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Vanity project or creative breakthrough?

Coldplay announced Tuesday on their website that the band will debut the first issue of the comic book Mylo Xyloto, directly inspired by their album of the same name, at the 2012 San Diego Comic-Con. A collaboration with animation director Mark Osborne (Kung Fu Panda), the six-part comic series is what Osborne calls “the latest expression of a music-driven feature animated film that the band and I started developing several years ago,” done in concert with the development of what became the album Mylo Xyloto.

In a Q&A on the Coldplay site, Osborne provided a hint at the story involving their character Mylo Xyloto, and how it ties back into the band’s album:

Osborne will participate in a Comic-Con panel about the comic book on Friday, July 13. After this summer’s Comic-Con sneak peek, the issues will be made available for purchase each month starting in February 2013. Check out the variant cover for the issue that will be available at Comic-Con below:

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