My name is Meru. I’m an “old school” cosplayer with over 15 years of experience of attending conventions and bringing characters to life, via my costume creations. I’m very passionate about my geeky interests, which range from Japanese anime & manga to Western cartoons, comics, and films.
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Meru is an award winning hobbyist cosplayer, cosmaker, and seamstress based in Atlanta, Georgia. Over the past decade, she has created 60+ costumes and attended cosplay events across the USA and Japan. An avid watcher and fan of anime, she was previously an Ambassador for the streaming website Crunchyroll. Meru has been a cosplay guest and craftsmanship judge on many occasions and also enjoys hosting informative panels and workshops about costuming techniques and topics. A former participant in the Japan Exchange and Teaching Program (JET), Meru also has a passion for Japanese culture and speaking about her experiences.
When not working on costumes for her daughter and herself, she enjoys home decor & design, fitness, cooking, travel, and reading anything written by Haruki Murakami.
Cosplay (コスプレ, kosupure), a portmanteau of the words costume play, is a performance art in which participants called cosplayers wear costumes and fashion accessories to represent a specific character or idea.
For me, cosplay is both a fun hobby and creative outlet. Whenever I set my heart on creating a new costume, I always ask myself, “How can I translate this into real life? How can I transform myself into the character’s likeness?” It’s more than just putting on a costume & wig, and calling it a day. I’m very into the process from start to finish: researching, designing, planning, pattern drafting, sewing, accessory making, jewel casting, wig styling, makeup artistry, and more! I am always looking for a new challenge and strive to add new skills to each new costume I make.
I got into the hobby through my love for Japanese anime and manga. My first convention experience was Anime Weekend Atlanta 2003. I donned two simple costumes that weekend (one thrifted, one commissioned) and had a blast; from there the desire to portray my favorite characters took off. What I love about cosplay is that everybody starts somewhere! I didn’t know how to sew a stitch to save my life when I first began, but learned over the years through the support of my friends. Now I’m mainly tutorial-based and self-taught.
2017 – MomoCon, Dragon Con, Anime Weekend Atlanta
2016 – [Hiatus]
2015 – Mississippi Comic Con, Anime Weekend Atlanta
2014 – Southern Popular Culture Convention (Guest/Judge), Anime Getaway Jackson (Guest/Judge)
2013 – Katsucon (Crunchyroll Ambassador), A-Kon (Crunchyroll Ambassador), San Japan (Guest/Judge/Panelist), DragonCon
2012 – Summer Wonder Festival, Japan World Cosplay Summit Finals (Volunteer Staff), Anime Weekend Atlanta
2011 – Momocon (Guest/Judge), FanimeCon
2010 – SeishunCon, Metrocon (Judge), DragonCon, Anime Weekend Atlanta
2009 – AUSAM-Con (Judge/Panelist), Momocon, Anime Alabama (Judge/Panelist /Maid Cafe Co-Coordinator), Anime Expo, DragonCon, Anime Weekend Atlanta, Anime South (Panelist/Maid Cafe Coordinator)
2008 – Atlanta Comics Expo, Momocon, Metrocon, DragonCon, Anime Weekend Atlanta, Anime South (Maid Cafe)
2007 – Momocon, Metrocon, DragonCon, Anime Weekend Atlanta, Anime South
2006 – Momocon, DragonCon, Anime Weekend Atlanta
2005 – Anime Weekend Atlanta
2004 – Anime Weekend Atlanta
2003 – Anime Weekend Atlanta
1st Place – International Sailor Moon Day Atlanta 2017 — Minako (with Risana & Katie)
Best in Show, Masters’ – Anime Weekend Atlanta 2010 – Winged Kaitou Jeanne (with Yashuntafun & Tham)
Best in Show (Master) – SeishunCon 2010 – Kaitou Jeanne
Best Anime (Journeyman) – Anime Weekend Atlanta 2009 – Louise Ballgown
Best Video Game (Journeyman) – Anime Weekend Atlanta 2008 – Polka (with Yashuntafun)
Best Group (Journeyman) – Anime South 2007 – Miwako (with Katie & Exastra)
Best Anime (Novice) – Anime Weekend Atlanta 2007 – Rosette (with Katie, Flowery, Fraek)