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Born Under a Dark Sun: Gerard Way and Grant Morrison on CBR

Posted in Article, Side Projects with tags , , , on July 30, 2008 by mychemicalfreak

Comic Book Resource has a nice, neatly packaged article on Gerard and Morrison’s panel at CCI.

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Gerard Way Talks About Dylan Cover

Posted in Article, Interviews, Music with tags , , , on July 30, 2008 by mychemicalfreak

Gerard Way says it’s been hard to keep the Bob Dylan Cover under wraps.

Read MTV’s article and watch the video interview here


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Bob Bryar in Modern Drummer

Posted in Article, Interviews with tags , , on July 29, 2008 by mychemicalfreak

I am not sure how old this article is, but it was just shown to me by Johnnie of

Its a good read if you haven’t read it yet!

Read more Bob Bryar in Modern Drummer

More On Gerard Way and Grant Morrison Panel

Posted in Article, comic, Side Projects with tags , , on July 27, 2008 by mychemicalfreak

Article by: JK Parkin
For Newsarma

They’ve both worked for DC Comics. They ate haggis together in Scotland. And on Saturday at Comic-Con International: San Diego, Grant Morrison and Gerard Way came together for a panel where they discussed “lo-fi weirdness” and took questions from the audience.

Way told the standing room only audience that Morrison had asked to do a panel together in the past. “I was so honored; he was my hero,” Way said. But the My Chemical Romance singer and former DC intern thought he should publish a comic first.

And has he ever. Morrison congratulated Way on the success of The Umbrella Academy, which took home an Eisner Award Friday night.

Way said that the Eisner award “absolutely” meant more to him than a Grammy Award, which has eluded the singer and his band. “I don’t really know what a Grammy means anymore, but I know what an Eisner means,” Way said.

“I’m gonna try for a Grammy next,” Morrison joked. “I can sing.”

Getting back to the idea for the panel, Way said Morrison coined the term lo-fi weirdness in an interview about six or seven years ago. Way said that inspired him to create The Umbrella Academy.

So what did Morrison mean by the term lo-fi weirdness? The Final Crisis writer said that as the new century began, he thought the internet was opening up new possibilities for creativity.

“The whole internet thing was allowing music to be made by anyone and comics to be made by anyone,” he said. At the same time, however, Hollywood was becoming very interested in comic books. “Movies were starting to fixate on comics and steal all our stuff.”

So Morrison thought comics should fight back. “So I figured the best way to fight back was to make comics even more bizarre, because the one thing comics can do is weirdness and strangeness and surrealism, and they do that better than movies.”

He added, “I think we just need more weird shit, to be honest, on this planet.”

Way said he read the interview like it was a call to arms. He was already a big fan of Morrison’s previous work, particularly the Doom Patrol, which he said was “50 years ahead of its time, and there’s still nothing like it today.” So he took Morrison’s words to heart as he created his own work.

One of the themes that both men touched on throughout the panel was the idea of creating comics because you want to create comics, rather than creating something that can be adapted into a film down the line “You don’t write it for the film,” Way said. “You dictate it, not them,” meaning Hollywood.

Morrison added that many comics nowadays were “cheesy pitch documents for movies that were never going to get made. We really want comics to be comics.”

Morrison also said he thought the world was starting to change in regards to the types of stories people want to read.

“People are getting a little fed up with the last few years of the war on terror,” he said. “Soldiers as heroes and soldiers as superheroes … Y’know, we all love soldiers, God bless them, those guys have a hard job to do, but I’ve had enough of the soldier as a hero, the fetishized soldier.”

He said those types of stories grew out of the Sept. 11 attacks, and it’s time to start telling new stories that give some hope for the future. “Right now there’s not a lot of hope for the future, or so it seems, but that’s only because we’re telling ourselves really shitty stories about soldiers killing each other,” Morrison said.

When they opened the floor to questions, a fan said he never read The Umbrella Academy and wanted to know what it was about. After joking that it was about gay cowboys with umbrellas, Way said it was a post-modern superhero story. “Nothing about it looks like superheroes.”

Morrison called it “the X-Men for cool people.” Scott Allie, the book’s editor, told another Dark Horse employee to “write that down.”

