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.

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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