As much as comic book conventions are about celebrating and marketing the great artwork, stories and creators of the medium, they are about spotlighting the creativity of fashion-conscious fans who cosplay as their favorite characters, often with spectacular results. Moviefone's Jenna Busch spoke with many such cosplayers last weekend at Comic-Con International in San Diego, and found out just how much time it can take to create those extravagant costumes. Check it out after the jump.

Stay tuned to ComicsAlliance for more cosplay features in the coming days, and click here for a helpful summary of all our 2011 Comic-Con coverage.