Blagojevich Sets Up Table At Chicago Comic-Con, Charges $50 For Autographs

by Jack Stuef

Next time you go to a Comic Con, make sure you bring your wallet, as it will be $80 to take a photo with this former Illinois governor and $50 to get his autograph.

While touring the floor, Blagojevich picked up a red “Batphone” and joked that he was calling his lawyer.

A federal jury convicted Blagojevich this week of lying to the FBI but deadlocked on 23 other charges. Prosecutors plan to retry him.

Actors William Shatner and Adam West are also at the Comic Con.

Haha, the TRIFECTA of geekdom: William Shatner, Adam West, and Rod Blagojevich. Those three should do a reality show. (We say that realizing there’s an 85% chance it’s already in the works.) [Newell / CBS]


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chascates August 23, 2010 at 2:41 pm

Blago is a bigger ham than Shatner & West combined. Next up: swatches of hair sold on HSN.

Extemporanus August 23, 2010 at 2:41 pm

To the bat pol!

FreshCliches August 23, 2010 at 2:43 pm

And your first-born male child for a lock of his hair.

jus_wonderin August 23, 2010 at 2:45 pm

I want Blago to go away. Shatner can stay. I am on the fence about Adam West.

DemmeFatale August 23, 2010 at 2:45 pm

Stay classy, Blago!

finallyhappy August 23, 2010 at 2:45 pm

Jack, revealing your nerd background? How else would you know getting your photo taken is one price and an autograph is extra? I know- but my identity is secret.

JMP August 23, 2010 at 2:47 pm

Did they have a best toupee contest?

bureaucrap August 23, 2010 at 2:47 pm

So apparently, ComiCon is where his famous parachute landed.

Darkness August 23, 2010 at 2:48 pm

I never thought I’d say this, but I wish The Wonkette would make more shit up.

freakishlystrong August 23, 2010 at 2:49 pm

A photo or an autograph from Blag is a fucking valuable thing.

Sharkey August 23, 2010 at 2:49 pm

How much to put guano on his head?

jus_wonderin August 23, 2010 at 2:53 pm

I half expect that the only autographs he sells are to people who confuse him with an Ewok.

Clancy_Pants August 23, 2010 at 2:54 pm

Buy it now on Ebay for $98!

Tommmcatt August 23, 2010 at 2:54 pm

Look, up in the sky! It’s a Vulture! It’s a Chem-trail! It’s Graftman!

DeLand DeLakes August 23, 2010 at 2:54 pm

I went to Wizard Con once. Consequently, my photo is now in the collection of innumerable geeks. For the record, I was not dressed up; I was just a human female between the ages of 10 and 80.

One Yield Regular August 23, 2010 at 2:54 pm

Blagojevich really IS Rupert Pupkin.

Zadig August 23, 2010 at 2:55 pm

How much did he charge for touching his hair?

Darkness August 23, 2010 at 2:56 pm

[re=643898]freakishlystrong[/re]: You know, if I still had a non-home office job and the guy in the next office were one of those guys who proudly displays photos of himself shaking the hands of various influencial people, I could see it being worthwhile to collect a few similarly genred photos of myself with INfamous people. Because then it would be a little underhanded performance art. Otherwise, meh.

bfstevie August 23, 2010 at 2:57 pm

[re=643904]DeLand DeLakes[/re]: How much did you charge to allow the pictures? Where autographs extra? Did anybody offer to pay to speak with, or touch you?

Extemporanus August 23, 2010 at 3:01 pm

I’m willing to bet that that Batmobile is the same one that’s been on display, like, forever at the super rad Volo Car Museum west of Chicago.

As a small boy, I also sat behind the wheel of that car, though I didn’t charge for photos. You can imagine my excitement to discover that, all these years later, Rod’s and my taints would find themselves connected.


dijetlo August 23, 2010 at 3:01 pm

I was going to make a prison-sex joke but really, he’ll serve his time in a penitentiary/country club where his biggest worry is substandard vichyssoise and taking a brutal beating at canasta.

Extemporanus August 23, 2010 at 3:03 pm

[re=643905]One Yield Regular[/re]: Dead on.

Chernobyl Soup August 23, 2010 at 3:05 pm

We need to study this guy’s brain waves. For science. What kind of person in his situation wakes up in the morning and decides that going to Comic-Con and charging for autographs is a good idea?

obfuscator August 23, 2010 at 3:06 pm

also: he’s scheduled to appear on the daily show tonight.

JMP August 23, 2010 at 3:10 pm

Upon learning how much Blago was making from his autographs, Shatner was heard yelling, “ROOOOOOOOOOOD! ROOOOOOOOOD!”

Actually, the Blagojevich sounds like the name of a Trek species; I picture one that combines the constant scheming of the Romulans with the petty greed of the Ferengi.

Berkeley Bear August 23, 2010 at 3:19 pm

At least this time he wasn’t dressed as Space Elvis.

Gratuitous World August 23, 2010 at 3:27 pm

Almost as bad as George Ryan peddling turkey drumsticks at the Briston Renaissance Fair.

pondscum August 23, 2010 at 3:35 pm

I’d pay $50 to punch him in the throat.

jus_wonderin August 23, 2010 at 3:54 pm

[re=643949]pondscum[/re]: What is the legal maximum that I can contribute to the “Punch Blag in the Throat” campaign?

DeLand DeLakes August 23, 2010 at 4:59 pm

[re=643908]bfstevie[/re]: I snapped a picture of anyone who surreptitiously took one of me. Consequently, I have an album full of cringing, middle-aged boy-geeks. And a bunch of pictures of a girl dressed as Nightcrawler who passed out (from excitement, or from the blue make-up smothering her pores?) and had to be carted off by EMTs.

LimRickNews August 23, 2010 at 5:24 pm

Ex Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich,
Is running around on a media blitz.
A mostly hung jury,
Preceded this flurry.
Does he jabber too much when he’s got an itch?
For more, google “LimRickNews”.

lochnessmonster August 23, 2010 at 5:45 pm

What a sad little man. Napoleon complex to the max. Maybe they can get him some psychiatic help when he’s in the slammer. He fails to remember that it was only one hold out female jurist that probably likes him because he likes Elvis.

Poisoned Rationality August 23, 2010 at 5:56 pm


Limricknews is fat and a putz.
He’s feeble, obtuse and a klutz.
He’s a wearisome meanie,
A recalcitrant weenie,
He’s always repellent and nuts.

Jukesgrrl August 23, 2010 at 10:57 pm

[re=643915]Chernobyl Soup[/re]: “What kind of person in his situation wakes up in the morning and decides that going to Comic-Con and charging for autographs is a good idea?”

I’ll bet he made more money today than I made. So I give him fucking golden props.

Captain Swing August 24, 2010 at 7:29 am

Right idea, but the wrong car, I fear.

The convention organisers should have gotten hold of Sean Connery’s original James Bond Aston Martin DB5 – The one with the ejector seat. Sit Blago in it, on a revolving platform, with different sized tubs of various critters’ bodily waste some distance away.

Charge the geeks to see who can land him in them. Give out prizes according to degree of difficulty. Let Shatner host the event, and let Blago boldly go…

Oblios Cap August 24, 2010 at 12:27 pm

[re=643904]DeLand DeLakes[/re]:

That was you?!

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