The My Chemical Romance frontman and author of the Umbrella Academy comic series EXPLAINS rock stardom and teen geekery.

As told to Tim Leong; Photography by Lauren Dukoff1NEVER LET THEM KNOW IT’S YOUR FIRST TIME.

2EVERYTHING WILL LOOK BETTER IN YOUR AUTOBIOGRAPHY.

3AIM FOR THE SUN.

4COMMUNICATION IS NOT THE SAME AS SELLING OUT.

5IF YOU HAVE LESS THAN THREE FRIENDS IN HIGH SCHOOL, YOU’RE IN GOOD SHAPE.