Fanogotchi — a silly illo by Ian Gunn


Here’s Ian Gunn’s advertisement for the Fanogotchi. Tamagotchi electronic pets were all the rage in the mid-1990s. Ian gave the SF community their own personal fans as pets. I wonder if he planned electronic homicide for his Virtual Fan in lieu of actual homicide? Some of Ian’s illos are enlightening about his relationships with some SF personalities. 

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!