Gerard Way on the set of the "The Umbrella Academy. The Umbrella Academy reads like a catharsis. Through six issues, Way channeled the growing dysfunction and discord of his real-life band into the fictional story of seven adopted children with superpowers struggling under the weight of an oppressive upbringing by their newly deceased father. It was classic X-Men archetypes, doused in kerosene and viewed through a psychedelic prism. Surreal, kinetic and personal, The Umbrella Academy: Apocalypse Suite was filled with murderous children, talking chimps and world-ending violin solos but, at its core, the comic was about the ways family can irrevocably damage each other, and how we move past that pain. After years spent in development hell and movie limbo, The Umbrella Academy finally found a home on Netflix. Now, its ultimate challenge is showing the humanity behind main characters with alien gorilla bodies Spaceboy and time assassin teenagers Number Five. Over the phone, Way describes the creation of the comic, how his music life informed the story and how fatherhood is changing his writing.
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Woke up from a strange dream last night. The Padres were playing against the Yankees in the world series, but the Padres were playing for La and wearing Dodgers uniforms. Then, my Mom, Linds and I and our children yes, plural , were at a stadium in Pasadena watching it. Bandit was with us and a teenager, but we also had two boys, about three years apart from each other, and they were constantly messing with each other and we had to have stern talks with them. The older boy had kind of wild long-ish dark hair, and the younger boy had shorter spikey blonde hair and glasses. We encountered a really crazy tall high-tech toilet, but none of us knew how to use it. Then we left the game early because I had to go sing Cancer at a college in Philadelphia, for some kind of end of year Christmas pageant at the school, sponsored by Heavy Metal Magazine. While waiting for the driver, I would go on these short walks and if I walked a few blocks through twists and turns, I would be in Italy. I had a little more hope.
Gerard Arthur Way born April 9, is an American singer, songwriter, and comic book writer. He is best known as the lead vocalist and co-founder of the rock band My Chemical Romance. He released his debut solo album, Hesitant Alien , in He wrote the comic mini-series The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys and the Eisner Award -winning comic book series The Umbrella Academy ,   which was later adapted into a Netflix series released in He is of Italian and Scottish ancestry. His maternal grandmother, Elena Lee Rush, was a great creative influence who taught him to sing, paint, and perform from a young age; he has said that "she has taught me everything I know".