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we talk about cosplaying, let's get to know a little bit
about you. Where were you born and raised?
was Born in San Diego but have moved all over the
place since then. I have no real home town. Lindze
was a rollin' stone, baby. I currently live in
Atlanta, Georgia. I'm a Georgia peach!
What does the South have that California doesn't?
good BBQ and pecan pie. Its all about Southern
a friend traveled to your area to spend several hours
with you, where would you take them or what would you
do for fun?
would take them around the cute and
fun areas of Atlanta, like Little 5,
Virginia Highlands or some of the more
fun clubs, like 80s night at the Masquerade.
I like going out on the town, dancing,
drinking and being goofy. But I also
like having a bunch of people over
and playing videogames. You gotta have
a little of both.
someone were in the passenger seat of your car,
what kind of music would they expect to be listening
I listen to a total of like three
CDs in my car because they're my
favorites. It would be the Moulin
Rouge soundtrack, my Death Row
rap mix or the Buffy the musical
soundtrack. I'm musically retarded.
a friend visited you at your home,
what would they catch you watching
TV, the only shows
I watch are Buffy the
vampire slayer and
Angel. Did I mention
I'm a Buffy fanatic?
Lindze cosplaying as Barbara from "Animal Magnetism".
Buffy and Angel fan. If you were a member of the Scooby gang,
which Scooby member would you click with. Buffy, Willow,
Xander, Oz, Anya, Spike, etc?
would most likely click with Xander. He's goofy
and funny like me. Plus I'm loud and way too honest
like Anya, so maybe he'd go out with me! hehehe
Buffy or "Angel" episode was your favorite?
favorite Buffy episode is the musical episode and
I watch it way too often, much to Brad's dismay.
I also love "Restless" the season finale of season
4, the dream sequence episode. It's so in depth
and subtle, dorks like me love to analyze it! My
favorite episode of Angel is "I will remember you" from
season 1. Where Angel becomes human for a day when
Buffy comes to visit and later has to give up his
humanity to save her life and wipe it from her
memory. Oh man, I've never cried from a TV show
before that. Why did you have to ask me Buffy questions
and make me look so lame!? (laugh)
kind of student were you back in high school? The cheerleader,
jock, computer person, library person, band person, stoner?
groups of friends were the punk rock, all in bands
types. I was punk rock most my high school life.
Went through a raver phase too but we pretend that
Lindze cosplaying as Lillith from the Capcom fighting
there was one word to describe you as a person
now, what word would that be and why?
(laughing) That's actually a joke, my friends call me.
I'm just so intense when I believe in something, and nothing
can sway me, and I get loud, angry and violent if people
disagree. I'm also stubborn and belligerent. (laughing)
I can never say I'm a type that gets along well with many
people. I'm way too insane for that. But I'd rather have
a few friends that I really like, than tons of random acquaintances.
But for all my violent tendencies, I really am a jolly
sort most the time. At least I'm honest, right?
talk about cosplay. How did you get involved
and my husband, Brad, were going to a Halloween party four
years ago and we wanted to be videogame characters. I wanted
to be Lilith, so I was looking up pictures of her online
and came across some cosplayers dressed as her. I was so
confused. People actually did this and I didn't know about
it?! I was so excited that I joined a cosplay mailing list
right there and booked a ticket to the next con, Katsucon.
I was hooked instantly. Dressing up has always been big
in my family, and now I get to do it all the time!
you spend a lot of money on your costumes?
depends. I have costumes that cost me less than $50 and I have
costumes that I spent almost a grand on. For example, Shiva from "Final
Fantasy VIII". I'm a big sucker for details being important
on my costumes, and shoes and wigs are where I spend most my
money on. I also think fabrics are very important and would rather
save up and get a nice fabric than make everything out of cheap
bridal satin. (shudders)
you feel stressed out
when a con nears, that
you have to finish a
costume or a numerous
amount of costumes quickly?
and no. I get
see my friends
that my costume
will fall apart
or I'll find
need to fix
I get my costumes
done well in
with time management,
and happy before
you one of those cosplayers
that travel around
the country going to
different cons? If
so, how do you manage
to travel to all these
I was lucky
get to go
to a lot
of out of
and my first
was the best
I had friends
help me out
to pay for
a three day
been to one
in the US,
to see all
too and being
on the beach
mentioned going to
Anime Expo in California.
