How did you get interested in cosplay and taking part in Anime Milwaukee?
Kevin: When Amber first approached me, I said no. But we made a deal about her grades. She brought home a 4.0, so I have been dressing up ever since. But once I started going, it’s been all about the overall friendships and sense of community.
Amber: I’ve always been drawn to Japanese culture, and my love of cosplay led to my degree in theatrical costume production. I love sewing and costuming. It has allowed me to travel all over the country and make the most amazing friends.
What’s on tap for this year?
Kevin: I always told Amber that if we are going to continue to do this, we’ve got to up our game. Our costumes are big and elaborate. I even learned to sew and do a lot of my own costumes. I have 3D printers, and I’m working on creating a heavy infantry Mandalorian.
What is the atmosphere like at anime conventions?
Amber: People are drawn to these cons because of the vendors, the cosplay contests and the rave. It’s always buzzing. What’s nice about Anime Milwaukee is that people will wear costumes even if they are outside of the anime genre.
This story is part of Milwaukee Magazine‘s February issue.
Find the issue on newsstands or buy a copy at milwaukeemag.com/shop.
Be the first to get every new issue. Subscribe.