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Jul 31, 2011

VIDEO: Gerard Way & Grant Morrison @ Meltdown Comics 07/28/11

PHOTOS: New Candids

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Jul 29, 2011

ARTICLE: Grant Morrison and Gerard Way Cure our San Diego Comic-Con Withdrawals at Meltdown Comics

We were having Comic-Con withdrawals. Severe ones. So, in order to continue our nerdfest, we headed to Meltdown Comics on Thursday night, where a large crowd of both locals and travelers who had head to L.A. after the Con had gathered for a night with the one and only Grant Morrison.

Morrison is part of the pantheon of comic book greats. The dapper, Scottish writer is responsible for the Batman classic Arkham Asylum: A Serious House on Serious Earth. He created late-1990s series The Invisibles and co-created the character Xorn during his time working on X-Men. When DC relaunches this fall, he'll be handling Action Comics.

​Last night, Morrison was at comic hub Meltdown to promote his latest book, Supergods: What Masked Vigilantes, Miraculous Mutants, and a Sun God from Smallville Can Teach Us About Being Human. Though Supergods was the catalyst for this appearance, the discussion touched on many aspects of his career.
Way opened the night by recalling an early encounter with Morrison. It was at the end of the 1990s and he was inside DC's New York City headquarters when the spotted the famed writer. He likened Morrison's appearance, wearing rubber despite the heat, he added, to "King Mob from The Invisibles."

Over time, Way and Morrison have become friends and the former speaks of the latter as an influential figure in his life. It was fitting then that Way conduct this live interview.

​Way brought up an interesting misconception about Morrison, that many may believe "that he's like Tim Leary" in regards to drug experimentation. Morrison noted that he was "straightedge" until he reached his 30s, describing himself as a "straightedge good boy mod" in his early career. This led to a conversation about The Invisibles and, in particular, the "method acting" approach that Morrison took while he was writing the series. He discussed how he took on aspects of the characters personalities as he worked, sometimes even becoming sick when they would get sick.

PHOTOS: Slideshow, Grant Morrison and Gerard Way at Meltdown Comics

Grant Morrison arrived at Meltdown Comics on July 28 to promote his book Supergods: What Masked Vigilantes, Miraculous Mutants, and a Sun God from Smallville Can Teach Us About Being Human. The event featured a live interview conducted by Eisner Award winner/musician Gerard Way (Umbrella Academy, My Chemical Romance) and a Q/A session with fans. A signing followed the talk. Slideshow here

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PHOTOS: More Gerard @ Meltdown Comics

SCANS: Big Cheese - August 2011 & Kerrang! #1374 Posters

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NEWS: Time to buy My Chemical Romance's watch

If you ask Gerard Way for the time, he might send you to his band's website.

Yes, My Chemical Romance fans, it's about time you picked up the MCR custom Tokyoflash Watch from The limited-edition Seikatsu Koujou Kyokusen has a brushed stainless-steel case and a white, leather strap. (This would have been a great tie-in for the Beastie Boys when "Time to Get Ill" hit the airwaves: It could have been called the "What's the time? It's time to get ill!" watch.)

The $125 timepiece is also a USB rechargeable watch -- to replenish the battery, just connect to your computer with the included USB cable. A full charge, which takes around three and a half hours, will keep the watch's colorful display running for a month, according to a statement announcing the new MCR accessory. There are 300 charges in one battery and the battery is replaceable.

No wonder Seikatsu Koujou translates to "better living."

And if you order right now, you might have it for the MCR and blink-182 shows at Nikon at Jones Beach Theater Saturday and next Sunday. As the kids will tell you, that will be time well spent.


PHOTOS: More Gerard @ Meltdown Comics 07/28/11 (album)

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PHOTOS: Candids from "An Evening w/Grant Morrison"

PHOTOS: New Candids from Comic-Con 2011

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PHOTOS: New Candids - Gerard Way

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CONTEST: My Chemical Romance Honda Civic Tour Fan Bloggers

My Chemical Romance is giving fans a chance to win a pair of tickets to see MCR on the Honda Civic Tour and a photo pass to access the photo pit! To enter, go to the tour reporter contest at and submit a blog post, which can include photos and videos, telling us why you should be chosen as the MCR tour blogger for your city!

If you win, all you have to do is take photos of the band performing and write a review about the show. Your review and photos may be posted on,, and One road reporter and their guest will be chosen for each show and contacted via phone or email to let them know they are selected.

Enter the MCR Tour Blogger Contest


Jul 28, 2011

PHOTOS: Gerard Way hosting "An Evening with Grant Morrison" 07/28/11

Gerard was so cute, trying to be all professional and Grant kept effing with him (he's totally hilarious btw). I saw peeps taking video so I'll post as soon as i come across any.

