Andover Townsman, Andover, MA


December 20, 2012

Art with a sense of humor: Stripped exhibit comes to Essex Art


Brian McFadden was born and raised in Brockton. Immediately after college, he moved back home and began the irreverent and frequently political alt-weekly comic strip “Big Fat Whale.” It has appeared in weeklies across the nation, including: The Boston Phoenix, Cleveland Scene, Daily Kos and Funny Times. After a decade toiling among concert listings and escort ads, Brian was picked to draw “The Strip” for the New York Times’ Sunday Review in the summer of 2011. He’s been

drawing it ever since and had the good fortune to force his ill-informed opinions on the entire nation throughout the 2012 Republican primaries and the Presidential campaign. He lives in Quincy with his cat, Gizmo.

Elena Steier has been a cartoonist for the past 20 years. Her cartoons have appeared on ESPN and in Nickelodeon Magazine among other places. Her strips have been syndicated by DBR Media, and have also run independently in a number of publications.

The Chester F. Sidell Gallery is located on the first floor of Essex Art Center at 56 Island St., Lawrence.

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