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Rodman will return to North Korea

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Updated: September 12, 2013 6:55AM



With people dressed in all sorts of costumes and strange getups at the Wizard World Comic Con on Saturday at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Dennis Rodman looked strangely normal.

Rodman, who was part of the Bulls’ last three NBA championships, has sported everything from a wedding dress to a Mohawk. While either might have been appropriate Saturday, the Hall of Famer instead wore slacks and a T-shirt as he signed ­autographs.

It’s all part of Rodman’s plan to distance himself from the basketball career that made him famous and delve into other arenas.

Most notably, Rodman has gained attention for a trip to North Korea to visit the country’s dictator, Kim Jong Un.

“That’s the sad thing. People don’t understand,” Rodman said. “I’m not trying to be a diplomat or something like that. He’s my friend. I’m not trying to solve the world [problems], but if I can do anything to help, I will. But I’m just going to see my friend again. I’m going back over there. I’m going to see him again and just have a good time with him.”

Rodman wouldn’t reveal when he intends to return to North Korea, but he said it will be soon.

He was happy to wax philosophical on a number of his other far-ranging endeavors.

Rodman recently penned a children’s book titled Dennis the Wild Bull. It came 17 years after his first book, Bad as I Wanna Be, for which he posed nude on a motorcycle on the cover.

The children’s book was for sale at Comic Con, but he said his attendance was to help break boundaries athletes traditionally have set for themselves.

“It’s actually strange because not too many athletes in the world can get involved with something like this because they don’t want to cross their boundaries,” Rodman said. “But I just think I have crossed that [line] from an athlete to a pop icon. I’ll put it this way: I’ve done a lot for the world.

“I do everything between taking care of my kids and making money for my kids, doing other things around the world because people love to do one thing: They love to be happy, and I love to be happy. I don’t do anything for money. I do everything because I love to help people. Every time I make money for me, it goes to my kids or charity.”

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