Photo Essay: Day 1 at Comic-Con 2009

It's that time of year again, when many LA residents (along with others from around the world) make the trek to Comic-Con in San Diego. Given that 125,000 people are attending the convention this year, navigating the Comic-Con exhibit hall is an event in itself. You must be prepared to get up close and personal with the crush of people, and it's probably a good idea to keep an eye out for spiky plastic costume pieces that inevitably poke unsuspecting passersby.

The trip is absolutely worth it as you explore the over-the-top booths, get your hands on exclusive merchandise, and take in the visual parade surrounding you. And although the main costume spectacle of Comic-Con will take place during Saturday night's masquerade, today's crop didn't disappoint!

Photos by Michele Reverte for LAist