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Shrodinger’s Pet Supplies: a silly illo by Ian Gunn

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Shrodinger’s Pet Supplies

A man walks into Shrodinger’s Pet Supplies and asks “Got any cats?”

The man behind the counter, presumably Shrodinger, replies, “Well… yes and no…”

If you don’t get the joke, the below video gives a short explanation. Don’t tell PETA.

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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