What got you into cosplay?
I started off doing Cosplay for Star Wars because I wanted to do a SW fan film. I only really got into other cosplay in 2006 as a Halloween costume for an ex-girlfriend.
What was your first costume and why?
Princess Amidala's red dress from Episode 1 as a Halloween costume for my sister as well as a really bad Darth Vader costume for myself.
What is your favorite costume and why?
Sesshomaru is my current favorite. It's one of those rare costumes that take a ton of work, but when completed, everything worked exactly as planned.
Do you have a dream costume you'd like to make?
Totoro. Full size with an anamatronic face and 1" of padding under the fur so he's completely huggable.
What has been your most memorable cosplay experience?
Wearing my (updated) Vader to the Ep III premiere. It wasn't the best costume there on technical merit, but it did get a lot of attention :D
Do you participate in masquerades?
Not as much. At conventions I've transitioned to being a panelist and major masquerade cosplays just take too much of my time.
What was your best masquerade experience?
Naka Kon 2009: I was the MC (not-cosplaying). My girlfriend (now ex) had come all the way from St. Louis to be there with me and because I was staff didn't get much time to herself with me. During the judging we had a spontaneous dance party and in the middle of it, I got the A/V guy to play us a slow song. It was sweet.
Have you won any awards for your costumes?
My Kingdom Hearts white mushroom heartless won "Best use of a hula hoop". I somehow don't think that was a real category until the judges saw the costume. The hula hoop was used to hold open the bottom of the skirt.
I also won 2nd place at the Beginner's level for Ichigo at Nebraskon in 2008.
Sesshomaru won Best in Show at Kawa Kon in 2010.
Tell us a little about yourself
I'm a graduate of the University of Kansas with a degree in Astronomy/Astrophyics with certifications to teach High School and Middle School Math and Science. I currently work in the estate jewelry industry.
My favorite anime
Gurren Lagann, Spice and Wolf, My Neighbor Totoro, Secret World of Arrietty, Oh! Edo Rocket, Code Geass, Howl's Moving Castle
My favorite game(s)
Final Fantasy series, World of Warcraft, Diablo 2, Battlefront II
My favorite book(s)
Anything by Terry Pratchett, Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman, Creationism's Trojan Horse by Barbara Forrest,....
My favorite character(s)
Kamina from Gurren Lagann
My favorite movies(s)
Star Wars, Gattaca, Last Samauri, LorR, Matrix, Moulin Rouge, Matchstick Men, Romeo + Juliet, The New Guy, Pirates of the Caribbean, Reefer Madness, V For Vendetta, The Astronaut Farmer