Oh yeah, and Mikey Way, Ray Toro, and Alicia Way were standing in the crowd literally 2ft away from me! My sister was standing right next to them and said one of them had B.O. It was seriously so hot in that tiny ass room w. all those peeps!

VIDEO: HCT - How Do You Pass Time On The Bus?

Jul 27, 2011

VIDEO: MASScanvas: Behind the Canvas - MCR on Writer's Block

Gerard Way of My Chemical Romance talking with MASScanvas for the band's $6,500 "Good vs. Evil" T-shirt Design Challenge (submit designs by 7.29/2011 at
Here, he talks about dealing with writer's (artist's block), and how it is similar for both music and illustration.

PHOTOS: Gerard Way at ICM And Motorola Superpowered Social on July 22nd.

CREDIT: fuckyeahgerardway

ARTICLE: Comic Con: The Adventures of a Gerard Way Fan

f you didn't know already, I'm a huge fan of the band My Chemical Romance. And when frontman Gerard Way broke into comics with The Umbrella Academy, I followed suit. Although he has always been just as of a nerd as the rest of us, now he had a legitimate reason to attend Comic Con every year. And ever since, I have been trying to win the raffle for his signing, and every year, I have lost. Until this year.

I spent the entire day in the Exhibit Hall massing as many raffle tickets as I could. This year, I wasn't going to accept defeat. Finally, I won. I lined up at 1pm at the Dark Horse booth for the signing, and once again, got to meet my hero. But instead of having him sign one of my issues of Umbrella Academy or a My Chemical Romance poster, I asked him to sign my arm so I could get it tattooed.

Being the awesome person that he is, Gerard proceeded to ask me where, how big, how exactly I wanted him to sign it. All that I asked was that he write "keep it ugly" then sign. Other than that, I wanted him to do his thing. He's the artist, not me. Once he was done, he sat back, critisizing his work. I knew by his face that he really wanted to erase it and start again. "You might want them to clean that up."

I looked at it and shook my head. "It's perfect. Thank you." I honestly don't remember what he or I said as I walked away. I was just ecstatic that I was finally going to get a tattoo that I have been wanting for a long time. But little did I know, once I turned the corner away from where Gerard was signing, would his little brother Mikey, be waiting for us. Although I had met Gerard before, this was the first time I got to meet his brother. I had him sign my arm right below where Gerard signed. Although it wasn't the plan, apparently it was my lucky day. One half of My Chemical Romance down, one half to go. And just behind Mikey, was yet another idol of mine, Lindsey Way. Artist and member of the rock band Mindless Self Indulgence. This was yet again, the first time I got to meet her.

All in all, it was a great day. I walked a few blocks into the Gaslamp and got both autographs tattooed at a parlor called Nothing Sacred. Here is how she looked the next morning:

However, the story does not end there. I'm not going to lie, I decided to walk the Exhibit Hall for a while on Saturday with a specific goal of maybe running into Gerard and Mikey again so I could show them my tattoo. But, I never did. I did however get calls and messages from numerous friends about the people that they randomly ran into. Misha Collins from Supernatural. Ray Toro, another member of My Chemical Romance. And yes, at dinner that night, I had to listen to the story of how someone ran into Gerard and Mikey in the Hall. So basically, I hated the world for a little while. Despite all the people that I have met, I have never ran into any of my heroes or idols randomly. That is, until 2:30 sunday morning.

Before deciding to try and get some sleep in line for Hall H, me and one of my new line buddies walked across the street to the Hilton to find a bathroom. In the lobby, I found a girl I had met and kept meeting in line throughout the weekend. We stopped to talk for a minute. The lobby was pretty empty, considering it was 2:30 in the morning. There was only one other group of people lounging on the couches on the other side of the room. After a few minutes, I glanced over to them. It took me a good ten seconds to react before I literally started freaking out.

Who was it sitting in one of those couches? None other than Gerard Way. Despite the fact that I was face to face with him a little over 24 hours before, it didn't matter. I flipped. Here it was, my chance to show off the lovely work on my arm, and I could barely move. It took someone pulling me over to the other side of the room for me to move. Before I knew it, I was once again standing in front of my hero in every way possible with an adorable bemused smile on his face. He knew I was having a hard time with this, and his smile wasn't making it any easier on me.

