Dressing down for the NME...
The occasional reader of NME may be puzzled by the above picture story in the Gossip section of this week's NME. The top story in a column called Plus Ones next to the picture story will have done nothing to clear the confusion:
Keen Gossip viewers will be aware that David Bowie was on holiday last week. What was he up to? We'll tell you: watching Blur in New York, along with The Strokes. Which is all well and good, but The Strokes have never been immortalised in a hilarious comic strip, have they? Still, perhaps it's only a matter of time...
Well, keen BowieNet viewers will be aware that David Bowie was not on holiday last week, even if he did go and see Blur. (07/21/03 NEWS: EXCLUSIVE NEW JOURNAL FROM DB... IT'S A LONGUN'!) NME is of course referring to the regular Bowie & Bing comic strip the popular UK music weekly have been running for the last couple of months, from which David was conspicuously absent last week.
His inclusion in this week's strip (above) isn't immediately obvious, unless NME is suggesting that David Bowie isn't merely a chameleon, as most lazy journalists would claim, but in fact, a shapeshifter!
David's role in this surreal series has been more obvious, as in the one from a couple of weeks back below.
I do realise that this particular example may not translate too well outside of the UK, (that's assuming you can read it at all at this size) but if the demand is great enough, I may post bigger versions of all the strips so far published... Oh, my aching sides.