Easter is around the corner! This year is not dying down and flying right through, this month’s Cosplayer of The Month is Valkyria Nightshade.
Profile: Janke “Valkyria Nightshade” Roodman
Location: Wellington, Cape Town
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/ValkyriaNightshadeCosplayAndEpicness?ref=hl
Background: Tell us a bit more of yourself? Why do you Love Cosplay and how did you get started?
Cosplay is a creative outlet for me, and a chance to be a real life fantasy character. I love cosplay because it is a very beautiful and creative art form for me.
What was the first Costume you wore for Cosplay and did you make it yourself?
My first cosplay was Sally from The Nightmare Before Christmas for my school’s Grade 11 day (on the last day of term, all the grade 11s dress up).It was a combined effort between my mom and myself to make her dress.
When creating your own costumes what difficulties do you get and how do you get past them?
When I first started cosplaying, I had trouble making armour (still do sometimes), but by watching YouTube tutorials and doing research on armour making, I got past that. The most difficult part of creating a cosplay outfit for me would be sewing. When I experience difficulty with that, I ask my mother for help and advice.
Every Cosplayer has a favorite part of creating a costume or something they are really good at, what is yours?
I really love making armour, I’d say I’m not too bad at it!
What is your most memorable moment in cosplay so far?
My most memorable moment would have to be when I cosplayed the Lich King at UCON, and people hailed me as the Lich King.
Do you have any cosplayers as well as original costume designers that currently inspire you?
The two cosplayers that really inspire me would be Kamui Cosplay and Lightning Cosplay from Germany. Both love cosplaying from World of Warcarft and make epic armour sets, and on top of that Lightning cosplay is also a natural ginger who uses her own hair for quite a few of her cosplays.
What costume are you planning on making or wearing next?
I am currently working on a Blood Elf Rogue costume (World of Warcraft), and I am also planning on doing a Pip Bernadotte (Hellsing Ultimate) and Shura Kirigakure (Ao no Exorcist) cosplay this year.
How do you decide on what to cosplay?
I usually cosplay only ginger characters (male or female), because I hate wearing wigs. But if I really love a character and he/she doesn’t have red hair, I’ll make an exception.
What Cosplay events do you attend and what do you expect them?
Due to the fact that I live so far, I only recently started attending the events. But I do try to be at Free Comic Book Day every year, and from now on definitely UCON too. I also attend the odd Cosplay Cape Town picnic in Kirstenbosch.
At conventions, events and locations are you usually approachable? Do you like it when people want to talk and discuss your art form?
Yes, I love it when people come and talk to me about the game/anime /character that I am cosplaying from/as. I am rather shy but friendly, and will always pose for photos with everybody.
What is your involvement in the local Cosplay community and where do you see gaps that need to be filled?
I’ve only recently started attending the events, so I’m not involved with the community yet, other than pitching up in a cosplay. We are still a young cosplay community compared to other countries, so of course there will be gaps, but I’d like to see events held at awesome locations in the future when we are on par with the international scene.
How do you feel about Cosplay in South Africa?
I think the cosplay scene in South Africa is really awesome. The people are very friendly and welcoming, and are always there to help/give advice to you when you ask for it. We also got each other’s back when people are trolling a South African cosplayer on the internet.