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    Coldplay announce six-part 'Mylo Xyloto' comic series - we gauge fans' reactions

    athumbformxcom_1.jpgThis week at Comic-Con in San Diego, Coldplay will debut a new six-part comic series that tells the story behind the last album, Mylo Xyloto, as announced by the official site this week. It was rumoured on the messageboard back on 30th June that this would happen, and now it has finally been confirmed.


    It has captured the imagination of the media too. One example out of 64 sources (and counting) so far was from Rolling Stone, who reported: 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.


    The official press release read: "1:00-2:00 Bongo: Mylo Zyloto— 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 narrative behind Coldplay's newest hit album and its enigmatic title Mylo Xyloto. Three years ago, frontman Chris Martin teamed up with Mark Osborne (Kung Fu Panda, The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie, and the upcoming The Little Prince) to develop the epic story that has gone on to inspire such chart-toppers as "Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall," "Paradise," and "Princess of China." Join the creative team behind the new comic miniseries Mylo Xyloto -- Alejandro Fuentes, Steve Hamaker, and Dylan Haggerty -- and prepare to experience the sights and sounds of Coldplay in a whole new way. Room 23ABC."


    New Coldplayer comments on the Coldplay comic-con series:


    Really looking forward to that and excited, I'm just a little worried about the "depth" of the things. On MX, we had lyrics like "every teardrop is a waterfall", and they mention in this announcement a world without music and colors and a "War of Colours", that means it could be either totally cool or a bit shallow. But I trust them enough to make that an awesome comic! BTW, does anyone remember a David Rossi interview with a fan site earlier last year where he said this would be their "St. Peppers"-record. Maybe a hint to visual things like "Yellow Submarine"? [thanks dreamorlife]


    Wow, I can't believe its actually happening!!!! I think I'm going to like it, at least I hope I do. If Chris was so heavily involved, then it has to be pretty cool. Its almost like we get an insight into Chris's mind and all the stories he comes up with... sounds epic!!!! Well, anyway I hope its a success!!! [thanks paradise117]


    Collaboration with osbourne explains why Chris was talking about Kung Fu Panda in several interviews a while ago... Also explains the lyric... 'try to catch a cannonball' [thanks Jack1505]


    Not every song is featured in the Mylo Xyloto story, and some have been going on for a very long time (for example, Car Kids was first mentioned in early 2009). I am ok with the news regarding comic, but if we don't get any new songs, I don't think I'll be overjoyed! [thanks Miha]


    I actually think this just paves the way for new songs. I definitely think we will get at least 1 or 2 from the comics. It would be cool if they put out a new song for each issue, but I don't count on that. [thanks R's Symphony]


    If there's a HLH video coinciding with the release of the issues, it makes me think that HLH will be released in February 2013. It's very late, but Strawberry Swing was released over a year after VLV, so... The website saying it'll be released on August 6th is a radio, right ? It could just mean they think it'll be release soon so they want to start airing it...like everyone did with PoC. Idk. edit: or, if HLH really is released next month or quite soon, then I guess the video will be, as some have pointed out, some kind of a trailer for the comic book? Actually, I think UATW is from the boy's perspective (but it's the same idea: he's in love with a girl from the world of colour, and so they're enemies). I think the whole story is from the boy's perspective, except HLH and Paradise. The downside of all this, it's that now they'll give a whole interpretation of the album, and it kinda goes against what they usually say, which is that they don't really explain their songs to leave it to the listener's imagination.[thanks Coeurli]


    This comic thingy should have been released before the album in my opinion. 'Cause then the whole thing would have worked for me. It would have seemed like this was in the long term plan all along. Now, it just seems like the boys are doing this without no real plan in mind. Like they are doing it just for the shock factor. Or maybe it's just me. [thanks shred]


    This is gonna be an exciting weekend then! Hopefully we'll get to see this video, not just the comic con goers. There will hopefully be many, many connections for them, including lots we didn't even intend I'm sure." I think there are plenty of ways to tell a story, so I don't think this will invalidate any of the stories we have created in our own heads. Like you said, Chris mentioned many times he wants everyone to use there own unique imagination with the album. [thanks Cheese Nip 2]


