We Got Nominated Again!

Many many thanks to the folks who nominated us for an XBiz Award in the “Best Fan Site” category.

As you may recall, we won the award last year (#humblebrag) and we’d sure love a repeat.

Here’s some boilerplate PR info:

Nominees for the 2018 XBIZ Awards were selected based on more than 8,000 pre-nominations submitted by members of the industry via XBIZ.net.

Scheduled for Jan. 18 in Los Angeles, adult superstar Jessica Drake will host the annual gala at the grand J.W. Marriott located at L.A. Live in downtown Los Angeles, within walking distance to Staples Center, the Los Angeles Convention Center, Nokia Theatre and the Grammy Museum.

A star-studded red carpet affair that hosts a who’s who from the business of sex, the XBIZ Awards is the adult industry’s biggest night and most prestigious symbol of success. The event recognizes outstanding achievements across every facet of the multibillion-dollar business, including movie production, pleasure products, technology and retail.

Since its inception, household names from the world of adult have hosted the event, including Jenna Jameson, Tera Patrick, Jesse Jane and Kayden Kross. Its worldwide reach has garnered international media coverage from renowned outlets such as the L.A. Times, CNBC, TIME, Cosmopolitan, New York Magazine, Huffington Post and The Daily Beast, among others.

The XBIZ Awards will once again coincide with the trade events series of the year, XBIZ 2018, which annually features an unparalleled lineup of industry thought leaders from international markets to explore the future of adult.

For the complete list of finalist nominees, visit XBIZ.com.  For our annotated list of those nominees, you can visit our annotated XBiz Nominations article.

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About XBIZ
XBIZ™ is the adult industry’s leading publisher of business news and information, providing up-to-the-minute coverage of the industry at XBIZ.com and in two monthly publications — XBIZ World for the digital media market and XBIZ Premiere for the retail market. In addition, XBIZ hosts a series of annual events including the adult industry’s biggest night, the XBIZ Awards. XBIZ is frequently cited in the media for coverage of the industry and has been published in New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, CNN, Fox News, Forbes, Newsweek, MSNBC, Wired, CNET, ABC, USA Today and Los Angeles Times, among others.

About IAFD
The Internet Adult Film Database has been tracking bibliographic info on adult movies at its current home since 1999. With information on almost 275,000 movies from 1959 through present, the IAFD is the most comprehensive database of its kind. Maintenance is provided by a dozen volunteer editors doing their own research assisted by a variety of sources – industry professionals, fellow researchers and everyday porn fans. Along with movie listings, IAFD has a price search engine and links to over 122,000 movie reviews from the leading review sites on the Net.

The XBiz 2018 Annotated Nominations

So begins awards season, and so begins our coverage of same with our annotated lists of nominees; annotated by virtue of we link to the people and titles that have garnered nominations this season.

We only saw a couple issues – first is in the “Best Sex Scene – All-Sex Release” category, XBiz nominated Elsa Jean and Jay Smooth for Who’s Banging the Babysitter, unfortunately, her scene partner was Lucas Frost, not Jay Smooth.

Elsa Jean and Lucas Frost; screencap courtesy of Adult Empire

Second, we’re not sure what they refer to as “Latina Sex Tapes: Senoritas” for the Best Latin Themed release.  We assume it’s a DVD compilation of content from Mofo’s Latina Sex Tapes site, those DVDs are released with volume numbers, not subtitles, so we’re not sure which volume they’re referring to.

And now some stats. Assuming the database summed things correctly, the most honored performers are:

And the movies leading the pack are:

Let’s get into the noms:

