Darrin Bell

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Darrin Bell
Born (1975-01-27) January 27, 1975 (age 43)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
Area(s)Cartoonist, Artist
Notable works
Rudy Park
Spouse(s)Laura Bustamante

Darrin Bell (born January 27, 1975)[1] is an American editorial cartoonist and comic strip creator who writes and illustrates the syndicated comic strips Candorville and Rudy Park. He is a syndicated editorial cartoonist for The Washington Post Writers Group.[2][3]

Bell is the first African-American to have two comic strips syndicated nationally.[citation needed] He is also a storyboard artist. Bell engages 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, who is black and Jewish, was born in Los Angeles, California. He started drawing when he was three. He attended the University of California, Berkeley, graduating with a BA in Political Science in 1999. While at Cal, Bell became the editorial cartoonist for The Daily Californian. Bell's freelance editorial cartooning career began in 1995 at age 20. His first sale was to the Los Angeles Times, which subsequently assigned him a cartoon every other week. Bell also sold his cartoons to the San Francisco Chronicle and the former BANG (Bay Area News Group) papers, which included the Oakland Tribune.

Bell's strip 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. Candorville grew out of a comic strip called Lemont Brown, which appeared in the student newspaper of UC Berkeley, The Daily Californian, from 1993 to 2003. It still appears in the Daily Californian under its new title, and it is that newspaper's longest-running comic strip. Candorville appears in most of America's largest newspapers.[citation needed] It also runs in Spanish-language newspapers, where it is translated by the author's wife, Laura Bustamante.[citation needed]

Bell also writes and draws Rudy Park, a syndicated comic strip created by Theron Heir and Bell that is distributed by The Washington Post Writers Group. Heir, a.k.a. Matt Richtel, wrote the strip from 2001–2012, when he announced he was taking a year-long sabbatical to focus on other projects.[4] Bell at that point took over the writing duties as well as illustrating the strip.

Personal life[edit]

Bell currently resides in Los Angeles, California.


Bell's 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.[citation needed]


  • The Starbucks at the End of the World (Candorville). 2011. ISBN 978-1-4583-2833-5.
  • Katrina's Ghost (Candorville). 2010. ISBN 978-0-557-17833-9.
  • Another Stereotype Bites The Dust (Candorville). 2006. ISBN 978-0-7407-6041-9.
  • Thank God For Culture Clash (Candorville). 2005. ISBN 978-0-7407-5442-5.
  • Peace, Love, and Lattes (Rudy Park). 2004. ISBN 978-0-7407-4662-8.
  • The People Must Be Wired (Rudy Park). 2003. ISBN 978-0-7407-3807-4.

External links[edit]



  1. ^ California Births, 1905 - 1995, Darrin L. Bell
  2. ^ "Darrin Bell". Comics Kingdom. Retrieved 2018-10-07.
  3. ^ "Darrin Bell Syndication The Washington Post". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2018-10-07.
  4. ^ Gardner, Alan. "MATT RICHTEL TAKES YEAR SABBATICAL FROM RUDY PARK," The Daily Cartoonist (April 13, 2012).
  5. ^ "Darrin Bell wins the 2015 Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award for Editorial Cartooning". Darrin Bell. 2015-05-08. Retrieved 2017-03-11.
  6. ^ 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.