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Ooze a pretty boy then? a silly illo by Ian Gunn

Ooze a Pretty Boy?

Ooze a pretty boy then?

An ooze rests in the bottom of a bird cage, dripping down below the floor of the cage. Apparently he’s learnt to mimic birds and people too.

After months of fighting with my computer and juggling my partner’s work and, more recently, the Authors for Fireys fundraiser, my computer is supposedly working once more. At least, that’s what hubby tells me. So here goes. Can I post a silly illo? I’m sure I’m not the only person who’s been waiting for the next illo from Ian Gunn.

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!

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


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