Another audience member asked if any Umbrella Academy art or animation would be incorporated into My Chemical Romance’s stage show. Way said he wanted to keep the band and his comics separate. Allie added that while they used the band name in some of the early advertising, they would be getting away from that in the future.

However, he added, “I’m also proud of being in that band. So it was cool to give interviews for My Chemical Romance and get asked those questions, and it was cool to give comic interviews and get asked My Chemical Romance questions.” He said it all comes from the same source.

Way also said that there were elements from My Chemical Romance’s concept album “The Black Parade” in his original pitch for The Umbrella Academy, but he took those out when he decided to use them in his music.

Another fan asked Morrison if he’d ever consider an Invisibles movie.

“Of course,” he said, but he’d want to write it himself rather than letting some “Hollywood nutjob” do it. “If you have ideas, you want to get them to as many people as possible,” he said.

Way said everyone in the room probably had some sort of dream or aspiration, and as long as it was pure and came from the heart, it would be special. He encouraged any potential creators to not think about the video game or the movie.

“You gotta remember in the entire history of the universe … you’re the only ‘you’ that has ever existed and ever will exist,” Morrison said. “… there’s nobody in existence who is you, and no one can ever see the world the way you see it and can tell the rest of us how it looks. And it might be so different and so beautiful that it changes everything.”

Another fan complimented Way on the fact that The Umbrella Academy read like it had a rich back story, even though not all of it was revealed in the comic. Way said he tried to create the illusion that a back story existed, but said a lot of it isn’t planned out yet.

“The comic is a bit arrogant,” he said. “It assumes you’ve read previous issues” that don’t exist. He said he didn’t start with the origin story because “there’s no real origin.” He later added that he thinks super hero movies that start with the origin are boring, that people understand what a superhero is and don’t need to see it.

Morrison then said he’d been watching the movie Zorro recently, and that Zorro didn’t have an origin story – “he just pops up and starts fighting.” Allie added that you don’t really need to know the origin to know a character.

Both Morrison and Way talked about how they related to their characters. Morrison, for instance, shaved his head and plunged himself “into the world of the occult” when working on Invisibles. Way said when he first saw Morrison while interning at DC, it was like seeing King Mob walking through the halls.

Way, meanwhile, said he dresses like he lives in The Umbrella Academy universe when working on the book.

When asked where his inspiration for his work came from, Way noted Wes Anderson films, City of Lost Children and David Lynch. He also sighted Morrison’s work, as well as “getting clean.” He said he’s been off drugs for more than four years. “I discovered I was way crazier sober than I ever was on drugs,” he joked.

In terms of writing an established character, Way said it was appealing to him. While he said he’s been talking to people about it, he couldn’t say anything yet. He added that Umbrella Academy and Dark Horse would always be his “home base,” though. “I’ll never take Umbrella Academy for granted,” he said.

When asked if Way and Morrison had thought about collaborating on something, Way said they almost made a My Chemical Romance video together, for the song “Momma” off of “The Black Parade.” Morrison was going to play the devil. Some of their ideas for the video had the band being chased by wolves at one point, Liza Minnelli playing the Virgin Mary and Morrison as the devil yelling in Way’s face.

Unfortunately, the video was never made.

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Leathermouth In AP Magazine

Posted in Article, Photos, Side Projects with tags , , on July 25, 2008 by mychemicalfreak has blessed My Chemical Freak with their scan of the Leathermouth article in AP magazine!

Seems James Dewees likes to get a piece of ALL the action!  He is now the drummer for Leathermouth.  No joke scroll down, click, enlarge, and read it for yourself!  And did you know that Frank was the founder of Skeleton KEY?  No… I know I didn’t either 😛

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Guitar Hero 4 Set List a Fake…

Posted in Article with tags , , on July 25, 2008 by mychemicalfreak

UGH!  I was so excited!  I hate people who fake shit to get people all worked up just to disappoint.  I hope all the assholes like this ROT for it one day.

Anyway 🙂

The source that reported this list (Channel G4) has announced today that it was indeed a fake.

So sorry for the false hope we caused.  We do not like to post things that aren’t true, and usually G4 is a very, very accurate source.

