Bill Rotsler

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(July 3, 1926 - October 18, 1997)

Bill Rotsler was a prominent LA fan, artist, movie cameraman, and writer. He was Fan GoH at Torcon II in 1973.

Probably his most well-known contribution to fandom was as a cartoonist and fanartist, for which he won four Hugo Awards for Best Fan Artist in 1975, 1979, 1996, and 1997 as well as the 1946 Best Fan Artist Retro Hugo. He was nominated for the 1951 Best Fan Artist Retro Hugo. His highly-recognizable artwork seemed ubiquitous, since he was prolific and freely provided it.

He was a member of LASFS and was involved in the semi-serious Tijuana in '69 Westercon bid. He was a member of FAPA (and served as VP), was a member of the FATE Tape, and of OMPA. He was an editor of the Insurgent fanzine, Homage a' Burbee.

As a writer, his "Patron of the Arts" was nominated for both the 1972 Nebula Award and the 1973 Best Novelette Hugo.

Additionally, he worked as a sculptor, a cameraman for Bill Warren, and helped produce a variety of pornographic films.

He was also known for "Rotsler's Rules" for con-going, which included:

  • If you kill it, you eat it. (a weapons policy)
  • Don't go to bed with anyone crazier than yourself.
  • No peanut butter. (a costuming rule)
  • The shoes gotta match.
  • There should be a weight limit for the purchase of leotards.
  • No costume is no costume (another costuming rule)

The Rotsler Award is given annually by SCIFI for fan artists. See Earl Kemp's tribute ...be forgot, and never....

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Awards, Honors and GoHships:


Person Reasonator Search 19261997
Also involved with: 1970 TAFF Results - 1972 Best Fan Artist Hugo - 1974 Best Fan Artist Hugo - 1975 Best Fan Artist Hugo - 1975 FAAn Awards - 1976 FAAn Awards - 1977 DUFF Results - 1979 Best Fan Artist Hugo - 1996 Best Fan Artist Hugo - 1997 Best Fan Artist Hugo - 1997 FAAn Awards - 1998 FAAn Awards - 1999 FAAn Awards - 2000 FAAn Awards - 2003 FAAn Awards - 2004 FAAn Awards - 2005 FAAn Awards - A Sense of FAPA - A-Con 7 - APA-L - And Lo God Made Rotsler for Duff - BeABohema - Best Lines - Big Heart Award - Corflatch Considered as a Helix of Semi-Precious Stones - FAAn Awards - Fan Tarot Deck - Granfalloon - Karass
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