LOS ANGELES—The Exxxotica convention’s second annual stop in Los Angeles saw a good number of adult’s brightest stars assemble to greet their most devoted fans over three days of autograph signing, panel discussions, stage shows and more.
Friday night’s offering of free admission for ladies resulted in decent foot traffic during prime-time hours, and a similar crest came Saturday in the late afternoon and early evening. Sunday’s attendance, however, was noticeably lower, compelling many exhibitors to pack up their wares and vacate the premises long before the 7 p.m. closing time.
Nevertheless, a lot of booth reps had smiles on their faces and upbeat comments to offer when all was said and done.
Magna Publishing Group editorial director Dan Davis, who oversaw the large, centrally located Club booth as well as organized the extensive slate of seminars for all three days, told AVN, “The show has been great. We had an amazing lineup of girls signing at the Club booth, the seminars all went really well … it was a great show for L.A.”
The seminars in question ranged from instructional forums on vibrators, anal sex and webcamming, to Q&A sessions with top adult performers and directors, to informational talks on legal issues, piracy and the advent of .xxx domains.
Easily the best attended seminar, which was presented on both Saturday and Sunday afternoons, was “The Legend of Ron Jeremy,” featuring the Hedgehog himself regaling the audience with tales from his decades of being porn’s biggest living icon.
The biggest attraction of all, however, had to be Belladonna’s “Cirque de Bella,” an elegant act of acrobatics using silk bands that the superstar performed twice Friday and Saturday and once Sunday in front of her circus tent-themed booth. Having trained at the craft for the past six months, Bella was thrilled at the opportunity to show it off during the expo.
“This weekend for me was fucking exciting because I have the best booth in this whole place, and I brought my aerial silks here and that was awesome,” Bella said.
Meanwhile, she wasn’t the only one performing newly learned aerial routines. Digital Playground contract star Stoya gave three shows of her own on the main entertainment stage over the course of the con, hers using a dangling hoop known as a lyra, which she too has been training on for about six months.
“I hung from my feet and took my top off three times, one each day, and did not die, and I’m jet lagged as all hell,” Stoya quipped, “so I’m really proud of myself.”
Another big attention magnet was the land speeder replica used in Axel Braun’s upcoming Star Wars XXX: A Porn Parody, set up adjacent to the Vivid Entertainment booth where Allie Haze—much of the time in costume as Princess Leia—was signing alongside fellow Vivid Girl Capri Anderson.
“We got a great response with Star Wars, with the land speeder and a lot of interviews with the Star Wars characters,” offered Vivid production v.p. Marci Hirsch. “And the girls seem to be doing pretty good, and the store did pretty good, so all in all, I’m going to say it’s a good show.”
Evil Angel’s Karen Stagliano was not quite as enthusiastic in her summation of the weekend, albeit not entirely negative, either. “It’s been a tiny bit slow,” she said. “But we love Exxxotica’s people; they really help the companies do a great job here the best that they can, and so hopefully every year they’re going to keep building attendance, because we’d love to come back. But it was little bit slow this year. There was a good spurt for a little bit on Saturday—we’d love to see more of that.”
Perhaps the most poetic take on Exxxotica L.A. 2011 came from longtime Wicked Pictures p.r. liaison Daniel M., who averred, “It’s very encouraging to see that in this challenging and uncertain economy, so many people are still willing to come out and support the industry.”