Big Budget Bonanza: a silly illo by Ian Gunn

Big Budget Bonanza

Hollywood cliche no.12: any group of unemployed entertainers raising money for an orphanage will put on the most spectacular big budget musical Broadway has ever seen. A Big Budget Bonanza every time.

Woman: My friends from the air force formation barnstorming brass band phoned to say they’re on the way.

Man: That’s neato keen, Gloria. We’ll slot them in between the Boston Philharmonic and the ice-skating elephants.

The backstory to these silly illos

Ian Gunn, creator of these silly illos (illustrations), was a beloved award-winning artist based in Melbourne, Australia. Cancer took him from us too soon.

Ian left a legacy including lots of great illustrations for club zines, books and even school textbooks. The Silly Illos that Dark Matter Zine has published are gathered here in one convenient location. Many of these illustrations are available for sale.

Victoria’s science fiction convention, Continuum, occasionally presents the Ian Gunn Memorial Award recognising the ‘unsung heroes’ of fandom. Recipients have worked in the background for years in obscurity without recognition. This award commemorates Ian’s selfless efforts to reach out to others, encouraging others and thereby building the science fiction community.

K’rin Pender-Gunn, Ian’s widow, gave Dark Matter Zine permission to republish Ian’s artwork. Thanks, K’rin!

Ian seemed to revel in his use of onomatopoeias. Lovingly. Like a lunatic. I wonder if he did the loving leap?