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.


Jay Townsend said...

This is really good - I dare say it's your best one yet. Not just because it's topical either, or a good joke - which is true. I love the lighting and the compositions. Great stuff. :)

Fanton said...

Thanks, Jay!

I was unsure about making CK topical, but then he IS a crime-fighter who lives in a big city, so I thought I'd go for it! Very glad you liked it!


The Woaf said...

CK is looking fine! You can really see all your professional drawing experience in this. It's good to have him back!

Fanton said...

Thanks, Woaf! THOAF.