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Pig helmet: a silly illo by Ian Gunn

Pig helmet
Pig Helmet

This silly illo by Ian Gunn is labelled “pig helmet”. I can’t help but think it looks like the quintessential movie-motorcycle-cop’s helmet on a pig. Imagine Chips cops but as porkers. This cartoon gives new meaning to the phrase “trotters in the trough” referring to corrupt cops. Also, “bringing home the bacon” could mean bringing a cop home. “Casting your pearls before swine” could refer to a bribe.

OMG. The puns. The dreadful puns. And, although my husband is working from home, sitting not one metre to my left sharing MY STANDING DESK because LOCKDOWN (this post is pre-recorded), I can’t blame him. He doesn’t even know what I’m doing other than hammering away beside him. He’s working on … stuff, computery stuff, for education. I’m sure he’d throw in some new and improved puns if he got the chance.

The backstory behind these bear-able 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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