who is the sadistic scribbler ?

[detail from 'Self Portrait 2011' copyright the artist]

Discover a lot more about what makes the Scribbler tick by visiting his blogs and art sites, and get to know him better through his social media sites such as Facebook, Tumblr, Instagram, Twitter. If you're more interested in his experience, background, and work information you can find out more at his business site and LinkedIn.

But if you can't wait to find out who the man is behind it all, and what drives him, then without further ado...

Though his CV may appear a tad eclectic, to know the man is to understand why. He is generous of spirit and unassuming... despite his 6'1'' frame and strong build. He is loyal to a fault, autistic, and always there when you need him.

He is passionate, has a good sense of humour, and is strong of opinion, all of which drives what he does and creates. His politics are to the left, he is a man of faith: Roman Catholic, and an academic: philosopher of the monist idealist thomism tradition. And for those who follow astrology, he is a typical November 1st Scorpio.

Born of a Polish WWII veteran and Italian immigrant, any success in life has not come easy. Being of immigrant stock, and Catholic to boot, he grew up in a ghetto in the industrial NorthWest of England. A bit of an art prodigy, he was also IQ tested and found to have a 6σ IQ (on the 99.99997th percentile). However, lack of money and a chronic shyness saw him decline the offer to join Mensa (tho' this has now been corrected with his joining in 2011). It did however allow him to get into grammar school and then university.

Meeting his (now ex-) wife at uni, along with his friend Ben Okri with whom he has collaborated, he graduated and drifted into teaching art & design amongst other subjects. Although he enjoyed working with, and developing, children and teens and had a natural talent for it, starting a family at the same time was costly so he moved into computing, working with IBM and Microsoft, back when they were best of friends and PCs were yet to see light of day. During this time he also returned to writing and drawing comics in the spare hours (much as he had done when he was a teen which is where he became well known as the Sadistic Scribbler through working for an indie record label as an album cover designer, magazine artist, and indie-comic script creator).

Later, as part of a group of independent comic-book artists and writers, he was involved with 2 initiatives for mature British comics: 'pssst' and 'HB', and collaborated with others who went on to become major players in the industry (and some who did not). Sadly both enterprises each came to an end after only a year (thanks in part to manic censorship affecting distributors and shops).

As bills piled up, and the family continued to grow, Jan found himself much sought after as a technology troubleshooter (thanks to his natural ability to see patterns everywhere and rapid growth of tech) so he turned his focus to this. When IBM and Microsoft split, he chose the latter partner deciding that Windows would succeed and OS/2 would not, and was subsequently headhunted into investigating Lloyd's of London and then various governments. This meant a lot of traveling around the world, and no spare time for his family... let alone his art. Feeling himself drifting away from authenticity and the real meaning of life, he jacked it all in and returned to teaching. This meant he could spend more time with his family, and re-connect with family and friends.

It was in this latter phase of his life that both his parents died, and both he and his brother became chronically ill. His brother with MND/ALS and himself with an as-yet undiagnosed condition. After his brother died, and he being forced out of work because of his symptoms, Jan now spends his time helping small businesses and charities set themselves up and promote themselves through new media such as the internet, social media and smartphone technology. He has also returned to creating art through traditional and new media, and photography.