Many legged alien — a silly illo by Ian Gunn

Many legged alien

This many legged alien looks distinctly unimpressed at the stares it’s attracting. Ian Gun drew many silly illos for inclusion in zines, where the illustration is intended to house text. This may have been one of them, or it may simply be that he saw a pissed-off caterpillar one 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!