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Miner — a silly illo by Ian Gunn


This miner is mistaken: he’s come out in your device. Ian Gunn drew these silly illos for paper zines back in the 1980s and 1990s, adding fun and flavour to his local zines. These days he would have drawn this with a shattered screen instead of torn paper.

My partner used to have a tee shirt with the front image was a shattered screen with a cord going through the hole and, at the back, a shattered screen with a mouse hanging out of the hole. Ian would have loved something like that!

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!

Nalini is an award-winning writer and artist as well as managing editor of Dark Matter Zine.


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