Darrin Bell

Darrin Bell


Darrin Bell, recipient of the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartooning, the 2016 Berryman Award for Editorial Cartooning, the 2015 RFK Award for Editorial Cartooning and UC Berkeley’s 2015 Daily Californian Alumni of the Year Award, began his career in 1995 at the age of 20. While serving as the Daily Californian’s staff cartoonist, he began freelancing for the Opinion pages of the Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle and Oakland Tribune. In 1997, he co-created the comic strip Rudy Park and self-syndicated it to technology magazines. United Media launched it into newspapers in 2001.

In 2003, Darrin launched his other comic strip, Candorville, in newspapers via the Washington Post Writers Group (WPWG), which also began syndicating his editorial cartoons in 2013. Darrin moved his editorial cartoons to King Features Syndicate in late 2018, and King Features also became Candorville’s home when the Writers Group decided to stop syndicating comic strips.

He’s a contributing cartoonist for the New Yorker, and the creator of THE TALK, an acclaimed graphic novel/memoir published by Holt, a Macmillan imprint. THE TALK was a finalist for the Carnegie Medal, is a finalist for an Image Award, won an ALA Alex Award, and was named graphic novel of the year by several publications. In April, Darrin will be among the inaugural group of inductees into the Daily Californian’s Hall of Fame. Darrin lives with his wife and four children in California.