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You’re out of this world (orbit write-in): a silly illo by Ian Gunn

Orbit write-inYou’re out of this world

I thought this ‘orbit write-in’ needed a title change. After all, Ian Gunn’s specialty was drawings for speculative fiction clubs and high school text books more than for Hallmark Holidays. But who can resist a fun image for Valentines Day?

This is another in Ian Gunn’s series of write-in illos or labels intended as fun embellishments for fanzines.

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!

How much fun can you have with this orbit write-in for Valentine’s Day?

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


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