Ethel Voting — a silly illo by Ian Gunn

Ethel vote

I wonder if Ethel voting refers to the Melbourne Science Fiction Club’s AGM where they vote for a committee or if it’s a political election with larger concerns. Anyhow, Ethel voting reminds us all of the interminable lead-up to elections occurring in the United States and Australia at the moment.

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!