It’s been a while since I posted one of Ian Gunn’s write-ins. Write-ins are cartoon-style labels Ian drew to provide interest in club fanzines. It’s funny seeing this one now: it seems like half the card-making stamping companies have just put out adorable antique plane stamps and dies. Many also include either a banner in the stamp with the plane or have an optional banner to be stamped or cut out to fit behind planes.
The backstory behind these plane 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.
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!
My puns are just plane horrible.