Wind down the window: a silly illo by Ian Gunn

Wind down the window

Wind down the window

Hollywood cliche no.9. Anyone secretly watching someone from a car will always wind down the window to get a better look.

Guy sitting in the back seat of a car thinks: Hm. That’s them alright. Better take off these sunglasses and frown.

I’ve always thought the tendency to wind down the window was weird. These days I wonder how nondisabled people could possibly be oblivious. I’ve been watching The Americans. It’s bizarre.

The backstory to these silly illos

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

Ian left a legacy including lots of great illustrations for club zines, books and even school textbooks. The Silly Illos that Dark Matter Zine has published are gathered here in one convenient location. 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 have worked in the background for years in obscurity 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!