Leading up to the signing I thought it would be much like other signings that I had been to and expected 500-1000 people to show up at the most. Turns out I was wrong and the line for this signing was so long by the time we showed up at 9am that it was looping all through Third Eye’s parking lot and flowed on down the street.
Luckily, my friend and I had VIP passes so we still went to the front of the line and were guaranteed entry! (phew!) We were told by event staff that over 1500 people showed up and I have to believe that since once my friend and I went in to meet Gerard we stayed to hand out business cards and stickers for GWayFUN.com. I had brought 700 business cards and 1500 stickers and we ran out of business cards before we could get through the line.
Once inside the store we were really impressed with how big it was. I’d never seen such a big comic shop before so I was really thrilled to look around. I was allowed to take pictures of Gerard for a few minutes so I got busy doing that and then joined my friend back in the line.
When we got up to Steve and Gerard they were both incredibly nice. Steve seemed to be quiet and maybe just a little overwhelmed by the size of the crowd, but was extremely kind and sweet to sign all of our issues of Milk Wars. Gerard, a veteran at these things by now, was his normal happy upbeat self. If he was overwhelmed by the turn out you wouldn’t have noticed.
I’ve met Gerard quite a few times and he’s always so nice to me. It had been over a year since the last time we had been face to face and I thought for sure he would have forgotten me by then, but he hadn’t. And made that clear by telling me it was great seeing me again. When I gave him the stickers and business cards for the site his reaction was an immediate “I love these.”
And he so very kindly signed two things personalized to me…
One thing personalized for each of the three girls who help me run FUN- Eva, Aliisa and Rina….
And seven things for the site for upcoming giveaways…
I had some art from my friend Aliisa to give to him and he had liked some of her art on Instagram the week before. I told him that he had made her so happy liking her art and he told me that he was going to start searching the #DCYoungAnimal hashtag on a more regular basis because he loves the art he sees under the tag by everyone.
We were so grateful to him and Steve for being so kind and generous with their time and in being willing to sign additional things for us to giveaway to all you wonderful people.
We were equally grateful to the staff at Third Eye Comics. I’ve been to many signings for G but none so organized and laid back. Most events have security strong arming and barking orders at you as you stand in line, but Third Eye had giveaways and did fun things to entertain the people waiting in line. It was an incredibly laid back and easy going atmosphere and everyone was incredibly nice. Job very very very well done. I’d come back for a Third Eye event in a second!
Below are the pictures we took from the signing. Enjoy!
If you’re like us and you can’t wait for the release of Milk Wars, the upcoming Eternity Girl series, and of course the return of our favorite Young Animal characters, then you don’t want to miss this interview!
Gerard talks a lot about what’s in store for Young Animal and gives us some insight on what it was like to create ‘Milk Wars’ with Steve Orlando and the rest of the Young Animal writers.
Today was the first day of filming for Umbrella Academy and it looks like it got off to a great start!
We first caught wind of this news when Executive Producer and showrunner, Steve Blackman posted on Instagram. Showing the clapboard for the second take of the day.
Today we learned through Aidan Gallagher’s Instagram that the Umbrella Academy cast had their very first table read with others, such as Gerard Way, present.
What Aidan had to say about the exchange between himself and Gerard is very sweet and we love hearing stories like this. (And it’s pretty great to see Gerard looking so happy!)
Best day of my life! After our first table read we talked about music for what felt like a dream and then I begged as a silly fan for a selfie with my hero and crazy enough he said he needed one too for his daughter who was a fan of Nicky! I guess it all happens for a reason. ☂️ #gerardway #mychemicalromance #umbrellaacademy #number5 #numberfive #netflix #darkhorse #nbcuniversal 🇨🇦❤️🔥☂️⚔️🛡🍀🙏🏼✌🏼⭐️
Be sure to follow Aidan, who plays Number 5 on Instagram!
Umbrella Academy will air on Netflix later this year, but to see the full cast that has been announced so far you can find that here.
And to follow the entire cast on twitter click here.
At Thought Bubble UK Gerard sat with Alex Fitch for an interview that was released today!
In an interview recorded at Thought Bubble Festival, Leeds, Alex Fitch talks to My Chemical Romance singer Gerard Way about writing such comics as Doom Patrol, The Umbrella Academy and The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys.
Way also discusses the connections between music and comics in his work, his setting up of the DC Comics imprint ‘Young Animal’, the genres which interest him, and answers questions from the audience.
Click here to listen!
