What was your first cosplay? Why did you choose it? How do you feel about it?
My first cosplay was before I even knew the term cosplay. My sophomore year in high school, a group of friends and I dressed up as the Sailor Scouts from Sailor Moon for Halloween. We picked it because we were all completely obsessed with Sailor Moon, and in all fairness the costumes were pretty terrible!When and where was the last time you cosplayed?
Dragon*Con 2011, and I'm already gearing up for more some epic cosplay at Dragon*Con 2012!How many cosplays have you done?
So far, a little over 20, but sadly I don't have pictures of all of them. I'd love to have some pictures of my sad earlier efforts. What is your favorite cosplay? Why?
I still love our Galaxy Quest group, but our awesome Dragon Age 2 group for Dragon*Con 2011 wins. We had such an epic time at our first annual Bioware meetup and photoshoot!Who do you REALLY wanna cosplay as?
The three costumes I'd love to pull together for D*C 2012 are Arwen's Helm's Deep battle costume (cut from the movie - thank goodness - but still an awesome costume), one of the many AMAZING Evil Queen costumes from Once Upon a Time, and if I lost my mind entirely (since there's no way I have the time or funds to do all three) I'd love to do a Mass Effect costume. It would be especially fun to do an N7 Fem!Shep or Ashley's pink and white armor from the first game!How did you get your costumes?
I started out pulling them together largely by scavenging items, modifying found pieces, and making whatever I couldn't find from scratch if I could figure out a way to do it. Our Galaxy Quest jumpsuits were the first costumes we ever made from scratch. Last year I moved up to having to make most of our DA costumes from scratch so it's definitely been a progression of what I feel I need to buy v. make. I also like to learn new skills year to year, so I'm working on some very basic leatherworking and for my Bethany Hawke costume last year I learned to knit chainmail.How many of your friends cosplay?
Nearly all of them!Have you ever walked around in public in your cosplay outfit?
Oh yes. I've eaten in restaurants in costume, gone to the movies in costume, gone to the bookstore for the Harry Potter midnight release in costume, gone to Krispy Kreme in costume, and run through Target in costume - just to name a few instances.Have people in public ever recognized you and asked for photos?
I've had costumes get recognized - Hogwarts uniforms tend to be a dead giveaway, but I don't think I've ever been asked for photos anywhere besides conventions.How long have you been cosplaying? How did you get into cosplay?
The first time was in high school and then I didn't pull together any new costumes until around my sophomore year in college. Three of my friends and I pulled together costumes and went to see Return of the King dressed as the four hobbits. (Also my only true crossplay ever). After that we decided we'd had so much fun that a group of us made Hogwarts uniforms for the release of Goblet of Fire. A year or so after that, I went to my first convention and the rest is history.What did you think of it then?
When I first started, it was something that was fun to do occasionally, but not something I really wanted to spend money on.What do you think of it now?
Now it's one of my favorite hobbies. It's a great creative outlet for me. I love constantly trying to come up with ways to improve old costumes and create new ones. I love the challenge of figuring out how to create costume pieces on a budget. I also allocate a lot more money for it now than I did when I first started. I'm a lot more confident in my costumes, as well. My best friend and I do a lot of our costuming work together and we're both perfectionists, so it's great to have someone that's as interested in it as I am to work on things with and to help me come up with solutions to cosplay problems that come up. I also have a group that hangs out weekly to work on crafty pursuits. Where do you usually cosplay?
Dragon*Con is the convention that we usually focus on taking our best cosplay efforts to.Have you ever done a cosplay skit on stage?
Not yet. Maybe someday, though.Do you plan your cosplay outfits waaay before you're meant to wear them?
Definitely. I'm usually thinking about cosplay for next year's Dragon*Con while we're still at the current Dragon*Con.Ever have something terrible happen to your outfit?
Not beyond the usual issues: runs in tights, tangled wigs, etc.What is your most favorite thing about cosplay?
Getting recognized and stopped for pictures. It kinda serves to validate the time you spent on your costume.What is the worst cosplay you have done?
Probably the Sailor Moon one. Mercifully I don't have any pictures, so I can't be sure.Got any cosplay pet peeves? If yes, what is it?
Not really. I will admit to wishing some people who base their costumes on animated series would choose fabrics other than broadcloth or satin since I love to see people use imaginative textures to really bring those costumes to life. Overall, though, I've never had any issues with people being rude to me, and I wouldn't ever say anything negative to anyone about their cosplay. I've found most cosplayers to be extraordinarily nice people. What are your cosplay plans for the future?
The costumes I mentioned above:
Arwen in Helm's Deep Battle Dress - Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (deleted scenes)
Bethany Hawke - Dragon Age (or possibly a Mass Effect costume if I lose my mind)
Evil Queen (still haven't decided which look) - Once Upon a Time