AVN 2020

Two weeks along with a bout of the AVN flu have passed and I still feel fatigue from thinking about the show. Must be because of all the “lived experiences” that happened in the frenzy of that week.

Adult Entertainment Expo

Photos on Flickr

In reviewing my photos, I can see the mortality of continuing to cover the show. I took much less photos this year, not because the show was smaller (it was only slightly smaller than last year). I had broken my foot in September, and it started swelling again during the show. I was content to have longer conversations with my friends and then allowed random people to stop me from doing what I did best which is take more photos. I even had an assistant for the first time which unintentionally slowed things since everyone tried to flirt with him. This, in turn, led me to see less of my industry friends overall.

The most popular people signing were Angela White, Riley Reid, Abella Danger, and Adriana Chechik. I don’t like cutting in line, but I did for the first three because they agreed to it beforehand while the logistics of doing so with Adriana due to the placement of the Evil Angel booth was impossible. If I were to line up to see all of them in a day, it would take a combined 2-4 hours of waiting to see them. They are popular not just for what they do on the screen, but how they interact with the fans. Riley absolutely crushed it by signing for her own booth from opening to closing every day despite a bout of food poisoning on the second day.

Jules Jordan had the best booth overall in terms of talent and access. Angela had her lines there. The Evil Angel – Manyvids corridor was the most frustrating since it wasn’t navigable whenever Adriana was signing. Having the Manyvids women elevated inside their booths made them inaccessible in general.

AVN Awards

I attended the AVN Awards for the first time in four years. It felt weird going this time as a guest without my camera, but it was fun to catch up with friends that I didn’t talk as much to on the convention floor. There weren’t too many surprises with the winners since I knew many of the voters. Even though we didn’t practice groupthink, there seemed to be a consensus around specific winners in polling the voters.

Congratulations to Angela for winning Female Performer of the Year for the third straight time and to Charlotte Stokely for repeating as G/G Performer of the Year. Congrats also go to Gianna Dior for winning Best New Starlet.

About Ginger Banks

I used to spend a lot of time on camsites. So when I first met Ginger Banks nearly five years ago in Dallas, I knew her as the girl who cammed from her university library. I’m not sure exactly how we hit it off, but I found her to be more mature and adept at engaging people than the typical camgirl I meet at cons. The years go by, and Ginger became more prominent advocating on issues pertaining to the adult industry. If you have read an article about performer rights or mental health in the past three years, Ginger is likely to be quoted. Why do I bring this up?

Because I photographed her before the con! She was a riot. If you would like to see more of the photoset including the naughty, it’s probably on her onlyfans.

Acknowledgements

I would like to give a shoutout to my boys at IAFD, ADT, and XCritic. I’d also like to thank Mark Spiegler, Miles Long, and Evil Angel for their hospitality that week.

Thank you to Ginger, Paige Owens, Kira Noir, and Jocelyn Sweets for making magic with me.

AVN 2019

IAFD is back and somewhat rested from the always grueling experience of AVN week. I commented last year that I didn’t know how people could work a convention, party the entire night, rinse, and wake up the next day to repeat the cycle, but I managed to do it this year without any pharmaceutical help because I was much more selective on who I wanted to photograph, where I wanted to go, and who I wanted to hang out with rather than try to do and cover everything.

The Expo

The expo itself was slightly smaller this year with less booths and what seemed like less attendees from previous years. It still hummed though. One positive but controversial change was that people were not able to bring in “professional” (DSLR and mirrorless) cameras unless they had an industry badge. Although unevenly enforced, this led to many less idiots holding up traffic flow by parking their asses somewhere and trying to get some upskirt shot. Another weird change was the use of metal detectors since everyone and their equipment/phones were setting them off which sometimes led to a followup hand wanding. I’m not sure what the point of that was since it falls below TSA protocols and the news had made it clear that TSA screening was not foolproof in preventing weapons going through.

