Oregon…I’m BACK!

After the move of my life – 289 pounds of my own stuff, 3 checked bags, one cat, and way too much alcohol at an airport, I have managed to reinstate myself in my home state of Oregon! I got things off with a bang pretty quickly by dropping in for my 11th consecutive year with Sakura-Con. Honestly, I can’t believe I have been rooted for so long with a convention, but every year keeps getting better and better. See my con review blogged here! (TBW).

Now that I am back on the west coast, I have a whole new bunch of conventions that I can travel to with ease and cheaper travel costs. My friends didn’t hesitate to tell me that I can now attend the grand daddy of them all – Anime Expo in LA! I’ve always heard of AX but never considered going, but this year, it’s on! I’m gathering up my favorite anime cosplays – Sailor Neptune and Magumi – and we are going to go run and play in the sun! For the first time ever, I am also going to be designing and making my own Pokemon gijinka! Gah! I’m so excited!

Gijinka

I ALWAYS caught a Mareep when I played Pokemon Gold and that was my electric Pokemon all the way until I got my Ampharos. Picking a Pokemon to gijinka was the hard part at first, but now that I know, I had to pick a fashion style and really, the options are endless! I went ahead and stuck with something familiar and I’m going to do it in Lolita style with a bustle back, and I’ve decided to also add a black waistband that wraps around and ties into a bow in the back. I have some other really cute accessories planned and can’t wait to buy my fabric so I can find the coolest yellow shoes EVER. I’ve never done a gijinka, but I feel really good about this one! It’s probably my new cosplay gateway drug and I bet I’ll want to do another one later!

After lots more discussion and convention planning, I have figured out my con schedule until probably the winter. I never imagined I would get booked up so quickly, or have so many things that I wanted to do! Here’s what I’ve got going on, and this is just the conventions I’ve got planned!

Anime Expo – Fourth of July weekend, Los Angeles, California

Anime Revolution – August 14-16, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Kumori Con – September 4-7, Vancouver, Washington

Rose City Comic Con – September 19 & 20, Portland, OR

I have so many other events crammed in there that my work is going to super hate me for the all the time I plan on taking off work. I figure taking a few days off every other month isn’t too much to ask, so we’ll just have to see. I’ve already got things arranged for Anime Expo, including my cosplay line-up. We’re goin’ full anime for the first time in a long time! Gee…cosplay…what on earth am I going to do for Anime Revo?! Guess we’ll have to pull something from the ‘To Do’ list.

Life is gradually getting easier as I am back home. I have so many people to spend time with now. All my favorite hang-out spots are right where I left them, and traveling around this city is so easy, both by bike and by public transportation. I am in the height of the weather season here. The days are getting longer, it’s warmer and there’s more sun in my life than I feel like I’ve had in a long time. Even though there was technically sun in NYC, it never really feels this clean and pure because there’s garbage on the ground everywhere. In Portland, I am surrounded by green. I’m heading into the summer months, and in addition to conventions, I have so many events planned and still so many things in addition that I should be doing. Also, BAWLS is fully back in my reach. I CAN DRINK IT EVERYDAY. It’s going to be a great year.

I think I have said this at least once everyday in the past month and a half…but it is so good to be home.

-KLR

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15 Minutes of Fame

Prepare to get dirty, crass and half-dressed. I spent some time on You-Tube recently and I have come across some fun videos from my cosplay past!

Well, it’s kind of cosplay. I’m a former champion and judge of the Sakura-Con Anime Swimsuit Contest for five years. I was runner up two years and took the crown for Fan Favorite one year. Following two years, I stood on as a judge…and to keep the guys who ran the contest sober. I miss that contest, but it’s not at Sakura-Con anymore. I hear the guys that run it are doing it all over the country at tons of different conventions now. I’m happy to have been a part of their experience while they were getting started up. f you YouTube Search “Sakura-Con swimsuit contest”, in the top ten videos, three of them feature me. Not too shabby, I must say.

Year One

I My first year resulted in a third place. It was ok, speaking it was the contest’s first year ever. No pics or video, but it was the first year the contest was ran. They had it in a room that could seat around 80 people. They easily capped it and probably put the convention at risk for creating a fire hazard. Guess they didn’t know how many people would actually want to see nerdy girls in bikinis. After three rounds, I was granted third place! I felt awesome to even place! I got $20 and a box of Pocky. I got to run around in a bikini at Sakura-Con and there was no issue. I consider myself lucky.

