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Teddy Bears’ Picnic: a silly illo by Ian Gunn


Teddy Bears’ Picnic

A parade of teddy bears heading towards the picnic ground (there’s a sign pointing the way). The first is holding a map. Next are two bears lugging a picnic hamper. Then there’s a cyclist bear with his basket laden. A bear struts along carrying an umbrella. Another bear, this one wearing a scarf, is carrying a picnic basket. Then momma bear and poppa bear follow, pushing a pram with a baby. Last in line are two bears, one carrying a suitcase and another with a basket.

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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