Angela White

If you asked me who had the best booth at the show, I would semi-seriously answer whichever booth Angela White was signing at. She did quadruple duty signing for Evil Angel, Greg Lanksy‘s Tushy/Vixen/Blacked, Jules Jordan, and AVN itself and was accessible to her fans throughout the show even though she had the longest lines in the show. However, to be more serious, the best booth was Jules Jordan Video because of the quality of their signing lineup and how accessible they were presented to the fans. Abella Danger and Gina Valentina had long lines for them also, but the lines kept moving because the two kept plugging away at it. As Abella noted:

…trying to not look like dead😂 4 days in a row of standing for 5 hours straight doesn’t seem like much but i’m so used to being on my back

I was also sheepishly keeping Jill Kassidy warm in a perpetual hug throughout the week while her lines looked on.

Abella Danger Jill Kassidy Gina Valentina

Lansky’s booth was a work in progress through the week. Due to its location next to two other busy booths and elevated height, the great lineup they had was not as accessible to the fans. On the first day of the expo, you had to go through one line if you wanted to see any of the girls, and there was no guarantee that they would be there once you get to their signing area. There was a bar and photobooth inside the booth, and several girls utilised both heavily and were more busy participating in group activities meant to draw the crowds rather than actually engaging the fans. Entry into the booth itself was limited to VIPs, and I was denied entry by the bouncer even after presenting the designated VIP card, heh. You definitely are getting the velvet rope experience. Thankfully, they scrapped the one line rule by the second day, but the crowds overwhelmed any semblance of signing lines. By the last day, the girls that were there concentrated more on signing so someone is listening to fan feedback.

The golden couch

As in previous years, swaths of square footage was devoted to cam, clips and other self-production companies. MyFreeCams (MFC), the major sponsor of the show, had three large booths to accommodate all of their camgirls and threw exclusive parties for them each night. The positive is that you see all types of women with them, but the negative is that they are interacting more with their laptops and each other than with the public. Many also had groupies of regulars that constantly stay with them the entire convention. At some point you have to wonder why MFC bothers spending so much money here when they could easily just have their own exclusive event to take care of their members.

The rest of the expo photos on Flickr

The Nightlife

Most networking was done off site. I saw many performers walking about and socialising at the host casino that I didn’t see at the expo. With beers in hand on the casino floor, I caught up with many friends in the industry and ended up crashing several parties because of them; with the appropriate wristbands of course. I did not have the burden of bringing my camera with me thanks to my Google Pixel.

Out and About on Flickr

I did not attend or work the AVN Awards for the second year in a row. Being away from the bustle of the red carpet made me happier than being morbid. IAFD couldn’t procure tickets in time to go support our friends either.

Angela White Charlotte Stokely

Congratulations to Angela White who won 10 awards including repeating as Female Performer of the Year. This was the second year that IAFD voted in the Awards, and the list of winners were mostly consistent with the ballots of judges that we polled and ours. As I joked with Angela, “Who knew that voting actually worked?” Congratulations also to Charlotte Stokely for winning G/G Performer of the Year, acknowledging what I believe she earned years ago.

Acknowledgements:

Thanks to Mark Spiegler, Ivan, Shawn of AGW, and Sascha Koch for hosting us on various shindigs. Shoutout to my boys from IAFD & ADT, Swine, and Sammy.

Lily Labeau Kendra Spade Mackenzie Moss Verronica Kirei Haighlee Dallas Destiny Lovee Celeste

Thank you to Lily Labeau, Kendra Spade, Mackenzie Moss, Verronica Kirai, Haighlee Dallas, Destiny Lovee, and Celeste for making magic with me.

Nightmoves Nominations are Out

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Fan voting for the 2015 Nightmoves Awards is now open.  (One ballot per IP address.)

The awards will be presented at the Tampa Gold Club on October 11.  (If you’re local to Tampa, you can also vote in the local awards for such categories as Best Video Store, Best Topless / Bikini Club, etc.

