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'''Bill Rotsler''' was a prominent [[LA]] [[fan]], artist, movie cameraman, and writer
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'''William Rotsler''', a prominent [[LA]] [[fan]], [[art]]ist, movie cameraman, and writer, was [[Fan GoH]] at [[Torcon II]] in 1973. From his disposition and build, he was [[nicknamed]] “'''The Amiable Bulldozer''',” and he signed most of his [[art]] '''WR'''.
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.
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His most well-known contribution to [[fandom]] was as a [[cartoon]]ist 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 [[art]]work, in a deceptively simple style developed when most [[fanzine]] art was [[handstenciling|hand-traced]] onto [[mimeograph stencil]], was 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]]''.
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[[File:Rotsler-work.jpeg|thumb|[[Bill Rotsler]] with unknown model.]]
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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]].
 
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.
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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.
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He worked as a sculptor, a [[photographer]], a cameraman for [[Bill Warren]], and helped produce a variety of pornographic films.
  
 
==Rotsler's Rules==
 
==Rotsler's Rules==
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* The shoes gotta match.
 
* The shoes gotta match.
 
* There should be a weight limit for the purchase of leotards.
 
* There should be a weight limit for the purchase of leotards.
* No costume is no costume. (another costuming rule)
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* [[Nudity#Cosplay|No costume is no costume]]. (another costuming rule)
  
 
The [[Rotsler Award]] is given annually by [[SCIFI]] for fan artists.   
 
The [[Rotsler Award]] is given annually by [[SCIFI]] for fan artists.   
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* ''[[Normandie Notes]]'' (with [[Lee Jacobs]])
 
* ''[[Normandie Notes]]'' (with [[Lee Jacobs]])
 
* ''[[Quotebook]]''
 
* ''[[Quotebook]]''
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* ''[[Rotsler's Rocks]]'' (1972)
 
* ''[[Son of the Tattooed Dragon]]''
 
* ''[[Son of the Tattooed Dragon]]''
 
* ''[[Tapebook]]'' (for [[FAPA]])
 
* ''[[Tapebook]]'' (for [[FAPA]])
* ''[[The Tattooed Dragon]]''
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* ''[[The Tattooed Dragon]]'' [1958-75]
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* ''[[Tropical Torcon Tales]]'' [1973]
 
* ''[[Unicorn (Rotsler)]]''
 
* ''[[Unicorn (Rotsler)]]''
* ''[[Voyage]]''
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* ''[[Voyage]]'' [1969-82]
 
* ''[[Wild Hair]]'' (with [[F. T. Laney]] and [[Cyrus B. Condra]])
 
* ''[[Wild Hair]]'' (with [[F. T. Laney]] and [[Cyrus B. Condra]])
 
* ''[[ZIUQ]]'' (with [[Jean Young]] and [[Jack Harness]])
 
* ''[[ZIUQ]]'' (with [[Jean Young]] and [[Jack Harness]])
  
 
{{recognition}}
 
{{recognition}}
* 1946 -- '''[[1946 Best Fan Artist Retro Hugo|Best Fan Artist Retro Hugo]]'''
 
 
* 1973 -- '''[[Torcon II]]'''
 
* 1973 -- '''[[Torcon II]]'''
 
* 1975 -- '''[[1975 Best Fan Artist Hugo|Best Fan Artist Hugo]]'''
 
* 1975 -- '''[[1975 Best Fan Artist Hugo|Best Fan Artist Hugo]]'''
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* 1985 -- [[OryCon '85]]
 
* 1985 -- [[OryCon '85]]
 
* 1993 -- [[Silvercon 2]]
 
* 1993 -- [[Silvercon 2]]
* 1996 -- '''[[1996 Best Fan Artist Hugo|Best Fan Artist Hugo]]''', [[Past President of the Fan Writers of America]]
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* 1996 -- '''[[1996 Best Fan Artist Hugo|Best Fan Artist Hugo]]''', '''[[1946 Best Fan Artist Retro Hugo]]'''
* 1997 -- '''[[1997 Best Fan Artist Hugo|Best Fan Artist Hugo]]''', [[Loscon xxiv]] was held in his honor
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* 1997 -- '''[[1997 Best Fan Artist Hugo|Best Fan Artist Hugo]]''', [[Loscon xxiv]] was held in his honor, [[Past President of the Fan Writers of America]]
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{{person | born=1926 | died=1997}}
 
{{person | born=1926 | died=1997}}

Latest revision as of 18:54, 6 February 2021

(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:

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

See Earl Kemp's tribute ...be forgot, and never....

Fanzines and Apazines:

Awards, Honors and GoHships:



Person Reasonator 19261997
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