Darrin Bell

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Darrin Bell (born January 27, 1975)[1] is an editorial cartoonist and comic strip creator American cartoonist who writes and illustrates the syndicated comic strip Candorville (collected in Katrina's Ghost, Another Stereotype Bites the Dust, and Thank God for Culture Clash), in addition to illustrating the comic strip Rudy Park. Candorville currently has four collections and Rudy Park has two.

Bell, who is Black and Jewish, was born in Los Angeles, California. He started drawing when he was 3. He's been published in the Daily Californian since 1993, during his freshman year in college, and in major papers across the country. He was an editorial cartoonist during the 1990s for the Los Angeles Times and other California newspapers. He currently is a syndicated editorial cartoonist for the Washington Post Writers Group. He is the first African American to have two comic strips syndicated nationally. He is also a storyboard artist. Bell engaged in issues such as civil rights, pop culture, family, science fiction, scriptural wisdom and nihilist philosophy while often casting subjects in roles that are traditionally denied them. Bell’s freelance editorial cartooning career in 1995 at age 20. His first sale was to the LA Times, which subsequently assigned him a cartoon every other week. Bell  also sold his cartoons to the San Francisco Chronicle and the former ANG papers, which included the Oakland Tribune. While he was a political science major at UC Berkeley, Bell became the editorial cartoonist for the Daily Californian. His work won several California Intercollegiate Press Association awards and an SPJ Mark of Excellence Award, and he was a two-time runner-up for the Charles M. Schulz Award as well as a runner-up for the Locher Award. Today Bell creates comic strips, political cartoons,and storyboard art in Los Angeles.

He attended the University of California, Berkeley, graduating with a BA in Political Science in 1999. He currently resides in Los Angeles, California.

Comics[edit]

Darrin Bell owns a syndicated newspaper comic strip that he writes and illustrates called Candorville. Candorville, launched in September 2003 by The Washington Post Writers Group, features young Black and Latino characters living in the inner city. Using the vehicle of humor, Candorville presents social and political commentary as well as the stories of its protagonists.

Rudy Park: The People Must Be Wired, 2003[edit]

Rudy Park: The People Must Be Wired is the first collection of the technocentric comic strip Candorville . The strip takes on the fast pace of the technology-driven world, the obsession with materialism, and foibles of cultural and political icons. The story takes place at an Internet café, the strip follows the lives of a regular cast of characters, including Rudy, the café's manager, who believes in all things Internet, the healing powers of consumption, and the conviction that inner peace lies in having the latest technological gadget. Rudy must deal with his new station in life, his entrepreneurial boss, and an odd assortment of regular patrons, like Mrs. Cohen, an irascible octogenarian who challenges Rudy at every turn. The café is also a crossroads for contemporary issues and celebrity and political visitors, such as John Ashcroft, who monitors people from his home inside a pastry container at the cafe, and Senator Tom Daschle, who is afraid to draw too much attention to himself, lives under a table.

Candorville: Thank God for Culture Clash, 2005[edit]

An insightful comic strip filled with edgy dialogue and thoroughly modern situations, Candorville: Thank God for Culture Clash by Darrin Bell is made for today's world. It fearlessly covers bigotry, poverty, homelessness, biracialism, personal responsibility, and more while never losing sight of the humor behind these weighty issues. The strip targets the socially conscious by tackling tough issues with irony, satire, and humor.

Run! Vampires, Werewolves, the One That Got Away, and Other Demons: The 5th Candorville Collection

Darrin Bell’s fifth collection of the Candorville comic strip. The story looks on the main character, Lemont, whose new success as the Chronicle's Senior White House Correspondent may be short-lived; as a startling revelation about his evil fiancee motivates him and Dr. Noodle to travel on a journey to Mexico, where they face bloodthirsty demons, vampires, werewolves, and drug cartels. At home, in honor of the 1st black President, Lemont’s friend, C-Dog, summons the ghost of Richard Pryor for advice on how to stop saying the N word. He finds himself on the run, impersonating Lemont on his book tour to hide from the insanely huge brother of a girl he's wronged. And as Susan makes a life-altering pact with her backstabbing assistant, Lemont travels back in time to the Nineties to help his younger self seduce her ex-lover.

“Goodnight Grandpa”, 2015[edit]

Bell’s popular character, Lemont, has written a memoir, but when Lemont’s wife ,Susan, gets to the part where Lemont explains how he and a demon, La Llorona, accidentally caused the end of the world, Susan questions his sanity and debates on saving their relationship. While Lemont’s political blog explodes, he faces his challenges at home. Lemont accompanies a 94-year-old World War II veteran on his final journey in the story.

“Color-Blinded”,  2016[edit]

The 8th collection of the syndicated comic strip “Candorville” by Darrin Bell. Lemont’s a single dad raising a mysteriously smart two year old. He’s also a journalist single-handedly running one of the top news sites in the country. The comic is based around Lemont trying to figure out how to cover the breaking news in Uganda and Russia, and interview every candidate in the 2016 presidential race. Lamont has to face the process of explaining to his son why he’s supposed to respect the police, when the police don’t seem to face any repercussions for killing so many unarmed people who look just like his dad. Despite his best efforts, people start to wonder if C-Dog is secretly the smartest, most morally upstanding man in the neighborhood. At the ad agency, Susan discovers why her boss won’t ever let her fire her evil, conniving assistant. And Lemont accompanies the recently-departed comedian Robin Williams on his final journey.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ California Births, 1905 - 1995, Darrin L. Bell
  2. ^ "Darrin Bell wins the 2015 Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award for Editorial Cartooning". Darrin Bell. 2015-05-08. Retrieved 2017-03-11. 
  3. ^ Cavna, Michael; Cavna, Michael (2016-11-04). "Darrin Bell wins Berryman Award for cartoons that tackle xenophobia and gun violence". The Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved 2017-03-11.