When the latest Coldplay album, Mylo Xyloto, came out last year, the band spoke about selecting the album's unique title. Now fans can learn more about the "who" behind "Mylo Xyloto" as the character the band helped dream up is getting the comic book treatment.
Coldplay announced on their website Tuesday that the first issue of the "Mylo Xyloto" comic series will be available at this year's Comic-Con, complete with a special cover. The band explained that this character has been around for a number of years already.
"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)," the band's message read. "Gradually mylo's story and universe came together and this ended up providing the backdrop for the album and tour."
A "Mylo Xyloto" panel at Comic-Con will be held Friday at 1 p.m. and will feature members of the comic's production team.
For those unable to attend Comic-Con, the band's website said a limited number of the special-edition issue will be available at the Coldplay Official Store. Starting in February, the series, which will have six issues total, will be released monthly, with fans also able to pre-order through Coldplay's store. "Mylo Xyloto" will be published by Bongo Comics.
Coldplay's website also included an interview with co-creator Osborne, who detailed the history of the collaboration with Coldplay and also teased the plot of the upcoming comic.
"Well, all I will say is it is the story of Mylo Xyloto, a young Silencer on the front lines of a war against sound and color in the world of Silencia," Osborne said in the interview. "Mylo discovers that the enemy he's been trained to hate his whole life might not be the enemy after all."
Osborne explained that the initial idea was to collaborate with Coldplay on "a music-driven feature animated film," but after realizing the lengthy time frame necessary to undertake such a film project, the decision was eventually made to move forward with the album release. From there, another creative venture was sparked.
"Creating a companion comic book series became the best way to further explore the story and express the visual side of the equation," Osborne said.
In the interview, Osborne reflected on developing the story with Chris Martin and said everyone in the band was involved in the approval process. The personality of Coldplay's music and his own previous work helped to inspire the comic's direction as well, Osborne said, and he is "beyond thrilled" with the final product.
"The idea that the rebels in this world create musical graffiti was the big breakthrough for the sake of the comics, to make it not just a story about music, but a story about the power of creativity and the power of having a creative voice, which has always been a strong theme for the band," Osborne said. "This also was far more visual and made the comic series a reality."