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By Coldplay, Osborne, Haggerty, Fuentes, Hamaker

 

The citizens of Silencia have long been suppressed under the iron grip of Major Minus, but now that the loyal soldier Mylo Xyloto has caught a glimpse of a brighter universe, the world starts to change right before his very eyes.



By Coldplay, Osborne, Fuentes, Hamaker

 

Every album begins with the germ of an idea, every song tells a story, and now it is finally revealed that there is a secret other worldly narrative behind Coldplay’s newest hit album and its enigmatic title “Mylo Xyloto.” Three years ago, Coldplay and front man Chris Martin teamed up with Mark Osborne (Kung Fu Panda, MORE, and the upcoming The Little Prince) to create Mylo's epic story that has gone on to inspire chart-toppers like “Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall,” “Paradise,” “Princess of China” and “Hurts Like Heaven” -- which has its own MYLO XYLOTO COMIC-themed music video providing insight into the backstory of this new universe, and a glimpse of Mylo himself. Prepare to experience the world of Coldplay in a whole new way with this brand-new six-issue miniseries!



Here’s some big news for both Bongo Comics and Coldplay fans. In anticipation of the release of the six-issue Mylo Xyloto miniseries (which previewed at the San Diego Comic-Con International this past July), Coldplay has unveiled the animated video for “Hurts Like Heaven,” the fifth and final video single to be taken from the band’s hit album Mylo Xyloto.

 

The video, directed by Mark Osborne (Kung Fu Panda, MORE, and the upcoming The Little Prince), charts a graffiti gang's colorful, but doomed rebellion against Major Minus and his oppressive regime. The animated video serves as a prequel to the six-issue Mylo Xyloto monthly comic series to be released by Bongo Comics beginning February 2013.

 

An exclusive making-of film for the video is available to Android users via the Xperia Lounge app (http://cldp.ly/xperialng). The app also features two full tracks from Coldplay’s eagerly-awaited concert film / live album, Live 2012, which will be released on 19 November on CD/DVD, Blu-ray & digitally.

 

Watch the video now at www.coldplay.com and while you are on the site, preorder the entire Mylo Xyloto series.



STORY BEHIND COLDPLAY'S MYLO XYLOTO ALBUM REVEALED


SIX-PART COMIC SERIES DEBUTS AT THIS WEEK'S COMIC-CON INTERNATIONAL


Having entered the charts at Number One in 34 countries and sold more than six million copies, the story behind Coldplay's Mylo Xyloto album is now set to be revealed, with the release of the first of a six-part comic series at this week's San Diego Comic-Con International.

 

The story of Mylo Xyloto was conceived and written by Coldplay alongside Academy Award-nominated writer and director Mark Osborne (Kung Fu Panda, MORE, The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie), and the comics will be published by Matt Groening's celebrated Bongo Comics Group.

 

Said Coldplay on Coldplay.com:  "Three 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 is going to come out as a six-part comic. We hope you like it. It was fun making it."

 

Said Mark Osborne: "The comic is the latest expression of a music-driven feature animated film that the band and I started developing several years ago. 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. I am beyond thrilled with the way it's turned out."

 

The first issue of Mylo Xyloto 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.

 

The six-part comic will then be released monthly from February 2013. The series will be available to pre-order via the Coldplay.com Shop soon.

 

For more information (including hi-res images, longer statement from band and full Q&A with Mark Osborne), please see Coldplay.com.



 

For those of you who think you’re in the know but want to know more, come join us at the Bongo Comics panel at the San Diego Comic-Con on Thursday 7/12 from 11 AM-12 PM in Room 9. Creative director Nathan Kane, managing editor Terry Delegeane, art director Jason Ho, fan favorite/intern Louis Lane, and Simpsons/Futurama know-it-all Bill Morrison will fill you in on all the latest Bongo happenings. Then absorb everything that Chris Duffy, the Managing Editor of United Plankton Pictures, has to tell you about the future comic book exploits of SpongeBob SquarePants.

