Comic industry pays tribute to David Bowie

News of David Bowie’s passing brought an outpouring of tributes from many who were creatively influenced and admire the pop future legend, including those in the comic industry. Bowie’s eccentric life attracted a diversity of comic industry pros who celebrated his life in their own way.

Last year, Neil Gaiman released the short fiction collection Trigger Warning. Gaiman chose to tribute Bowie by releasing his short story The Return of the Thin White Duke online. Gaiman explains briefly how this story ties to Bowie.

bowie_amanoI never met David Bowie. After a while it almost became a game: I only had one hero left, and it was him. The nearest I came to it was meaning to send him a copy of Trigger Warning, with this story in it, and an apologetic note.

It’s unabashedly fan fiction. You can find the story of its origin in Trigger Warning.

Additional artwork from The Return of The Thin White Duke can be found on Yoshitaka Amano’s website.

A bevy of artists took to social media with David Bowie illustrations

Erin Humiston included the late Motörhead frontman Lemmy, who passed away on December 28.


Meanwhile, Michael Allerd turned his Instagram into a curated selection of Bowie images. His love of Bowie is no surprise to anyone familiar with Red Rocket 7. Interestingly enough, Allred chose not to post his own artwork with the images.
Ziggy Stardust in Red Rocket 7

 Roger Langridge made a comic strip, Goodbye Spaceboy, to bid adieu.

Roger Langridge's Bowie comic

Gail Simone shared how Bowie impacted her life and writing in a series of tweets.

And finally, in what may be the largest collection of it’s kind online, comics and pop culture journalist Sean T. Collins has been procuring David Bowie sketches since 2007. Over 100 sketches have been upload so far to his Flicker account, which include works by artists Becky Cloonan, Paul Pope, Jeff Lemire, Hope Larson and many more.

Thanks to Smash Pages staff for help compiling this post.

One thought on “Comic industry pays tribute to David Bowie”

  1. You’re missing Headlocked Artist Michel Mulipola’s (twitter: @BloodySamoan) contribution, which while simple, for me embodied the emotion of losing some one as legendary as Bowie the most. And I feel stands out over all the more detailed works done.

    A quick tribute piece which came to mind when I heard of #DavidBowie's passing today. #RIPDavidBowie #ZiggyStardust— Michel Mulipola (@bloodysamoan) January 11, 2016

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