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Yo Gabba Gabba

We love Yo Gabba Gabba. And I love DJ Lance. These are some drawings I did after talking to series creator Christian Jacobs and getting really inspired. We talked a lot about Hoth and we definitely wanted a Yeti. Thanks to James Dewees and the awesome people at YGG, that dream was realized.

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Comic shop today...

Went to Secret HQ today in Silverlake and picked up the newest Prison Pit, Yo Gabba Gabba comics, and something that looked cool called The Devastator...I haven't read the Gabba or Devastator yet but Prison Pit was, as usual, super brutal.
Going to pick up Craig Thompson's new book, Habibi, next week and I'm really excited about it.

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Fright Night-

Was fucking awesome... lots of vampires got killed. It also stayed very true to the original in my opinion. Anyone else spot the sweet Alkaline Trio poster? Or Lisa Loeb?

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Once more unto the breach, dear friends...

“Your past doesn’t matter- what happened five years ago doesn’t matter- the only thing that matters is your friends on stage- and what you do tonight. That will last forever.”

Reading and Leeds-

Frank said this seconds before we killed the house-lights on stage at Reading- in a group hug, and in near darkness. And not to misquote him but this is what I heard in my head- maybe he said it more poetically, but he has a talent for being direct- which is what I love about him.

And we were very direct.

Our past with the festival is often misconstrued, seen through the lens of “revisionist history” depending on who writes about it. “2006 was a triumph!”. “2006 was a bloodbath!”. It is surely sensational but to me it was simply boring to talk about- or was my boredom masking fear?

No matter what it was- it was the exact recipe for a life-or-death rock and roll show- and that happens to be our specialty.

You see, the thing about My Chemical Romance is that we never wanted to be cool. We never wanted anything dropped in our palms- we wanted to take it. We wanted to be US- and we wanted the same thing for the fans. And because of that- we faced adversity- and started to get really good at it.

So when we got the call to headline the festival it didn’t matter how afraid I was, how reserved, paranoid, nauseous- terrified. We had to do it- in fact we congratulated each other.

I got up there for one reason- US. Every member of the band, and every kid that believed- all of US. And I will never forget the smiles on all of our faces. That was my favorite part.

So I wanted to drop this note and thank every one of you in the crowd that made those nights spectacular. Also the crew, who works very hard, and Brian May, for giving us inspiration, courage, and honoring us by sharing the stage.

Reading and Leeds were the best shows of my life. Period.

Let’s do it again some time.

In other news and rumors:
It has come to my attention that certain things recently said have been misquoted-
Most specifically the bit about Danger Days not being our best work.

It was our best work, my favorite album we’ve done, and the one I’m most proud of.

It’s very easy to accidentally take bits from other interviews and make stories out of them. The bit I have read involves me talking about the “scrapped” or “lost” album- not Danger Days, and then talking about a “new” album.
It would be a discredit to every fan who showed their colors, fucked their hair up, embraced their artistic side, pointed their raygun squarely at the sun, and stood by the band to discount anything we put our name on and released. We gave this album our everything and so did the fans- we will never forget that. We’re also not done with it yet- and have some exciting news coming-

On a “new album”: I’ve actually been very careful/cagey about this subject. All I’ve admitted to was writing songs, because that’s what a band is supposed to do- write songs you want to play in front of people.
Do I think it’s going to be another 5 years before a new album? No. But I can’t say when it will come- we spent the last 3 years of our lives trying to do that and it wasn’t healthy. The band will do what it always does- search. Into the dark, with just the four of us, and come out with something we’ve discovered. A new art. A new perspective. A new sound.
But I really do appreciate the genuine excitement for whatever we do next- that means a lot. So just a bit of clarification then-
I feel a song coming on…


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Living On The Railways...

I think the word Glenn Beck was looking for was "subversion" not "propaganda", because I don't know what it would be considered propaganda for- truth? sentiment?
And I can't tell what he's angrier about- the fact that it's how I feel about the persistent sterilization of our culture or the fact that it's on network television for everyone to hear.
And railways? Is it 1863? Seen any children living on these lately instead of the internet?
I'm actually shocked that no actual fact-checking was done on the lyrics. I mean Fox is a major news channel, covering factual topics in an unbiased and intelligent-
oh wait-

To quote the man himself- "You don't have to live by the standards that society has set,"

I couldn't agree more.

PS- drawing is a depiction of an actual situation involving children, indeed "living on the railways" with one Jimmy "Backscratch Pete" Mulrooney, of Kansas City.

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Japan was good times...

I had no idea where I was...

