Umbrella Academy

July 26, 2011 | 10:58 a.m.

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

Grant Morrison (Allan Amato) and Gerard Way (Associated Press)
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 RECENT AND RELATED ‘Superman’: Grant Morrison’s new Man of Steel Morrison gets evil […]
Nov. 22, 2010 | 6:21 a.m.

My Chemical Romance: Our band was saved by comic books

My Chemical Romance
Here’s a lengthy excerpt from my Sunday Calendar story on My Chemical Romance and their new career direction… High in his ridgeline home, sitting on a porch that feels like a ledge, Gerard Way peered through cigarette smoke and the late-afternoon Pasadena haze as he searched his memory for the moment when his band, My Chemical Romance, shed its skin. “I think,” he said with a world-weary chuckle, “the liberating moment is when we decided that we were allowed to make a dance record.” These are strange seasons for Way and his band, who deliver their fourth studio album, “Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys,” on Nov. 22 and have just announced a world tour that finds them back from the brink of despair and bitter breakup. What was their salvation? Comic books, old sci-fi films and […]
Dec. 16, 2008 | 12:08 a.m.

Fanboy gift guide for 2008

In December of 1977, all I really wanted for Christmas was a lightsaber, just like the ones that the Jedi Knights used in "Star Wars." I did find one waiting for me under the tinsel-covered tree that year but, sadly, instead a fearsome weapon, it was a black flashlight with a flimsy plastic tube stuck on top. The disappointment, even for an 8-year-old, was a bitter one. I’m guessing that the person who spent $240,000 at a Calabasas Hills auction last week to take home the lightsaber prop used by actor Mark Hamill in "Star Wars" possesses a similar childhood memory… and a much bigger bank account. But you don’t need to be a millionaire these days to get your hands on quality fanboy treasures; we live in the golden era of gadgets and geeky totems and if you need […]
Nov. 24, 2008 | 2:55 p.m.

The Umbrella Academy brings ‘Dallas’ to L.A.

It’s an exciting time here at Hero Complex as we approach our five-month anniversary. We’re getting a lot of new contributors. One of them is Nathan Olivarez-Giles, who has this dispatch… It’s time to put your monocle on: “The Umbrella Academy” is in Los Angeles in a big way. Dark Horse Comics is celebrating the quirky and compelling “Academy” here to mark the release of “The Umbrella Academy: Dallas,” the second installment of the critically acclaimed series. The first issue of the “Dallas” book hits stores Wednesday (Nov. 26), and at 8 p.m. on Friday (Nov. 28), Gerard Way, author of “Academy” and lead singer of My Chemical Romance, will be signing autographs at Southern California’s famous comics landmark Golden Apple (7018 Melrose Ave). Meanwhile, Secret Headquarters (3817 W. Sunset Blvd.), the great comics store and gallery in Silver Lake, […]
Oct. 22, 2008 | 8:05 p.m.

Gerard Way on the ‘Umbrella Academy’ movie: ‘I don’t want it to be ‘Harry Potter”

EXCLUSIVE I ran into one of my favorite people in comics and music, Gerard Way of My Chemical Romance fame, backstage at the Spike TV Scream 2008 Awards. We wandered around a bit, and I was fortunate enough to introduce him to both Frank Miller and Tim Burton (I do love my job). Way was in such a good mood that he gave me the major lowdown on “The Umbrella Academy” ramping up as a film project at Universal. He talked about his hopes to bring in people such as “Children of Men” director Alfonso Cuarón, Oscar-winning costume designer Colleen Atwood (“Chicago,” “Sweeney Todd“) and perhaps screenwriter Diablo Cody, who picked up an Academy Award for “Juno.” GB: So what’s the good word on “The Umbrella Academy”? Way: “We just had our first meeting at Universal, and it went great. […]
July 20, 2008 | 2:48 p.m.

Gerard Way’s Essential Shelf, Part 2

Gerard Way, the lead singer of My Chemical Romance and the author of “The Umbrella Academy,” is our featured contributor on The Essential Shelf, and this is the second installment of his Top 10 all-time graphic novels. You can find the first installment here. Below are Nos. 5, 6 and 7 on his list: “The Invisibles: Say You Want A Revolution,” by Grant Morrison:I could make a Top 10 list of graphic novels of Grant Morrison’s work on its own, telling you to read “We3,” “The Filth,” “Seaguy” and others, but I realize I need to make this list more broad. I am including “The Invisibles” because of its volume, ambition and scope. Drawing upon everything from “The Prisoner” (the old British sci-fi/spy show) to the Beatles, this series contained some of the craziest concepts ever put into a comic. […]
July 18, 2008 | 5:56 p.m.

Gerard Way’s Essential Shelf, Part 1

We’re starting a new feature here at the Hero Complex called The Essential Shelf in which we invite some esteemed talents to tell us about their favorite graphic novels. Our first guest is Gerard Way, the lead singer of the rock band My Chemical Romance and the writer of “The Umbrella Academy,” the wonderfully surreal Dark Horse series that (we hear) may be coming to a theater near you in the next few years. Here’s No.’s 8, 9 and 10 on the list of 10 that he e-mailed me, the rest will be posted here over the next few days. “Hellboy: Seed of Destruction,” by Mike MignolaThis book was an inspiration in the format I chose to do ‘The Umbrella Academy’ in, as well as the publisher, Dark Horse. This comic is extremely pure, it is the opposite of pretentious, […]
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