One-eyed alien: a silly illo by Ian Gunn

One-eyed alien

This one-eyed alien is standing on a rock, probably an asteroid. Is it just me or does this ‘person’ look like a bonsai tree? I have bonsai on the brain. Which reminds me, I forgot to water them today! (Hasty exit accompanied by watery noises.)

I’m back.

I guess the alien could also be an eye with a rather hefty optic nerve and root system that’s been cut out and… transplanted? Or is that a chunk of brain?

I think I’ll quit while I’m ahead.

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!