My Chemical Romance

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Introduction

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My Chemical Romance (often shortened to MCR or My Chem on-line)[1] has a large fandom that ranges from teens and preteens to adults. The band's popularity particularly exploded after the release of 2004's Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge.

Bandfic community

My Chemical Romance is a bandfic fandom that falls within the group of bands referenced with the exclusive use of "bandom", including both members of media fandom as well as those coming into it from other backgrounds or online sites such as MySpace and Quizzila. The My Chemical Romance slash community came into existence in the summer of 2004, "after 'I'm Not Okay(I promise)' started to get a lot of airplay, perhaps before that though".[2]

The My Chemical Romance fandom has a tremendous number of bandfic and related communities on services such as LiveJournal. Role-playing involving the band is also a popular activity on GreatestJournal. Please see the timeline below for more information on individual communities and their creation dates.

The Band

Image of the band My Chemical Romance

The band is from New Jersey. The original five members were Gerard Way (vocals), Mikey Way (bass), Ray Toro (lead guitar), Matt Pelissier (drums), and finally Frank Iero (rhythm guitar), who was asked to join as they were recording the first CD. Later Matt Pelissier was replaced by Bob Bryar, who was a front-of-house sound tech for The Used beforehand. It has been said that Pelissier was fired because of a continuing dispute between Ray Toro and Pelissier over mistakes Pelissier made during live performances.[citation needed]

Terminology

Below is a list of terms and their definitions that are used in this fan community. While the term "waycest" is almost always used when referencing the Gerard/Mikey pairing, the other forms of namesmush are most commonly used by younger or newer participants, and are generally looked down upon by the older members of the MCR fandom.

  • waycest - term used for fanworks based on an incestuous relationship between brothers/band-members Gerard Way and Mikey Way.[3]
  • Frerard- term used for fanworks based on a sexual relationship between band members Gerard Way and Frank Iero. This is the most popular.
  • Frikey- term used for fanworks based on a sexual relationship between band members Frank Iero and Mikey Way.
  • Bonkie - term used for fanworks based on a sexual relationship between band members Frank Iero and Bob Bryar.
  • Bikey - term used for fanworks based on a sexual relationship between band members Bob Bryar and Mikey Way.
  • Fray - term used for fanworks based on a sexual relationship between band members Frank Iero and Ray Toro
  • Bay/Rob - terms used for fanworks based on a sexual relationship between band members Bob Bryar and Ray Toro
  • Fraycest/Frikerard - terms used for fanworks based on a sexual relationship between band members Gerard Way, Frank Iero and Mikey Way at the same time
  • bb - Stands for baby. [4]

Timeline

Below is a partial timeline of events that took place in this fan community.

2001

  • In 2001, the band was formed a few weeks after September 11th. The first song written was Skylines and Turnstiles. [5]

2002

2003

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2004

2005

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2006

2007

2008

  • This bandom was represented in the 2008 xmas_rocks exchange, with 3 stories posted in January of that year.[54]
  • In June 2008, according to The Daily Mail, the band's music and culture surrounding the fan base were contributing factors in the death of 13 year old Sam Leeson who was mocked by his peers for being an emo. [55]

Kerfluffles

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Influential Fanworks

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Fandom Members

FanHistory.Com as of April 14, 2007.
FanHistory.Com as of May 15, 2007.
Fanhistory.com Google webmaster information. Dated July 9, 2007. Uploaded to show national trends and to compare interests across months.

Below is a partial list of members of the My Chemical Romance fan fiction community.

Fandom Size

August 2007

On August 20, 2007, there were 20,229 stories tagged mcr [74] and 22,469 stories tagged mychemicalromance on Quizilla. [75] As of August 20, 2007, mychemicalslash had 3,631 members.

November 2007

On November 23, 2007, there were 21,039 stories tagged mcr [76] and 23,472 stories tagged mychemicalromance on Quizilla. [77].

December 2007

As of December 3, 2007, there were two pieces of My Chemical Romance fanart on FanLib.

As of December 23, 2007, there are 2 stories on RockFic. [78]

January 2008

As of January 6, 2008, there are 620 fans on FanPop. [79] There were 292 LiveJournal communities and 433 individual users listing "mcr" as an interest.[80] There were 374 LiveJournal communities and 451 individual users listing "My Chemical Romance as an interest.[81] There were 369 GreatestJournal communities and 446 individual users listing "My Chemical Romance" as an interest.[82]

As of January 30, 2008, there were 2 stories, 2 videos, 2 images and 1 lyric on FanLib [83], 21,505 stories on Quizilla tagged mcr [84] and 23,929 stories tagged mychemicalromance. [85]

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