Bugmonster — a silly illo by Ian Gunn

Bugmonster

Bugmonster

This is clearly a Steampunk Bugmonster. Or a mechanical version of that dude of Lost in Space or that other dude off Angel who looked suspiciously like that dude from Lost in Space. Only Ian would have missed the Angel story. As the Lost in Space movie came out in 1998, Ian’s comic may have come first.

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!