Norse thunderbolts for sale: a silly illo by Ian Gunn

Norse thunderbolts for sale, GET YOUR NORSE THUNDERBOLTS HERE

Norse thunderbolts for sale, GET YOUR NORSE THUNDERBOLTS HERE

This Norse god is selling GEN-U-INE Old Norse thunderbolts. He has a goddess and pantheon to support (it says so on the box). He is wearing a two-horned helmet, a sash, belt and cloak. His boots are bound to his feet and legs with criss-crossing straps. A mallet, propped against his leg, looks like a log with leather binding a rock as the hammer end. It’s not the pointy end because it’s not a sword, but it’s the business end. He’s standing against a brick and mortar wall.

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.

We’ve published a veritable museum of Ian’s Silly Illos here. 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. 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!