- Museum: a silly illo by Ian Gunn
This illustration of a fictional museum is too detailed for me to attempt a description. It’s like a ‘Where’s Wally’ illustration of historical artefacts.
Chain links suspend a blank sign in the top right hand corner. This illustration is itself an artefact: it’s one of Ian Gunn’s labels. He drew many illustrations with blanks intended as labels for others’ use.
I haven’t previously used the ‘label’ list that is now at the top of this page. Over time I’ll go back through Dark Matter Zine‘s Ian Gunn library. I’ll edit Ian’s label illos to include them in this list.
The backstory behind these silly illos
Ian Gunn, creator of these silly illos (illustrations), was an award-winning artist based in Melbourne, Australia. Cancer took him too soon. But his legacy includes numerous illustrations for zines, books and even school textbooks.
Victoria’s science fiction convention, Continuum, occasionally presents the Ian Gunn Memorial Award recognising the ‘unsung heroes’ of fandom. Recipients work in obscurity for years without recognition. This award 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!