It started on Saturday, April 4th at about 5:30 AM. Fans of Gerard Way, the lead singer of the rock band My Chemical Romance and creator of the Eisner Award Winning Umbrella Academy comic book series, began lining up outside our store at the Universal Citywalk in California. The morning was crisp and cool and you could feel a twinge of excitement in the air.
Anticipation built throughout the morning as fans discussed their favorite MCR songs, the ways Gerard’s art had changed their lives and their favorite moments from the Umbrella Academy. The energy in the crowd reached a crescendo when Way arrived just before noon to begin the signing.
In a town full of movie stars and music legends, you would think that people have grown accustomed to their famous neighbors and that a signing at a comic book shop wouldn’t garner much attention. You would be wrong.
Fansites like mychemicalfreak.com and mcrime.net picked up on the signing just after it was announced and some fans drove more than two hours for their chance to greet their favorite artist and get their favorite piece signed.
People brought records, t-shirts, comics, and even umbrellas for Way to sign (his hit comic book series is called the Umbrella Academy, after all), and some fans even brought him gifts. At one point, a couple dozen fans in line outside the door started singing one of his songs.
The event was spectacular and Way was gracious enough to stay a little longer than planned so he could see a few more fans. All of us here at Things From Another World and TFAW.com would like to express our deepest thanks to Gerard for taking time out of his busy schedule to come out to our shop. We would also like to thank all those who stood in line for hours and helped make this a great event.