How'd you two meet?
<Flexei> Well, we actually met in the arcade at our student
union, "The Mountainlair," at West Virginia University.
We played each other X-men vs. Street Fighter... she was the only
girl down there, and I was the awesome bald guy who kicked everyone's
<Flexei> Seriously though.. a friend of mine from high
school was friends with her, and we ALL played the game together,
and he sort of played match maker. How long have you been into
<rogue> I've known about it for a long time, but didn't
have the time or money until I, erm...we graduated college. I
made our first costumes two months after college for Otakon 2000.
How long have you been married?
<Flexei> Going on two years now, but we've been together
for almost 6.
What did you dress as?
<rogue> I wanted to make costumes for years. I was really
into comic books and wanted to make a Jubilee forever. I actually
did make that costume, but no one except my sister has ever seen
<Flexei> Mr. Fugisawa and Miz Mishtal from El Hazard. I
wasn't expecting anyone to recognize me and was very surprised
when I heard several people yelling, "Fugisawa-sensei!"
Do you often choose obscure characters?
<rogue> We have done a lot of obscure characters. But I
like to make costumes of characters I love, not ones that are
easily recognized. But being recognized is fun though ^_^
<Flexei> I'm all about "spreading the gospel"
for a series, and when we do something obscure, I love telling
about all about the game/show when they ask what we're from. If
we tend to gravitate to the obscure, it's usually because that's
the series we most recently finished watching.
What got you into anime?
<rogue> Comic book conventions. They would always have
an anime booth. Also the Sci-Fi channel at 2 o'clock in the morning.
Back in the way early 90's, they would have a weekend special
for anime. That's where my love for Project A-ko came from.
<Flexei> I got into anime at Sci Fi cons. I was probably
like 10 when I first started watching it. They'd have movie rooms
with raw "japanamation", and the fans would basically
MST3K over it. It was funny as hell.
What are you watching/playing right now?
<rogue> Fruits Basket: Flexei hates this show, but I love
it. We cosplayed two characters from it to Flexeis disliking.
Rah Xephon : I really want to cosplay that in the near future.
I've been playing Breath of Fire: Dragon Quarter like a crack
fiend. We just recently cosplayed as Ryu and Lin from that in
<Flexei> I recently finished what's available of Gravion.
I really enjoyed it. I've also been enjoying Platinumhugen Ordian.
Game wise, I just finished Shinobi, which I loved. I'm also playing
Guilty Gear XX a bunch, and Capcom vs. SNK 2 EO - don't know if
many costumes will come from any of that though... other that
Guilty Gear that is.
<rogue> Guilty Gear! How could I forget? I just finished
two more costumes for us from Guilty Gear. I have many more plans
for Guilty Gear in the future.
You primarily download your episodes or something else?
<rogue> We really prefer to buy our anime. We like to help
support American anime companies. But, when something isnt
available here, then we download. Once something gets released
here, even if we downloaded it, we tend to buy it.
<Flexei> I'm very bad at downloading everything I can get
my hands on... and I rarely watch any of it. Oh.. also watching
Stelvia of the Universe. But, when the stuff get licensed we ALWAYS
buy everything we would have bought normally.
Is your costuming a round-the-clock sort of production, or do
you wait until last minute?
<rogue> Ha, ha, ha....... I'm crazy. I make stuff like
two months in advance. I NEVER wait till the last minute. I usually
dedicate a whole weekend per costume, and work like a crack fiend
until I'm finished. Most costumes take me about 2-3 days to complete.
That's with me working about 8-10 hours a day on it. I usually
make 3 new costumes a convention, which actually means I have
to make 6, 3 costumes apiece.
You guys have tons of costumes - any favorites?
<Flexei> Well, my problem is it sometimes takes a lot of
convincing to get Rogue to do costumes from a series only I like.
Sadamitsu the Destroyer was my biggest victory so far... I love
<rogue> Favorites: Rhyth from JSRF, Black Rose Wakaba from
Utena, my new Baiken from Guilty Gear X, my new Bridget from Guilty
Gear XX, and Sarah from Suikoden 3.
<Flexei> My favorite costumes are my Soda from Jet Set
Radio Future, Duero and Bart from Vandread, and my Sadamitsu the
Destroyer. I'd love to eventually re-wear my Bart costume with
my shaved head (he shaves his head in like the 3rd episode of
Would you classify those as *simple* or *complex* costumes?
