What started in 2005 with a Goodwill jacket, a plaster battle axe, and six cans of pink hairspray has turned into an obsession for Kansas City based cosplayer Erin Carpenter (AKA Sparqy). Over the last 12 years she has won awards for many of her costumes, presented panels and workshops at several different conventions, and has been running a (relatively) successful Etsy based prop shop. When not working on costumes, Sparqy is playing video games, playing with her cats, or just procrastinating and being lazy. She is also a design student and a longtime participant of the Kansas City Renaissance Festival.