MCR’s Gerard Way Talks His Ongoing Love of Comic Books

Gerard Way in concert in 2015. Photo by Richard Isaac/LNP/REX/Shutterstock (4381467d)

My Chemical Romance singer Gerard Way has admitted that he has had a “long history with comics” which was interrupted by his time in the band.

Way is the creator of the Netflix series, The Umbrella Academy. Way wrote the comic books that the series is based on and now has his own fan base for his written work.

When The Umbrella Academy landed on Netflix, it gained a lot of attention among My Chemical Romance Fans (MCR), who knew Way as the band’s singer. As it turns out, comic book writing has always been Way’s calling.

“A lot of people at the time, right before Umbrella came out, knew me as a singer in a band,” he shared at Virtual Comic-Con.

“But I had this long history with comics, and kind of making my own and getting published at 15 and using my grandmother’s typewriter. But then I went to the School of Visual Arts in New York City, and my major was cartooning. So I had all these comic book classes, and in my senior year I interned at DC – I interned there for like a year.”

Way still had a passion for music and MCR was his creation. He reflected on the band’s rise to fame: “This band that I had started, really started to take off. Then all of us quit our jobs and we get in the van and we just start touring.”

Season two of The Umbrella Academy will premier on Netflix July 31st.