03 October 2012 @ 08:57 am
New Gerard Interview With CBR  
Josie Campbell, Staff Writer

In a nearly lightless unisex bathroom in the Body English club at Las Vegas' Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Gerard Way, "My Chemical Romance" vocalist, creator of the Dark Horse Comics-published science fiction/superhero series "The Umbrella Academy" and MorrisonCon special guest, unpacked a shaving kit and stated what he loved most about the convention was the chance to have in-depth conversations with fans.

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11 April 2012 @ 05:47 pm
Blog Post: MCR  
The Umbrella Academy: But the Past Ain't Through with You Motion Comic
Wednesday April 11, 2012 | Posted by: MCR

Gerard’s comic The Umbrella Academy has been made into a motion comic! Watch the video below.

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Conceived and written by Gerard Way, The Umbrella Academy features art by Gabriel Bá (Casanova) and Dave Stewart (Hellboy).

Learn more about the comic at DarkHorse.com.
30 May 2010 @ 10:07 am
Comic-Con Special Guests  
Gerard will be appearing as a guest at Comic-Con this year! Text from the Comic-Con site:

Gerard Way
Writer, The Umbrella Academy

While most people know the name Gerard Way as the frontman of the platinum-selling rock band My Chemical Romance, this dynamic rock star has scored equal success in the comic book world with the Eisner Award-winning The Umbrella Academy

06 January 2010 @ 06:20 pm
Update from Scott Allie  
From the Editor
Scott Allie, Editor
2010 Plans
Updated: 01/06/2010

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Gerard remains wrapped up with MCR's new record -- finishing recording and doing publicity for it even before a title has been announced -- so we're not yet making progress on the new Umbrella series or Killjoys, although he hopes to start writing comics again any day. We had a great talk the other night. I was shopping for a frame for a painting Scott Morse did of Spider-Man for my son, Sid, when Gerard called. Jon Rivera, the cartoonist who does the Umbrella Myspace page, had emailed Gerard to tell him about an earthquake in a resort area of Brazil. Gabriel was vacationing around the holidays, and Gerard got worried.

I was struggling with the automatic checkout on a Saturday evening while talking on my iPhone, so I had no quick way to check about the Twins and Brazil -- I'm not very good at online research anyway, so I probably would have been equally useless at home in front of my laptop. But I do get good ideas sometimes, so I told Gerard to check Ba and Moon's Twitter feed. Lynz did it while we talked, and she said Fabio had just written "This year is going to be a blast" -- so we decided probably he and his brother were okay. Thank the &%#$in' Lord. 2009 was a rough enough year. Check out the Twins' latest work on Daytrippers, their series at DC Comics, where they're joined by Umbrella colorist Dave Stewart.

Gerard and I spent the rest of the phone call talking about the My Chem record he's working on -- they're going deeper and deeper into an idea, and as much as I wish he was back on the comics, he's got a tiger by the tail. This band thing might really be going somewhere . . .

We also talked about the Umbrella movie, which is proceeding. Gerard's been pretty hands on with the screenplay, which is in great shape now, thanks to our excellent writer, Mark Bomback. We're getting interest from directors, and once someone's hired, this movie's happening.

But soon, very soon, we're gonna start work in earnest on Killjoys. Shaun Simon and Becky Cloonan are ready to roll. And Gabriel is asking questions to start shaping up his schedule for the year. Hopefully I'll have some more news for you next month—


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.

07 December 2009 @ 08:21 am
Umbrella Academy Headed to the Big Screen  
According to Variety, Universal Studios has begun work on the big screen adaptation of Umbrella Academy. The comic, created by Gerard Way (front man of My Chemical Romance), revolves around seven superheroes that reunite when their adoptive father dies. They then carry out his plans to save the world.

Universal has hired Mark Bomback (Race to Witch Mountain and Live Free and Die Hard) to write the script. No director has been selected yet.

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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14 October 2009 @ 10:33 am
Umbrella Academy Now Available On iPhone  
Dark Horse has announced that Mike Mignola's Hellboy and Gerard Way's The Umbrella Academy are now available on the iPhone.

If you've read either books, you know how great they are. Alan Moore has called Hellboy "a passport to a corner of funnybook heaven you may never want to leave." Grant Morrison has called The Umbrella Academy "one of the great new comic books of this decade." I know people seem a little reluctant to have 'digital' comics but if you look at the price, this is a great way to check out some really good books you might have missed out on. Also, how often are stuck somewhere wishing you had something to read. I don't usually make a habit of carrying around comics with me. Having comics on your iPhone might not be your first preference but it's worth checking out in this format.

The first issues of both books are now available through the iTunes Store with subsequent issues available soon. Seed Of Destruction is available as four issues at $0.99 each or as a bundle of all four issues for $3.99. The first issue of Apocalypse Suite is available for free, with issues #2 - #6 at $0.99 each (or a bundle of all six issues for $4.99).

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
24 September 2009 @ 11:53 am
Video Exclusive: Gerard Way and Gabriel Bà Promoting UA: Brazil  
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28 August 2009 @ 10:49 pm
Fresh Ink Online: Gerard Way Interview  
Hey, gang! Host Blair Butler is out this week on a rare vacation. Yes, even Blair gets to take some time off once in a while. So instead of a new episode of Fresh Ink Online, we are running this awesome interview with My Chemical Romance frontman Gerard Way.

Of course, in addition to being a big rock star, Gerard is a superb illustrator and writer, and the man behind the terrific comic The Umbrella Academy (Dark Horse Comics). We here at Fresh Ink Online are always thrilled when he stops by, and this is a very special opportunity to get inside his head.

In Part 1 of this sit-down chat, Gerard talks about how he became involved in the comic book world, who his influences and collaborators are, and how the surprise success of the band nearly pulled him away from his true passion, comics.

In Part 2, he chats in depth with Blair about The Umbrella Academy, how it came to be and where it’s going. He also discusses upcoming comic projects and what’s next for My Chemical Romance.

This is fascinating stuff from a man who truly wears many, many hats. Of course, he is not actually wearing a hat here, per se, but you get the picture.

Come back next week when Blair returns, all tan and filled with sunshine, to cover two weeks of brand new comics. And make sure to visit us on Twitter, Facebook and MySpace if ya got the guts!

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24 August 2009 @ 06:56 pm
Comic Con: pictures by iheartmakos from flickr  

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