When Coldplay announced their new album would be called Mylo Xyloto last September, many fans had one question: what is a Mylo Xyloto?
Seems that the mystery is about to be unveiled in a new six-part comic series, which the band announced Tuesday. The comic was written by Oscar-winning director Mark Osborne (Kung Fu Panda), and will debut at this year's Comic-Con, which kicks off on July 12 in San Diego.
According to an interview on the band's website, Osborne says the comic originated as an animated film, which is apparently still in the works:
"I have always wanted to create a new kind of 'Yellow Submarine' and when I saw a story on 60 Minutes about Chris and the band’s creative process I thought it might be something they’d be open to. So I 'cold-called' Coldplay and it turned out it was perfect timing and Chris and I started collaborating in Los Angeles over the course of that summer. After much development and many iterations, it was clear that the animated feature film would be much longer in development than the album, so the band decided that the album would come first. Creating a companion comic book series became the best way to further explore the story and express the visual side of the equation."
And here's a statement from the band:
"3 years ago we had an idea with our friend mark osborne about a character called mylo xyloto ('xylo' as in xylophone, 'to' as in toe).
gradually mylo's story and universe came together and this ended up providing the backdrop for the album and tour.
now we're proud to announce that early next year the story's going to come out as a 6-part comic.
and to kick things off mark's going to be holding a panel at comic con in san diego this week.
so if you're there you can ask him 'who's major minus?' and 'what the hell's the hypnofeed all about?'
we hope you like it. it was fun making it."
The series will be published by Matt Groening's Bongo Comics.
You can check out the cover of issue number one below:
Coldplay reinvents the concert lighter
Q interview: Coldplay on Mylo Xyloto
Adele and Ed Sheeran win big at 2012 Brit Awards
Snow Patrol on Q
Rear-View Mirror: The Verve's 'Bittersweet Symphony' and other plagiarism scandals
on Jul 10, 2012