Ogre write in: a silly illo by Ian Gunn

Ogre write in

Ogre write in

Remember a couple of hours ago several weeks ago when Dark Matter Zine published ‘Museum’, a silly illo with a blank space for use in club zines? This ogre is holding a similar sign for the same purpose: to allow someone to write in their own heading.

Some of Ian Gunn’s ‘write-ins’ are more elaborate than others. This one focuses on the to-be-written label with the ogre as an embellishment, which is a contrast with the elaborate ‘Museum’ illustration.

As I said waaay back then earlier this afternoon several weeks ago in publishing time, I’m going to include these ‘label’ or ‘write in’ illustrations in a set so it’s easy for readers to look at Ian’s ideas and style development.

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!