Best Releases of the Year

Feature Movie of the Year

Gay Movie of the Year

Trans Release of the Year

All-Black Release of the Year

All-Girl Release of the Year: Feature

All-Girl Release of the Year: Non-Feature

All-Sex Release of the Year

Amateur Release of the Year

Asian-Themed Release of the Year

BDSM Release of the Year

Comedy Release of the Year

Couples-Themed Release of the Year

Fetish Release of the Year

Foreign Feature Release of the Year

Foreign Non-Feature Release of the Year

Gonzo Release of the Year

Interracial Release of the Year

Latin-Themed Release of the Year

Performer Showcase of the Year

Pro-Am Release of the Year

Taboo Release of the Year

Vignette Release of the Year

Performers of the Year

Female Performer of the Year

Male Performer of the Year

Foreign Female Performer of the Year

Foreign Male Performer of the Year

Gay Performer of the Year

Trans Performer of the Year

Girl/Girl Performer of the Year

MILF Performer of the Year

Best Performances of the Year

Best Actor – Comedy Release

Best Actor – Couples-Themed Release

Best Actor – Feature Release

Best Actress – All-Girl Release

Best Actress – Comedy Release

Best Actress – Couples-Themed Release

Best Actress – Feature Release

Best Supporting Actor

Best Supporting Actress

Best Non-Sex Performance

Best Scenes of the Year

Best Scene – Feature Release

Best Scene – Gonzo Release

Best Sex Scene – All-Girl Release

Best Sex Scene – All-Sex Release

Best Sex Scene – Comedy Release

Best Sex Scene – Couples-Themed Release

Best Sex Scene – Taboo Release

Best Sex Scene – Vignette Release

Best Sex Scene – Virtual Reality

Personality Awards

Best Male Newcomer

Best New Starlet

Cam Model of the Year – Female

Crossover Star of the Year

Web Star of the Year

Best Director of the Year

Director of the Year – Feature Release

Director of the Year – Non-Feature Release

Director of the Year: Body of Work

Foreign Director of the Year

Gay Director of the Year

Trans Director of the Year

Technical Awards

Best Art Direction

Best Cinematography

Best Editing

Best Music

Best Special Effects

Marketing Campaign of the Year

Screenplay of the Year

Ramblings from Exxxotica New Jersey 2017

So wow. This Jersey show was the first Exxxotica that reminded me of an AVN Adult Entertainment Expo with the crowds and lines to see the stars.  Where the other locations, even while busy, allow you to have the time to talk to the performer, conversations will end up building a line behind you.

Riley Reid

Riley Reid, who is notorious for spending quality time (5-10 minutes) with each attendee that sees her, matched her busy lines at AVNs and easily had the longest lines in the show running 15-20 deep. Abella Danger, Adriana Chechik, and Angela White also had eye-popping lines and waits. I was extremely lucky that Riley, Abella, and Angela each took the time to take a break from their respective lines for my camera that I tried not to keep them from their fans by taking only a couple of snaps.

Abella Danger Angela White

My phone took a beating physically and electronically. Abella  and Angela’s appreciatively tagging my photos during the convention had my phone buzzing constantly as their fans gave their worshipping feedback.  My Instagram and Twitter followers increased by the hundreds while I fumbled trying to turn off push notification for both apps. Meanwhile unexpected displays of affection from girls like Lexi Belle, Gina Valentina, and others sent my phone a tumbling onto the floor. Damn, Gina!

Gina Valentina

With such strong demand for the traditional performers, the cam companies and their girls were almost an afterthought. Many camgirls seemed either intimidated by the crowds or annoyed at attendees distracting them from their cam rooms. I can understand why several withdrew deeper into their booths to devote to their camming, and I think they use the conventions to network with each other more than try to build their fan base. Exceptions to this were Hime Marie, who had shot with several companies, and Kawaii Serina, who I had previously met in Denver.

Hime Marie Serina

As for the parties, I refused to leave the host hotel and visited the on-site parties for a max of maybe an hour each. Long gone are the days of 36-hour Morbid. My nights were more focused on visiting with my friends in a more low-key manner aka the hotel bar and any real partying were in the hotel rooms upstairs.

For the rest of the photos:

Exxxotica Chicago 2017

At first I thought I was going to do a traditional write-up of the latest Exxxotica Expo from Chicago last weekend with my comments on the layout, attendance, my notes and observations, and, of course, corresponding photos along with the links to the galleries on Flickr or Tumblr.

That gets boring, and my favourite parts about writing about these shows are the random observations that come to mind when I think about the time that I had. So I will just start rambling:

