John Fardell (born 1967) is an English cartoonist, and author and illustrator of children's books, living in Scotland.
Brought up in the countryside near Bristol, Fardell has two sisters and a brother. He spent much time in his father's workshop learning to make model planes and boats. Many of the family holidays were spent on islands off the west coast of Scotland. In early adulthood, he took various temporary jobs – potato picking, film extra, barman, viola player – but mainly as a freelance cartoonist and illustrator.
Fardell has been a regular contributor to the adult comic Viz, and has created and drawn two of the most popular and long-running strips, The Modern Parents and The Critics, and also Ferdinand the Foodie and Desert Island Teacher. His work for Viz often satirises various types of self-important or self-righteous middle-class people. His strip The Modern Parents, for example, portrays the way a mother and father insist on bringing up their young sons by following a doctrine they term "ethical awareness", much to the children's detriment.
Fardell is also an author and illustrator of children's books. To date he has produced three children's adventure novels: The Seven Professors of the Far North (2004), The Flight of the Silver Turtle (2006), and The Secret of the Black Moon Moth (2009) – and three children's picture books: Manfred the Baddie (2008), Jeremiah Jellyfish Flies High (2010), and The Day Louis Got Eaten (2011).
Fardell lives in Edinburgh with his estranged wife Jenny and two children, Josh and Connor. He visits schools, talking about his books and teaching comic and book-writing techniques to children.