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Exxxotica L.A. Takes It Slow

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Pornstar (and Lakers fan) Kristina Rose mugs for a self-portrait at Exxxotica L.A. -- she eventually Tweeted this one (Koga/LAist)

In years gone by, L.A.'s annual porn convention has been busting at the seams with hundreds of adult film aficionados vying for an autograph or picture with a beloved professional fornicator.

But on August 26-28, Exxxotica L.A. - which took the place of similarly-timed, identically-themed Erotica L.A. - was a little different. Instead of snaking around booths for 50 feet, lines to meet well-known porn actresses like Alektra Blue, Joanna Angel and Bobbi Starr were just two or three people deep. Those hoping to ride a pink mechanical dick hardly had to wait at all. And even during performances by the pectorally gifted Hollywood Men and tightly toned burlesque group The Lalas, the crowd in front of the main stage was sparse.

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"It's slow," said adult star Lexi Belle, who was there signing autographs for AEBN, noting that she still had fans ask to take a gander at her famous feet (they've appeared in many a fetish film).

Blue added that while she had met a few admirers, the convention didn't bring out her usual fans with their unusual requests. "It's quieter this year," she said.

But still - as always - we had fun talking to and snapping pics of the troopers in the industry who braved the whole weekend. Many spent hours sitting behind booths and shilling adult DVDs and sex toys, just as those who work other conventions might hawk medical equipment or video games. And even without a dense crowd, the working girls (and they were mostly girls) made the best of it, taking time to note some of the unanticipated scenery.

"It's fun to see different people walking around," said Natt, 26, a stripper representing Spearmint Rhino at the company's booth. "I saw a guy with a huge mohawk - I wasn't expecting that."