Year Two

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My big win as Fan Favorite in 2010 features me as Asuka from Neon Genesis Evangelion doing anime and video game-related stand-up comedy as my talent. I scoured the internet for really awful nerd jokes that were sure to make someone laugh. Most of them got people laughing and cheering. A few of them were pretty bad – so bad that someone in the audience boo’d me. Everyone started to boo him and shout at him. I calmed everyone down and said, “No, no it’s ok. I came prepared for this. Hey, you, your mama is so fat it took two Deathnotes to kill her.”

AWWWWWWWWW! The audience erupted. I had just school’d someone. I felt very cool ^_^ Very cool indeed. I shortly after that, someone decided my stand-up was worth recording, as you can see in the video before:

Year Three

In 2011, I cam back in full force as the Wolf Goddess Horo from Spice and Wolf. I took a note from Horo and tried to make it about her as much as possible. I sported my ears and tail with pride. I even drew from spring green-colored dress in the manga art and made my bikini to match. The one thing I was struggling with was the talent portion of the contest. I couldn’t figure out what to do. Fortunately, one night, I was discussing the upcoming and daunting Swimsuit Contest with my friends and how I hadn’t figured out my talent. I was waving my empty beer can around in a drunken stupor and exclaimed, “It’s not like I can crush a beer can with my thighs!” The reply came: “I don’t know, can you?” I tried. I could. I did. The first round left some very, very deep bruises.

Bruises

But hey! I could do it! I spent the next few weeks practice with strips of leather lining my thighs so I wouldn’t continue to bruise. I tried different positions, different kinds of cans, and even managed to put a few small secret starter dents (I know! Cheating!) in the cans so it would eventually give. If you’ve never tried it, it’s really fucking hard to crush a can with your thighs, especially when you’re sober.

Con came around, and I might have had a couple cocktails before the contest. I was so nervous, more so than I had ever been in previous years, I really wanted everything to go well. I was gonna need a can, an empty one, but then it dawned on me. Horo’s a booze hound, literally. The wolf-woman is a drunk, and she often does it to excess. It made me want to drink on stage too, but Sakura-Con has rules. I decided to chug a can of Pellegrino on stage to demonstrate my all powerful chugging skills…which are actually non-existent. I’m not a chugger. I lack something in my throat muscles. So, it took a while. A lot longer than I had hoped. The audience cheered me on, and I just kept trying to finish the damn can. Finally. The damned thing was empty. I was ready to crush. I got their attention and everyone was watching. In a farking bikini with a wolf’s tail and ears I squated into the chair, spread my legs and got the can ready. Allow my inner monologue…”Damn. This is really hard. Ah fuck. Why isn’t it working? C’mon Kat! We’ve been practicing this for weeks! Don’t fuck up now. Holy shit. What is going on!?”

People were leaping out of the seats. They were bum-rushing the stage – photographers, fans, creepers, but king among them all was Frank the Bearded Man. He is the champion of all swim suit contests. He takes off his shirt at every single one and is the real winner every year. He has become my long-time con buddy and he always brings me Bawls. I would like to take this moment to say that Frank was there first to make sure I crushed that can. That’s a real friend.

To skip my initial chugging and for other angles of the can crushing, see below:

The two years following I sat in as a judge to help declare the future winners, and hey, we even had a guy win the forth year! My last year sitting in, I was up on the stage at the Judges table, drinking BAWLS and messing with my phone. The contestants were all lined up on the panel floor, sitting in chair directly below us. I overheard their conversation trickle into familiar territory: “…You remember a few years ago when that chick crushed the can with her thighs?” “Yeah, that was pretty boss.”

And so my legendary memory had been passed down to younger generations of nerdy, scantily clad men and women, all questing for that $50 grand prize – oh, and a box of Pocky. So, I guess if you’ve ever wanted a real inside look of nerd convention swimsuit contests, you know what it looks like now – the inside of a wolf goddess beautiful yet bruised, porcelain thighs.

