This student’s name is Joseph Rouintree, and he is a senior at Mesa. He is indeed best known for wide collection of costumes and costume accessories, which includes a lab coat (complete with “Aperture Laboratories” sticker, a Portal reference), a black robe, a small plush koala, a beard, and a top hat with a clock attached to the front.
Joseph’s odd collection has garnered some attention over the years. In fact, he has been stopped by Mesa security personnel a number of times, two of which were for carrying around an umbrella that looks like an iconic sword from the manga series Bleach.
Joseph has also made a name for himself as a costume designer, in addition to his purchased pieces. In a previous year, he created a costume that he described as a “zombie hockey player”, while last Halloween, he came to school dressed as a robot. Rouintree had spent more than two months on this project; the final costume made him considerably taller and slower, as the feet of the robot were very heavy and large. According to him, the costume consisted of foam, metal, wood, nails, paint, velcro, copious amounts of ductape, and hockey gloves.Rouintree’s interests go beyond costumes and into a variety of others as well, including games, Magic: the Gathering, Dungeons and Dragons (the tabletop game), art, and writing. Of these, Rouintree cautiously stated that he was most devoted and interested in writing. His interest in the area began at an early age, as his idea for his character, “Zanmato” has been developed over time since 4th grade. The character has now found a place in Joseph’s story on the Pegasus, which now has three chapters. A number of his drawings have found their way to the Pegasus as well, while his own comic strip can be found on the Equestrian.
Joseph’s artistic interests can be traced back to his father, who initially introduced him to comics and manga. Joseph has described him as a “great dad,” who is “always being a friend to us [he, his brother, and his sister], as well as being a father.”
Joseph describes himself as “a dreamer, both as an artist and a person.”
“I enjoy that I am able to express the constantly growing ideas that I come up with. …I am always looking for new ideas and concepts, and daydreaming is something I partake in every day.”
Joseph intends to continue to foster his love of art and writing at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, where he will be enrolled next year. He will be attending the manga creating class there, as well as improving his skills in the other courses the school has to offer. Rouintree has also stated that he will pursue a career as a manga artist and writer in the future. He has a few ideas lined up for manga he hopes to write, one of which is a comedy and the other a more serious plot involving parallel worlds.
As an artist and writer, he hopes to “inspire others to create, just as I was inspired to create.”
Check out Joseph’s work:
Chapter One of His Short Story:
Weekly Horoscopes by Joseph:
One of His Many Comics: