Cat’s whiskers — a silly illo by Ian Gunn

Cat's whiskers

Cat’s whiskers

The very ancient among us may remember that old saying, “It’s the cat’s whiskers”, which meant something was great or ‘cool’. What with cats being so very vain and narcissistic, I suspect Ian is taking that saying to a whole new level with this comic.

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!