<rogue> hmm.....I'd consider all of them medium difficulty.
I've made easier, and I've made harder. I seem to always like
my medium level costumes the most. They are the most enjoyable
to make a wear.
<Flexei> I'd say they're on the complex side, but still
hall-friendly which is how we prefer to make our costumes.
<rogue> I get too frustrated when I venture on a difficult
costume. The difficulty just drags all the fun out of making it
and just makes me cuss instead.
<Flexei> The big costumes are fine if you love the cosplay
competitions, but personally, I get more pleasure from hall costuming.
<rogue> I don't need some big fancy costume to make me
happy. I like having a "clean", good-looking costume
that's easy to wear in the halls.
How do each of you contribute to your costume construction?
<rogue> Well.....I sew everything. I also paint everything.
I work on all the shoes. And I contribute about half to making
accessories. Flexei is the wig man, he always styles the hair.
He does most of the accessory construction. Oh yeah....I'm normally
the one that puts out all the cash for the costumes too! :P
<Flexei> I offer criticism.. even though it's rarely appreciated.
<rogue> Don't get me started on his so-called criticism
<Flexei> Eh... I could probably be more constructive...
usually the problem is I give the criticism WAY WAY too late.
So do you have your entire next year's worth of costumes already
<rogue> It will be a total of 7. That's really way over
our limit, but........... I don't know why we're going to do so
many. I guess its my fault. *Must make more costumes, need
place to wear them*
<Flexei> We usually firmly plan for the next two cons,
with rough ideas for the ones after that. If I had it my way,
we'd stick to about 4.
<rogue> I have our costumes finished for the next two conventions.
I have ideas for our last convention of the year.
What work do you do?
<rogue> I'm a dental hygienist. I love my job! ^_^ I clean
teeth and flick tartar across the room. *yummy*
<Flexei> Im a computer graphics programmer. I work
for WVU's Virtual Environments Lab. Basically VR stuff, but it's
only a shotgun away from being video games. :) "Scientific
visualization"... but occasionally, I make little games now
and then to "research" new openGL techniques. :)
<rogue> Ha ha.....everyone thinks my job is disgusting
<Flexei> Computers are way easier to deal with than people.
Any sewing tips for fellow Lab members?
<Flexei> Have your wife do it! :)
<rogue> Go to hell Flexei. If it is possible, iron your
material a lot. It keeps everything clean, and makes it easier
to hem. Use a sewing machine, dear lord don't sew by hand. Always
buy extra material. Make things one size bigger; you can always
scale it down.
Tips on choosing fabric?
<rogue> Please don't use satin for everything. School uniforms
should NOT be made of satin. Don't be afraid of using the cheaper
stuff; you'll be amazed just how nice a costume can turn out with
it. Watch how your character moves in various shows to get an
idea on what type of fabric to use. Poly/Cotton is god! It's cheap,
very clean, very colorful, and you can do many great things with
<Flexei> I THINK she means satin. SATAN BE GONE!
<rogue> No I mean satan.......well that's what satin can
Outside of anime and fandom, how do you get inspired? What makes you
want to wake up each morning?
<rogue> Alright this is going to sound cheesy but......Trubie
(Flexei). My husband makes me so happy.
<Flexei> Humm.. well.. inspiration... there's the hokey answer
of each other... but it is true. I also love my dog... and video games...
If it weren't for cosplay, what else would you do?
<rogue> Flexei would be playing video games, eating video games,
having video game parties, sleeping with video games. As for me.....I'd
be making more web pages.
<Flexei> Id do a lot more reading. There's a bunch of things
I've been wanting to read, but haven't had the time. And there's also
video games which occupy a large quantity of my time.
<rogue> I love web pages. Whoooo internet!
Any rumors need clarifying for your world audience?
<rogue> I don't know if anyone thinks were snooty. We tend to
be connected at the hip and never leave each others side, but
that doesn't mean we don't want to talk to anyone or meet new people.
I think people sometimes feel we just want to be alone, but that's not
true. We tend to just act a little bit more "mature" and don't
run around all happy and giddy, but that doesn't mean we don't want
to make new friends.
Rogue and Flexei, I think it's great that you
make your hobby a team effort. Your passion for the sport shows in all
your great costumes and we can't wait to see what you have in store
next. We're also looking forward to seeing chibi-Rogues and chibi-Flexeis
in the near future so it will really become a family affair. Good luck
in all your aspirations.
Garry aka Prof