Brian McFadden grew up in Brockton, Massachusetts, a city in the suburbs south of Boston.
He studied mechanical engineering at Johns Hopkins University, where he began publishing cartoons online in 2001.
Those cartoons became the weekly comic strip, “Big Fat Whale,” which ran in alternative newspapers across the nation including The Boston Phoenix, Portland Phoenix, Cleveland Free Times, and Cleveland Scene. The best of those cartoons can be found in the self-published book, Fun Stuff For Dum-Dums.
In 2011, McFadden began drawing “The Strip” for The New York Times’ Sunday Review.