What differences have
you noticed regarding
East or Southern cosplayers
compared to West Coast
but its hard
Like i said,
to many cons,
and I dont
talk to many
DENNIS: I'm curious. How is the cosplay scene in Georgia?
Are there many events where people can cosplay?
actually a fair amount of cosplayers in Georgia. There
are also two cons that are in Atlanta. We have AWA, which
is a small anime con and there's the best con in the whole
wide world, says me, DRAGONCON! Dragoncon is a Sci-Fi/fantasy/media/comic
con. It really has something for everyone. I love it cause
I can dress up in comic character costumes, movie costumes,
anything. There's hilarious stuff to go see, like Midget
wrestling, there was a Klingon wedding, storm troopers,
you name it. Even if I didn't live here, I would travel
from anywhere to go to it.
does your family feel about you cosplaying? Do
your co-workers or (non-cosplaying) friends know
about your hobby? Are they supportive?
mom loves it. She's a professional artist and used to be
a pro seamstress, so she thinks it's great. She's even
helped me on some costumes before such as Makie and Bellossum.
My dad is a Minister, so he's not as thrilled when I wear
sexy costumes. (laughing)
Lindze cosplaying as HUnewearl from the Sega Dreamcast
videogame "Phantasy Star Online".
I try to keep my family in
mind and never do anything
too inappropriate. But he thinks
my creativity is great. My
coworkers think its funny,
but cool and my friends don't
really understand what cosplay
is but think it's really neat
and always want me to make
them stuff for Halloween.
DENNIS: When you make your costumes, do you make your
own costumes or do you have them created by a professional?
always make them myself. The only costumes I didn't make were
Bellossum and Makie, which my mother made actually for me to
wear to two different weddings, which is why she made them. Her
work is just ….amazing. I hope I can sew as well as her someday. Sometimes
I receive help from a mutual costuming fanatic, Chris Donio,
who helps teach me sculpting related costume things. He never
just does something for me; he always shows me and then makes
me do it. I'm lucky to have someone to teach me! All other things,
I do myself.
Lindze cosplaying as Sumire from "Miyuki-chan
you do create the costumes on your own,
do you use an expensive sewing machine
or a basic sewing machine?
use a mid-priced sewing machine, a White "Jeans Machine" (laughing)
which is great to go through thick materials, like fur and
pleather. I also have a serger, the most wonderful invention
in the world, and a industrial sewing machine, a present
from my mom, which is what professionals use and will go
through shoe leather. It's insanely strong. Its great for
sewing plastics, leather, and foam. No one needs all this
stuff but if you're serious about sewing and costumes, I
do highly recommend a Serger in addition to a regular sewing
machine. They're awesome.
one example of your favorite costume, can you
tell us a history on the making of the costume?
How much? The challenges? Where to buy? Material?
And all that cool stuff.
love my Lilith costume…I feel akin to her, since she
got me into cosplay. It's also my most asked about costume.
I wanted to make it all out of stretch vinyl, which can
be intimidating to sew with, due to its sewing difficulty. The
costume really didn't cost me much, but was tedious to
sew. I made my own pattern for the wings, which were
black and red vinyl.
red skeleton of
the wing was made
by sewing right
turned right side
out, then stuffed
with cotton stuffing.
The webbing in
the wings, were
made by ironing
on craft-fuse onto
a red piece and
a black piece of
vinyl, then hot
gluing the two
the glue would
have shown and
not been as sturdy.
Then I hand sewed
the webbing to
the skeleton. It
took forever, but
turned out just
like I wanted.
I sewed the wings
directly into the
back, in slits,
and then sewed
thick fishing wire
on to the top arch
of the wings, and
attached them to
2 blue plastic
rings, which went
over my middle
fingers, so I could
move my wings around
and support them.
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