Thanks to everyone that came out to the shows, we had a great time. Literally talking over the dead-mic on stage after the first song just laughing at the fact that blowing shit up and rocking a stadium was what we did for a living. Luckiest people in the world.
I didn't take as many photos this time as I usually do, and a lot had changed in Tokyo, having been gone for a few years... it's kind of crazy to notice a city that was alien to you start to change.
It was also really great seeing our crew again, as well as some of our new guys...
This was taken while I was walking around alone, just sweating my ass off in a leather jacket in Shibuya...

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I'm back!

No one knows her secret identity...

What to say?
Things have been crazy- but most importantly I'm a fucking DAD!
Back in Los Angeles and fighting off the jet-lag from Tokyo, though it seems I am slipping out of my coma.
I apologize for the radio silence, but I generally shut-down when we are working on a new album, and adjusting to the new addition in my life has kept me very busy. But I think it's almost time to put this record to bed, though it doesn't sleep- it thrashes.
I want to thank my beautiful wife for creating with me the most special little person I have ever met.
Here is a depiction by my favorite artist, Mr. Gabriel Ba'...

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Everyday Muscle

Snoop Dogg has one...

So, as I've decided to be patient in my hunt for a 1979 Trans Am, I have started to look at modern muscle cars, and there are a few reasons for this.
The main one being, a classic muscle car isn't an everyday car, it's something that you drive once in a while that you are always messing with because it most likely always has something wrong with it. I am fine with that. But to get around all the time I can't be doing it in what I'm driving right now- which is a 2008 Mini Convertible.
Now don't laugh- , it's a great car, quality, handles perfect, great on gas, park it anywhere.
My main issue is that the car is so small NO ONE can see you, which, as you know how people drive in Los Angeles, is a problem. On a daily basis I am very nearly killed by whatever giant SUV everyone is driving these days. On the highway, semis don't even know I exist, because I basically don't. I also never put the top down simply because I grew up in NJ, where I'm not used to being able to put a top down and I'm not sure I ever will be.
So I'm going to be completely irresponsible and get a modern muscle car- which brings us to the contenders-

The new Dodge Challenger, pictured first, is amazing. Bob and I test drove an R/T with Mikey Way in the back seat and it is a BEAST. The interior is nothing to brag about, spartan, comfortable, nondescript. Bob opened it up on the highway and I slightly fishtailed it taking a turn, which also felt pretty bitchin. I also feel like it's the one new muscle car that looks most like the old ones.

Next up is the 2010 Chevy Camaro.
I think this is a great car but I don't think I will be into it. It has a hardcore "future" vibe and every time I look at it I can't help thinking "Transformers VS Batman-TO THE DEATH!". Nothing about this car looks old to me and I'm not sure if I even think of an old Camaro when I look at it. It isn't out yet but I may wait to drive it- because I've heard great things though I can't get past the looks.

Then the 2009 or 2010 Ford Mustang.
Right now this is my 2nd favorite, and while I feel it does have some of the old looks, it may be a bit too "fast and furious" for me, though I may love it when I drive it, seeing as it's a sportier frame, will handle better, and the interior looks great. I also can't see getting one that isn't a GT500 Cobra...I mean you have to get the Cobra if you're going to get a Mustang. I am going to drive this today I hope.

Wish me luck.

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Trans Am: The Quest Continues...

Pretty tight...but sold!

I've learned a lot this past week, I learned my friend LeVar Burton is on Twitter, I learned how to tie three different nautical knots, I learned who William Beckett was, and I've learned how hard it is to find a rust-free 1979 Trans Am in California, near Los Angeles, that isn't brown, gold, manual, or being sold by a diehard Burt Reynolds buff.

But most importantly I've learned how awesome our fans are (which I secretly already knew) because of the amount of care people have taken to help me on my adventure, and sure, we haven't found it yet- but I'm gonna keep searching.

Lets talk about some of the things we've seen...

There's a great one on Ebay right now that was owned by David Carradine, and if you're going to want a Trans Am you're gonna want that one (Kung Fu Muthafucka!). But lets get real- I would be terrified to drive the thing for fear of so much as scratching the door on the curb. The thing's got 10,000 miles on it and I need something I don't have to drive like an old lady. It's also $mad chedda$ and my pockets don't run that deep- I got a baby on the way.

There's a white one here in LA, with blue interior, that has pictures of it near a beach I believe. It's ok but it doesn't have T-tops, and I think I saw this particular car tooling around Hollywood and thought to myself- "That's kinda whack". So that's out.

