Dagger — a silly illo by Ian Gunn

fantasy knife

This illo is titled “fantasy2thumb13” but I have no idea why. To me it looks a little like a Klingon dagger but the blade needs more of those spikes on the handle. If it looks like any piece of anatomy, where the grip meets the wrist looks like a nose not a thumb. Can anyone explain this to me? There are SFF peeps out there who knew Ian back in the day.

Ian Gunn, creator of these silly illos (illustrations), was a beloved 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!