Bill Rotsler

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(July 3, 1926 – October 18, 1997)

William Rotsler, a prominent LA fan, artist, movie cameraman, and writer, was Fan GoH at Torcon II in 1973. From his disposition and build, he was nicknamedThe Amiable Bulldozer,” and he signed most of his art WR.

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, in a deceptively simple style developed when most fanzine art was hand-traced onto mimeograph stencil, was ubiquitous, since he was prolific and freely provided it.

Bill Rotsler with unknown model.

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. His publishing house was Rose & Hawk Press.

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

He knew everyone and did everything. He went house-hunting with Marilyn Monroe. He wrote sf. He sculpted with welded steel rods. He celebrated Westercon as his birthday.

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

Rotsler's Rules[edit]

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

Bill Rotsler (1995) By and courtesy of Grant Canfield.

The Rotsler Award is given annually by SCIFI for fan artists.

Fanzines and Apazines:

Awards, Honors and GoHships:

Person 19261997
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