The guy that pulled me over told him, "she has something to show you." And before Gerard could look at my face again, I pulled up my sleeve and revealed the tattoo that just started to scab over. I'm not sure if he didn't believe me the day before when I told him I was going to do it, or if it was all part of his genuine humility, but the surprise on his face was priceless. He leaned forward to examine it closer and made several comments on how great it looked and how much he loved that it still looked like the texture of a marker, and not a tattoo. He laughed at Mikey's scribble beneath his artsy, loopy handwriting, then proceeded to thank me over and over again. I shook my head and told him that it was all because of the band that I was okay to begin with. This was my thank you to them.

And before I could start tearing up over how grateful he looked that a fan would appreciate what they have done so much to get their autographs tattooed on her arm forever, one of my friends walked over and asked if Gerard could take a picture with me. He was more than willing. Yeah, so much for sleeping that night.

I would totally show you guys the picture, but I'm waiting for it to be emailed to me since it wasn't taken on my camera. I'm pretty sure I can die happily now.

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Jul 26, 2011

ARTICLE: Grant Morrison, Gerard Way talk ‘Supergods’ in L.A.

Super friends and cosmic dreamers Grant Morrison and Gerard Way will appear together Thursday at Meltdown Comics (7522 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles) for a discussion of Morrison’s acclaimed new book “Supergods,” which is a sort of meditation on meta-humanity.

The two are among the elite creators in comics these days with Morrison writing key Superman and Batman arcs in recent years and Way chronicling the surreal adventures of “The Umbrella Academy.”

Way also has a day job as lead singer and art director of My Chemical Romance (the band is now preparing to tour with Blink-182) and Morrison portrayed a memorable bad-guy in their music video for the hit “Sing.”

I’ll be there Thursday for sure. Hope to see you there as well.

– Geoff Boucher

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ARTICLE: My Chemical Romance’s Gerard Way has got the time

It’s a fact: My Chemical Romance bandleader Gerard Way is one of modern rock’s most boundary-pushing, forward-thinking Renaissance men.

He didn’t merely toss out another garage-punk powerchorder with their recent “Danger Days: The True Lives Of The Fabulous Killjoys” — he scripted it as a futuristic, almost operatic, concept album, with a series of videos, even a graphic novel, that elaborate on its “Clockwork Orange” type themes. But what else would you expect from a man who’s simultaneously penning an Eisner-Award-winning superhero comic called “The Umbrella Academy”?

So don’t look so stunned when we tell you of MCR’s latest fashionable venture: A custom Tokyo Flash watch, sold exclusively at their website for an affordable $125.

Made in conjunction with Better Living Industries, the Seikatsu Koujou Kyokusen timepiece looks like something one of Way’s Killjoys gang would sport years from now. With a push of its high-tech button, it shows the time via an arced array of lit lines and dots that denote hours and minutes. It’s got a stainless-steel buckle, it’s water-resistant, and is USB-rechargeable — plug it into your computer for three-and-a-half hours, and you’re good to go for a full month.

Just one more reason why we love these guys.

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PHOTOS: More Gerard @ Comic-Con 2011

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Jul 25, 2011

NEWS: Rawson Thurber To Rewrite 'The Umbrella Academy' For Universal

Dodgeball director Rawson Thurber is rewriting The Umbrella Academy for Universal Pictures, based on the 2008 Eisner Award-winning Dark Horse comic written by My Chemical Romance singer Gerard Way. Mark Bomback wrote the first draft.

The comic revolves around an adopted dysfunctional family of superheroes with bizarre powers who are brought together by a mentor. As children, they defeat the Eiffel Tower when it’s turned into a laser-spewing structure by a zombie robot. In later installments of the comic, the kids disband but reunite as adults after their mentor is killed.

It’s the second Dark Horse property at Universal, which will begin production on RIPD in September. Dark Horse’s Mike Richardson will produce with Scott Stuber and his Stuber Films banner. Pam Abdy will oversee the project for Stuber and also produce, and the author is executive producer. Thurber’s repped by CAA.


VIDEO: My Chemical Romance - Tokyoflash Watch commercial

The limited- edition watch is called the Seikatsu Koujou Kyokusen and is custom-made for Better Living Industries in association with Tokyoflash Japan. 

NEWS: New Items in MCR store: Killjoy Guns & Seikatsu Koujou Kyokusen (Tokyoflash Watch)

Seikatsu Koujou Kyokusen (Tokyoflash Watch) - $125

Killjoy Guns - $35/ea.

Jul 23, 2011

PHOTOS: Gerard & Mikey Way Shopping at Comic-Con 2011

Some of our Trashwire readers might not be as infatuated with Gerard and Mikey Way as we are, but we adore them and My Chemical Romance. While walking around on the floor at Comic Con today, we bumped into Gerard and Mikey with their wives, Lindsey and Alicia, shopping at one of the booths.more pics here