As far as lifestyle events go, Exxxotica might be one of the more livelier “lifestyl-ier.” At this point in time, there are four of these conventions held in one year and two actually end up in New Jersey (the Nov. one in Edison, where I have reported from before) and this one in Atlantic City (this year at the Trump Taj Mahal Hotel and Casino).
Autograph/picture signing and toy shopping are what most folks are into at Exxxotica. This time through in A.C. was no exception. Old friends like Rubberdoll (one of the show’s sponsors actually) and our good friend, Von Gutenberg Magazine contributor now two issues in a row (and I am sure many more to come) artist Fang Ling Lee had their spots on the floor respectively. Fang regaled me of her time away in Las Vegas working on the independent film The Red Man (see here) and how she got our issue #8 with Megan Massacre on the cover in quite a few scenes of that film!
Overall I’d say the evident change in the business Exxxotica reveals (and one could argue all businesses) is that if you are not online you are not anywhere these days. As VHS tape managed a “video-killed-the-radio-star” death knell to 8- millimeter so it seems streaming content (no matter what that content happens to be) is ‘killing’ the tried and true paradigms.
But at Exxxotica it was still a happy fan-based fun crowd ready to enjoy their alternative pursuits, take pictures of models, marvel over Rubberdoll in all her finery (or take home a picture of her modeling latex or close to nothing at all) get a peek at Belle Knox (yes she was there!) or take home some toys for the spouse.