I posted this on Facebook when I woke up today. I thought I’d share it on here:
“Hanging out with Gerard Way last night basically summed up the last 11 years of my life listening to this band. Gerard was right in that letter that he wrote. MCR will never die. While we talked last night after the signing about the band, the comics, and a million other things, but especially the band, it’s like they were still there. All of it was still there, just in a different way than before. I finally understand what he meant when he said My Chemical Romance wasn’t just a band, but an idea. So MCR didn’t end for me in March with five lines on their website. It ended last night, over soda, chapstick, black and gold sharpies, laughs, and old memories.”
I still can’t believe that last night happened. It’s not my first time meeting Gerard, but it was definitely the time meeting him that stands out. The most important for me. I kinda feel like he’s almost an older brother in a weird, strange way. And he totally understood what I was trying to say LOL
I said I’d been listening to them since I was 16, and been around since Bullets Era, and I’ve always felt like I’ve grown up along with them. He smiled, and said that was great, because they always felt the same way. We talked about my tattoos, and he grinned when I said I was going to have a whole MCR sleeve and couldn’t wait to see it when it was done. Then we talked about Comic Con for a bit, and the Roxy show, and then Hotel Oblivion for just a minute.
Then after the signing, we were hanging out with him and Becky for a long time as they sat and drew some sketches for us. We talked about MCR videos, the origins of the Killjoys story, Comic Con, shitty first jobs, (Gerard and I bonded over working at Barnes and Noble as a shitty early job LOL), the weird music that was playing, bats, Russians, wearing white…and a shit load of other stuff that I can’t even remember.
We weren’t just fans and idol anymore. We were people sharing memories and bonding over the little things. It’s weird. Like he’s a different Gerard, but the same Gerard at all at once. It seems like stepping away from the band has taken ALOT of pressure off his shoulders, and he is more relaxed than I have EVER seen him before. And this is the most intimately I have ever seen him talk about the band. We all laughed talking about the I Don’t Love You and Na Na Na videos. (which were his least favorite and most favorite to shoot) “We were just *giggle*…stupid,” he said talking about Na Na Na.
Then when I asked about how the Killjoys story got transferred into the new album from the original idea he had for Killjoys, listening to him talk about it was just…crazy. It gave me chills. I don’t know why. Just seeing how his creative process works is fascinating. And listening to this all the while watching him draw was almost too much for my brain to process. LOL.
By the way…he hums and sings under his breath while he sketches LOL It was adorable.
It certainly was one of the best experiences I’ve ever had, and I’m so grateful for the opportunity to hang out with him like that. To think about all the things that he has done for himself, along with the band, and for so many fans in the world…it is daunting sometimes to realize that he actually exists. That one person and one band can bring about the start of so much change and so much hope, for themselves and for others. It reminds me that there is hope for mankind and that things that seem impossible…are in fact possible.
I don’t know man…just whenever I have the chance to talk to him, it inspires me. Just being in his presence is inspiring. It’s crazy.
There is no one person that has changed my life for the better more than Gerard Way. One of these days, I should really tell him that.
Great meeting you again, even tho it was still incredibly awkward. Lol. And so relieved I finally got to tell you thank you for everything. @gerardway #mcr #killjoys
After two comic book stores over there hours of waiting in the sun SUCCESS. Nearly four years of waiting for #Killjoys has been worth it. This is such a mean teaser though. Lol. Thanks @gerardway lol. IS IT JUNE YET?? It was a HAPPY STAR WARS DAY. #starwarsday #fcbd
#Killjoys waited nearly 4 yrs for this book. And this preview is just mean. Lol IS IT JUNE YET? @gerardway @beckycloonan @gabrielba
I am however VERY EXCITED that Gerard can now work fulltime on comics. With Killjoys coming out and no more MCR that means Hotel Oblivion is FINALLY not far behind. And maybe they can finally get the Umbrella Academy movie on its feet. That would be badass. #gerardway #Killjoys #umbrellaacademy #tau