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-KLR

I’m Back from April

I realize I did no updates in April. It was a sea of busyness that I just couldn’t get out of. I was trying to finish two costumes, spent a week in Oregon and Washington and then had Crown Cosplay the very next weekend. I was ridiculously busy. In real life, my fiance is trying to his 2nd Masters at NYU so he’s also ridiculously busy. I am still working two jobs, but I am moving in the direction of trying to have only one job, keeping the one that makes more money and will be more profitable as I move towards the summer. I’ve decided not to be too strict about any kind of cosplay schedule with deadlines and assigning specific cosplays for specific conventions. I want to focus on what I want to do what I feel like doing it, and not hold myself hostage to finish projects that aren’t planning out well with materials that I can’t find with the time period I have. Like, for example, I really want to do my Cardcaptor Sakura cosplay. I have managed to find a good green fabric to use, but I am still troubleshooting pattern & construction for the jumperskirt. I also want to be able to dedicate a solid month to learning baton twirling so I can twirl my wand, just like Sakura. Performance is one of the most important things to me in terms of cosplay, and this is a cosplay from my childhood, so I really don’t want to fudge it. Therefore, I don’t want to really rush this cosplay. I want to be able to give it the time it deserves and develop my skills along the way.

Dash

I have big plans for the website with my latest update. I plan to write my reviews for both Sakura-Con and Chicago Comic Con. I don’t think I’ll be writing one for Katsu-Con. It was just a terrible convention and I really don’t want it to take up space on my website. I will be uploading my latest profile for my Ashe cosplay since I am considering a 2.0 version to redo it. I also have a mega update to do regarding my Crown Cosplay competition. I have Fanime Con in San Jose in a little bit more than two weeks and a whole cosplay to finish in the progress, but I want to get the website up to speed while I have this sit down time! Stay tuned for the next few really big posts!

-KLR

My Future with Cosplay – New York University

With more conventions on the horizon and my beloved Sakura-Con right around the corner, my future with cosplay is really starting to flesh itself out. My panel has been accepted to be presented at least twice more in the coming months, including my second year at Sakura Con. In the biggest piece of news I received to date, I have been accepted to New York University’s Gallatin School of Individual Study! At NYU, I will finally have the opportunity to explore cosplay on an academically support level. In addition to my field research with my panel, Need Input!, I will be studying graduate courses on psychology, sociology, anthropology, performance studies and East Asian studies to craft my own Master’s program in Cosplay Studies. Below is my Statement of Purpose, detailing my study intentions, my prospective classes and my overall goals for an academic career in cosplay!

As I look back at my first exposure to cosplay and the community that surrounds it, I never would have realized the years of dedication and the dozens of questions to follow would become the focus of my academic and creative life. My first exposure to the cosplay community was at Penny Arcade Expo in Bellevue, Washington in August 2004. I traveled from Salem, Oregon with my four best friends to enjoy a weekend of video games and geeky antics before beginning my senior year of high school. Throughout my weekend, I couldn’t help but notice that there were people dressed as popular characters from video games, such as Lara Croft from Tomb Raider or Master Chief from the Halo franchise. Their intricate costumes drew the attention of photographers and fans of both the characters and the games from which they originated. After forty-two consecutive hours of video and tabletop gaming and snapping as many costume photos as I could, I became enthralled in the convention scene and this costume activity known as ‘cosplay’. By my next convention in April 2005, another Washington convention known as Sakura-Con, I was wearing my own cosplay and joining a community that would become the most immersive and creative foundation of my life. Cosplay (コスプレ) is a performance art that involves dressing up in costumes to represent a character or an idea. The costumes are often associated with characters from Japanese anime, video games and comic books and can either be crafted from scratch or purchased already constructed. It is a growing community of people that gather together in costume, whether it be at school clubs, local meet-ups, or annual conventions. Cosplay has been the creative and social focus of my life for ten years now, but recently, I have undergone a personal transformation that didn’t require a costume.

Through years of experience and my own personal inquisition of my love for the hobby, I have developed a deep interest for the human desire and drive to cosplay. By expanding beyond the conception that cosplay is merely just ‘fun’, I have asked myself and other cosplayers to look beyond initial feelings and emotions and reflect on the real questions that surround this craft. How do cosplayers decide which characters they will embody? What feelings are evoked from this transformation and how do these manifested emotions overcome the stress and judgment that can come with cosplaying? Is cosplay a form of escapism and ignorance to reality or is it an ascension into a greater understanding of our inner strengths? What social and community-based advantages are being exposed through the gatherings of thousands of cosplayers at conventions around the world? Ultimately, why do we cosplay? These and many other questions have come to enrich my cosplay lifestyle, from merely attending conventions for entertainment to perceiving the thousands of people that attend as cultural phenomena, constantly breaking ground with elements of self-discovery and community.

