Organ Balloons: a silly illo by Ian Gunn

Organ balloons
Organ Balloons

These organ balloons have my head in a spin. What was Ian Gunn thinking?! Were they actually intended to be viable organ transplants in some sci fi alternate world or future? Or are they just macabre horror story balloons?

Time and time again I look at these silly illos and imagine people using them as writing prompts.

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!