  • Chicago is one of my two favourite Exxxotica locations (other is Denver) because of its proximity to the airport and the hotel is usually right next to the convention center. This doesn’t mean much to the average local attendee, but it means a whole lot to someone who is carrying a bunch of equipment who has to pace several miles across a convention floor. The show is always busy with attendees over the years which leads to happy girls rather than ones sulking over their sales.
Joseline Kelly
Joseline Kelly
  • Even though the Chicago show is busy, you can spend a lot of time talking with the girls as opposed to an AVN because the laid back pace of the show allows you to do it. Which leads to some awkward interactions with many of the girls. I don’t do well with small talk and often cannot engage in a conversation about their work; if it’s a stranger, I have most likely not seen their work and if it’s a friend, it’s really weird to think about them in a sexual context much less talk about their work in a clinical manner. But, hey, I’m at a porn convention and people tend to talk about porn at such conventions so I should call this the porn convention paradox.
Catjira
Catjira
  • I’m always surprised at the friendships that arise over despite the brief awkward interactions over the years. I guess if they repeat enough times, the girls realise you’re just sincerely awkward and greet you with hugs and kisses, and unfortunately with Lexi Belle, unwanted ass grabbing and spankings; still better than being groped by Ron Jeremy though.
Lexi Belle
Lexi Belle
  • I do try to catch up with my friends in general but then get anxious about if I am keeping them from the next person in line as that is a potential customer. I also patiently wait in line at Exxxoticas not wanting to interrupt an ongoing conversation even despite my friend giving me all sorts of cues to interrupt and rescue them from a long talker. Heh. Sorry, Vicki Chase.
Stefanie Joy
Stefanie Joy
  • Which leads me to comment about the proliferation and dominance of webcam companies (MyFreeCams & Chaturbate) at the shows these days. Camgirls are often inexperienced in interacting with the attendees as opposed to the people in their camrooms. The crowds can be intimidating, and you may be disrupting some virtual conversation when you approach them. By patiently waiting on their conversations with their computers, my socially awkward ass may have creeped out a girl or two. I’ll call this the camgirl at a convention dilemma.
  • I had met a nice girl from MFC in Denver and was pleasantly surprised when she unexpectedly showed up in Chicago but she was only there to take pictures. She was the most beautiful girl at the show, but I didn’t tell her that because I gotz no GaMe, and it would sound like an insincere pickup line in a room full of beautiful women. In Denver, I had patiently waited for her at the risk of missing my flight home before I came to my senses and ran off.  So I found her every day in Chicago, took a photo or two, and relieved the oncoming social anxiety by running away.
Kendra Sunderland & Vicki Chase
  • My favourite part about cons is relaxing with my friends after the show hours; whether it’s having dinner and drinks, a puff or two,  staring at a spinning ceiling while listening to the lechers hit on my friends, or dancing the macarena with someone who is younger than the song.
Haighlee Dallas
Haighlee Dallas
  • Thank you, Stefanie, Catjira, and Monica, for being accommodating with me. You were my better half this weekend, Vicki. We made some beautiful photos, Haighlee. I’ll miss you too, Joseline.

For the rest of the photos:

  • Flickr (relatively safe for work)
  • Tumblr (less safe for work)

Exxxotica Denver 2017

Exxxotica came to the Denver area for the first time, and my memory of it is already hazy. Porn stars galore descended near the capital of Colorado with the perk of THC being legal at least statewise.

Adriana Chechik
Adriana Chechik

The best thing about Exxxoticas is how accessible the porn stars with their fans at least in terms of getting to meet them. Unlike AVN Expos where you have long lines and suffocating crowds, you can meet your favourite stars within a wait of about 1-10 minutes. The crowds were not overwhelming, and there was a fair representation of men and women.

Abella Danger
Abella Danger

The show was dominated by the two major webcam companies, MyFreeCams and Chaturbate. Their cam girls were not accessible to the fans as much given their focus on the webcams on their computers and relative inexperience in greeting their fans in person. However, I make it a point to meet them as several may be the porn stars of tomorrow.

Phoenix Marie
Phoenix Marie

 

The nightlife was more mellow with the best parties being in the middle of the host hotel or the rooms upstairs. Security was tight checking to making sure everyone that did belong at the hotel or had a ticket were let in.

Jenna Haze
Jenna Haze

Notes:

  • Yes, there was a lot of weed. I didn’t have to find a dispensary to obtain any since people were freely offering and sharing.
  • Meeting pets of the girls are always fun although you wonder if it’s appropriate that they should be in high stimulus environments with blasting music and crowds.
  • Seeing Jenna Haze again was a nice blast from the past. She is planning to do a final dance tour as goodwill for her fans as she transitions into a new career. Given that she was the first porn star I met at my first porn convention, I recognised my own convention mortality.
  • The most popular girls seem to be Adriana Chechik, Abella Danger, and Phoenix Marie.
  • I met Giselle Palmer again since AVN. Her beauty leaves me speechless.
Giselle Palmer with Charlotte Sartre
Giselle Palmer with Charlotte Sartre

For the rest of the photos:

  • Flickr (relatively safe for work)
  • Tumblr (less safe for work)