From one person’s investment into a single costume to the cosplay-rich convention-based communities that gather annually around the world, the ideas of cosplay expand into sociocultural anthropology, sociology, psychology and performance studies. With the term ‘cosplay’ being of Japanese origin and particular districts in Tokyo made popular for frequent cosplay-based activities, an essence and appreciation of East Asian studies must be attributed to these ideas as well. With the assistance of these avenues of academia, I also pursue my inquires by engaging face-to-face with the cosplay community at conventions across the country through panels and large scale surveys that gather personal testimonies and statistical data to bolster my research.

Coinciding with my academics and my convention travels in order to conduct field research, I will not only continue to create cosplays for myself, but I will now record my creation processes, journal mental-emotional discoveries and make a greater effort to understand my own process of cosplay. On this exploration to discover why the rest of the world chooses to cosplay, I still find several questions to ask myself about my role in the world of cosplay. Why do I spend several months on a single costume that I will sometimes only wear for a few hours? Why do I ritually don these costumes and invest physical and emotional strength becoming people from other time periods, planets and planes of existence? What do I seek to gain in an already stressful process by putting myself on display for thousands of people to critique and judge a transformation in which I am personally and wholeheartedly committed? In my pursuits to have the other cosplayers of the world answer these questions, I would like to discover my own answers to why cosplay has become such a driving force in my life.

With so many ideas surrounding cosplay and the questions that could be asked about it, the difficulty of making it fit into just one academic discipline has been a struggle. I have investigated university programs in anthropology, sociology, psychology and Japanese studies to try and find one that can cater to the sociocultural diversity of cosplay while still allowing the element to explore its artistic level of performance and creativity. I find it a necessity to keep the two together and I strongly believe the Gallatin School at New York University is the best platform to keep the science and the art together. While understanding why people cosplay from a psychological, social and cultural perspective is important to me, it is also of limitless value to appreciate the theatrical process of becoming a character and the level of artistic craftsmanship that goes into making a cosplay. With my current level of experience, I have a comfort understanding to the world of cosplay, but I seek to understand it on a deeper academic level. I need to develop a theoretical foundation in relation to my questions of ethics, psychology, identity, community, and social behavior. In order to organize my findings, my current research and understanding of the cosplay world, I seek academic support and encouragement to connect my current understanding of cosplay to scholastic ideas and theories.

My experience with cosplay has transpired from the end of my high school career into my present day adult life. It is an activity has grown from an annual hobby, generating one costume a year, to the primary pursuit of my life, giving rise to conventions attended on a monthly basis and multiple costumes produced for each attendance. I have attended almost twenty conventions for Japanese anime, video games and comic books across the country. My most recent convention attendance at the New York Comic Con in October 2013 recognized my level of craftsmanship and dedication for cosplay with an award for Best Performance at the Wikia Live Cosplay Contest. The greatest value of my cosplay career so far is the diverse collection of characters that I have become: a teenage robot pilot facing the apocalypse, a widowed queen on a quest to save her empire, a little girl born from a science experiment living in a city under the sea, and a disenchanted wolf goddess trying to journey home, just to name a few.

Overall, my greatest academic and professional experiences revolve around my convention panel, Need Input!: A Panel for Cosplay Research. The panel surveys the cosplay community of the conventions with a Q&A style of gathering personal feedback as well as an anonymous circulating survey that gathers statistical data about cosplayers, such as age, gender identity, and cosplay preferences. Asking questions like ‘How do you feel when you cosplay?’ and ‘Does cosplay fulfill something in your life that you don’t get from normal day-to-day life?’, over 60 people during my 90-minute panel volunteered their personal anecdotes and stories. In my experience and research so far, cosplay has unveiled a value of developing both practical life skills and positive mental and social health. The art of cosplay requires learning new skills, developing an attention to detail, creative problem solving, resourcefulness and efficient time management. On a personal and social level, it builds confidence and self-esteem, creates immersive social interaction and is limitless path for self-exploration. Part of my panel’s research to discover the motivations of why people cosplay; the other part is to further credit the social significance that this art form plays in bringing people together and building successful human connections. With plans for at least six more conventions in the year, Need Input! has become my primary outlet for field research and the gathering of information from cosplayers and the cosplay community.

