The 2017 Rotsler Award has been given to Jeanne Gomoll, of Madison, Wisconsin.
The award, established in 1998 and named for the talented, prolific artist Bill Rotsler (1926-1997), is for long-time artistic achievement in amateur publications of the science fiction community. The winner receives a plaque and an honorarium of US$300.
Gomoll (“go-MOLL”) was a Guest of Honour at the 72nd World Science Fiction Convention, held at London, England, in 2014. She created the covers for its Pocket Programme Guide. The 24th issue of the amateur magazine Chunga had covers by her, with a discussion in Chunga 25 (February 2017). She has been praised for illustration, graphic design, and focus, in monochrome and color.
She was twice a finalist for the Hugo Award (Best Fanartist, 1978, 1980). She created the logos for the Tiptree Award, and for the fanzine-interest convention Corflu. She did covers and interiors for many issues of Janus, which she co-edited with Janice Bogstad. Janus won two Fan Activity Achievement Awards and was three times a Hugo finalist (Best Fanzine, 1978-1980).
Gomoll co-founded Wiscon, the leading feminist S-F convention, and served on the board of its sponsoring organization for almost forty years. She was elected the Trans-Atlantic Fan Fund delegate in 1987 and was sent to the 45th Worldcon, held at Brighton, England.
She worked for the State of Wisconsin, then started her own firm Union Street Design, serving State-agency clients and others.
The Rotsler is sponsored by the Southern California Institute for Fan Interests, a non-profit corporation which has produced the World Science Fiction Convention three times. Current judges are Sue Mason, John Hertz, and Mike Glyer. The Rotsler is announced at Loscon, the annual Los Angeles SF convention, sponsored by the Los Angeles Science Fantasy Society, a non-profit corporation.
This year Loscon XLIV was held November 24-26 at the Los Angeles International Airport Marriott Hotel. A display of Gomoll’s work was in the Art Show.