On Dec 20th, 2017 Gerard, Mikey Way and Ray Toro hung out with Tate, a meeting organized by the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
It looks like they had a lot of fun hanging out & having lunch at a cafe in Hollywood, CA!
What a day!!!! Make A Wish you have outdone yourself a million times. Today was a day that I will never forget. Next posts will be for each guy so I’m sorry for spam, but this was so amazing. Thank you Ray, Mikey, and Gerard for giving me some new hope! ❤️🧡💛💚💙💜 #mychemicalromance #gerardway #raytoro #mikeyway
Gerard, you are so genuine! Thank you for talking art and comics with me, and talking about your family. I’m so thankful for the comics and that I could have had this experience with you. It means so much to me that you were able to come out and have lunch, this is unforgettable! You give me hope every day!
On 2/24/17 Gerard Way and Steve Orlando will be doing a signing at Third Eye comics!
For 75 lucky people that act quickly there is a VIP pass that you can obtain for approx $29.00 plus shipping. Just click here to check for availability. This will insure you will receive a place in the signing line (an important thing for those of us who travel)!
For full info about the event you can also click here.
Gerard Way, Cecil Castellucci, Jon Rivera, Tommy Lee Edwards, Jody Houser, Marley Zarcone, Becky Cloonan and Nick Derington were in attendance at Thought Bubble UK in Leeds.
While at the convention, the crew did many things including a Young Animal Panel on Saturday and signings on both Saturday and Sunday.
— Haunted Houser (@Jody_Houser) September 23, 2017
— Haunted Houser (@Jody_Houser) September 23, 2017
The fan zine that is seen in the post above can also be found online by clicking here.
Gerard also did a panel entitled “Comics in Conversation: Gerard Way”
We were lucky enough to have our friend Missy Misfire in the audience and she recorded the audio which you can listen to right here:
We hope all of you who attended Thought Bubble had a wonderful time! We’d love to hear about your stories in the comments below. Also, if you have pictures we’d love to see them! You can send them to us on twitter or in the comments below. 🙂
On Wednesday 9/6/17 Gerard Way, Jody Houser, Jon Rivera and Cecil Castellucci joined Amy Dallen for Geek & Sundry’s The Wednesday Club where they discussed the imprint and went from book to book detailing just what it is and what we can expect to see coming in the future.
We did our best to live tweet the event. Here are some highlights.
Gerard just admitted there are more Young Animal writers to come but can't announce who just yet!
Gerard says he was first exposed to group therapy through reading Doom Patrol. "It dealt with a lot of issues that were really important"- G
Jon Rivera admits he has been in a couple bands when he was in college.
Cecil relates all the moving pieces of being in a band relate to the same spirit of collaborating on comics with artists.
"Being weird with a group of people is so much better than being weird on your own" – Gerard
Gerard said he may pop in to write an issue of Mother Panic however Jody will remain the core writer.
Venture Brothers has an influence on the writing of Cave Carson.
"I felt like it was time for really psychedelic energy." – Gerard Way
"We're all really lucky with the colorist on Young Animal" – Gerard Way
"To be human is to be a poem." – Cecil Castellucci
"One of my favorite parts is the poetry of the whole thing" – Gerard on Shade The Changing Girl
"It may not be what you want, but it could be what you need." – Gerard Way on Doom Patrol
“It’s very different than a lot of other crossovers and they’re trippy.” – Gerard Way on the DCU Crossover event.
“We’re gonna see all the books continue, some in slightly different forms.” – Gerard on the future of Young Animal books.
"I just approved an issue that had me dying laughing." – Gerard on an upcoming issue of BUG! The adventures of forager
Young Animal was initially the name of a solo album but when the imprint came to be it changed forms as G changed direction.
— cecil castellucci (@misscecil) September 7, 2017
— Jody Houser (@Jody_Houser) September 7, 2017
We hope you all had just as much fun watching the stream as we did!
We’re stoked to announce that Gerard Way, Jody Houser, Cecil Castellucci & Jon Rivera will be joining Amy Dallen for this week’s edition of The Wednesday Club for Geek and Sundry! The twitch stream starts at 7pm pacific time (that’s 10pm for you east coasters like me).
— Amy Dallen (@enthusiamy) September 5, 2017
See you there!!! https://t.co/8y6bVPrG0S
— Jonathan Rivera (@JonRivera) September 5, 2017
— Jody Houser @ TB (@Jody_Houser) September 5, 2017
I'm excited too!!!
— cecil castellucci (@misscecil) September 5, 2017