King Kong Kitty — a silly illo by Ian Gunn

King Kong Kitty

King Kong Kitty is obviously a product of Japan and The Goodies combined, drawn well before the Jack Black King Kong movie directed by Peter Jackson. Paws to appreciate the plane-etary threat before reading the claws that warns you to beware of really bad puns.

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!