Blago Does Comic-Con
Fresh from his felony conviction for lying to federal investigators, disgraced ex-governer of Illinois, Ron Blagojevitch stole the spotlight at this week’s Wizard World Chicago. Likening his recent legal problems to the sort of struggles superheroes go through, Blagojevitch set up at a celebrity booth not far from William Shatner and proceeded to sell signed photos for $50 apiece or pose for fan photos at $80 a pop.
In an interview with Speakeasy, Blagojevich said he never even knew that comic conventions existed, until he and his wife were invited to attend the Chicago version a couple days ago by Barry Greenberg, the fest’s Director of Talent. “It was unexpected and unplanned, but after we thought about it a bit and talked to Barry, we thought it would be a fun thing to do and a kind of chance to walk into a new experience and be out and about and kind of feel the people,” he says. Plus, “Barry promised that there were going to be thousands of people here.”
Blagojevich said: “I remember being a kid growing up and how devoted I was to Thursday nights and making sure I did everything I could to watch Batman. And then I had a chance to meet him [actor Adam West] today, which was kind of interesting. I would say that there was a little moment there in the mid-to-late ‘60s when I was 9, 10, 11, when he was almost as significant to me as Abraham Lincoln. [laughs] I can’t say that’s the case today, but certainly when I was a kid he was a hero and somewhat of a role model.”