Gerard Way has spoken about his life in comics in a new interview, as well as how they helped him while touring with My Chemical Romance.
He told The Guardian that “I was often quite a depressed teenager. I didn’t even know there was such a thing as group therapy until I read about it in a Doom Patrol comic.”
“I guess I’ve been a comics reader all my life. Certainly since I was eight years old, and I always made my own comics as a kid. I didn’t know how to write comics, I just made it up, but then if you went to comic conventions back in the day you could buy these scripts, things like Watchmen, and I learned how to write properly from them.”
He also spoke about where he’s at right now, whether he’ll ever write a Batman comic… and if MCR will reunite.
“I don’t think we’re getting back together,” he said. Everyone’s in a great place at the moment, we’re all doing our own things and we have amazing families. But no one knows what the future holds.”
“I don’t feel I’m in a dark enough place to write Batman. My life is pretty awesome right now, and I don’t particularly want to access the darkness.”
“I feel super-lucky right now. I love feeling healthy and happy.”
Here’s a song you may know from around the same time Gerard was working on the first volume of The Umbrella Academy.
“The good thing about the Umbrella Academy period was that I was a lot younger and had lots of energy, And when you’re touring with a band, when you’re on the road, the downtime is insane. I like touring but one of the things I didn’t like was that it felt there was so much wasted time, so I used that time to write comic books.”
“All those awards we won for the music …The Eisner and the Harvey [for work in comics] are the only ones I have out on display.”
“… my record label could have said, yeah, great, make comics and we’ll capitalise on that, we’ll publish them, but they didn’t and I was delighted to get published properly, by a company like Dark Horse, because it meant this wasn’t just a vanity project.”