Having attended RICC’s first three shows, missing just the fourth one, I thought I was due for a reappearance in 2016. This show is crazy, attendees run around like chickens with their heads cut off, but I f***ing love it. They always book that odd ensemble of guests that makes it great for autograph collectors. It’s a little pricier, but if you stay away from the stars in the main room, you can leave the show with a nice haul and a ton of table photo ops.
Having purchased my ticket just a few days earlier, I was able to bypass the line wrapped around the convention center and go right inside to the box office. Instead of then having to go back outside with ticket in hand and waiting in line, DDC staffers allowed us to go right inside the show. It was a nice little blip in the system.
After learning all of the big names were in the Dunkin Donuts Center, and everyone else was in the convention center, I headed into there. Mostly everyone was at their tables, and if they weren’t, they were trickling in at a steady pace.
In addition to the above, I also scored some signatures, but no photo ops from William Zabka and Michael Bell. For Zabka, I printed up a still from 1985’s European Vacation. He was floored that I had this photo. A convention regular, he has never signed one before. For Bell, I brought along a DVD from a movie in which he had a small role, 1977’s Rollercoaster. While he didn’t have a big part in the movie, his signature looks beautiful on my DVD cover.
Overall, it was a great show and it was nice to return to my former residence of Providence, Rhode Island. I wish there had been a few more guests that I needed to see, but fingers crossed, next year’s lineup will be even better and I’ll once again make the trek up there.
The fall is always a busy time for me event wise, so I apologize for it taking me some time to update the blog. The week following the big Chiller Theatre Expo, I drove down to the New Jersey Convention and Exposition Center in Edison for Exxxotica 2016. I’ve never attended this event before, but my friend attends annually and he often says how low the combo prices are.
When I arrived, most of the stars I needed were doing a panel discussion, so I killed some time by taking in the sights, and damn, there were a lot. A lot of people who have since seen my photos from this show asked me about, and I all told them the same thing. You need to attend just once in your life. You will never see anything else like it. Men and women. Young and old. All shapes and sizes. White collar. Blue collar. And the 40something gamers that live in Mom’s basement. It really is a sight to see.
I went to see four stars – Julia Ann, Lexi Belle, Abella Danger, and Tanya Tate – and ended up with two extras – Keisha Grey and Mia Malkova – so it was definitely worth sitting in traffic and making my trip a lot longer than it should have been. I keep telling people Exxxotica is something you must experience once in your lifetime, but I’m already thinking of making it a two-time experience.