The Starlight SciFaiku Review, Spring 2023 (issue #3)

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69. SPECIAL FEATURE: Art by Rodney Matthews

Elric at the End of Time: Encore at the End of Time [audience detail] by Rodney Matthews

Editor’s Note: Rodney and Michael Moorcock collaborated in creating the book, Elric at the End of Time — a masterpiece of fantasy, with Rodney providing the artwork. This preliminary sketch, a delightful detail of audience members, is from the much larger piece titled, Encore at the End of Time. I encourage you to take a look at the spectacular finished piece in full color at Rodney’s website, Rodney Matthews Studios. It really is great fun to see the two creatures presented here, enjoying the show together, in the final version.

English comedian, actor, writer and producer John Cleese is a friend of Rodney’s and an avid collector of his work. In turn, I am also a big fan of John Cleese. I grew up watching Monty Python, both the sketch comedy and the films, as well as Fawlty Towers, on PBS, plus his many other movies, like A Fish Called Wanda.

Here are the Wikipedia and ISFDB pages about Rodney.

Rodney Matthews

Rodney Matthews has painted over 140 subjects for record album covers, for bands like Asia, Nazareth, Scorpions, The Rolling Stones, Thin Lizzy, and Uriah Heep. Rodney has illustrated numerous books, including those by English fantasy and science fiction author Michael Moorcock. Rodney’s work has been exhibited throughout Europe and has been published worldwide in a variety of formats, from calendars to snowboards. He has supplied conceptual designs for computer games such as Shadow Master by Sony/Psygnosis and the 2005 film The Magic Roundabout. Rodney is also a lyricist and musician.