Saturday, 17 September 2011

The Lime from Leopard Street

EVERYBODY welcome the Lime of Leopard Street in this week's adventure - putting the ZEST back into crime-fighting!

This week's excellent guest-strip comes courtesy of kick-ass Kent Tayler, a freelance cartoonist whose work has appeared in Viz, Prospect magazine and a host of others!

You can befriend Mr. Tayler and see some of his work via his Twitter and Facebook profiles - go on, he won't bite. (I think).

Comic historians among you will no doubt notice the neat little parody of the classic Buster comic strip 'The Leopard from Lime Street' in this comics' title - which got me thinking, can anyone think of any other fruit or veg-based puns based on classic comic characters? Suggest away in the comments below! Maybe I'll even use one for a future strip!

See you all next lime! Uh, next TIME!

- Fanton.

Thursday, 8 September 2011

Do The Monster Mash

WHO SAYS The Carrotty Kid never teaches his readers anything? Today's lesson - never play with your food, kids!

Unless you're re-enacting an AWESOME Carrotty Kid adventure, as seen above!

Thanks very much to the hugely talented Louis Lloyd-Judson for today's strip - it's not very often I get to cameo alongside my own creation! I hope my performance was okay, luvvies. 

See more of Louis' brilliant work HERE. Go, go, GO!

Meanwhile, and while we're talking about mash, I've drawn a little Dandy/Action Comics mash-up (smooth link, eh?) on my blog - check it out, HERE.

Right! I've got to go get the mash out of my hair. See you later, chums!

- Fanton.

Thursday, 25 August 2011


EUURRRRGH. Everyone hates Brussels sprouts, right? Why we insist on rolling them out every Christmas, I'll never know. It's festive TORTURE.

Thankfully, today's sprout-based guest-strip is FAR from horrible, thanks to the excellent work by fellow Dandy artist Steve Beckett, who drew the brilliant Daredevil Dad and Sea Dogs for the comic. Check out more of his wondrous work on his very own web-o-site!

So, a big 'sprout out' to Mr. Beckett, and remember to be back here next week for more Carrotty fun! POW!

- Fanton.

Tuesday, 16 August 2011

Thunder Carrot


This week's Carrotty Kid strip celebrates the cartoon legend which is Thundercats. Ah, how I used to love that show, with its crazy cat people, the coolest sword in history and Mumm-Ra, the Ever Living. It really captured my young imagination, more so than Transformers or He-Man, and I watched it regularly, collected the toys and read the excellent Marvel UK comic series. AND I had my own light-up Sword of Omens, which I think made me the coolest kid alive.

Excitingly, a new take on this 80s classic has launched in the States, reworking the show for a new audience. If internet buzz is anything to go by, the new series is actually - gasp! - GOOD, so I'll definitely be tuning in when it hits Cartoon Network UK on Saturday the 10th September, at 11pm.

In the meantime, why not relive your youth (if you're as old as me) by watching the awesome title sequence from the classic series, then go and compare and contrast it with a peek at the revamped 'Cats.


- Fant-O.

Saturday, 13 August 2011

I Predict A Carrot

IT WAS about one week ago when rioting and looting broke out in Tottenham, London, sparking off a four-day bout of violent chaos across some of England's towns and cities.

The scenes were ugly and terrifying, playing out on TV screens across the country like some kind of ridiculous post-apocalyptic movie writ large, except this was all too real and there was no Kurt Russell on his way to save the day.

Since then, discussion and debate has arisen about the causes of such unprecedented rioting, with politicians and pundits blaming everything from terrible parenting, to Twitter and pretty much everything in between, jabbing an accusatory finger at anything that crosses their field of vision.

I don't think it is either a case of the rioters just being brainless thugs, or is it a case that they were completely helpless, mere victims of an uncaring and ruthless society. The real answer, I fear, is somewhere in between, and much more complicated.

I certainly don't know the exact root of all the problems, nor do I pretend to know how to fix them. And I DEFINITELY know that a webcomic about a talking carrot isn't going to solve anything, but what I hope it'll do is make some people laugh, because that's one of the great things about this country, our ability to poke fun, ridicule, parody and all join together in shared laughter, even at times of crisis. Heck, if The Dandy and The Beano could keep on laughing through World War II, then I think we can afford to keep giggling now.

