05-NOV-2011 After a shaky start and an out of court settlement, EXXXotica Expo‘s show took place on November 4th. The convention offered so many things it’s hard to say it’s exclusively about sex. “When [residents] come by they see, this isn’t the devil’s playground. There’s a good mix between women and men. A good mix between 18 and 80.” Matt, an official representing Exotica New York said. “This show has gotten more  mainstream over time.”

This show offered much to guests. Beyond meeting one’s favorite adult stars, there was an entire car show, a dj booth, guests had a chance to buy neat tobacco *ahem* smoking paraphernalia and, penis lollipops aside, just plain old candy, gummies, chocolates, nuts, the works.

There was even an opportunity to have your picture taken in a replica Delorean from Back to the Future and the Mystery Machine from Scooby Doo. Eric Sellin, the designer and exhibitor of the famous movie vehicles had no problems doing a show like this adding that some of his proceeds got to the Michael J. Fox Foundation and Make-A-Wish. “There’s been no problems so far. Nothing inappropriate as some people would think. Just look there’s a car show now. This is turning into a multimedia event.”

Another exhibitor, Feng Ling Lee, offered beautiful painted art:

“I’ve been here since day one and this year blows every other year out the water. It’s a great crowd, great venue and an exciting event. Some people may condemn the show, but how could they? The show brings in money for local businesses… The way the Exxxotica Expo is growing it could get as popular as New York Comic Con. In fact, there’s a lot of similatities to comic books and Adult entertainment. It’s all Art!”

I loved being Batgirl! I got to fuck with the cape on. I got to fulfill my fantasies, as well, as some boys’. I would love to do a Return of Batman.” ~ LEXI BELLE

That’s the sense that any guest would get. The venue was, in fact like a comic convention. There was an “Artist’s Alley” where stars were selling pictures and DVDs. There was a stage where they held “panels” ranging from breaking into the industry to discussions on tequniques to use with one’s partner. Different companies had a booth and tried to push their next major events be it in these cases next year’s Star Wars XXX, or Porn Stars’ Road Trip. And the same way fans argue, that there were too many booths in this year’s NYCC that veer away from comics themselves, one can say the same with this convention as well. This makes the business aspect of  adult entertainment very real. Both comics and adult entertainment are taking similar paths to be accepted as legitamate and be more mainstream. “This year there’s more people than last year. [Friday] is ladies’ night, once the ladies come and see what it’s really like, which is not a crazy orgy, they see the show for what is and want to come back.” explained actress Sunny Leone.

This growing industry is very fun, light-hearted and does not take itself seriously. Just look at all the parodies getting attention now. Although it would have been great to see the new Extreme Comixxx  which will be making movies with a focus on superheroes. We did get to meet Lexi Belle who was in the critically acclaimed, 1960’s Batman parody Batman XXX. “I loved being Batgirl! I got to fuck with the cape on. I got to fulfill my fantasies, as well, as some boys’. I would love to do a Return of Batman.”

Dimitrios Fragiskatos is a guest reporter for AmberUnmasked.com. He’s normally found in Manhattan thwarting the elaborate plans of evil masterminds.  Photos provided by Mohammed El-Hadad.

 

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