Laughing Rat Cosplay is a local costumer who makes all her own outfits. She also studies fan costuming history, so feel free to ask her how cosplay got started, why people cosplay, or even just why she calls herself ”Laughing Rat”.
Had you asked me fifteen years ago "What are you going to do for fun in your adulthood?" I probably would not have answered "Dress up in silly outfits and compete against other people in silly outfits to see whose outfit is silliest". Yet here I am. A passionate reader and holder of degrees in English and Latin, I've always been someone with only a grudging relationship with reality, and cosplay gives me the opportunity to transport myself into another identity and exercise my drive to create and learn. I started costuming about four years ago and started sewing three years ago. Last year, on a whim, I began studying the history of fan costuming and now give talks on the development of the hobby at various nerdy conventions throughout the Midwest. Apart from cosplay, I'm also a self-taught knitter, avid daydreamer, and exasperated mom of over a dozen pet rats.