Keep on smilin', Carrot-teers!

- Fanton.

Friday, 29 July 2011

The Dark Nit

Look, everyone! It's The Carrotty Kid! He's back, and back in his DARKEST adventure yet!

But don't fear, we've not gone all grim and gritty on you, as the above strip will verify! Phew!

This is the first strip I've drawn for CK since February, for which I apologise (although there were a few EXCELLENT guest-strips in my absence!). Alas, paid cartooning work for The Dandy has rather absorbed all my cartooning time...until now! So hopefully this should be the first of MANY Carrotty Kid updates this year - keep those fingers crossed!

Please help us tell the world we're back by sharing this strip if you can, we'd really appreciate it! And get your chums to follow CK on Twitter and Facebook too, and let us get the Carrotty crew back together!

See you back here - hopefully! - next week for more Carrot-based action. HURRAH!

- Fanton.

Friday, 18 March 2011

Guest Strip: 'Dinner!'

Hello, Carrot Fans!

What better way to end the week and prepare for the weekend than with another AWESOME guest-comic? THERE IS NO BETTER WAY!

The super-skilled Carrot Fan responsible for today's terrific tale is fourteen year-old Harry Rickard, and we here at Carrot HQ think he's done a fab job with the comic! Thanks, Harry!

You can see more of Harry's wonderful work by simply clicking HERE.

We've had a great selection of guest comics over the past few weeks, so be sure to check them all out here! And if you'd like to submit your own, send an electrical mail to!

Tara for now!

- Fanton.

Thursday, 17 March 2011

Guest Strip: 'Training'.

Hi, Carrot Fans!

Well, we have a couple more Carrotty Kid guest comics for you this week, both from VERY talented Carrot Fans INDEED!

First up is the one you see above, written and drawn by thirteen year-old Carrot-teer, Jonathan Barham! See more of his wonderful work HERE! Thanks, Jonathan!

You can also check out the EXCELLENT work of past guest artists, by clicking HERE!

Be back here TOMORROW for another slice of carrot action!


- Fanton.

Thursday, 10 March 2011

Guest Strip: 'Vegging Out'

Hello, Carrot Fans!

What's this? A second Carrotty Kid update in the same week? HOW CAN THIS BE?

Well, it's thanks to a bunch of VERY talented cartoonists who have kindly agreed to do some Carrotty Kid guest comics! HOORAY FOR THEM!

Earlier in the week fellow Southsea scribbler Stuart Linfield stepped up, and NOW we have another ACE contribution from the amazing Jay Townsend, who has drawn up the splendid strip you see above!

You can see more of Jay's wondrous work over on his tumblr blog, HERE, where you can meet his own groovy creations such as Bobzilla and Pigwhale! Do check it out, chums!

If YOU'D like to contribute a guest strip, then don't hesitate to email me at or send me a DM on Twitter: @FantonEsquire

And if you're wondering what I've been up to which has made me unable to draw up a Carrotty Kid comic for a while, go HITHER to see me hosting a 'How to Draw' video for The Dandy - plus you can win the sketch from the video itself!

Tara for now!

- Fanton

Monday, 7 March 2011

Guest Strip: 'Bonsai'

Hello, carrot-teers!

We have another EXCELLENT Carrotty Kid guest-strip for you this week, courtesy of the awesome Stuart Linfield. I LOVE it, hope you all do too!

For more from Mr. Linfield, go hither, and bookmark his blog, which is launching soon with lots of comic-y goodness!

Don't forget, YOU can pitch your own guest comic for this site by dropping me an email: - all ideas welcomed! (Well, NEARLY all. No rude stuff, yeah?)

In other news, my own website has just been given a revamp and features a few of my own strips from The Dandy comic, as well as a couple of Carrotty comics, to boot! YAY!


- Fanton.

Wednesday, 16 February 2011

The Carrotty Kid: Dandy

Yup, carrot-fans, it's true (ALL of it!) - CK himself makes a fleeing cameo appearance in the latest issue of The Dandy (issue no.3522) in the latest episode of my current comic, Boo! HOORAY!

Pick up the comic from all good stockists NOW for only £2.50, and enjoy some extra veg with your laughs!

- Fanton.

(with apologies to Jamie Smart, Phil Corbett and Nik Holmes, and Craig and Michelle.)