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Pasta Rasta: a silly illo by Ian Gunn

Pasta rasta

Pasta Rasta

I have no idea what is going on here or why this person is called a ‘pasta rasta’ but I guess the hair looks a bit like pasta? Maybe?

I’m pretty sure Ian Gunn pre-dates the Pastafarians. I wish he’d learned of them! Can you imagine the fun he would have had?

According to Wikipedia,

Pastafarianism (a portmanteau of pasta and Rastafarianism) is a social movement that promotes a light-hearted view of religion and opposes the teaching of intelligent design and creationism in public schools. According to adherents, Pastafarianism is a “real, legitimate religion, as much as any other”.

And, of course, the Pastafarians worship the Flying Spaghetti Monster.

The Flying Spaghetti Monster

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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