 

On Friday 7/13, meet the creative talents behind Bongo’s newest partnership at the Mylo Xyloto panel. What is Myloto Xyoloto, you ask? Well, it's the epic six-issue miniseries that tells the story behind the story of Coldplay’s newest album. Meet Mark Osborne (Kung Fu Panda, The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie) and his production team Alejandro Fuentes, Steve Hamaker, and Dylan Haggerty in Room 23ABC from 1-2 PM and prepare to experience the sights and sounds of Coldplay in a whole new way. Following the panel, join the team at an autograph session in the Sails Pavilion at AA02 from 2:30-3:30 PM.   

 

Finally, on Saturday 7/14 start off your panel-going day from 12-12:45 PM in Ballroom 20 at the “Futurama” panel. Join the cast and crew of the Emmy award-winning series for world premiere footage of the all-new season on Comedy Central. Plus: Wear your “Futurama”-themed costume for the chance to win slightly valuable prizes! Scheduled panelists include creator/executive producer Matt Groening, executive producer David X. Cohen, and stars Billy West, Katey Sagal, John DiMaggio, and Maurice LaMarche.

 

Then, stay put in Ballroom 20 from 12:45-1:30 PM for the “Simpsons” panel when moderator David Mirkin, creator Matt Groening, executive producer Al Jean, supervising producer Mike Anderson, and the voice of Lisa Simpson, Yeardley Smith, take a lengthy look at the upcoming “Treehouse of Horror,” a sneak (2D) peek at the Simpsons theatrical (3D) short “The Longest Daycare,” and much, much more (okay, 45 minutes' worth).

 

Then follow (at a safe, non-stalkery distance) the cast of “Futurama” down to the main floor where they will signing at the Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment booth (4313) from 1:30-2:15 PM. That autograph session will be followed by a “Simpsons” signing from 2:15-3:00 PM.

 

It's a pretty hectic schedule, but what the hey! It's Comic Con!

 



Bongo has a ton of goodies to share with our fans at Comic-Con this year.

 

• First, we’ve been talking up our Radioactive Man: Radioactive Repository, Volume One hardcover trade a lot over the last couple months, and we encourage every fan of the Nuclear Knight to check out the limited “glow-in-the-dark” edition available only at the Bongo booth in San Diego. This handsome 272-pg volume radiates its own greenish glow as only a book about the most famous superhero of the Plutonium Age of comics can. Signed copies by Matt Groening are available on a limited  basis for $50. Unsigned copies are selling for $30.

 

• Every four years, athletes from all around the world compete to uphold the spirit of competition and the test the limits of human ability and endurance. And this the year that Bart Simpson  to write a report all about it. Have you ever wondered how the ancient Olympic games began, or what sports Olympians first competed in, or why athletes competed in the nude? Well, Bart has all the answers to those questions and many more. We’re not saying he’s right, but when has that stopped him? We're offering Bart’s unique appreciation of the ancient Olympics with The Simpsons Go for the Gold. This book is only available at the San Diego Comic-Convention International (and may not be available for another four years) with signed copies by Matt Groening available on a limited basis for $20 and unsigned copies for $10.

 

• Also, for the diehard Milhouse fans out there, we are offering a limited number of “Milhouse Packs." These include a copy of Bart Simpson’s Pal Milhouse #1, a Milhouse fan, an extra “Thrillhouse” decal, and a special, limited edition print signed by artists Jason Ho and Serban Cristecu ($20)

 

• Finally, Coldplay fans are in for a special treat. Bongo has teamed up with the band and Mark Osborne (Kung Fu Panda) to present a six-issue miniseries that tells the epic story behind the story of the platinum-selling album Mylo Xyloto. We've got the very first issue months before the series debuts, complete with a variant cover that won't be available in stores. Get it and you might find yourself “dreaming of paradise.” ($5) We'll have more info on this special project in the next few days!

 

Add in to the mix a Futurama poster exclusive ($5) and we've got something for everyone!