    GOD, EVERYTHING will be explained on this comics! AIKO, LELA, REX, MAJOR MINUS! Of course Coldplay have done a HUGE job with this album, no one can deny it. And of course it's the most interesting album I've ever seen! I am no lucky guy if it doesn't sell in comic stores here in Brazil. If I buy something from outside my country, when it arrives, I need to pay 80% of the value of the product in taxation (Yes, be happy you don't live in Brazil). When I bought my Pop-Up edition, I asked for a friend that was going to England for vacations to receive it for me and bring it when he returned to Brazil. Luckly, the customs didn't stop him in the airport, so the pop-up came freely in his handbag[thanks rafaelchampion]


    Here is a link to a website that will tell you where the nearest comic shop is to where you live. Comic shops, like any store, only order what they think they are going to sell and these orders are placed months in advance. So if you want the Mylo Xyloto comic it wouldn't hurt to call the store closest to you and tell them you are interested so they can order the proper amount to meet demand. It is set up to search North America but there is also a link on the page that will allow you to search outside of North America. Again... I can't stress this enough... many shops only order what is on thier "pull list" meaning the comics that thier regualr customers request and then a few extra issues for new customers who might come in by chance. It's a rough business and they can not afford to have extra product on the shelves that won't sell. If you want to make sure you get your copy make sure you call ahead! [thanks oldmuckers]


    Interesting idea. Never been into comics though. There's now four new things I am anticipating... - HLH Music Video (I think it will be the best MV of this era, though Paradise is it's only competition in that regard); MX Comic (could be nice, hope its not cheesy or lame); ColdplayFilm (I really don't think this will be a standard concert DVD...personally, I think that it will be an animated film containing the characters from the comics, and it will cut in and out of clips from the live concert shows); New songs...(I just hope this is true, would only make sense to release a song with each new comic release). [thanks The Red Army]


    So the story is not about graffiti? That's a downer, I had a perfect vision of the album story and now it turns out to be a super hero (or super villain) in a fantasy world and not a boy and a girl being oppressed and meeting each other through graffiti. Well, it might not be bad, but the real story comes a little too late as I've lived since October with a different story in my head. Those to stories will conflict each other, that's for sure. [thanks hente44]


    Though it was stated that the comic is up for personal interpretation as well and does not specifically set what MX is about, I feel like many of us have already created solid ideas about lyrics and stuff that might be a little thrown off or maybe even ruined by connections in the comic. But if the comic came first, it would of been cool to read it then listen to the album and connect the two together instead of the other way around. I don't know, my fear is some music might lose its meaning for me personally because it isn't exactly as deep as I thought, it is just a part of a plot about two lovebirds. But, again, I guess the way the reader interpretates the story is the only thing that matters. [thanks erynf_1996]



    The Mylo Xyloto comic character



    Image of the comic book series - issue 1



    Just some of the sources reporting this news in the last 24 hours! (1/2)



    Just some of the sources reporting this news in the last 24 hours! (2/2)


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    Don't forget to check out your tour discussion thread if you are getting Coldplay tickets or just getting excited for the European & North American 2012 shows and other forthcoming appearances:


    FEBRUARY 2012

    8 Los Angeles, CA @ Club Nokia (iHeartRadio) [discussion]

    9 Los Angeles, CA @ Jimmy Kimmel Live [discussion]

    10 Los Angeles, CA @ GRAMMY Week MusiCares Person of the Year tribute [discussion]

    12 Los Angeles, CA @ 54th Grammy Awards, Staples Center [discussion]

    16 Sydney, Australia @ 2DayFM, Mobile Live Set (intimate show) [discussion] [CANCELLED]

    17 Sydney, Australia @ Sunrise (intimate show) [discussion] [CANCELLED]

    21 London @ Brit Awards 2012, O2 Arena [discussion]


    MARCH 2012

    2 New York, NY @ Good Morning America [discussion]

    4 New York, NY @ The Secret Policeman's Ball, Radio City Music Hall (Amnesty International) [discussion]


    APRIL 2012

    17 Edmonton, AB @ Rexall Place [discussion]

    18 Calgary, AB @ Scotiabank Saddledome [discussion]

    20 Vancouver, BC @ Rogers Arena [discussion]

    21 Vancouver, BC @ Rogers Arena [discussion]

    24 Portland, OR @ Rose Garden Arena [discussion]

    25 Seattle, WA @ KeyArena [discussion]

    27 San Jose, CA @ HP Pavilion At San Jose [discussion]

    28 San Jose, CA @ HP Pavilion At San Jose [discussion]


    MAY 2012

    1 Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl [discussion]

    2 Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl [discussion]

    3 Los Angeles, CA @ American Idol show [discussion] [NEW!]

    4 Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl [discussion]

