Rotsler Award to Jim Shull

Jim Shull has won the Rotsler Award for 2023, given annually for long-time artistic achievement in amateur publications of the science fiction community. 

The award was established in 1998 by the Southern California Institute for Fan Interests, Inc. The recipient is chosen by a three-judge panel. The award carries an honorarium of US$300. 

Gary Farber wrote about the artist earlier this year in “Jim Shull Rediscovered”:

He wasn’t just prolific, but one of the most talented fan artists to ever grace science fiction fanzine fandom, being nominated for the Best Fan Artist Hugo no less than five times: 1973, 1975, 1976, 1977, and 1978.

As well, he was nominated for the Best Serious Fanartist in the classic fanzine FAAn Awards (set up by a committee of peers that included well over a dozen well-known faneditors and fanzine fans; I was the administrator of the very last iteration — sort of)….

Shull was a FAAn Awards nominee in 1975, 1976, 1977, and was a winner in 1978.

Around that time Shull became a Disney Imagineer and worked on their international theme park developments for more than three decades, retiring in 2020. He blogs about his experiences at “Jim Shull: Creative City. Random Musings on Disney & More”.

An exhibit honoring Shull’s work was displayed at Loscon this weekend.

Exhibit of 2023 Rotsler Award winner Jim Shull’s art at Loscon 49. Photo by Richard Man.

5 thoughts on “Rotsler Award to Jim Shull

  1. I like the small Rotsler illustration in the upper left-hand corner…

    I occasionally wondered, back in the day, whatever happened to Jim Shull? Now I know! What a fabulous story, displaying the professional projects he worked on and created over the years!

  2. You’re just so helpful. No wonder you got a thank-you in the latest TAFF newsletter.

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