'Cosplay not just fancy dress' says man dressed as Chewbacca or maybe some kind of hairy elf


A MAN who spends his weekends dressing up as some sort of sci-fi chipmunk creature has defended the practice.

So-called ‘cosplay’ originated in Japan and has been adopted by people who get passionate about the difference between orcs and elves. Enthusiasts spend days getting subtle character traits and costumes just right, then meet up to criticise each other’s efforts.

Speaking from inside a costume that could be from Star Wars, Lord of the Rings or even Labyrinth, Stephen Malley said: “Just because I get all the clothes out of a big box with ‘Dressing Up’ written on it, doesn’t mean this isn’t a proper hobby.

“This wig cost more than my entire collection of ornate swords.”

He added: “Spending loads of time and money trying to look exactly like something else is an expression of originality.

“Cosplay is not just putting on a costume and playing, even though the word is a portmanteau of ‘costumes’ and ‘playing’.”

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Woman giving herself pep talk in mirror accidentally summons Morrissey

A WOMAN giving herself a motivational pep talk in the mirror has accidentally summoned Morrissey.

Anne Jones, 32, invoked the spirit of the former Smiths frontman while attempting confidence-boosting, self-love exercises.

She said: “I had just finished saying the words ‘you are wonderful’ for a third time, when, out of nowhere, Morrissey appeared behind me. It was horrible.”

Morrissey said: “I heard the distant sound of self-congratulatory navel gazing, and my soul was transported here.

“I had been at another engagement, ruining a barbeque by referring to the sausages as ‘burning carcasses’ and loudly threatening to leave.

“I had meant it as an empty threat, but then the faraway echo of unbridled self-indulgence was too delicious to resist.

He added: “However, I soon realised  Anne had been directing her affirmations exclusively at herself, and not at me. Ghastly.”