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.
His fanzines include Disturbing Element, Fumetti Report, The John D. Macdonald Quotebook, The Kong Papers (with Harlan Ellison), Kteic Magazine, Masque (for FAPA), Neophyte, Quotebook, Son of the Tattooed Dragon, Tapebook (for FAPA), The Tattooed Dragon, Unicorn, and Voyage.
He published A Fanzine for FAPA with John Trimble, Normandie Notes with Lee Jacobs, Wild Hair with F. T. Laney and Cyrus B. Condra, and ZIUQ with Jean Young and Jack Harness. He was a member of FAPA (and served as VP) and OMPA. He was an editor of the Insurgent fanzine, Homage a Burbee.
Additionally, he worked as a sculptor, a cameraman for Bill Warren, and helped produce a variety of pornographic films.
- 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)
GoHships, Awards and Honors:
- 1976 — Bubonicon 8
- 1977 — Winner of DUFF
- 1981 — Loscon 8
- 1982 — Toastmaster at LepreCon 8
- 1983 — Toastmaster at LepreCon 9
- 1985 — Orycon '85
- 1993 — Silvercon 2
- 1996 — elected Past President of the Fan Writers of America
- 1997 — Loscon xxiv was held in his honor
For more on his professional career, see http://www.sf-encyclopedia.com/entry/rotsler_william