So, what happens when your political career is over, you are a national laughing stock and you've just been convicted of misleading investigators with a retrial for your other charges? Why, you go to Comic Con of course.
The Wizard World Chicago Comic Con this past weekend saw Rod Blagojevich pitch up at the show with news crews in tow. And he found a mostly appreciative local audience, people flinging themselves into his arms. With just the occasional "Go to jail!" bellowed in the back.
He pressed the flesh with a variety of comic book dignitaries, spending the most time with one Mr. Adam West, star of sixties Batman TV show and most recently Family Guy. I'm not sure if Rod thought that Adam West actually was mayor of Quahog or not, but he got an appreciative audience.
The former executive officer of Illinois sold signatures for $50 and photo ops for $80 — well, he's got a lot of lawyers' salaries to pay — but he still couldn't come close to The Shat. William Shatner is charging $75 for a scrawled signature and $100 for a photo. But then Blago never actually captained the USS Enterprise, so that's fair enough.
I asked him — considering the fact that he was at Comic Con — if he wanted his future career to be as a comic or as a con. I got an appreciative chuckle — no answer, but he did find the question "comical." I was then ejected by a security guard. Lesson learned. Disgraced politicians may have a sense of humor. But personal security guards never do.
More photos of this historic meeting of superhero and supervillain after the jump.
Rich Johnston writes for BleedingCool.com.
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Jon Stewart's interview with former governor of Illinois Rod Blagojevich went long. Watch it now and tell us what you thought.
The interview continues after the jump.
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by Jeffrey Luppino-Esposito
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Rod Blagojevich — the only former governor on the market with a non-stick surface — is only kinda sorta off the hook on federal corruption charges, but totally on the hook for another almost-certainly fascinating conversation with Jon Stewart this upcoming Monday, August 23, 11pm / 10c.
Here's exclusive, uncensored, extended footage of the last time Blagojevich sat down with Jon back in September '09…
Jon Stewart's interview with former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich continues after the jump.
The Daily Show airs Monday through Thursday at 11pm / 10c.
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Remember back when all the information and "fuckin' golden" audio tapes concerning then-Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich very-Chicagoian attempt to sell Barack Obama's vacated Senate seat came to light, and we were all, like, "There's not a single solitary sentient being on Earth who could find this walking hairdo innocent in a court of law"?
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[I]n the end, the jury convicted Blagojevich only of the lying count, which carries a maximum prison term of five years. The judge declared a mistrial on all 23 other counts.
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