We are very excited to announce our first international cosplay guest this year, Andy Valentine of Valentine Costumes!
Andy has been a cosplayer for a little over five years, and in that time he has gained a deep love of attempting to replicate very intricate costumes down to their smallest detail, whilst simultaneously making them look incredibly real and lived in - as if they’ve just jumped from the screen and landed in front of you! He adores using leather, wool, metal and other natural materials, whilst blending both period and modern construction methods to find the best way to create an authentic looking costume piece.
He has also become an advocate for positivity and support in the community, and tries to do whatever he can to help out people just getting into the art, or those who might have become disillusioned about some things along the way.
We are delighted to welcome him to Banzaicon to talk about the art that he loves and impart some of the knowledge he has learnt along the way in a few workshops.