18 January 2010 @ 11:25 pm
Rock Sound Readers' Poll 2009 Results  
Best International Band
5. My Chemical Romance

Worst International Band
8. My Chemical Romance

Turnip of the Year
3. Gerard Way (My Chemical Romance)

2010 Is All About These Bands ...
3. My Chemical Romance

01 January 2010 @ 09:42 pm
25 of the Decade's Most Influential Figures in Horror  
MCR falls on BD Horror's list that was organized in no particular order:
Defining work: The Black Parade (2006)

Why they’re on the list: One of the musical acts most associated with the “emo” movement, My Chemical Romance also perfected what’s been termed the “neo-goth” aesthetic in their performance image. Sure, the band is radio-friendly “punk-lite” more than anything, their music only a shade removed from the likes of Fall Out Boy. But the pop hooks are utilized in service of dark lyrics dealing with somber issues like death, murder, loss and tragic love affairs. By the time concept album The Black Parade was released in 2006, lead singer Gerard Way had become a pinup boy for 13-year-old goth girls everywhere.

01 January 2010 @ 09:38 pm
My Top 10 Comic Books of the Decade  
TUA falls at #8 on the list:
The Umbrella Academy is the only series on this list that is still running and I wouldn’t hesitate to put it here despite it being unfinished. Even though the two separate story arcs released so far can be taken as different series, I’m putting both of them here under the Umbrella Academy… umbrella (sorry about that). I mentioned in my Umbrella Academy: Dallas review that I thought the sequel fell just a bit short of the original but both arcs are amazing reads with fresh characters, great twists, attractive visuals and near flawless pacing. This is one of the most promising new series of the past 10 years and I can’t wait to see where this postmodern superhero comic takes us next.

01 January 2010 @ 09:36 pm
Top 3 List at Goviolet  
The Umbrella Academy: Dallas makes Goviolet's Top 3 List at goviolet.com:
I’m on-record as to what a pleasant surprise I found the Umbrella Academy, but I still wasn’t prepared for the assured statement and good comics that is Dallas. This is a Great American Comic, willing to wrangle with big issues and bigger themes than anything else out there. Dallas is about the American obsession with (and desensitization to) violence, the psychic scars of Vietnam, and the assassination of JFK as the focal point around which the American 20th Century Experience revolves. Don’t worry, the comic still has men grafted to Martian monkeys, phase-shifting kung-fu six-year-olds, and more daddy issues than Oedipus Rex, but Dallas ups the stakes with time travel (within time travel (within time travel…)), French surrealism, and serial killers in Cinnamaroll masks. The emotional baggage of the characters gets mixed up with the emotional baggage of America and the result is a punchy, heady stew of mainstream comics at their best: fun-as-hell to read in an afternoon, but packed with ideas that resonate for weeks.

31 December 2009 @ 06:44 pm
The Best Comics of 2009: Pop Culture Shock  
…And because this is my list, and I’m publishing it, a little bit of an explanation. Basically, I decided to list, in no particular order, the titles that struck me as good this year. As good as Top 10 lists are for traffic and things, I find that it’s a silly idea to compare titles unless they are exactly the same. Which they never are. By which I mean, I loved Asterios Polyp, and I loved Final Crisis Aftermath: Run, but it doesn’t mean I want to characterize one as better than the other, they’re both great in their own way. Though Asterios Polyp is better. Anyway.

Point is, I’m not saying these are the best comics ever, I’m saying they’re my favorites from the past year. That I can remember off-hand. In alphabetical order.

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31 December 2009 @ 06:39 pm
BF Awards 2009 - Best Limited Series: The Umbrella Academy: Dallas  
The Umbrella Academy is the brainchild of My Chemical Romance front man, Gerard Way. Beginning in 2007, he created a world of dysfunctional heroes, crazy villains and wild scenarios, not bound by common logic. Picking and choosing some of the best storytelling techniques from artists like Grant Morrison, Wes Anderson and Mike Mignola, he developed a unique style that reads like a structured fever dream of skewed heroics.

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31 December 2009 @ 06:33 pm
Broken Frontier Awards 2009: The Winners  
Broken Frontier proudly presents the winners of its sixth annual Broken Frontier Awards!

For its 2009 edition, BF opened up its voting process to fans, creators and industry professionals after our staff had compiled four nominees each over a series of ten categories.

As such, the creators and projects that came out on top are the winners as determined by our voting public.

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31 December 2009 @ 06:21 pm
Comics of the ’00s: A Good Decade for Indies, Criminals, and Magical Realism  
TUA makes Save The Robot's list of Best Comics of the '00s:
Umbrella Academy, Gerard Way, Gabriel Ba. When I first picked this up, I thought it would be a little too clever: a team of orphans raised in wealth and trained to be superheroes, who fight weird and pop-culture-ready enemies. Turns out it is clever, but it’s riveting too – not so much for the pop culture references or the oh-so-British quirk, but for the fact that all the ideas add up to something.

