Demon contract for Ethel the Aardvark — a silly illo by Ian Gunn

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This demon is signing or witnessing a contract that appears to say ‘Ethel the Aardvark [a fanzine] is produced bi-monthly by the Melbourne Science Fiction Club inc., and is available free to MSFC members or in trade with other zines, for the usual [?] or by subse[quent? ?] and if you’ve read this far you’re certa[inly?] not lacking in perseverance’. HAH.

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!