There are some on Craigslist but them shits are in bad shape if they aren't "Smokies" or "Goldies"

Another one on Ebay, also kinda whack, has a big pink stripe down the center, not that I can't repaint it but the wheels are too "X-treeeeeem" and the whole thing feels like Pimp My Ride at Automart. No offense to the owner.

A great Nocturne-Blue one about 320 miles north in a showroom I'm thinking of visiting, but I have a feeling if Bob and I drive 5+ hours to see this thing there's no way I'm going home without it and I don't know that it's "the one".

The one in the picture is a 1980 Turbo Trans Am, which is a model I am open to, because it has a Phoenix on the hood SPITTING FIRE (a later addition to the design I think), and I believe a smaller engine, which means I may not win any races but I also won't be getting simply 4mpg like the 1979 with that big-ass "big-block" engine. It also looks kinda tight and broadens my search a little. I saw this one on Jay Leno's Garage and the owner had posted it but the car has sadly been sold **note this was not Jay Leno's car. If it was, I would try and call him up and be like "Hey man we played your show- could you let this car go out of your hangar?!" By the way if Mr. Leno reads this me and Bob would love to tour said hangar...

So the search will continue...thanks for the help!

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Wanted: 1979 Pontiac Trans Am

Some of you, who have seen my twitter about wanting a 1979 Pontiac Trans Am, may be asking yourselves, "Is this for real?"

And my answer to you is one-hundred percent MFR ("Mad Fucking Real" for short).

Some of you may be asking, "Why?" , so I provided this photograph to answer your questions, and if you need further persuasion-

Quite simply, I need the vehicle for "research and exploration". I will be researching the high-voltage hydra known as the 9th dimension , I will be exploring the barriers of speed and time, the history of heavy-metal haircuts, and the 24-Hr rest-stop cappuccino.

I will be chasing the "electric-manticore", and unlocking the riddle of "Muscle Mystery" in this muscle-machine, and it will most likely occur in the desert.

Now that I've assuaged your curiosity, here's what I'm looking for, more or less, and some might think I'm picky, but I think you should be picky when looking for such an important piece of scientific equipment.

***What I want***
First and foremost, I want a good car. It doesn't have to be great, it doesn't need to have been kept in an airtight garage for 30 years, but I would prefer something that's not a piece of shit. I would like it to be in California, close to or within the greater Los Angeles area. I would also like "the fast engine" to show you how much I know about cars, though I have friends with vast automotive knowledge, and my father was a mechanic when I was a child. I want it to run, run well, and have no rust. Oh and it needs to be an automatic, as I can't drive stick (suprise!).

***Colors and specifics***
Exteriors (in order of awesome):
Silver, the color of steel, and the eye of the falcon.
Faded, slightly shitty, or semi-bombed out looking Nocturne Blue. This color looks great with some age.
Mad-Max Black.
Shitty bombed-out Red/Orange

Obviously I am looking for something with a bit of character but I will settle for better shape for a better car.

I am open to other things but I absolutely do not want Gold, Brown, or that frigging Smokey and The Bandit car- that shit is whack.

Interiors (again in "awesome order")
Red leather (combined with a silver exterior is an ideal car for me- like a fucking Mach-5 red-velvet cupcake with Terminator 2 frosting)
Black leather (of course)
Blue (cuz it's cool, but this limits what I can paint the exterior if I choose to do so)
Interior material is not as much a deal breaker as a bad color.

I've seen the "Anniversary Edition" '79 Trans and I like it but something about the silver leather interior rubs me weird. Looks like pudding, and a light color will only stain when I shit my pants as I tear-ass through scorched earth.

T-Tops a BIG plus.

All of this stuff I am semi-flexible on, as I just want a great car, but I think I will know the right one when I see it.

No scams or hustles. I won't have cash on me, and I'm not important enough to kidnap, but if you've got the right car and the right "vibe" I can find us someone important enough to kidnap together- IN-THE-CAR-YOU-JUST-SOLD-ME. Like, for example, the Jonas Brothers. I have been on T.V. and I have access.

You bring the 'bird- I'm bringing "British Steel" by Judas Priest.


PS- Thanks for everyone's help thus far- you guys are great. I will be looking in the twitter replies for leads.
I have noticed that some people are wondering if I am having a mid-life crisis or asking why I am not buying a station wagon or something for a baby. Answers!
Firstly, I am only 31, so I have a bit of time before that whole "crisis" thing, and secondly- I've run the numbers on car safety and have come to the conclusion that this IS the car for the baby. This thing is a tank. Usually, when people get into accidents while driving a Trans Am they usually ask "How is the other guy?".
Trust me. I got this.