Game Informer, an Activision and/or Red Octane representative told G4 that while some of those songs are in the game (Van Halen’s “Hot for Teacher,” for one), the rest of it is wishful thinking and speculation.

Guitar Hero 4 Track Listing Leaked!

Posted in Article, Music, Other Events with tags , , on July 24, 2008 by mychemicalfreak

Now My Chemical Freak isn’t sure if this is for both PS3 and Xbox 360 or not.

RUMORED track list as follows:

“Dope Nose” – Weezer
“The Middle” – Jimmy Eat World
“Today” – Smashing Pumpkins
“Roland” – Interpol
“Santeria” – Sublime
“Mr Brightside” – The Killers
“Take It On The Run” – REO Speedwagon
“Hold The Line” – Toto
“Rebel Yell” – Billy Idol
“Heartbreaker” – Pat Benatar
“All Around Me” – Flyleaf
“Misery Business” – Paramore
“Stinkfist” – Tool
“Lateralus” – Tool
“Schism” – Tool
“Every Breath You Take” – The Police
“The Kids Aren’t Alright” – The Offspring
“The Good Left Undone” – Rise Agaisnt
“Bleed It Out” – Linkin Park
“Face Down” – The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus
“The Kill” – 30 Seconds to Mars
“Thank You For The Venom” – My Chemical Romance
“Dammit” – Blink 182
“When You Heat Stops Beating” – +44
“Jumpin’ Jack Flash” – The Rolling Stones
“Don’t Fear The Reaper” – Blue Öyster Cult
“Light My Fire” – The Doors
“Give It Away” – Red Hot Chili Peppers
“Renegades Of Funk” – Rage Against The Machines
“No Sleep ‘Til Brooklyn” – The Beastie Boys
“Are You Gonna Go My Way?” – Lenny Kravitz
“I Don’t Wanna Miss A Thing” – Aerosmith
“Man In The Box” – Alice In Chains
“Kickstart My Heart” – Mötley Crüe
“Spin The Black Circle” – Pearl Jam
“Smells Like Teen Spirit” – Nirvana
“Car Chase City” – Tenacious D
“Everlong” – Foo Fighters
“Animal” – Def Leppard
“Runaway” – Bon Jovi
“Paradise City” – Guns N’ Roses
“Song For The Dead” – Queens of the Stone Age
“Vasoline” – Stone Temple Pilots
“Assassin” – Muse
“The Boys Are Back in Town” – Thin Lizzy
“Life in the Fast Lane” – The Eagles
“Sweet Home Alabama” – Lynyrd Skynyrd
“Here to Stay” – KoRn
“Dragula” – Rob Zombie
“Bat Country” – Avenged Sevenfold
“10,000 Fists” – Disturbed
“Duality” – Slipknot
“Toxicity” – System of a Down
“Demise of Sanity” – Black Label Society
“Don’t Talk to Strangers” – Dio
“Heaven and Hell” – Black Sabbath
“Crazy Train” – Ozzy Osbourne
“The Spirit Of Radio” – Rush
“Comfortably Numb” – Pink Floyd
“Pull Me Under” – Dream Theater
“Beat It” – Micheal Jackson Feat. Eddie Van Halen
“Hot For Teacher” – Van Halen
“Stranglehold” – Ted Nugent
“Warriors Of Time” – Black Tide
“Leather Rebel” – Judas Priest
“Hallowed Be Thy Name” – Iron Maiden
“Angel Of Death” – Slayer
“Tornado Of Souls” – Megadeth
“Master Of Puppets” – Metallica
“Johnny B Goode” – Chuck Berry
“The Wind Cries Mary” – Jimi Hendrix
“Purple Haze (Live)” – Jimi Hendrix
“45” – Shinedown
“96 Quite Bitter Beings” – CKY
“Bombshell” – Powerman 5000
“Clavado en un Bar” – Maná
“Enjoy the Silence” – Lacuna Coil
“Feuer Frei” – Rammstein
“Fury Of The Storm” – Dragonforce
“Never Too Late” – The Answer
“Nottingham Lace” – Buckethead
“One Armed Scissor” – At The Drive-In
“Satch Boogie” – Joe Satriani
“Schrei” – Tokio Hotel
“Soul Doubt” – NOFX