Coldplay have just announced that they’ve been working with comic artist Mark Osborne, who you might also know as the director Kung Fu Panda and SpongeBob SquarePants, for three years on a Mylo Xyloto comic book.
“The idea that the rebels in this world create musical graffiti was the big breakthrough for the sake of the comics,” says Osborne in an interview with Coldplay.com. “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. This also was far more visual and made the comic series a reality.”
Osborne continues with a hint into the series’ story line, saying, “Mylo Xyloto [is] a young Silencer on the front lines of a war against sound and color in the world of Silencia. Mylo discovers that the enemy he’s been trained to hate his whole life might not be the enemy after all.”
Although an animated film was Osborne’s first preference, time was not on his side.
“There was one point in the process when I had lunch with the whole band at the Bakery when it was clear that the movie was going to have to take a backseat in favor of the music and the comic, we decided to use graffiti and otherworldly street-artists as a visual metaphor for the creation of music, this was the moment when the whole thing was pushed in the direction it now follows. 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. This also was far more visual and made the comic series a reality.”
The first issue of Mylo Xyloto, published by Matt Groening’s Bongo Comics, will be available at the 2012 San Diego Comic-Con International. This Friday, July 13th, the production team behind the comic will appear at a panel to discuss the series. Afterwards they will be available for autographs in the official signing area. A limited supply of the exclusive edition of issue one will also be made available via the Coldplay’s online shop.
Those unable to attend Comic Con should keep their eye on Bongo Comics as they will have the first issue before the series debuts, complete with a variant cover that won’t be available in stores.
-Jay Tilles, CBS Local
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