Getting to know members of Costumers with a Cause: Anthony Vernon AKA Pally Kashra

Interviewee: Anthony Vernon AKA Pally Kashra

Location: Oak Park, IL

What keeps you CAUSEplaying? I’ve been cosplaying for about 5 years now, and I’ve gotten to a point where I’ve actually wanted to do something more with my cosplay. Being able to be part of parades and other events is a great way that I can do this, and its something that I’ve really enjoyed.

What was your first CAUSEplay event? My first event with Costumers with a Cause was the 4th of July parade in Villa Park.

What is your favorite costume to wear while CAUSEplaying? Why that character? I’d have to say my favorite character to wear would be Link from The Legend of Zelda. I always fun with that character because since he’s a silent character, I can have a bit more liberty with how I portray him as a character. On top of that, its a character that I feel like I can have alot of interaction with the kids with.

Most memorable CAUSEplay moment: I would have to say my most memorable moment was at Kids in Capes at Crown Pointe Indiana. I was one of the people that the kids had to pass while they had to get to the goal. The kids used those swimming noodles to defeat us, and it was pretty fun letting them beat us up (even though we probably had a few bruises the very next day).

The silliest/strangest thing you have done for a cause? During the Relay for Life event last year, at some point some guys wanted to get a bunch of the members (in their costumes) in football formation. So, we ended up taking pictures with them and even ran a single play on the football field. It was different…and probably the closest I’ll ever get to playing football on a field.

Who inspires you? There is a cosplay group based in Indianapolis called “And Sewing is Half The Battle”. I met them very early in my cosplaying career and I really appreciate them not only for the help and guidance they’ve given me throughout the years, but also the way that they

Tell us something random about yourself: Whenever I’m around dogs or cats, I like to give them silly voices.

Star Wars or Star Trek: Thats really hard to choose, but if i had to choose one over the other I’d totally go with Star Wars

Marvel or DC: Even though DC has Batman, Superman and Martian Manhunter, I have to choose Marvel over DC.

Favorite Comic Series: Though I’m not sure if I could call this a comic series, I do have to go with Scott Pilgrim

Favorite Comic Character: Martian Manhunter

Favorite Book: “To Kill a Mockingbird”

Favorite Video Game: Lunar: Eternal Blue on Sega CD

Favorite Convention: I would have to say either Anime Central or Anime Milwaukee

Affiliations (clubs or groups): As well as Costumers with a Cause, I am also a member of We Are Cosplay, and I’m a feature writer for


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