5 reasons to attend this weekend's online porn convention

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Potential screenshot from the Adult Virtual Convention. Looks like the gender ratio is better than the flesh and blood version.

Looking for a reason to spend this unseasonably warm weekend hovering over your computer? The sluttiest ticket of them all: the Adult Virtual Convention, an online version of the time-tested, fan-approved pornography fan expo that will go live from Fri/24-Sun/26 on your computer. Yes sir, just as the DVD porn industry has mourned the loss of revenue to low-budget Internet blue film, soon porn conventioneers might be feeling the pinch as well. Here's a list of reasons why cyber conventioneering just might be better than the real thing: 

1. No need to agonize over which that baseball cap makes you look like a slobby creep, or whether you should wear the tee with your favorite starlet's face on it: AVC is being conducted through Utherverse, an "online adult social center" that to the untrained observer seems a lot like Second Life. Like that site, you're welcome to concoct your own avatar that may have very little to do with your meat physique. Goodbye wardrobe issues, hello black chaps and a bikini (one of the default 'fits for women -- you can also opt for flame pants or "Hit Me Baby One More Time.")

2. Could-be interesting lectures. On Sun/26 at 3 p.m. "A Look Inside the Profession of a Virtual Sex Worker" seems like it could be pretty illustrative. How do you get people to pay you for cyber sex? Utherverse minx Ronnie Turner has done it, and has signed onto share the secrets of how she got there. The convention's Sat/25 noon keynote conversation is entitled "Surviving Porn's Evolution: A Darwinian Perspective," and will feature Evil Angel Video's Christian Mann being interviewed by Colin Rowntree, the founder of one of the Internet's first BDSM-alternative sexuality sites. 

3. Real-life porn movers-and-shakers. Xbiz's Man of the Year and founder of Girlfriends Films (who I interviewed in a recent cover story on the AVN Awards in Vegas) Dan O'Connell -- or at least, O'Connell's avatar -- will be around at 2 p.m. on Sat/25 to talk about how to produce porn. He should know, he's written and shot over 1500 scenes, by his own count. Sabrina Deep will explore the issues of condom usage in the porn industry on Sat/25 at 3 p.m. Perhaps you're familiar with Deep's work from her record-breaking 2007 gang bang with no less than 77 fans from her website over the course of eight hours. She was subsequently named Queen of Bukkake and Gangbangs by Howard Stern, who you may not be surprised to learn is considered a type of royalty himself among porn types. 

4. You can be as scandalous as you like. Feel free to explore any fantasy you like while being respectful -- no one knows that's you in the bulging muscles and acid-washed jeans. I mean, you can already do that on the Internet, but whatever. Ultraverse is expecting 20,000 attendees, so get buck. 

5. It's free. Let me tell you, porn conventions are never free. At all. And this one is -- well. You do have to pay for outfits beyond the standard defaults. Because no one's avatar should be poorly dressed for the porn convention. 

For more information on the first-ever AVC go here