Published on July 11th, 2012 | by Gavin Jones0
Coldplay to Launch Mylo Xyloto Comic @ SDCC
Coldplay have announced on their website that they will be launching a comic book based upon their most recent studio album, Mylo Xyloto, at San Diego Comic Con this weekend.The comic came about during discussions with friend of the band, Mark Osborne (Kung Fu Panda), who has developed the idea into a full 6 part comic book series, as well as providing the backdrop for the band’s album and tour of the same name. Mark had this to say on the concept behind the comic book ‘the comic is the latest expression of a music-driven feature animated film that the band and I started developing several years ago. I had just finished making Kung Fu Panda and I was eagerly looking to develop several indie dream projects. 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.’
Shooting for the dizzy heights of a ‘new kind of Yellow Submarine’ is certainly an admirable if not daunting task but can this really be achieved through a comic book alone? Surely a fully animated project is in the works somewhere, lets hope so. A lot of discussion has been raised in the comic book media for the recent trend in celebrity’s encroaching on the comic book world and using their status to get their own books the highest publicity possible, sometimes, some would say, to the detriment of the regular jobbing comic book creator. So does this new project fall into that category? I don’t think so, what this project represents is a melding of medias, each drawing inspiration from the other, it appears to be an honest creative and collaborative process rather than a cash-in. I can’t say I’m the biggest fan of Coldplay’s music but I would like to check this book out whilst listening to the album it’s based on…so does anyone have a copy of the Mylo Xyloto album I can borrow?
The first issue of Mylo Xyloto (published by Matt Groening’s celebrated Bongo Comics) will be available, with an exclusive variant cover, at the 2012 San Diego Comic-Con International (12-15 July) at the San Diego Convention Center. On Friday, 13 July, the production team behind the comic will appear at a panel to discuss the series and afterwards 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.com Shop.