By John Hertz: Andrew Porter shot these fine photos of the Rotsler Award exhibit at the 76th World Science Fiction Convention.
Some Worldcons have nicknames. This year’s Worldcon was just “Worldcon 76” .
In fact I know people whose nickname is “Nick”. Maybe you do too.
The Rotsler is for long-time wonder-working with graphic art in amateur publications of the science fiction community. The current judges are Sue Mason, Mike Glyer, and me. It’s named for Bill Rotsler (1926-1997), a long-time wonder-worker. It’s ordinarily announced at Loscon.
We try to put up an exhibit at the Worldcon showing sample work by all the winners to date. The exhibits have been curated by me, recently with first-rate layout and electronics help from Elizabeth Klein-Lebbink.
In building the exhibit I try to choose images that are both representative of the artist, and visually interesting for themselves. If you happen to know the context, or some of the in-jokes, that might be more fun, but (if I do it right) you needn’t. The exhibit is designed (I hope) so you can look at it as you go by, or stop and study.
You’ll see from Brother Porter’s photos that winners each have a section, with their name and year at the top. Also there’s a section about fanzines, and one about Brother Rotsler and the Award. Many of the images appeared in fanzines. There are a few other things, like cards from Bruce Pelz’ Fantasy Showcase Tarot Deck.
The Award is sponsored by the Southern California Institute for Fan Interests, a California non-profit corporation (yes, its initials spell SCIFI – pronounced “skiffy”) – and, because this is fandom, where every day is Anything Can Happen Day, SCIFI the sponsor of the Award is not the sponsor of Loscon where it’s announced. We are large, we contain multitudes.
Some but by no means all fanart (which, like “fanwriting”, I make one word; a loudspeaker is not the same as a speaker who is loud, a boyfriend or girlfriend is not the same as a boy or girl who is a friend) can be found in Electronicland; if you live there, Bill Burns’ Website eFanzines.com is worth a look. As to the rest, seek and ye shall find. If you have nothing better to do (and if you have, do that), you can always write to me, 236 S. Coronado St., No. 409, Los Angeles, CA 90057, U.S.A.
Actually for the record the official name of this Worldcon was “Worldcon 76 in San Jose”. This was announced when it won and reiterated by the chair multiple times.
Then the first people you’d expect to be using that full “official name” would be the committee itself, wouldn’t you? But it’s not used on the website, or the title pages of PRs, or really anywhere. I have to say this is the first I even heard of it.
What’s with the unnecessary digression about the spelling of “fanart”? It’s like “fanfic” — nobody is arguing over the way it’s spelled.
When asked about the signs at the con itself which read “Worldcon76 San Jose”, I was told the “in” was left off so that things would fit / look better.
P.S. See about page 92 of http://www.wsfs.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/2016-WSFS-Minutes-Final.pdf