My tentative course selection draws courses from anthropology, psychology, performance studies, sociology and East Asian studies. These are the following courses that I would like to incorporate into my program studies and their departments, respectively:

  • Anthropology
    • Social Anthropology Theory and Practice ANTH-GA 1010
    • Culture, Meaning, and Society ANTH-GA 1222
  • East Asian Studies
    • Seminar in Modern Japanese Literature & Culture AST-GA 2550
    • Japanese Anime and New Media G33.1708
  • Psychology
    • Theories of Personality PSYCH-GA 2015
  • Sociology
    • Introduction to Statistics SOC-GA 2332
    • Sociology of Culture SOC-GA 2414
  • Performance Studies
    • Embodying the Other: Human Beings and Speech Gesture PERF-GT 2730
    • Performance Composition: Performing Identities PERF-GT 2730

I found the following Gallatin coursework to especially beneficial to my area of study:

  • Proseminar: Studying Social Life: Theories and Methods
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  • Why Do You Want to Make It, and How Can You Make It Better? ELEC-GG2435

 

Any independent studies I choose to explore will most likely explore my convention attendances, running my panel and creating cosplays. Of the professors available currently available at NYU, I am most interested in working with Professor Thomas Looser of the East Asian Studies program. With his main focuses being on cultural anthropology and Japanese studies, I believe he is the one of the best professors to advise me on my cosplay studies.

So, now, in addition to my panel, all my planned cosplays and all the conventions I plan to tour, now I have to think about resume the life of a student. I’ll be honest, I’ve been out of school for about five years and the idea of resuming school life is daunting and scary. I mean, do I still remember how to write a paper? I guess this is just the next step in make cosplay more and more a part of my everyday life! Stay tuned while I figure out how I’m gonna manage this huge honor to be accepted to NYU, and how jostle writing papers and making cosplays!

Slightly Derailed – When Cosplayers Get Screwed By Real Life

It’s been a couple months since I got back from Sakura Con and was looking forward to dedicating a lot more of my time to cosplay and where I hope it will lead the rest of my life. But I have been slightly derailed along the way. For one, things in my life just keep changing and I have to put other things first before I consider my future. One day at a time, right? That’s how it has broken down lately. My fiance was accepted to a masters program at NYU at the beginning of May. The past month has occupied my life with going through everything I own and deciding what goes with me, what stays to be store, and what gets thrown away. It’s hard to think about shipping cosplays, a sewing machine, pounds and pounds of crafting equipment when there are dozens of other more essential things that need to have funds delegated to them first. Plane tickets, money for new housing (it is New York, so it’ll cost a lot) shipping the essentials like clothes, kitchen and bathrooms things, and buying necessary things for the trip, like luggage. So, this move has occupied one of the months that I had hoped to use doing an abundance of things for this website. I’ve had to put off uploading cosplay profiles, transcribing my panel or collecting statistical data from my survey. I had also hoped to have another cosplay completed by now. This move has occupied my life and my creative energy is shot, not to mention that I am also working two jobs right now. I think about how fast pace things will be in New York, the likelihood that I will get to work one Monday-Friday job 9-5. I’ll probably still work two jobs, have less funds to cosplay, and I now have to incorporate a plane ticket into my seasonal con trip, which pretty much doubles to triples the cost. I’d like to think New York cons are good, but I have no idea. I will remain incredibly loyal to Sakura Con because I have attended it every year for the past nine years. It will just cost a lot more.

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I’m not ignoring the site. I think about cosplay and trying to building my portfolio and anthropology with cosplay constantly – I just don’t have time to do anything about it right now. I am hoping that New York will expand my horizons for cosplay exponentially, but right now I have no idea how it will affect my life as a whole. I have never lived anywhere else that the state I live in now, and New York is about 3000 miles away – a different climate, a different time zone and totally different pace of life. I’m scared, anxious, excited, overwhelmed, emotional, just a big mess. I hope I can make another cosplay soon. I want time to work on the site. Please bear with me. Wait until I move to New York and this all blows over and hopefully cosplay life can resume if not normal, then better than normal. I need something consistent and reliable going on in the chaos of my life right now.

In the beginning, there was a cosplayer…

Welcome to the beginning of Red Leaf Cosplay!

Red Leaf Cosplay started in 2004 with a cosplay of Winry Rockbell from Fullmetal Alchemist. The cosplay debuted at Sakura-Con 2004, my very first anime convention. With the popularity of Fullmetal Alchemist that year, my cosplay was very popular and I received tons of comments and photo opportunities.

As the years followed I created several more popular cosplays, including Asuka Langley Sohryu’s plugsuit from Neon Genesis Evangelion and Misty from Pokemon. After graduating from Portland State University with a BA in Theater Arts, with an emphasis in props, I used my collected skills from over 10 years of doing stage props to make my first cosplay prop, an Adam Gun for my Little Sister cosplay from Bioshock (see photo above). This became another cosplay to receive rave reviews from the convention public for authenticity and theatricality.

