The series will be published by Matt Groening’s Bongo Comics Group and was written by the band and Academy Award-nominated writer and director Mark Osborne (Kung Fu Panda). According to a note on the band’s website, Coldplay and Osborne conceived a character three years back named Mylo Xyloto – “‘xylo’ as in xylophone, ‘to’ as in toe,” reads the post – and constructed the story from there.
“Gradually Mylo’s story and universe came together, and this ended up providing the backdrop for the album and tour,” added the band.
Osborne, in a statement, called the project “the latest expression of a music-driven feature animated film that the band and I started developing several years ago.”
He also elaborated on the comic’s narrative, saying: “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. Mylo discovers that the enemy he’s been trained to hate his whole life might not be the enemy after all. There will hopefully be many, many connections for people who have heard the album.”
To mark the release of the first issue, Osborne and the production team behind the comic will appear at a Comic-Con panel on July 13th to discuss the project. Following the first issue’s release, the following five parts will be published monthly beginning February 2013.