When Bleeding Cool Spoke to Rod Blagojevich at Wizard World Comic Con Chicago

In 2010, Bleeding Cool went to Wizard World Chicago. Who, amidst the wrestlers, cosplayers and William Shatners, was a very unusual guest. One Rod Blagojevich, who had been charged with misleading investigators looking into charges that he tried to sell Obama's vacated senate seat for personal profit. But Chicago loved their ex-governor Rod Blagojevich and that was evident on their faces as Rod walked around the show. I took a few shaky videos and images from the mall of bodies that surrounded the guy, as he pressed the flesh with the likes of the late Adam West (he's not a mayor, he just voices one on TV) and I even got to ask him a couple of questions of my own. Blagojevich was sentenced in late 2011 to fourteen years for corruption. Today, President Trump commuted the remains of his sentence – Blagojevich had previously appeared on The Apprentice. We thought it was reason enough to run this video again.

A few years late, Bleeding Cool's Mark Seifert mentioned,

Rich's quick-witted "Do you see your future as a Comic, or a Con?" question to Rod Blagojevich on the show floor at Chicago that year is still one of my very favorite moments in BC history. The ex-governor also spent a few hours at the show that Sunday next to the Avatar Press booth hanging out with the Suicide Girls. Alas, the booth was too mobbed to get a good photo of that one.

Anyway, I hope you enjoyed that little blast from the past. And I got to enjoy saying his surname again.

About Rich Johnston

Founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world, since 1992. Author of The Flying Friar, Holed Up, The Avengefuls, Doctor Who: Room With A Deja Vu, The Many Murders Of Miss Cranbourne, Chase Variant. Lives in South-West London, works from Blacks on Dean Street, shops at Piranha Comics. Father of two. Political cartoonist.
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