Steptember alien — a silly illo by Ian Gunn

Large walk alien

We’re all stomping into Steptember so it’s only fitting that a Steptember alien joins the fun. Unfortunately I can’t commit to 10,000 steps a day to raise money for cerebral palsy because I’m post-operative, but I’m sponsoring a friend and I plan to sign up next year. How is everyone going? Who’s rocking their steps?

Ian Gunn, creator of these silly illos (illustrations), was a beloved award-winning artist based in Melbourne. Cancer took him from us too soon.

Ian left a legacy including lots of great illustrations. 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: people consistently working in the background who never expect any recognition of their efforts. This 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!