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Rod Blagojevich to appear at Wizard World Chicago (yes, really)

Rod Blagojevich

Rod Blagojevich, the former Illinois governor who awaits a second corruption trial, has been announced as a last-minute guest at Wizard World Chicago Comic Con in Rosemont, Illinois. He’ll appear Saturday to pose for photos and sign autographs, which sell for a whopping $80 and $50 each, respectively.

Just three days ago a federal jury found Blagojevich guilty of lying to the FBI, but deadlocked on 23 other counts, ranging from racketeering to attempted extortion and bribery, tied to accusations that he attempted to sell the Senate seat vacated by President Barack Obama. A hearing will be held on Aug. 26 to discuss a new trial date.

Although Blagojevich, who served as governor from 2003 until his removal from office last year, came to national attention because of the corruption scandal, he has remained in the spotlight through his brief stint on the reality series The Celebrity Apprentice and through numerous television appearances.

“Wizard World Chicago Comic Con is all about pop culture, and Rod Blagojevich is as relevant to today’s news as it gets,” Wizard Entertainment CEO Gareb Shamus said in a statement. “We think the court of public opinion will show him to be a popular figure at the show.”



I can’t figure out if this is more demeaning to Blagojevich or Wizard World.

how is he anything pop culture?

This is so crazy. I guess he the closest thing to a real supervillain a Comic-Con can get.

Can we all just admit that everything Wizard does now is utterly pointless. I mean when this the best you can do and actually think it is a good idea, it is just more sad than anything else.

Off of the top of my head, I can’t think of anything more crass than paying a disgraced and corrupt former politician to be a guest at your show. Suddenly, I find myself glad I won’t be at the show.

WOW…what a freaking joke Wizard World Chicago has become. Last year was bad and when I saw the “guest” list for this year I said pass…and I am glad I did.

C2E2…now that was a comic convention!

Gareb Shamus is the Seltzer/Friedberg of comic conventions.

(I’m crossing my fingers that this comparison catches on…)

I hear Blagojevich will be wearing a black fedora and carrying a violin case.

Don’t think anything of it.

“I can’t figure out if this is more demeaning to Blagojevich or Wizard World.”

It’s like having sex with a prostitute — it’s demeaning to both.

“I guess he the closest thing to a real supervillain a Comic-Con can get.”

How do you figure? Wizard already Shamus.

That should “… already HAS Shamus”

I hate that, when I ruin my own joke.

Especially when Shamus is the punchline.

I just don’t even…. That’s disgusting and makes no sense. I get that the man is a walking sideshow of crazy, but let’s not play into that please.

Ah, I love the smell of desperation in the morning. Smells like… Victory.

I’m not surprized from a show that had Taylor Dayne and gave Gilette a booth.

At least the Artist Alley’s still aces.

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