His armor makes heads turn

News 8 July, 2017
  • Antoine Lacroix

    Saturday, July 8, 2017 20:53

    Saturday, July 8, 2017 20:53

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    A cosplayer tied to his costume done by hand, has refused thirty offers of up to US $ 5,000 for his armor of seven feet, representing the main character in the video game Halo.

    “This is simply not to sell at the moment. This is my first costume that I’ve made, I love it too, says Francis Roy, who attended Saturday at the Comiccon in Montreal. I spent 10 months in lost time to develop and it is a great pride. “

    Its creation representative Master Chief has been turning heads of fans upon his entrance to the Palace of congress. They converged by the dozens to take a picture with him. All were amazed in front of the striking resemblance with the original character and the details embedded in the armor.

    Offers of US $ 5,000

    This is the second appearance of the Varennois 26-year-Comiccon of Montreal, this popular rendez-vous for the “geeks” that attracts thousands of people every year.

    Since last year, some thirty persons have approached to try to buy his armor. American collectors were among the interested parties.

    “I received several offers, ranging up to US $ 5,000. Some people tell me that it could climb to 10 000 $ with the years. It is a lot of money, yes. But honestly, it would have to offer me enough so that I could take a sabbatical year and I build another, ” says Francis, stating that the material does not cost him a few hundred dollars.

    Making a living from his art

    Francis Roy currently works in the construction. He hopes to become a rather well-known in the middle of the cosplay to eventually devote himself solely to his passion and be able to live.

    “My goal would be to receive lots of orders for making costumes. I would like to become the best in what I do. It’s been only two years that I am here and I am passionate about “, lance-t-il, adding that he has learned everything by himself or through tutorials on YouTube.

    In view of the Otakuthon anime convention next month, also at the Palais des congrès de Montréal, the cosplayer entrust to work on an armor of 10 feet, from the series japanese Gundam.

    “At this point, I’m not doing this for the money. The real pay, it is to see the smiles of the children and of those who appreciate my work, ” says the one who travels with his outfit in the christmas holidays for children.


    Embody the character of his childhood

    Photo Agence QMI, Joel Lemay

    For more than a month, Marjorie Chapdelaine has worked tirelessly on her costume of Bowser, the arch-enemy of Mario, for it to be ready for the Comiccon. “I wanted to play as a character that I care so much to heart since my childhood. […] Each night, I put the time on it and it is the end of the week that I could no longer move forward my project “, says the young woman of 19 years of Quebec. In the photo, she is surrounded by her friends.

    They benefit from the moves

    Photo Agence QMI, Joel Lemay

    Jean-François Ouellet and Jonathan Lacasse-Verret have spent a hundred hours in the preparation of their armor of orcs, who weigh fifty pounds. The two friends tell to have taken advantage of the ottomans in leather-abandoned during the recent moves to enhance their costumes. “It can reduce the cost of production, because to make costumes, it can get pricey. It also does our part for the environment “, points out Jean-François Ouellet.

    The family Ghostbuster

    Photo Agence QMI, Joel Lemay

    Pierre Courtemanche, Patricia Gosselin, and their daughter, Stella, who describe themselves as ” the family Ghostbusters Levis “, left at 6 am Saturday morning to arrive on time at Comiccon. Cosplay is for them an opportunity to get closer and spend quality time with the family, thanks to their common passion. They have spent hundreds of hours making their costumes.