Chris Madden was born in 1952 in County Durham, England.
After studying maths and physics at university he worked for several years on the development stages of London's Thames barrier before leaving to become a freelance cartoonist, illustrator and writer, concentrating on subjects such as politics, philosophy and related weighty areas of human thought. He also drew the occasional gag cartoon in an attempt to prove to himself that he wasn't a complete nerd (and has since produced award winning humorous greetings cards, so there's hope yet).
He worked for ten years or so on the Guardian newspaper as a freelance editorial illustrator, where he was among the first to use the new fangled technology of computers as a drawing tool. He didn't think that computers would catch on - if you'd used the models that were around in those days you'd think so too. Nowadays he uses nothing but computers.
A life-long interest in philosophy has led to him becoming the resident cartoonist for Philosophy Now magazine. He has also written a book "Where Are We, What Are We, Why Are We?", an exploration of the serious subject of our place in the universe and why we're so interested in it. (He's still a bit of a nerd to be honest!)