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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Around here, we dare to be different: eccentric and proud

At the Emerald City Comicon a few years back, Carie Burgess, inside the Chewbacca suit, stops for a hair touch-up. Burgess, who’s from Duvall, is only 5 foot 4 so she wore dry-waller’s lifts to reach the 7-foot-4 height the costume requires. She bought it online for about $600 and says it’s hot inside because the “only ventilation is through the eyes.”