30 December 2009 @ 08:59 am
Best of 2009: Comics  
Top 20 Comics of the Year:
1. Chew
2. Incognito/Criminal: The Sinners
3. The Umbrella Academy Dallas
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30 December 2009 @ 08:56 am
The Best 10 Comics of 2009  
TUA makes WWJW's 10 Best Comics of 2009:
3. UMBRELLA ACADEMY: "DALLAS" (#1-6) - This fantastic series comes from Gerard Way, lead singer of My Chemical Romance. This story follows the events of "Apocalypse Suite", the first arc in this series. Certainly a better story, it delves more into what makes these characters tick, and how broken they are. Also it features time travel, the Vietnam War, and the assassination of JFK (both preventing and ensuring it happen). The story has many twists and turns, but it all really boils down to the characters, as all great stories do. This series is one big reason why I believe that comic books should be seen as literary works.

28 December 2009 @ 09:49 am
Top 50 Albums of the ’00s  
Okay, so this here is my list of the top 50 albums released this decade (and yes, this is the end of this decade, don’t even try to tell me that 2010 is actually the last year of the decade, because then you’re telling me that 2000 is the last of the ’90s, 1980 is the last of the ’70s, 1970 is the last of the ’60s, and so on. Just…just shut up, okay?).

Other people/sites have made big lists for this decade. I mean, Pitchfork’s has 200. A lot of the others I’ve seen have 100, or 150. Well, those guys? They’re all indecisive wusses. I’ve pared my list down to a mere 50. Sometimes it hurt. I had to cut albums I really like. But in the end, I think I’m a stronger person for it.

So, without further dudes, the list:

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09 December 2009 @ 08:55 am
MCR makes Rolling Stone's Decade-End Poll  
Rolling Stone just released their ‘Decade-End Readers’ Poll’ and it was picked by the fans. The Poll included ‘Top Artists of the Decade’, ‘Top Albums of the Decade’ and ‘Top Albums of the Decade’ labeled as “your picks for the best albums, songs and artists of the 2000s”, see where you placed Beyonce after the jump.

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07 December 2009 @ 06:25 pm
TBP makes Top 10 Favorite Albums of the Decade  
Pop Damage lists The Black Parade by My Chemical Romance on it's Top 10 Favorite Albums of the Decade, in no particular order:
Many bands find they need to change in order to forward their music. But in the case of My Chemical Romance, they felt the need to become an entirely different band for this release. Not only does the album tell the story of a dying cancer patient viewing his life in reverse as he meets death in the form of a marching band, but the publicity and hype surrounding it depicted MCR as The Black Parade itself. The album opens with the sound of a flatline and ends with the repeated mantra, “I am not afraid to keep on living/I am not afraid to walk this world alone.” In releasing an album about death, My Chemical Romance celebrated what it is to be alive.

03 November 2009 @ 06:53 am
Three Cheers on Top 100 Albums of the Decade  
Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge made Narrowcast's list of Top 100 Albums of the Decade, falling in at #76.

76. My Chemical Romance - Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge
(Eyeball/Reprise Records, 2004)
They got bigger but not better on The Black Parade, trading in all the hooks and humor that made them great on their breakthrough album for some kind of goth Up With People bullshit rock opera. But for a minute there, My Chemical Romance was a pretty amazing storm of histrionic power emo, with as much classic rock in their riffs as there was punk and enough blood-soaked imagery to momentarily make emo almost as scary to parents as metal used to be.

02 November 2009 @ 07:53 pm
Umbrella Academy makes Top 10 Comics of 2009  
Amazon unleashes its best of 2009 lists, too

Not to be outdone by Publishers Weekly, Amazon.com has released its own expansive Best Books of 2009, with an Editors' Picks list that, perhaps unsurprisingly at this point, features David Small's memoir Stitches at No. 9.

The editors' Top 100 books include David Mazzucchelli's Asterios Polyp at No. 67 and Seth's George Sprott: 1894-1975 at No. 75.

Those three works also lead the editors' choices for the Top 10 Comics & Graphic Novels of the year:

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12 October 2009 @ 02:28 pm
The Umbrella Academy Wins Harvey Awards  
Harveys Honor All-Star Superman, Umbrella Academy, Kirby Bio

Umbrella Academy, published by Dark Horse, won best artist for Gabriel Ba and best colorist for Dave Stewart. The series was created and written by Gerard Way, lead singer for the rock band My Chemical Romance.

Harvey Awards official site (includes all nominees); article with winners bolded
02 October 2009 @ 10:46 pm
Vote for My Chemical Romance on FUSE!  
MCR is up for best of Steven's Untitled Rock Show on Fuse!

CLICK HERE and cast your vote for them!

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06 September 2009 @ 11:41 pm
Scream Awards  
The cover of Desolation Row has been nominated for Scream Awards' song of the year. Vote for them here.