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Darrin Bell’s Candorville is an insightful look at family, community, and race through the eyes of Lemont Brown, a young black writer.


Darrin Bell

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Darrin Bell challenges social, political and cultural assumptions. His award-winning work navigates 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. According to Darrin, "I cast against type to tell dynamic stories, of people who're bold enough and secure enough to challenge preconceptions. I depict that as the true legacy of America, in everything from its explorers, to its democratic-republican form of government, to its civil rights struggle, to its injection of mankind into space, to its musical innovations. There’s nothing more fundamentally all-American than a square peg that insists on filling a round hole." Darrin also creates the comic strips Candorville and Rudy Park.

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Rudy Park is the barista at the House of Java, where everybody not only knows your name but is all up in your grill. Rudy, a dot-com casualty whose paycheck never recovered, is addicted to high-tech gadgetry. While caffeine-fueled HoJ customers vie for the "Who Can Annoy Rudy the Most" crown, Rudy's boss-the always-do-well-but-ne'er-do-good owner of HoJ-always wins. Cartoonist Darrin Bell earned his degree in political science at the University of California, Berkeley. His award-winning cartoons have appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, Los Angeles Times, Oakland Tribune and on "60 Minutes." Although he took a break from editorial cartoons soon after 9/11, he began drawing them again for syndication in 2013. In the '90s, Bell partnered with writer Theron Heir and the two launched Rudy Park. Today, Bell both draws and writes the strip as well as the Candorville comic strip.

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Darrin Bell and Theron Heir

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  1. 3 days ago on Rudy Park

    One would think so. But look up “YouTube adpocalypse” and you might be surprised.

  2. 3 days ago on Darrin Bell

    Thank you.

  3. 3 days ago on Darrin Bell

    No, they’re not irrelevant at all in this case, where the White House claims the election was a referendum on what “the American *people*” chose. The majority of the actual PEOPLE chose Hillary Clinton by a margin of 3 million votes. Others voted third party or stayed home. The VAST majority of the country, in other words, rejected Trump.

  4. 3 days ago on Darrin Bell

    Video: https://youtu.be/WSUW6yA928Q

  5. 9 days ago on Darrin Bell

    The movie of this cartoon’s creation: https://youtu.be/4luq7W_L3u4

  6. 10 days ago on Candorville

    I’ve just published a new Candorville book, “Canada or Bust!”, in two editions (color or black and white). You could read more about that here: http://amzn.to/2j3hFdN

  7. 10 days ago on Darrin Bell

    Thank you.

  8. 10 days ago on Darrin Bell

    Here’s a video of the creation of this cartoon, for those interested: https://youtu.be/iAPSCHfoSJs

  9. 12 days ago on Rudy Park

    Mine’s been talking back since he was three. The worst part of it is, he’s usually right.

  10. 12 days ago on Candorville

    Right now I could go with Comcast for $50/month or AT&T for $49/month (for business internet st my office, only one provider has a monopoly over the area, so it’s either I pay $110/month or I have no service). You call that choice, I call it the illusion of choice. There’s no one offering me 25 meg download speed for any less than that. Same thing will most likely happen when they’re allowed to pick and choose websites. Comcast could offer me a streaming tier for $10 more per month, and AT&T will offer it for $9.50. If you think AT&T will say “we won’t charge anything extra,” you’re ignoring the history of this industry where the duopoly has pretty much always opted for parity rather than undercutting.

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