    5 Los Angeles, CA @ KROQ's Weenie Roast y Fiesta [discussion] [NEW!]

    18 Porto, Portugal @ Dragao Stadium [discussion]

    20 Madrid, Spain @ Estadio Vicente Calderón [discussion]

    22 Nice, France @ Stade Charles Herman / Nikaia [discussion]

    24 Turin, Italy @ Olympic Stadium [discussion]

    26 Zurich, Switzerland @ Letzigrund [discussion]

    29 Coventry, UK @ Ricoh Stadium [discussion]


    JUNE 2012

    1 London, UK @ the Emirates Stadium [discussion]

    2 London, UK @ the Emirates Stadium [discussion]

    4 London, UK @ the Emirates Stadium [discussion]

    7 Sunderland, UK @ the Stadium of Light [discussion]

    9 London, UK @ Wembley Stadium (Capital FM's Summertime Ball 2012) [discussion] [NEW!]

    9 Manchester, UK @ the Etihad Stadium [discussion]

    10 Manchester, UK @ the Etihad Stadium [discussion]

    22 Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center [discussion]

    23 Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center [discussion]

    25 Houston, TX @ Toyota Center [discussion]

    26 Houston, TX @ Toyota Center [discussion]

    28 Tampa, FL @ St. Pete Times Forum [discussion]

    29 Miami, FL @ American Airlines Arena [discussion]


    JULY 2012

    2 Atlanta, GA @ Philips Arena [discussion]

    3 Charlotte, NC @ Time Warner Cable Arena [discussion]

    5 Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center [discussion]

    6 Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center [discussion]

    8 Washington, DC @ Verizon Center [discussion]

    9 Washington, DC @ Verizon Center [discussion]

    23 Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre [discussion]

    24 Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre [discussion]

    26 Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre [discussion]

    27 Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre [discussion]

    29 Boston, MA @ TD Garden [discussion]

    30 Boston, MA @ TD Garden [discussion]


    AUGUST 2012

    1 Auburn Hills, MI @ Palace of Auburn Hills [discussion]

    3 East Rutherford, NJ @ Izod Center [discussion]

    4 East Rutherford, NJ @ Izod Center [discussion]

    7 Chicago, IL @ United Center [discussion]

    8 Chicago, IL @ United Center [discussion]

    10 St. Paul, MN @ Xcel Energy Center [discussion]

    11 St. Paul, MN @ Xcel Energy Center [discussion]

    28 Copenhagen, Denmark @ Parken Stadium [discussion]

    30 Stockholm, Sweden @ Olympic Stadium [discussion]


    SEPTEMBER 2012

    2 Paris, France @ Stade de France [discussion]

    4 Cologne, Germany @ Rheinenergie Stadium [discussion]

    6 The Hague, Netherlands @ Malieveld [discussion]

    9 London, UK @ Paralympics Closing Ceremony [discussion]

    12 Munich, Germany @ Olympiastadion [discussion]

    14 Leipzig, Germany @ Red Bull Stadium [discussion]

    16 Prague, Czech Republic @ Slavia Eden Stadium [discussion]

    19 Warsaw, Poland @ National Stadium [discussion]

    22 Hannover, Germany @ AWD Arena [discussion]


    NOVEMBER 2012

    10 Auckland, New Zealand @ Mt Smart Stadium [discussion]

    13 Melbourne, Australia @ Etihad Stadium [discussion]

    17 Sydney, Australia @ Allianz Stadium [discussion]

    18 Sydney, Australia @ Allianz Stadium [discussion] [NEW!]

    21 Brisbane, Australia @ Suncorp Stadium [discussion]


    Read also: European Stadium Tour announced! (general discussion thread for the Europe tour)

    Read also: North America Tour announced! (general discussion thread for the US/Canada tour)

    Read also: 2012: Live Appearances - Easy Thread Finder (last updated - 12th January 2012)

    Read also: 2012 tour date rumours (please post dates for ALL countries in here)


    Kit yourself up for the forthcoming MX tour and get spotted with Coldplaying's new range of merchandise! [click on the items for the full shop]


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    The new range of Coldplaying merchanise (unofficial of course to the official shop) has hit our stores, with our biggest range of goods so far. Prices are as low as they can be for a Cafepress shop so more people will be able to afford them. We don't take any profits for the sale of the merchandise as a result. Take a browse in one of the online stores nearest to you: UK | US | Canada | Australia | European (shipping is worldwide, but you can choose what currency to pay in) - simply alter the country dropdown menu at the top of the shop page. [thanks to TracieMorgan and zzz]


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