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Kylion was first launched in May 2004 in Italy and launched later that year in Germany. It was initially launched as a newsstand magazine, but issues 2 and 3 came out as paperback in bookstores. The series was cancelled after issue 3 in August 2005.
From Disney's press release when Kylion was launched in Italy: "In the distant future, around the year 2600, Colony 6, a spaceship with a pre-established destination, its objective to search for new forms of life, is forced to crash-land on an unknown planet, which causes the premature awakening of its crew. The interstellar journey, which had been programmed to last 30 years, is interrupted after only 16 years, which arrests the team’s physical and cognitive development. Instead of fully grown men and women, we find six teenagers who have to deal with a situation for which they aren’t fully prepared: Tanner, the commander of the spaceship, Mita, the mechanical engineer, Raiden, the military officer, Erin, the navigation assistant, Calliope, the bioanalyst, and Cole, the medical officer."
"The story of Kylion and its crew is a metaphor of pre-adolescence: the ambitions and dreams of the group of kids clash with a world that is different from how they had envisioned it. They will succeed in their mission only if they manage to control their fears and impulses, learning to depend on each other."
The comic properties of Kylion are fully produced by Disney creators, with lots of development and market research done. This is to ensure that there is an audience for the proposed product. Fully fleshing out all the characters, environments, and items in the story allow for an ease of translation between different media.
For example, while WITCH is already in the process of being turned into an animated series (it debuts in January of 2005 on Toon Disney and the Jetix block on ABC Family), Kylion environments and spaceships have been created to a level of detail that adapting the property for a movie or animated series would be done with relative ease.