Did you know Coldplay‘s multi-platinum ‘Mylo Xyloto’ album is based on the story of a character the band created a few years back with help from Academy Award-nominated writer and director Mark Osborne (‘Kung Fu Panda,”The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie’)? The character of Mylo informed the album and the striking visuals Coldplay have used on tour — and now he’s at the center of a six-part comic book series, the first of which is being revealed at this week’s San Diego Comic-Con International.

“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,’ explains a post from the band on Coldplay.com. “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.”

On Friday, the production team behind the comic will sit on a Comic-Con panel to discuss the series and will be signing autographs in the official signing area after their talk. An exclusive edition of issue one will be available in a limited supply at both Comic-Con and via the Coldplay.com shop ahead of the official roll-out of the series, which starts February 2013 and continues with one new issue a month through July of next year.

“The comic is the latest expression of a music-driven feature animated film that the band and I started developing several years ago,” Chapman explains. “It is the story of Mylo Xyloto … [and] 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.”