Billy Ray Osiris
Billy Ray Osiris has to be a unique take on both country music and Egyptian mythology. Depicted here in Ian Gunn’s style but with distinct references to Ancient Egyptian art, Billy Ray Osiris is playing a guitar and singing “Oh, don’t weigh my heart, my ankhy cranky heart…”
The backstory behind these silly illos
Ian Gunn, creator of these silly illos (illustrations), was an award-winning artist based in Melbourne, Australia. Cancer took him too soon. But his legacy includes numerous illustrations for zines, books and even school textbooks.
Victoria’s science fiction convention, Continuum, occasionally presents the Ian Gunn Memorial Award recognising the ‘unsung heroes’ of fandom. Recipients work in obscurity for years 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!