Fruits Basket, Hellsing, Hellsing Ultimate, Samurai Champloo, FLCL
My favorite game(s)
Magic: the Gathering, Dungeons & Dragons v3.5, Settlers of Catan, Monopoly, Clue, Apples to Apples, Cards Against Humanity
My favorite book(s)
The Dresden Files, The Earl Cain Series, To Kill a Mockingbird, Nana, Honey and Clover, Crimson Hero, the October Daye series, Newsflesh
My favorite character(s)
The Doctor, Dr. Abbey, Dawn, Death, GIR, Gaz Membrane
My favorite movies(s)
Cowboy Bebop: the Movie, Fullmetal Alchemist The Movie: Conqueror of Shambala, Clerks., Clerks II, Chasing Amy, Serenity, The Boondock Saints, The Big Lebowski
My favorite actors/actresses
David Tennant, John Barrowman, Jeff Bridges, James Marsters