Bomb Mushroom — a silly illo by Ian Gunn

Bomb mushroom

Bomb Mushroom

This bomb mushroom looks suspiciously like a mashup between the Smurfs and Mario Kart. I can’t decide whether the bomb is a mushroom or whether it’s crashed into their backyard.

Silly Illo artist Ian Gunn

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

Ian left a legacy including lots of great illustrations. 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: people consistently working in the background who never expect any recognition of their efforts. This 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!