Alt-Weekly Cartoonist Publishes Latest Collection

Brian McFadden, Boston-based cartoonist of the alt-weekly comic strip, Big Fat Whale, unveils his newest comic collection, Fun Stuff for Dum-Dums.


Somerville, MA
June 12, 2009

In the independent, DIY spirit of alternative comics, Brian McFadden has self-published Fun Stuff for Dum-Dums, the latest collection of his acerbic weekly comic strip “Big Fat Whale.”

In the midst of the worst economic climate in a generation, McFadden opted to avoid pitching a book to skittish publishers and made this collection available directly to readers through the on-demand printing company Lulu.

“Big Fat Whale” has been appearing in alternative newsweeklies since 2004 and has already garnered praise from the genre’s biggest names. Tom Tomorrow, author of “This Modern World” remarked, “Brian McFadden’s cartoons are quirky and hilarious.” Ted Rall, president of the American Association of Editorial Cartoonists (AAEC), says, “Smart, loose, and always on-the-mark hilarious, it’s one of the dozen or so comics that I make a point to read every week.” And Ruben Bolling, author of “Tom the Dancing Bug” has said, “Brian McFadden’s hilarious ‘Big Fat Whale’ is both a revelation and a throwback, combining brilliantly new, innovative humor with old time comedy schtick.”

The comics in Fun Stuff ridicule the politics and pop culture of the last four years; from the end of the Bush years to the first months of the Obama Administration.

For more information on Big Fat Whale’s Fun Stuff for Dum-Dums or to inquire about obtaining a review copy and images, please contact Brian McFadden.

Brian McFadden was born and raised in Brockton, Mass., a small city south of Boston. He studied mechanical engineering at The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Md., where he began the comic strip to escape the drudgery of computer-aided design and materials selection charts. He is 29 and lives in Somerville, Mass. His latest cartoons and frequently updated blog can be found at

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