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About Darrin Bell
Editorial Cartoonist Darrin Bell creates the comic strips "Candorville" and "Rudy Park," as well as political cartoons for the Washington Post Writers Group. Before that, while studying political science at UC Berkeley, he served as the Daily Californian's staff cartoonist and freelanced cartoons to the Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Oakland Tribune, and other papers. His work now appears in hundreds of papers nationwide.
Darrin is the recipient of the 2016 Berryman Award for Editorial Cartooning and the 2015 Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award for Editorial Cartooning.
He's a Los Angeles native who was the son of educators, the grandson of a World War II veteran, the great great grandson of former slaves, and the father of two small children. Aside from his cartooning, he's best known for talking about himself in the third person.
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This was the year the country became more polarized than at any point since the Civil War. This was the year when fear defeated hope. But the election of Donald Trump was only a symptom. When police shot unarmed black men, half of us saw one thing, half of us saw another. When mass shootings struck yet again, half of us felt the other half's response was reprehensible. The two sides can't even agree on what "facts" are anymore. At what point, if any, is it ok to ask whether this relationship has run its course? Will it ever be ok to ask "Why are we still married?"
These stunningly-drawn, full color cartoons are thoughtful and evocative. As Amy Lago of the Washington Post Writers Group put it, "Bell deftly takes on the pressing social issues of the day, from gay rights, to rape victims who are not believed, to children flooding into the United States, hoping for a brighter future."
Contains cartoons from "Grab Them By the Pussy: the 2016 Election in Cartoons," and dozens of other cartoons (because contrary to popular belief, plenty of other things happened in 2016).
Would we mind if the White House showed utter disdain for the truth, telling us over 1000 documented falsehoods? Would we allow the President to forbid transgender troops from serving in our military? Would we stand by in silence as he declared the press to be an “Enemy of the American People”? Would we agree with him banning travelers from Muslim countries and banning Syrian refugees?
Would we stand by while he provided aid and comfort to white supremacists and Neo Nazis? While he obstructed justice? While he appointed an ultra-conservative to a stolen Supreme Court seat? While he handed over sacred Native American national parks to private developers? While he pushed a budget that would slash Medicaid and anti-poverty efforts?
Would we look the other way as he maligned women he’d allegedly sexually assaulted even as the #MeToo movement was finally holding sexual harassers and predators accountable? While he at first stood by and did nothing as 3 million American citizens suffered and more than 1000 died in impoverished Puerto Rico?
This was our test. Did we pass?
"We Eat the Poor" compiles the political cartoons of 2017, created for newspapers by award-winning cartoonist Darrin Bell of the Washington Post Writers Group.
Back home, Lemont’s "One That Got Away" Facebooks him after 14 years, but her mountain of secrets threatens to spoil their second chance at love. Meanwhile, Susan’s boss decides to join the War on Women, and Lemont accompanies Osama Bin Laden, Steve Jobs, Whitney Houston, and Trayvon Martin on their Final Journeys to the afterlife. And all along, two homeless street philosophers have a strange conversation while they wait by the side of a city road, for *something.*
Candorville delivers biting social & political satire, and the occasional vampire/time travel sublot, to daily newspapers nationwide.
Darrin Bell's Candorville is an insightful comic strip for today's world. Brutally honest but still evenhanded, Candorville takes on some of society's toughest issues, giving readers something to think about--as well as smirks, chuckles, and guffaws.
Another Stereotype Bites the Dust is a collection of creator Darrin Bell's Candorville cartoon strip. In this thought-provoking strip Bell uses a diverse group of friends to paint a real yet humorous portrait of inner-city America. An educated underachiever, Lemont Brown is an aspiring writer. Socially conscious, he wants to work at changing the world and infusing it with wisdom and justice--if only he could pay his rent. Lemont's childhood friend Susan Garcia is a book-smart and street savvy Mexican-American woman who won't let bigotry or any glass ceiling keep her down. And Lemont's friend Clyde (aka C-Dog) is a streetwise thug and undiscovered rapper who'd rather mooch off his mother than get a job.
Another Stereotype Bites the Dust deals with some tough issues--poverty, homelessness, racism, and personal responsibility--with knowing irony and incisive satire. Bell uses edgy dialogue and modern situations to jab everything from political correctness to political spinning, from political hindsight to office politics, making it a hit with the socially aware.
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.
Candorville: Thank God for Culture Clash celebrates diversity by poking a little fun at it.