It’s time for another interview, this time with Bandeau! She’s a talented cosplayer from Canada, who has a wonderful assortment of costumes!
What’s your cosplay alias and why did you choose it?
Bandeau, I’ve been using the name since I was twelve and it just kind of “stuck”. It was the name of my mom’s hairdressing salon and I loved the painted image of the woman that was the logo.
How many years have you been cosplaying and what got you started?
I started in 2007 because I fell in love with Vash the Stampede from Trigun’s character, and thought it would be SUCH a blast to act like him for a day. Halloween was always my favorite day of the year, because I loved making costumes, and I was going to SDCC so I decided to give cosplaying a try.
What has been some of your favorite things to work with when constructing costumes and why?
I’m not a repetitive person, so I don’t particularly enjoy working with any material all the time. Instead I prefer working with something new for every costume. Though I do have to say that staples and hot glue are my go to items when I’m stumped… Haha.
What are you excited to be working with in the future and why?
I have a big roll of styrene in my cellar right now that I can’t wait to play around with, but I also have some aluminum sheeting on order to make a (very) realistic Punisher cross for Wolfwood (also from Trigun).
What are some of the traits you like to see in other costumes and who do you think does well in them?
I’m amazed by people who can make beautiful armor with things like craft foam and spray foam. The foam god is of course Kamui.
What is your view of the “cosplay scene”?
I think it’s just full of people who want to have fun. Screw acting your age, a young cosplayer can choose to be an older character, or an older cosplayer can pull off a younger character. Do your best to experiment with materials and then have a blast wearing your creation.
What are some of the things you want to see change in the scene?
A little less screaming and hugging. I like my personal space, and when people run up to hug me because they like whatever character I happen to be it can really set me on edge. I’m not big on body contact, and have occasionally hurt people’s feelings if I turn them away. However my Vash costume happens to have sharp metal bits on it and I’ve tried to explain to people that I can’t safely hug them without possibly hurting them, but most just look upset when I explain.
What is some advice you could give people starting to get into cosplay?
Don’t sew things to your cosplay while you’re wearing it. Seriously, it’s a bad idea. I looked like a heroin addict when I realized I’d pricked my arm hundreds of times while sewing straps onto gloves, and had actually sewed the glove to me in some spots.
Also, you don’t have to be 100% accurate! I think my favorite part is interpreting cosplays for real life. I like things to be realistic, so (for example) with my Chun Li cosplay I toned it down a lot so it’s more practical and looks like something someone would actually wear.
What are some of your favorite conventions you’ve attended and why?
SDCC will always be my favorite. Between the talent that comes out for it and the city itself, you just can’t go wrong. There is ALWAYS something to do. I find I get bored easily at cons like Sakura Con or AE.
Give a random fact about one of your costumes that you’re proud of!
Oh jeez, ummmm… Oh! I don’t know about “proud” but after spending many hours of gluing hundreds of gems to my roller skates for my Dazzler cosplay, I then spent the next two months magically pooping gems behind me at friends’ houses and all over my house and other cons. They got EVERYWHERE! I don’t know how I managed that, but it must be something to be proud of!
And a side note, I met the artist for True Blood while wearing my Sookie Stackhouse cosplay and he wound up taking boat loads of my picture to use as reference material for the True Blood comics. I’m the reference material for the upcoming issue. 😀
Thanks for the interview, Bandeau! You can see more of her work on her website!