Candorville

Explores social issues, politics and current events in a brutally frank but upbeat way. Honest.
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About
Through the eyes of its main characters — Lemont Brown, an aspiring writer and single parent; Susan Garcia, a woman breaking the glass ceiling; and Clyde, whose warped street smarts are at odds with common sense — Candorville explores the issues of our time, from politics and current events to the cultural and socio-economic importance of Star Trek vs. Star Wars. In Candorville, it's all honesty all the time.

Candorville has built a large loyal fan base appearing in hundreds of U.S. newspapers large and small. There have been seven compilation books — "Thank God for the Culture Clash" (2005), "Another Stereotype Bites the Dust" (2006), "Katrina's Ghost" (2011), "The Starbucks at the End of the World" (2011), "RUN! Vampires, Werewolves, The One That Got Away, and Other Demons" (2011), "Does the Afterlife Have Skittles?" (2013) and "Goodnight Grandpa" (2015).
About the Creator
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 the Writers Group began syndicating them 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.

In the late 1990s, Bell formed a partnership with writer Theron Heir and the two launched Rudy Park. Today, Bell both draws and writes the strip, also syndicated by the Washington Post Writers Group. Bell lives in Los Angeles with his wife and son.
Meet the 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.