As time has passed, the potential for making cosplay and prop creation a career has come to the surface. I don’t enjoy theater as much as I used to, what with the demand for hundreds of props per production, little time for artistic detail, and the underwhelming support and appreciation for all the work that I do. Cosplay has never failed me in the element of challenge, appreciation and admiration from total strangers, and the lift of self esteem and pride in my work that has come as a result. This site will be the foundation that collects my work from over the years,  my processes and research that have contributed to the finished product, and the portfolio that leads me to a professional career in cosplay, modeling and prop making.

-KLR

Theater Resumé

West Salem High School  

  • Spring 2003 – Prop Master – Little Shop of Horrors – Directed by Lori Van Dreal-Clark
  • Spring 2004 – Prop Master – The Miracle Worker – Directed by Lori Van Dreal-Clark
  • Spring 2005 – Prop Master – Bye Bye Birdie – Directed by Lori Van Dreal-Clark

Chemeketa Community College

  • Winter 2005 – Prop Master – Epic Proportions – Technical Director – Terry Rohse
  • Spring 2006 – Collaborator/Assistant Scene Designer – The Quintessential Interpretation Project – Technical Director – Terry Rohse

Portland State University/TASO

  • Fall 2008 – Prop Master – The Triumph of Love – Directed by Karin Magaldi
  • Winter 2009 – Prop Master – Sophocles’ Electra – Directed by Devon Allen
  • Spring 2009 – Prop Master – Minutes from the Blue Route – Directed by Josh Spencer
  • Spring 2009 – Prop Master – The Odd Couple – Directed by Dug Martell
  • Fall 2009 – Prop Master – The Tempest – Directed by William Tate
  • Spring 2010 – Chorus Member – Hamletmachine – Directed by Ben Roberts

Portland Center Stage

  • Winter 2009 – Fall 2010 – Intern at PCS Scene Shop under Erik Olberholtzer

Portland Public Playhouse

  • Fall 2009 – Prop Master – Tomfoolery – Directed by Bruce Hostetler
  • Winter 2010 – Prop Master – A Christmas Story – Directed by Dustin Milberg

Working Theater Collective

  • Spring 2010 – Master Electrician – Peaking – Directed by Nate Harpel

Bag and Baggage Theater Productions

  • Fall 2010 – Prop Master – The Glass Menagerie – Directed by Marion Ross

Misc. Work

  • April 2008 – Cirque du Soleil: Corteo – Scenic Property Crew, Portland, OR
  • May 2010 – Cirque du Soleil: Kooza – Scenic Property Crew, Portland, OR

Education/Training

  • High School Diploma: West Salem High School    06/2005
    Graduated with National Honors in Academics and Technical Theater
  • Associate Arts Oregon Transfer Degree: Chemeketa Community College  06/2007
    Influence in Arts and Letters
    Graduated with National Honors Phi Theta Kappa
  • BA in Theater Arts: Portland State University   06/13/2010
    Graduated with National Honors Alpha Psi Omega
    Technical Theater Track
    Focus: Stage Properties
    Skills: Trained to work with a variety of tools and saws, some woodworking, experience in casting, mold making and crafting with foam, stained glass, slumping and fusing, knitting and hand piecing

Cosplay Resumé

Cosplays

  1. Winry Rockbell, Fullmetal Alchemist – debuted Sakura Con 2005
  2. Askua Langley Sohryu, Neon Genesis Evangelion – debuted Sakura Con 2006
  3. Princess Ashe, Final Fantasy XII – debuted Sakura-Con 2007
  4. Misty, Pokémon – debuted Kumori Con 2008
  5. Little Sister, Bioshock– debuted Sakura Con 2010
  6. Sage Wolf Horo, Spice and Wolf – debuted Sakura Con 2011
  7. Siddartha (Undead Female Priest in Absolution Regalia), World of Warcraft – debuted Sakura Con 2012
  8. Megumi, Burst Angel – debuted Sakura Con 2013
  9. Jean Grey, X-Men: Evolution – debuted New York Comi Con 2013
  10. Horo (Green Dress), Spice and Wolf – debuted KatsuCon 2014

Cosplay Props

  1. Cross Punisher, Trigun
  2. Adam Gun, Bioshock
  3. Grand Magister’s Staff of Torrents, World of Warcraft

There will be profiles to follow for each of the cosplays and props posted above. Each posting will come with photos, research involved, construction process and oh, so much more! Stay tuned!

-KLR