Monthly Archives: July 2012
Bleeding Cool reporter Keysha C. checks in from the field to inform us that Becky Cloonan has told her that she is about to begin work on the previously-announced Dark Horse project Killjoys, written by Gerard Way of My Chemical Romance andUmbrella Academy fame.
Announced at SDCC 2009, Way told CBR at the time:
“If ‘Umbrella Academy’ is me taking a look at, among many other things, ‘Doom Patrol,’ ‘Killjoys’ is me, with my co-writer Shaun Simon, taking a look at when the best stuff was going on in the ’90s, things like ‘Invisibles’ and stuff like that. It’s a mature readers title, which is another first. We specifically wanted ‘Umbrella Academy’ to be an all ages title. This thing is going to deal with much more mature and controversial themes, such as hate crimes and homophobia, the homogenization of American culture and American life. ‘Umbrella Academy’ is set in its own world, with its own rules; ‘Killjoys’ is set in modern America. I find that sometimes you can say a lot when you’re dealing in our times, with what people can relate with right now. It starts off at the end of the ’90s and picks up today. I would say it’s more violent, heavily, and deals with much stronger themes. ”
As we exclusively revealed on Friday, My Chemical Romace’s Gerard Way will be moderating the Aquabats Super-Show panel at San Diego Comic-Con this year… But how the heck do these two musical super-powered folks even know each other? And does this collaboration mean the utter destruction of SDCC is imminent? To find out more about this, we chatted with the Aquabats’ leader Christian Jacobs, a.k.a. MC Bat Commander, who was deep in convention planning.
“Gerard and I met on the set of Yo Gabba Gabba!, actually,” said Jacobs. “He’s been talking about Gabba for a while, and finally we had MCR on the show this past year. While we were going over the creative ideas for their performance, we hit it off! We became friends in nerdity!”
Continuing, Jacobs said the two bonded over pop culture, comics, and of course a mutual love of Shogun Warriors. Of course. From there, it was as simple as asking Way if he wanted to moderate the panel… And he said yes. Good story, right? Still, that isn’t the end of things, as Way and the Aquabats have big plans to blow San Diego’s mind.
“Without giving away too much, we’ve been talking about some collaboration, we want to announce some things,” said Jacobs. “I’m sure some bad guys will show up and try to blow up the room with a sparkly bomb, I don’t know! There’s always something weird that goes down with the Aquabats, and with Gerard it’ll be even more creative and weird.”
Given the mention of collaboration, we had to ask whether the weirdo superheroes of the Aquabats would be crossing over at any point with the even weirder superheroes of Way’s critically acclaimed Umbrella Academy comic. “Oh man, that would be amazing,” said Jacobs. “Who knows what will happen? We’re just excited he agreed to do the panel… He was a little reluctant, because at Comic-Con he always has other things going on. So having him agree to do the panel… We’re definitely figuring out some fun ways to capitalize on that.”
That’s not all the Aquabats have on tap for Comic-Con, though. They’ll also be doing a big show at the House of Blues on Saturday, July 14th. Will Way show up there, too? All signs point to yes. “We’ve got some friends down in San Diego,” said Jacobs. “Gerard and his brother, Rocket from the Crypt, and you might some appearances on stage from large rubber monsters. Lots of rock and roll, and large rubber monsters!”
You can check out the Aquabats panel on Friday, July 13th at 8pm in Room 7AB, and their show at the House of Blues on Saturday, July 14th at 7:30pm!
MTV Geek has learned exclusively that “My Chemical Romance” lead vocalist Gerard Way will be moderating “The Aquabats! Super Show!“ panel at this year’s San Diego Comic Con for The Hub TV Network. Way is no stranger to comic books, having created and authored the Eisner-winning “Umbrella Academy” graphic novel series from Dark Horse (and recently optioned by Universal).
The panel info is as follows:
Friday, July 13, “The Aquabats! Super Show!”Inside the BattleTram (8:00 p.m., Room 7AB)
The band of five heroes out to save the world from boredom – Ricky Fitness, Jimmy the Robot, Crash McLarson, EagleBones Falconhawk, and The M.C. Bat Commander – plan to arrive at the 2012 Comic-Con International in San Diego ready for battle. Fans can anticipate a special guest moderator and meet the stars of The Hub TV Network’s new hit series. The legions of Aquabats fans will have a gnarly time with the awesomest super hero, rock music band ever to hit San Diego!
People hungry for more “Aquabats” at SDCC can also check them out the House of Blues on Saturday, July 14 at 7:30 p.m. PT. The all-ages concern will blend live-action comedic sketches with animation segments sprinkled throughout, and tickets can be purchased in advance directly through the House of Blues at: Page
So whether you are a “My Chemical Romance,” Gerard Way, or “Aquabats” fan (or all three!) this is the panel for you!