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Coldplay is not your typical rock band. They all have college degrees, they are serious family men, and now, they are the coolest comic book geeks around!
Coldplay is launching a six-part comic book series called Mylo Xyloto, named after the main character. The comic book, written by Oscar-nominated writer and director Mark Osborne (of Kung Fu Panda and The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie) will be revealed for the first time at Comic-Con in San Diego. On Friday, and the team behind the Mylo Xyloto comic will be explaining and discussing the project with the public.
The idea came about when Mark Osborne was looking for a new creative project. When he learned about Coldplay’s Mylo Xyloto album, he contacted the band right away.
“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,” Osborne explained. “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.”
Osborne continued, “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. Honestly, I'm happy to finally talk about it all, it's been very hard to keep the secret this whole time!”
Coldplay explained their latest project on their website:
“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 comic book series begin publication next February, and a new book will come out monthly.