The nominees this year are:

Best Adult Film Star Feature Dancer

Best All-Girl Release

Best All-Sex Release

Best BBW Performer

Best BBW Release

Best Body

Best Boobs

Best Butt

Best Cougar/MILF Release

Best Director: Feature

Best Director: Non-Feature

Best Director: Parody

Best Feature

Best Female Performer

Best Fetish/Specialty Release

Best Ink

Best Male Performer

Best MILF Performer

Best New Starlet

Best Parody

Best Production Company

Best Transexual Performer

Best Transsexual Release

The 2015 XRCO Nominations are Out!

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The 2015 XRCO Nominations were announced, and Bonnie Rotten leads the performers with 6 nominations and Aftermath and Wetwork lead the movies with 3 nominations apiece.

Rounding out the Top 5 performers honored are:

The rest of the top movies with two nominations apiece are:

The awards ceremony is an industry-only event held in April somewhere in Hollywood…

Best Actor

Best Actress

Best Cumback

Best Director: Features

Best Director: Non-Features

Best Director: Parody

Best Director: Web

Best Epic

Best Gonzo Movie

Best Parody: Comedy

Best Parody: Comic Book

Best Parody: Drama

Best Release

Cream Dream of the Year

Female Performer of the Year

Hall of Fame

Mainstream Adult Media Favorite

Male Performer of the Year

MILF Performer of the Year

New Starlet of the Year

New Stud of the Year

Orgasmic Analist of the Year

Orgasmic Oralist of the Year

Superslut of the Year

Unsung Siren of the Year

Unsung Swordsman of the Year

The 2015 Spank Bank Awards Nominations Are Here!

 

THE SPANK BANK AWARDS

Writer Gabriel Lan, back when he was at Fox Magazine, founded the Spank Bank Awards, an irreverent group of categories meant to honor the gals (and guys) who helped us make many deposits into our own personal Spank Bank over the past year.

When Gabriel joined our team, he brought the awards with him, so we’re happy to announce The 2015 Spank Bank Awards Nominees.

The most nominated star is Casey Calvert with 15 noms. Close on her heels is Carter Cruise with 14. Trailing close behind with 12 noms each are Jennifer WhiteChanel PrestonAdriana ChechikAnikka AlbriteMaddy O’Reilly and Penny Pax. Rounding out the Top 10 with 11 noms each are Veruca James, Bonnie Rotten and Ash Hollywood.

Winners will be announced as soon as we wring every last piece of social media traffic out of this… so in about a week or so. :-)

Follow @iafdcom and @gabriel_lan on Twitter for details and to get the heads up on the big reveal.  Use the hashtag #spankbank15

Most Spanked To Girl of the Year

Dirty Little Slut of the Year

Ho Holes of the Year

America’s Porn Sweetheart

Asshole of the Year

Bad Ass Brunette of the Year

BBC Slut of the Year

Best “Come Fuck Me” Eyes

Best “O” Face

Best All Around Ho

Best Body

Best Hands (aka Puppeteer of the Year)

Best High Speed DSL (Dick Sucking Lips)

Best Legs

Best Smile

Best Unborn Baby Swallower

Best Vocals (While Being Railed)

Blonde Bombshell of the Year

Boobalicious Babe of the Year

Breakthrough Star of the Year

Cock Sucking Whore of the Year

Cum Dumpster of the Year

Cumback of the Year

Dick of the Year

DP Diva of the Year

Fetish Floozie of the Year

Fucking Nerd of the Year

Fun Sized Fuck Bunny

Gang Banged Slut of the Year

Hardest Working Ho in Ho Biz

Imported Whore of the Year

Life Sized Human Hand Puppet

Masturbator of the Year

Mattress Actress of the Year

Most Adorable Slut

Most Beautiful Whore

Most Magnificent MILF

Most Photogenic Slut

Most Underrated Whore

Most Voluptuous Vixen

Newcummer of the Year

Porn’s Next “It” Girl

Prettiest Girl In Porn

Pussy Eating Princess of the Year

Pussy of the Year

Red Haired Harlot of the Year

Sexiest Inked Slut

Sexiest Woman Alive

Super Squirter of the Year

The Girl Next Door … Only Better

The Total Package

Tweeting Twat of the Year

Two Hot Dogs in a Hallway

Wet Dream Girl