Darrin Bell

About

Candorville

Candorville is an insightful look at family, community and race through the eyes of Lemont Brown, a young black writer. Bell pulls no punches and delves into even the most controversial of issues. The wit and humor of the strip will draw you in.

Characters

Lemont Brown

Lemont Brown is an aspiring writer who, to date, has not yet sold anything to The New Yorker. His father left when he was very young, and his mother raised him by herself. He can usually get a date but his relationships never last very long, perhaps because he is semi-subconciously in love with his childhood friend Susan. He has wonderful toddler son Lionel, whose mother, unfortunately, is a vampire.

Clyde Finster

Clyde (that's C-Dog to you, *%#@%$!) is the epitome of a young, street-wise thug. Uneducated, unscrupulous, always looking for a fast buck (better check your wallet), he is serious (well, semi-serious) only about his rapping career. He may be hardcore, but he is all heart with his mother (that's C-Bear to her).

Susan Garcia

Susan is very smart and very ambitious. Her parents are Mexican immigrants who worked hard to put her through school. Susan does have a tendency to be wrapped up in her own problems, but she is sensitive enough to Lemont to always know what he leaves unsaid.

Author

Darrin Bell

Bell was born in south-central Los Angeles in 1975. His parents, both teachers, soon moved to East Los Angeles. At a young age, he remembers going along with his mother while she attended classes at Cal State Los Angeles. Darrin would sit in a corner with some art supplies, quietly drawing.

During most of his school years, a time when urban school districts were being desegregated, he was bused to schools as much as two hours away. We were always minorities in every neighborhood we lived in, which I think opened my eyes a bit more to the rest of the world, he says. I've always had friends who were different from me, so I have a lot of respect for diversity.

About the time Darrin enrolled at Berkeley in 1993, he developed the concept for a strip called Lemont Brown, which evolved into Candorville.

Bell started freelancing editorial cartoons while attending the University of California, Berkeley, where he obtained a degree in political science. His cartoons have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, The New York Times and several other publications, as well as on MTV, CNN, CBS, NBC and ABC. Although he took a break from drawing editorial cartoons soon after 9/11, his interest in the medium rekindled and his cartoons were first syndicated by the Washington Post Writers' Group in 2013. The cartoons come from a black/minority perspective but comment on a wide range of issues. I believe there's no issue of relevance that doesn't also affect minority communities just as it does the white community, Bell says.

Bell won the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartooning for beautiful and daring editorial cartoons that took on issues affecting disenfranchised communities, calling out lies, hypocrisy and fraud in the political turmoil surrounding the Trump administration.

Bell lives in Sacramento with his wife and children.

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